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The God Box by Alex   Sanchez
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Mar 28, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: teen-town, gay-fiction
Recommended for: Gay Teens, Open Christians
Read in March, 2008

I have enjoyed all of Alex Sanchez's (Rainbow Boys) books to date but this one somehow touched me more than all of the others. This book ranks right up with David Leviathan’s "Boy Meets Boy" in my opinion. Set in West Texas, the story is a familiar one; boy comes to new school and upsets the status quo. The twist is that the school is located in a conservative Christian community, and the new boy, Manuel is both gay and deeply religious. Most affected by Manuel's arrival is Paul, a popular boy who is troubled by thoughts that he can't control, but prays nightly to be delivered from. Manuel sets out to change the school's perceptions of homosexuality and how it is often misinterpreted in the bible. He befriends the outcasts of the school's pecking order and helps Paul "get real" with his feelings. I think what touched me most in this book were the recurring themes of love of self and forgiveness. I am not a particularly religious person, in part due to the attitudes held by most Christians about being gay. This book taught me to look at the Bible and some Christians differently, and in the process love myself a little more.
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message 1: by Monica (new)

Monica Lovely review. I can't wait to read this one now.

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