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Bean, founder of the Unity Fellowship Church, and Ritz, a frequent music and entertainment memoir coauthor, have penned an autobiography that has more than its share of horrors but is consistently uplifting. Bean understood from an early age both his sexual orientation and that he was unconditionally loved by God. As a child and teen, he suffered numerous rapes from a family member as well as men and older boys from his neighborhood. After a failed suicide attempt, he was hospitalized under the care of a psychiatrist who assured him that he was not sick and did not need to be "cured." Soon, Bean's remarkable singing voice took him from one city and one gospel group to another until he reached Los Angeles. There he went from poverty to stardom with his one Motown hit, "I Was Born This Way," but found his true calling ministering to AIDS patients and any who needed to hear his message of God's love. VERDICT Bean's story is unusual enough that it may not immediately have broad appeal, but his strong message will touch readers. For popular religious biography and memoir collections.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Lib., Wisconsin Rapids (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.