I have read so many books on this ... This book is the best I have ever read and really gets to the heart of the scientific reality. Neil and Briar Whitehead have done an outstanding job in bringing forth the facts, the facts [italics by reviewer]
Devvy Kidd, Jan. 2000 - http://www.devvy.com/
The essential argument of this interesting little book is that the homosexual case for fixed sexual orientation is more about politics than it is about science... A very wide range of material is carefully reviewed and the book is well-referenced. Its tone and language are sober and objective, as befits a scientific approach, unlike so much that has been written about homosexuality from either side of the case.......It is written in an easy style (with the occasional and unfortunate intrusion of some journalese!) and deserves a wide readership. Church leaders in particular should be familiar with the arguments of this book.....
Dr Keir Howard
I have not come across a more readable scientific treatise. I am no academic, and I found the book fascinating. The authors are able to express complex scientific truths in an understandable form, and even where things do get rather complex, helpfully, each chapter is provided with a conclusion which summarises the chapter in simple terms. It's a good read, and is packed with good, well-researched information, and is a vital contribution to the nature-nurture debate.
From Courage Newsletter (UK) Easter 2000
With impressive research and a winsome style the Whiteheads demolish the tenet that says sexual orientation is biologically or genetically determined.They are to be commended for their ability to read hundreds of dense medical and psychological journals, examine some scores of scientific studies and put those findings into readable English.
[My Genes ... and Dr Greg L. Bahnsen's Book.] The two tomes complement each other. ... Whereas Dr Bahnsen's book is Bible-centred and theologically sound, he has little to say about science. And while the Whitehead's paperback is strong on scientific findings and statistics, it is weak on theology. Of the half dozen books I've read on the subject these two are by far the best...
Anonymous, 2000. http://www.stlukesrec.org/acts.html
"....Together they have put together a very readable book that offers a wealth of useful information on the topic of homosexuality.
.....The authors do an excellent job of explaining the difficult scientific terminology involved in the study of genetics, making the topic manageable for the average reader.
Many myths surround the topic of homosexuality and its causes. My Genes Made Me Do It! does an excellent job debunking these myths with scientific research and evidence. "
Tim Ratigan, Human Life International, 2001
"Change is possible! We believe the book is the most current, thorough, clear account, of to what extent homosexuality is inborn (conclusion: 10%). It also explains how we become heterosexual. Subjects include incidence, brain studies, hormone studies, twin studies, culture. It summarises 8 years study on 1700 books, chapters and papers. The first author has 30 years research experience."
Synopsis (from Amazon.com) 2001
Excellent study examining whether homosexuality has a genetic component. Perfect for the lay-man who wants to understand the scientific arguments around homosexuality covering most of the key areas in a succinct manner. Well referenced with details of most studies in the area, both pro and contra the "natural" gay argument.
Exgay UK, 2001
Are you tired of hearing that people with homosexual temptations are "born that way?" Are you finding recovery difficult, and have doubts as to whether or not homosexuality is a biological problem robbing you of the determination you need to keep going? Have we got a book for you!
...A most helpful book ...excellent discussions ...great documentation.
Anonymous (!) Homosexuals Anonymous, 2000
The Whiteheads present the most detailed and current arguments available on this important topic. This would be a powerful book to hand anyone involved in gay behavior who thinks change is not possible.
(It) presents objective scientific findings into the debate about homosexual orientation and its true origins. It examines the widely-publicised "gay gene" and twin studies and shows why they don't prove what is often claimed.
I recommend it with enthusiasm. The subtitle "A scientific look at sexual orientation" shows that this is a summary of scientific and psychological data regarding the origins and changeability of homosexuality. If you want some detail on the Hamer study, research on twins etc, then this is the book you'll want to buy.
Inner Circle Vol 5 (no. 2) May 1999
This clearly written, simple-to-understand, little paperback book should be stocked in all public libraries.
(It) has pulled together an impressive array of research and analyzed it clearly and usefully. It is carefully researched and annotated, and will be very useful to students and researchers seeking a clear, simple summary of the most relevant data.
One section particularly useful for researchers is the discussion of path analysis, the statistical method used by Bell et al. to analyze the data in the 1981 study published as Sexual Preference: Its Development in Men and Women.
NARTH Bulletin 26th August 1999
If you have ever wanted to have a book that was not designed to justify behavior on a genetic basis, this may be what you looking for ... This is a very readable book with a great deal of useful information ... The Whiteheads do an excellent job of showing the sampling and statistical errors to which I am alluding...
J.N.Clayton of "Does God Exist" Ministry. February 2000
"Born that way" ... The book does a thorough and authoritative job of dispelling this myth...
Anonymous, Maryland Family Values Alliance 2000
The book has a useful summary of their conclusions, is well footnoted and indexed, as would be expected from a PhD scientist. However it is in no way an academic treatment; as a non-scientist I found it extremely easy to follow. The book is then a much needed blend of objectivity and compassion,.. My Genes Made Me Do It!" then is a very important contribution to the debunking of such radical genetic determinism.
My Genes Made Me Do It is a well-researched and detailed look at the nature/nurture debate, interesting and easy to read. It makes a strong case against secular perceptions of homosexuality.
With this book they have done us all a great service. Get a copy and read it.
...clear and precise argument and a number of interesting observations and statistics
I first heard their interview on a radio talk show and ordered their book based on their knowledgable responses to the questions posed..
John A. Speyrer
... a unique but convincing approach to this issue of sexual orientation and the debate over its supposed genetic origin.
I saw no condemnation, belittling, or... "narrow-minded" ...phrases ...a scientifically sound, grace-based, easily-read book....well written ...in a balanced fashion.
...The book exudes scientific scholarship... Dr Neil Whitehead is eminently qualified... a ..research scientist with twenty-five years experience. Briar Whitehead is a journalist...
It is a joy to know a book exists that not only refutes the position but gives hope for change.
If you are in search of information that will help solidify your thinking about this volatile topic, I highly recommend this fine volume.
Steve Karnehm (professional counsellor)
It was refreshing to read a book of this type (popular science) that relies on facts rather than opinion. So often these days half truths are accepted as true because people either do not have the time or the ability to check out what they read.
...based on very comprehensive research through the published literature on sexuality...
The authors have made a real effort to explain the scientific information in a manner that makes it easy to understand by interested laypersons who are the intended audience of this book.
....a very readable and informative book on the relation between homosexuality, genetics, and biology.
... a very clear and readable response by the Whiteheads to the massive disinformation being funneled into the western mind...My Genes Made Me Do It will arm parents and pastors, educators and politicians, with clear and useable responses
"The latest book from Neil and Briar Whitehead has a catchy title that catches attention, and perhaps is the statement that is the ultimate excuse in a post-modern age. However, the subtitle "A Scientific Look at Sexual Orientation" captures the book's theme - what does science really say about sexual orientation and homosexuality? The book is currently the most up-to-date and thorough, yet accessible, source on the topic. The authors also challenge readers with the good news of change contained in the Gospels. "
EMU, Australia 2001
"...this highly readable book."
Regeneration Books, 2001