The God Box
High school 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 Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his l...more
I started this morning, where I read the note in the front: "To those who believe in a loving God and those who struggle to love themselves." That's all I got, but it had my attention.
The first line of the first chapter did that too: "Sex and religion don't mix," my grandma once told me.
Pablo (err..Paul), our narrator, has a great voice. Okay, he's struggling with something and it makes me want to smack him around sometimes, but he's REAL. He loves...more
But The God Box isn't that mundanely simple. In fact, it's a rich analysis of all (or nearly all) the arguments that Christians...more
For anyone who is a Christian and who is gay, knows someone who is gay, or someone looking for arguments against the radical, adamant, homophobic Christian people, this...more
Where was this book when I was in a Christian high-school? Oh, wait, they probably wouldn't have allowed it in the library. I thought this was a great viewpoint of homosexuality from a religious aspect. I'm not sure how open religious (depends on the religion) teenagers would be to reading this book...but if you came from a b...more
At times, this book had me close to tears, but I think what made it most interesting for me, is other people's interpretations of Bible passages. It just goes to show how some people, distort the written word to suit themselves and what they believe.
Cliff wants to prove a point so starts reading Genesis 19, Manuel points out that the story actually starts in Genesis 18, but because that would explain too much, Cliff carries on with chapter 19.
Cliff points out.
There is more scripture quoted in this book than a church pamphlet on Sunday morning. Manual is a newcomer to an ultra-conservative school and openly admits he is gay. The majority of his classmates, as well as many teachers, are just as openly anti-gay. Both sides are usi...more
Paul is the perfect teenager: a beloved son, an attentive boyfriend, a good friend, he is perfect in anything he wants to achieve. But I felt something uneasy in Paul, a drive to be accepted that is almost unhealthy: Paul is a latino american, but when he moved to Texas with his parents, he was the odd kid out and the only to accept him was Angie, a kid his same age who...more
In short, the plot is driven by the message, instead of the message being driven by the plot. Usurping his own narrative, what begins as a stor...more
"The God Box" is loaded with challenges- Can you test god? Can you test your faith? Can you test what's in your heart and learn to be honest with yourself- regardless of what others think?
Now, I titled this "coming from an outsider" because I'm just an avid...more
This one was hard to read, because it hit so close to home for me. Actually, my Dad mailed it to me about four months after I'd moved in with my Grandparents - a full year after he'd come out to us. I was actually quite pissed that he'd sent me the book, because I wasn't mad at him for being gay. I was mad at him for pretending to be straight. I just didn't know how to tell him that. That was June of 2011.
So I picked up this book rather reluctantly after it had sat, not-quite-forgotten on m...more
When I first picked up this book, the above quote is what I saw on the first page, and I did not know anything about the book, the author, any other books written by Alex Sanchez and I did not even really see the picture on the front of the book where it is now obvious th...more
I was so into what paul was doing or saying next so into w...more
While I'm not gay or very religious myself, I was 14 when my parents dragged me from upstate New York down to Georgia and I had to reconcile being half Christian and half Jewish in an overly Christian community so I can relate a bit to the finding yourself while surrounded extremely religious people. I had a friend in high school who was very religious, and seemed to question himself a lot. Every time a rumour about him being gay would surface, he'...more
Manuel, the new kid in town, was a little too perfect. Who wouldn't fall in love with him, gay...more
I don't think it's great literature, or extremely well-written, but I think it's an important book and might speak to many teenagers out there.
The premise is that a Christian teenage boy, Paul, who lives in a small conservative T...more
A big chunk of the book is biblical interpretation, mostly voiced by Manuel, against the...more