senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together: they
have a lot of the same interests, like singing in their church choir, and being
active in Bible club. But when a new boy, Manuel, transfers to their school, Paul
has to rethink his life. Manuel is the first openly gay teen anyone in their small
town has ever met, and yet he says he's also a committed Christian. Talking to
Manuel makes Paul reconsider thoughts he has kept hidden, and listening to Manuel's
interpretation of Biblical passages on homosexuality causes Paul to re-evaluate
everything he believed. Manuel's outspokenness triggers dramatic consequences
at school, culminating in a terrifying situation that leads Paul to take a stand.
The God Box:
"I wasn't sure who was crazier, him or me.
During prayers one night, I'd ask forgiveness for hanging out with Manuel, but
the next day I'd thank Jesus for bringing him into my life. I couldn't stop thinking
about Manuel, and every time I stormed away from him, swearing never to return,
five minutes later I wanted to come running back. How could I choose between my
sexuality and my spirituality, two of the most important parts that made me whole?"
Literary Award-winning author Alex Sanchez tackles a subject ripped from headlines
in this exciting and thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be both
religious and gay.
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Kirkus: "...an important work about self-acceptance and the
meaning of God's love."
from VOYA: "a story that
will resonate with Christian Youth who are aware of their own or a close friend's
gay orientation. . . . Sanchez addresses theological interpretations head on but
through credible use of teen dialogue and ponderings. . . . Identity--sexual,
ethnic, and religious--are each compelling to teens, and this novel treats all
three openly and honestly."
from School Library Journal:
"... Sanchez's cleverly diverse
characterizations, conversational stylings, and sense of humor lighten this
potentially daunting theme. Plus, the brewing romance ... keeps the pages
turning during even the most excruciatingly detailed Bible-passage battles
between the two warring parties. These rightfully thought-provoking
debates-most of which happen either in after-school Bible study or between
Paul and Manuel-make Sanchez's latest an intense, necessary addition to the
burgeoning LGBTQ teen lit canon."
candor, conviction, and compassion, Alex Sanchez dramatizes the plight of teens
who struggle to balance their homosexuality and their deeply felt religious beliefs.
An important, heartfelt book that deserves a wide readership." -- Michael
Cart, editor of Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth
Box is a remarkable gem. Sanchez captures the journey of navigating faith
and accepting being gay as a gift from God with extraordinary insight and grace.
I found myself in this story and wish that it had been there for me when I was
growing up. This book is a must read for all youth, gay and straight. The God
Box will help all of us open the windows of our hearts and souls to one another
as one human family." -- Michael J. Adee, M.Div., Ph.D., More Light Presbyterians
spiritual food that is rich in entertainment value, a must for todays impatient
youth audience....beyond the help that gay teens will find in these pages, straight
youth will benefit as well. They will learn the awful consequences their (and
their pastors') often flippant and at times hateful language can have on their
schoolmates. ... here are two reasons to buy this book: Save a gay AND straight
kid today!" -- Rev. Steve Kindle, Clergy United www.clergyunited.org
breath of fresh air, from a young, passionate spiritual perspective. This is a
story that must be told and read and celebrated!!"
-- Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator,The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan
fiction is the perfect medium for going deeper in our exploration of faith and
sexuality. This is certainly the case with Alex Sanchez's new coming-of-age story,
The God Box. Although there are plenty of excellent novels out there that
explore the complex emotions around coming to terms with sexual identity, few
also explore the equally complex pull of religious belief. Sanchez's novel is
a fun, engaging story that will deepen your spirituality and your faith in humanity.
I only wish The God Box was around when I was a teenager!" --Harry
Knox, Director, Religion and Faith Program, Human Rights Campaign