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Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes

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The oldest translation of a Gospel is returned to the world by a secret society long dedicated to its preservation. In it, Jesus explicitly condemns bigotry and homophobia. In a new world in which LGBTQ passengers receive preferential boarding for flights and the United States has elected its first lesbian President, Pastor Rick Harris is stalwart, closeted preacher who do ...more
Paperback, 453 pages
Published September 2nd 2020 by Atonement Book, LLC
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Larry H
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
What would you expect from a book with a title like Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes ? Evan J. Corbin delivers a quirky, moving, and tremendously thought-provoking read.

Imagine that the oldest translation of a Gospel is found in which Jesus explicitly condemns bigotry and homophobia. It changes the world quickly—the U.S. has elected its first lesbian president, the Pope has come out of the closet, and people treat the LGBTQIA+ community with respect and admiration.

Rick Harris, a past
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
[I have talked with the author themself and they completely understood my sentiment about this already but some people still don’t understand so I’m going to repeat it: I LIKED and AGREE with the way other people reacted to Rick but being in Rick’s mindset, as he is the main character was extremely triggering to me personally . The title being the title is not enough of a warning, BUT I am happy that the author took this in stride and said that they would place trigger warnings in the upcomin ...more
Adam JW
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I don’t know what the previous reviewer is talking about by forcing such a negative perspective, but here’s my take (and yes, I did finish the book). Also, no ill will toward them, but if you’re going to read a book called Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes -the trigger warning is the title itself. I saw the work as a whimsical journey into a hypothetical world where society is forced to contend with a reality where everybody has a path toward acceptance -even in the ironically unforg ...more
N.N. Light
Going into this book I expected a pythonesque approach ala a man in a wig and dress strutting about. This isn't what this book is about. In the basic sense, this book is about acceptance of others and understanding that love is love. The core message of this book is needed today in America in a big way. It is not wrong to think that prejudice and discrimination are back and worse than ever today, oft inspired by the one who is supposed to be the leader of all.

This book takes an approach that, in
Shelf Blame
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author and Pride Book Tours for the ARC of this book!

Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes is a story about Rick, a pastor who's world is shaken when a new gospel from the bible is uncovered. This new translation says that homosexuals are to be lifted up and anyone who condemns them should atone. As a result, the LGBT community are given the rights they've always fought for and preferential treatment in society.

Pastor Rick has always preached against homosexuality in his ch
Kera (featherboundbooks)
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to the author and Pride Tours for my copy of this book in exchange for participation in the tour!!

Don't let the strange heaviness of the title fool you. This was a fun and very colorful story about acceptance and loving yourself.

Rick Harris is a second-generation pastor. He is a closeted gay man filled with so much hate- hate drilled into him by his father. Now, in a world where being on the lgbtqia+ spectrum is considered a social norm, Rick is grasping onto the old ideals
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: ‘Most notably, Jesus ministered to a homosexual. Rather than finding sin, he said the man committed no sin, and those who would condemn the man need to atone for their sin to find salvation’
These words are from a newly discovered Bible passage dubbed ‘The New Revelation’ which has been unearthed and adopted by the major Christian faiths.
Five years later, the world has changed, the Pope is out, the USA has elected a lesbian as President and homosexuals are VIPs. Meanwhile in North Caro
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can see why this book could start controversy. In a way or another, religion was a big part of the story, anti-gay sermons included. I can also imagine it would be a hard read for many people who went through the hardships of being accepted for who they are, who had to deal with society's rejection. Although, if nothing else, this book opened my eyes even more to what obstacles people on the LGBTQ spectrum encounter in their lives and made me an even a stronger ally.

But, as a whole, it seemed
Michaella Dieter
Excellent! 🌈

As a straight person, I will admit that a lot of this book made me uncomfortable. Now, I mean that in the best way possible. It should make you uncomfortable. Knowing how some people are treated simply for who they love - it is eye-opening.

It also made me angry. With a close family member of my own being a part of the LGBT+ community, knowing that they may suffer this kind of hatred, abuse, shame & bigotry.

I'll admit that I didn't like Rick much in the beginning of this book - I ma
Janet Hunt
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story really made me think! It was a fantastic story, funny and witty. It was a real page turner, couldn’t stop reading, it kept me enthralled. The camp was a real eye opener for Pastor Rick and just what he needed. I loved the mimosas and drag queens. So funny!! Definitely a must read, sooo good. This story really blew me away!! I am voluntarily leaving a review form an advanced copy that I received. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opinions.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this one just isn’t my thing. It had some good moments towards the end, but for me, they weren’t enough. Still, you can’t please everyone. I might like the next one!
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“𝙉𝙤 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨. 𝙉𝙤 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣”

In a world where the oldest Gospel of Mark, that was previously sworn to secrecy, has been rediscovered and the world as we know it has evolved and progressed and all people are treated with respect, no matter how they identify. One Pastor refuses to accept the New Revelation and continues preaching the old ways.

Pastor Rick Harri's homophobic sermons are turning away loyal Parishners away from the church.
John Beck is one parishner in particular wh
Ashley Obenstine
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Pride Book Tours for a copy of this book!

This was a WILD ride. A piece of Gospel is rediscovered, in which bigotry and homophobia is condemned. 5 years after the discovery, LGBTQ+ people are regarded highly and respectfully. Our main character is a pastor, Rick, who preaches homophobia during a sermon and has to atone for this by going to a Camp to basically unlearn his homophobia.

The premise of this book is SO fun and a clever juxtaposition to our dark queer history of conversion the
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Atonement Camp for Unprecedented Homophobes follows Pastor Harris, unrepentant homophobe, when the oldest translation of a gospel is returned to the world. What does this translation say, you may ask?!?! Well that Jesus explicitly condemns bigotry and homophobia and with that the world takes a whole new turn! The US has its first lesbian president, reparations are given, but unrepentant Homophobes like Pastor Rick won’t have it. When one of his sermons goes too far, he’s sent to Atonement Camp r ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-books
Wow, this book was a wild ride! In this world, the New Revelation has been known to the world for five years. In that time, LGBTQ+ folx have gained priority boarding onto planes, the Catholic Pope has announced he's gay, there's an openly lesbian President of the United States, and across the country, there are numerous atonement camps run by drag queens for those individuals who are still bigoted towards LGBTQ+ people.

This book was campy, funny, and delightful at times. And it was also pretty d
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
First off I want to thank the author for making copies of the book available in a group on this site. I might not have been aware of it otherwise.

I admit to being a bit skeptical just looking at the book's cover; nevermind what is said in the synopsis. I expected silliness and stereotypes, and though there was some of that it was way overshadowed by a surprisingly provocative story. Pastor Rick's life growing up and then as leader of his church were told with insight I didn't expect. As for the
Dylan Upton
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When first reading this novel I was curious as to what type of journey I would be going on, but it only took the first couple of pages to get me immediately hooked on what I found to be a joyous, entertaining, and unconventional story of self discovery and enlightenment. Evan J. Corbin filled his novel with colorful characters and myriad of compelling stories arcs that make his novel one in which I couldn’t simply put down. I was immensely pleased to to have procured my copy in advanced as to g ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
It was a very interesting read to say the least. I stayed mostly because of how well written it was and it was just extremely entertaining. Not my cup of tea with all the dramatic flair but it was super super entertaining and a really unique concept. The timing was a bit odd but in the end I enjoyed it overall.
Elliot Stoner
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm only about halfway through, but this is a really fun book. The story reminds me of my own journey towards accepting my sexuality: the frustration, hypocrisy, and pain of denial, juxtaposed with the joy and celebration I've finally realized being a part of the LGBTQ community has become for me. And the setting the author paints makes me want to go to this atonement camp - bottomless mimosas? Yes please! Can't wait to finish and see where the pastor's journey takes him
M.J. Calabrese
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book with a soul

Right now we all need to hear these words, this story. I loved this well told story of repentance, love and atonement. This should become mandatory reading.
Tom DiAgostino
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free advanced copy to provide my honest opinion on this book. I must say, I first glance I was curious to how the author would treat atonement and homophobia. Shortly into the book, one is transported into a campy reality told through the internalized and confused homophobic perspective of a Priest named Rick. Based in an atonement camp run by drag queens, the journey of Rick’s internal process of acceptance (of himself and homosexuality) through this book is equally relatable and ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it



MY RATINGS:- 4.6/5

Atonement Camp is immersion therapy for Pastor Harris, and it might be working. An open bar with pedicures, a devastatingly attractive roommate and an endless supply of glitter help him manage to make new friends. Soon, Rick and his cohorts learn the camp may hold its own secrets. Amid the smiling faces and scantily clad pool boys who staff the camp, a clandestine group plots to discredit the New Revelation and eve
Grant Berger
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An irreverent reimagining of religious dogma, and a thoughtful exploration of the familial ties that bind. Thank you to the author for sharing an advance copy of this remarkable new novel.
Anthony Paparello
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Atonement Camp was a fantastic journey into reclaiming the voice and dignity of those long marginalized by a Heteronormative Culture. However, it was done with extreme humor and light-heartedness. The book does encompass many uncomfortable topics. If you are someone that is easily triggered, please read the warning labels beforehand. However, if you can get passed the difficult things the book will leave you smiling by the end. This is one I will be sure to reread from time to time and I am exci ...more
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ratings - 4.5/5
Starting off with the cover of the book, As you all see is a colourful and a very creative cover I personally liked the creativity of the cover. The title on the other hand is a relevant one. To be honest I got many requests to review books from this particular genre and I was really excited about reading this book. When I started off as it was my first time, I felt the story build up was a bit slow but as the storyline was established the reading became really effortless. I enjoy
Sep 29, 2020 added it
***ARC Review***

The concept of Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes is really awesome but the execution is very much not. This is an interesting “what if” kind of story in which a new portion of the Bible is found that states that homosexuals are superior to other people. Due to the fact that the goal is always equality, not superiority, the whole thing just feels vaguely weird and uncomfortable. While the main character does have an amazing arc, he’s such a terrible person in the beginning
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes by Evan J. Corbin!

My Rating:-9.7/10

⭐This book is a tale about Rick, a pastor whose life is rocked by the uncovering of a new gospel from the bible. Homosexuals are chosen and are to be raised up, this new translation states, and anyone who condemns them should atone for it. As a result, the rights that they have always fought for and equal treatment in society are extended to the LGBT community.

⭐Pastor Rick has always preached in his church about homose
Evan Corbin
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"ATONEMENT CAMP FOR UNREPENTANT HOMOPHOBES by Evan J. Corbin is an exceptionally unique novel exploring the ravages of homophobia in society from completely distinctive angles...Also intriguing is the Atonement Camp Pastor Rick is sent to, a reverse immersion/indoctrination program for straight people who have a problem with gays; another highly novel idea. There’s also some kind of mystery afoot at this camp, a place which may not be all that it initially seems." - C.S. Holmes for IndieReader.
This book is a very tongue in cheek and silly tale of one man's journey from closeted homophobe to proud gay man. It features several drag queens and grand conspiracies. There is some love and some lust. But most of all it is about finding community and coming to understand yourself on your own terms. This is a wild ride but one I definitely recommend
Gavin Long
rated it it was amazing
Oct 10, 2020
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