What Needs to Be Said: Speak Your Truth, Release Shame, Find Oneness (Paperback)
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Alex Reegan’s incredible story of healing and growth is your call to look within and live as your most authentic self.
As a trans man born into an evangelical Christian family that prevented his true identity from emerging, Alex spent years struggling with depression, anxiety, and addiction, trying to break free of the oppressive beliefs that bound him. After years of fighting—for his life, his freedom, and his truth—Alex learnt to surrender and come home to himself.
In this part memoir, part self-help book, Alex weaves his own story with healing guidance for you to take away and implement in your own life. You’ll find uplifting messages of compassion that will encourage you to let go of the things that are no longer serving you, as well as exercises such as journaling, self-reflection, and meditation to help you begin to heal and reclaim your connection to the divine that is within all of us.
This powerful book, with its raw honesty, vulnerability, and wisdom shows you how Alex rediscovered and embraced his authentic self and gives you what you need to do the same.
About the Author
Alex Reegan is an interfaith minister, speaker and transformative spiritual coach who uses his intuitive wisdom to help guide people toward their own inner knowing. His journey has led him to sobriety, shamanism and then seminary, which helped him reclaim his faith and trust in the divine. www.alexreegan.com
Alex Reegan's book provides invaluable guidance into how to live as your true self. He understands the human heart in a deep yet practical way. It's honest, authentic and vulnerable, and in baring his soul he bridges the gap beautifully between his stories and me, as the reader. You will see yourself in this book. You will also see your way home to the real you. ― Sonia Choquette, New York Times bestselling author of The Answer Is Simple and Trust Your Vibes
What Needs to Be Said is an inspiring memoir and practical field guide to help you live a truly authentic life by daring, with all of your body, heart, and soul, to be even more of the real you! ― Robert Holden, author of Higher Purpose and Shift Happens!
Alex is a burst of love and light and hope in the world. People are looking for new voices, new leaders, and new spiritual guides and Alex is one of them.... ― Rob Bell, New York Times best-selling author of Love Wins
Only through contraction can the spiral expand to fully flow into its own unique gift to the world. Rev Reegan's exquisite book takes the reader on a spiral journey through shame and hurt, into pride and healing, celebrating the divinity we are all born with, within. This courageous journey, shared with humor and deep wisdom helps reconcile the hallowed religious ways that no longer serve us with the bold joy that redefines post-patriarchal spiritual life. ― Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC
In this masterful book, Alex guides us through the experiences of a trans man in the modern world. We see his life through his eyes, experiencing the full breadth and depth of one person's evolution from self-understanding to deep authenticity. And through his journey, we ourselves are inspired to become our true self. He teaches us to live fearlessly, and with deep compassion for ourselves and for each other. He provides us a glimpse into the many gifts our society can receive from the struggles and genius of our spiritual trans brothers, sisters, and siblings. What Needs to Be Said is the truth; in the truth there is power; only the truth will set us free. ― José M. Román, J.D., D.Min., Vice President, Research Administration, Rutgers University
Alex shares the heartbreaking reality of being a trans man growing up in a family where he is constantly condemned to hell. Along the arduous journey of finding Self, Love, and God, he gains deep wisdom that he shares generously with us all-and encourages each of us to start listening to what needs to be said. This is good trouble at its best. ― Rev. Linda Bjork, author of Inner Business: Training Your Mind for Leadership Success
This book is a fierce beacon of light and deep inspiration to return home to your truest nature, regardless of the roadblocks and challenges that you may face. It will help you to remember that YOU are the masterpiece, priceless and worthy just as you are. Alex vulnerably shares his incredible story, from growing up queer in a fundamentalist Christian background to his emergence from the metamorphic cocoon into the most authentic love-filled version of himself-now shining in his soul's true essence as a trans man. He provides powerful tools, practices, and guideposts along the way to support you in your own journey of releasing shame, rewriting your story, restoring Divine truth, and coming home to your unique essence. ― Lainie Love Dalby, author and artist of the Sacred (R)evolution® Oracle and founder of the Ecstatic Embodied Leadership Academy
Alex Reegan is an incredible advocate for change. He has developed an innate ability to truly connect with the people around him on a deep and spiritual level-at their core-ensuring that all who speak with him feel affirmed, heard, and seen. Alex's gift for connecting with people is lifesaving and his dedication to his community and beyond is truly venerable. ― Perry Farhat, Esq., LGBTQ+ Healthcare Administrator, ROI-NJ.com 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Influencer, ROI-NJ.com 2022 Healthcare Influencer
Alex is thoughtful, engaging, and one of the most loving people I know. To talk with Alex is to find yourself with someone who is fully present and curious. With Alex you can have deep conversations or laugh hysterically at the absurdity of life. Everyone should have an Alex in their life! ― Rev. Barbara E. Hetzel, MA