Pastor Shares Her Story of Discovering Her Sexuality and Her Authentic Self

New book shares Reverend Lisa R. Kelsons journey to spiritual enlightenment

PENSACOLA, Fla., May 15, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Growing up under the influence of her family’s religious teaching and beliefs of the Catholic Church, Reverend Lisa R. Kelson spent a large portion of her life succumbing to their patriarchal teachings and ignoring her own inner compass. In her new book, “A Lesbian’s Awakening to Purpose, Self-Love, and God: A Soul’s Journey to Self-Awareness, Identity, and Truth,” she shares her personal journey to spiritual enlightenment and coming to terms with her authentic self.

“It has taken me nearly 60 years to wake up to my true authentic self as a lesbian,” Kelson said. “In my younger days, I had no idea that there was a deeper and higher self, waiting to be discovered. For many years, I lived from my lower aspect, while trying to fit into society’s social rules and norms.”

In “A Lesbian’s Awakening to Purpose, Self-Love, and God,” Kelson uses her personal experience as an example of how readers can break free of their preconceived ideals of who they are expected to be, and instead free their souls to be their true selves. She addresses the harm that can come from religious teachings, and how it can be exclusionary to those the church does not deem “perfect.”

“When one begins breaking down scripture, outside the oppressive lens of patriarchy,” Kelson said, “one can finally understand how scripture is misunderstood in our current age. These writings were written in an oppressive era, and the literal interpretation are not in alignment with deeper truths.”

Kelson doesn’t want readers to rely on anyone else’s truth, instead she wants them to discover their own.

“My hope in sharing my awakening journey,” Kelson said, “is to help those who feel lost and out of sorts with life. This journey is spiritual and not religious. The answers are already within, waiting to be uncovered.”

“A Lesbian’s Awakening to Purpose, Self-Love, and God: A Soul’s Journey to Self-Awareness, Identity, and Truth”
By The Reverend Lisa R. Kelson
ISBN: 9798765234174 (softcover); 9798765234181 (hardcover)
Available at Balboa Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Reverend Lisa R. Kelson is a native Floridian. After completing her Bachelors of Sport’s Science Education, she enlisted in the Army. She completed her service after returning home from the Gulf War. Upon the completion of her master’s degree in technology education from the University of Georgia, she returned home to Florida. She soon realized that God was calling her to ministry, and she enrolled in Episcopal Divinity School where she completed her Master of Divinity. While this experience prepared her for church ministry, she would soon awaken to a higher spiritual path where she shifted her focus to awakening her higher self. This path led her to understanding deeper truths, that led to her awakening and freeing her soul. To learn more, please visit

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