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The God Box

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In an unforgettable novel, a Lambda Award-winning author tells the story of Paul, a religious high-school senior whose life is turned upside-down when he meets Manuel, who says he's both Christian and gay--two things Paul didn't think could coexist.

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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At first I thought Sanchez was trying to do too much in one book, but the characters started to matter to me and I was pulled into their world. I was particularly impressed by how Sanchez integrated into the story line an analysis of religious text - it was nearly seamless and did not preach. This is an important book to have in a high school library - I hope it reaches the hands of those who need it.

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In an unforgettable novel, a Lambda Award-winning author tells the story of Paul, a religious high-school senior whose life is turned upside-down when he meets Manuel, who says he's both Christian and gay--two things Paul didn't think could coexist. Paul, a religious teen living in a small conservative town, finds his world turned upside down when he meets Manuel—a young man who says he’s both Christian and gay, two things that Paul didn’t think could coexist in one person. Doesn’t the Bible forbid homosexuality? As Paul struggles with Manuel’s interpretation of the Bible, thoughts that Paul has long tried to bury begin to surface, and he finds himself re-examining his whole life. This is an unforgettable book on an extremely timely topic that strives to open minds on both ends of the spectrum.

Specifications

Publisher
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
272
Author
Alex Sanchez
ISBN-13
9781416909002
Publication Date
May, 2009
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.50 x 0.70 Inches
ISBN-10
1416909001

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This book was a book t...

This book was a book that turned around my thinking of homosexuality completely. Paul lives in a small town, he's a Christian, and he has a girlfriend. When Manuel comes, Paul questions everything he once believed - God and his sexuality, forcing him to ask himself two questions: "am I gay?" and "is it okay to be gay?" He answers his questions with help from his former girlfriend, Angie; his new friend, Manuel; and the Bible.

At first I thought San...

At first I thought Sanchez was trying to do too much in one book, but the characters started to matter to me and I was pulled into their world. I was particularly impressed by how Sanchez integrated into the story line an analysis of religious text - it was nearly seamless and did not preach. This is an important book to have in a high school library - I hope it reaches the hands of those who need it.

Paul is in highschool....

Paul is in highschool. He who feels strong in his religious beliefs. He loves his girlfriend of several years. When Manuel comes to his school, his entire world is shaken up. The God Box is a great book for any individual struggling to reconcile their spiritual beliefs with their sexuality. However, it can also be a resource for youth groups and other religious groups. Any reader can benefit from the insight Alex Sanchez provides. This book is a great tool for discussing the many ways we identify ourselves and how we can change and banish our assumptions to be come more accepting of ourselves and others.

How do you judge a pie...

How do you judge a piece of activistic writing? You can't. The novel tells a story of a Christain teenager reconciling his faith with his sexuality. At a fictional novel, the book reinterprets sections of the bible regarding homosexuality. It's often enlightening but I dislike the lack of subtlty and it disrupts my idea of art, which should be ideologically free, or since nothing can be ideologically free, at least ideologically subtle.

I wasnt sure that Id...

I wasn't sure that I'd like this book because it was so pro Christianity, which I unfortunately seem to have a mind block against. However this turned out to be an okay book. It brought up some great ways to think of homosexuality together with Christianity. They don't have to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. Paul is a Christian and has a girlfriend but when Manuel transfers to his high school, what he's been trying to ignore is pushed to the forefront, because Manuel is an our and proud gay. Manuel is also a Christian and he shows how he can be both. The book is mostly just a lesson, not a coming out story, but it's short and easy to get through.

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