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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438247850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438247854
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Rev. Justin R. Cannon is the founding director of Inclusive Orthodoxy (www.InclusiveOrthodoxy.org), a Christian ministry seeking a revitalization of the church that is inclusive of all people in the life and ministry of the church regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and also grounded in the scriptures and traditions of the Christian faith. Rev. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College and his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in The Episcopal Church as a deacon on June 4, 2011 and a priest on December 3, 2011. Rev. Cannon’s work has been featured in The Advocate, New York Times, Los Angeles Times. In 2006, Rev. Cannon was recognized as one of OUT Magazine’s Top 100 most influential gay people of the year and in 2007 as one of Instinct Magazine’s Men of the Year. He is also the founder and director of a ministry in California called Holy Hikes (www.holyhikes.org) and has a strong interest in eco-theology and environmentalism.

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The Rev. Justin R. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College and his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He is the founder of Inclusive Orthodoxy and a published author/editor. From 2009-2012 he worked as Program Manager of Episcopal Charities, San Francisco, and he is currently serving as Priest-in-Charge at St. Giles' Episcopal Church in Moraga, California. Father Justin was ordained in the Episcopal Church as a deacon on June 4, 2011 and a priest on December 3, 2011.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and in 2006 Cannon was recognized as one of OUT Magazine's Top 100 most influential gay people of the year. In November 2007, he was honored as one of Instinct's 2007 Leading Men of the Year.

He is also the founder and director of a ministry in California called Holy Hikes and has a strong interest in ecotheology and environmental ministries.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard G. Brentlinger on July 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Good poetry is birthed from bruised and broken hearts, informed by sorrow and privation, flowing from hidden pain and unhealed wounds. Such poetry sings with a music all its own, combining assonance, alliteration and soul-satisfying internal rhyme. "Sanctified" limes the grittiness of life, of injustices long past yet not forgotten.

Cannon's writers bare the sting of rejection felt by so many gays and lesbians and explore the longing of the human heart for intimacy.

Fresh from the landscape of imagination, this book offers modernist free verse, some alliteration and flowing, free form introspection dealing with loss, hope, despair, love, sexual longing, loneliness and the tug of the soul toward our Creator.

Enjoy this soulful and energetic poetry alone or with a friend. Read it aloud, slowly, thoughtfully. And give thanks for poetic souls who grace us with their work.

While generally adhering to a high standard, "Sanctified" does contain a bit of gratuitous coarse language which, to this reviewer, comes off as sophomoric. That may be the only disappointment in this 142 page gem.

-Rick Brentlinger, author of, Gay Christian 101: Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay Christians - What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Salvatore Sapienza on August 11, 2008
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I was so happy to learn of this wonderful anthology, as I had been searching for a book of poems by LGBT Christians for quite awhile now. Happily, "Sanctified" does not disappoint. Editor Justin Cannon has done a marvelous job of compiling a wide range of poems - some joyous, others painfully sad - from a diverse and talented group of gay Christian poets. I find myself using the book as a basis for my morning mediation, choosing one poem a day with which to pray. So far, I've been especially moved by Edward Gerard Debonis's "The Way You Dance"; Christopher Alan Gaskins'"When I Write, God Rises"; Mario Gerada's "Rhythms of Understanding"; and Canon's own "Across Eternity." I highly recommend "Sanctified" not only to those who struggle to reconcile their spirituality with their sexuality, but to all hoping to heal the wounds that exist between many Christian churches and their gay constituents.
-Salvatore Sapienza, author of Seventy Times Seven: A Novel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Pearson on August 7, 2008
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"I started reading. I couldn't stop. So many contradictions. Such self-awareness. Some poems are sad or angry, and some are very dark indeed, but, I found myself loving the (often self-deprecating) humour of others, and admiring how these poets each have such a gift of expression. They write from their innermost being of loneliness, relationships, the pain of rejection and the joy and passion of love, of their relationship with Christ, the church, and with their families of origin.

I wanted to remember each one. They spoke to my heart and I thought, people need to read this book!"

Mary Pearson ~ ChristianGays.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oogie on May 17, 2011
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Pea Soup GREEN

How I longed to be colored
IN CROWD PERIWINKLE
Or DUMB JOCK APRICOT
Or DATING THE CHEERLEADER LAVENDER
Instead of
GEEK MAUVE
AWKWARD NEON GREEN
And OH SO LONELY BLUE.

But the worst,
the most painful discovery
was when I discovered
that God had colored my heart
the wrong way.

You see, with all the
ROMAN CATHOLIC MAROON

and

SPARKLING FAMILY VALUES WHITE,
there was no room,

none,

for HOMOSEXUAL PEA SOUP GREEN.
-John Coons, The Crayola Crusade.

i've been reading john, linda, j. michael , ben and timothy
for days now, a group of sad or angry, dark or humorous
lgbt poets who - despite the fact that my middle initial
is "g" - outshine me in every way.

not because they're l, g, b or t, mind you, nor
because they're christians. because they're damn good!
i've described a mentor of mine thus:
she taught me "x", but she really taught me to teach.

so when I read these men and women, i could say
they've taught me to write and mean it.
to borrow the title of another poet, if jesus were gay - thank you,
emanuel xavier, - i think our savior would approve.

since i've borrowed from mr. xavier, i guess it's legal
to borrow from a poem I wrote, coloring kids.
color is a favorite theme of mine, be it
crayons, skin, purple or artist's blotches.

"teachers may have red pens which can strip away
the dreams of a child holding a bigger-than-life yellow
magic wand in his stubby fingers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 6, 2008
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The theological message that homosexuality is a sin against God is, to state it simply, a flawed interpretation of scripture and antithetical to the stated love of God for his creation. Now an anthology of poetry by Christians who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or trans-sexual has been compiled and edited for the general public by Justin R. Cannon. Here are 142-pages of poetry by thirty-three Christian poets, each of whom offers insight and inspiration, affirmation and affliction, acknowledgments of pain and of promise by and for those whom God has created in his image, but whose sexual orientation differs from that of a majority of members within the Christian community of faith. "Sanctified" is a work of sensitivity, sincerity, and sanctify. It should be read carefully and prayerfully by every member of every Christian community regardless of sectarian creed or denominational affiliation. When/Is it right to marshal in/the absurdities in life/and agree with their recognitions/where substance cries out/To be heard/and love cries out/for support?/Who told you your prejudices/were just/and your hatreds cold bloom/like flowers/in a forest of crippling/wing bites/where birds are forced/not to fly? (Richard Tetreault).
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