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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416908994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416908999
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With 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

"Alex Sanchez evokes the crucifying experience of adolescents wrestling with their sexual identity and their identity as Christians. This book is a gift not just to teenagers, but to those who love and work with them." -- The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alex Sanchez spent almost fifteen years working with youth. He is the author of the teen novels Boyfriends with Girlfriends, Bait, The God Box, Getting It, Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and Rainbow Road, as well as the Lambda Award–winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. Lambda Literary Foundation honored Alex with an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize. He lives in Thailand and Hollywood, Florida. Visit him at AlexSanchez.com.

More About the Author

I'm the author of cool, sometimes controversial teen books, including the Rainbow Boys trilogy, The God Box, Getting It, and the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. My novel, Bait, won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for YA fiction. My newest novel, Boyfriends with Girlfriends, came out in April 2011. I received my master's degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and for many years worked as a youth and family counselor. Visit me at www.AlexSanchez.com.

Customer Reviews

It is a very well written book!
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This book changed my way of thinking about gay people,and helped me understand that they deserve to be happy as they are.
J. Sosa
Although this book is geared towards youth, I recommend it to everyone regardless of age or sexuality.
Jayeson Owen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on October 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Paul is a boy who is highly religious, goes to a Christian school, lives in a very small town, and loves God and his girlfriend of several years. Living in such a small town and going to a small school, everyone knows the new kids.

The knew person, Manuel, is weird. Everyone talks about him, especially when he joins Paul and his friends at their lunch table. Manuel proceeds to tell them that he is both gay and Christian, two things that don't mix well.

The girls love Manuel, but the boys want to stay far away from him -- except for Paul. Manuel is trying to be Pauls friend and all the guys start talking about the both of them.

As Paul and Manuel hang out, a friendship is formed and Paul challenges Manuel about God, the Bible, and being gay. Every answer Manuel gives makes Paul think differently about his religion and what it says. Is being gay okay, and can you still go to Heaven?

While examining his feelings, Paul wonders about his own sexuality and if his friendship for Manuel is just that -- a friendship. When a series of events happens, Paul finds his true feelings, his true identity, and, most importantly, love.

Alex Sanchez's latest novel is amazing. It gives a new interpretation of "the Bible says that being gay is a sin," an excuse that many use. Very thought-provoking, this book will keep a smile on your face until the end.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jayeson Owen on October 18, 2007
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The God Box

The God Box is the 6th book by Lambda award winner Alex Sanchez. This fictional book is about one teens struggle to reconcile his sexuality and his Christianity. Although this book is geared towards youth, I recommend it to everyone regardless of age or sexuality. This groundbreaking book takes a very Christian approach to answering questions about why it's okay to be gay. Using scriptures in the correct context, he easily reconciles one of the churches hottest potatoes right now. If you never listen me again, listen to me now. Order you and your best friends a copy of The God Box today. It is the best book I have ever read.

Shine!

Pastor Jayeson
Senior Pastor of Shine Ministries in Fort Lauderdale
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Siluwé on March 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
I can't say enough about this book that other reviewers haven't already said. But I felt the need to add one more glowing review to a book that enlightens and delights, without delving into the steamier sexual antics that are so often central in tales of coming into one's gay sexuality. In a world where the Christian 'Right' attempts to demonize gayness -- which in turn incites all manner of ill-will and even violence of against gay youth -- The God Box is a warm, fuzzy and delightful read for every Christian teen, gay and straight. Especially straight, because they need to know that some of their Christian peers are in fact gay. And guess what, it's okay.

Thanx Mr. Sanchez!! ~~ Taylor Siluwé, author of Dancing With The Devil
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David N. Parker VINE VOICE on October 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The God Box is a marvelous coming-of-age story of a high school senior's struggle with his sexual feelings. It incorporates confusion, fear, sex, anger, Christianity, race, love, alcoholism, homophobia, acceptance, violence, and almost anything else a young gay student may experience.
Paul is a devout Christian in a small town about an hour's drive from Abilene. He sings in his church choir, belongs to a Christian bible study group in school, and prays daily. While he has been dating Angie for several years, he is not comfortable with even the mildest of teen-age sex play. He has been fighting his attraction to boys since puberty.
Manuel transfers to their school at the beginning of their senior year. Manuel is openly, vociferously gay. When another student asks "Is it true you're a fag?" Manuel responds with my favorite line from the book - "Why? Are you? If you are, I'm not interested."
But Paul is attracted to Manuel. The story, written in the first person, chronicles his struggles with his own acceptance of himself and his fear of rejection - or worse - by his father, Angie, and his peers.
This book is very well done. I recommend it for teens; it should be made readily available in every high school and municipal library, and every PFLAG chapter should have a copy for their guests.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Groves on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the ideal book for any teenager, young adult, or parent of a young person struggling with their sexuality and their faith. It explores the terrain of teenage sexuality in such a way that is honest, convincing and deeply respectful of religious beliefs. In the end, it leaves the reader feeling that Christianity can be a source of liberation for all of us rather than an oppressive force.

Refreshingly, the book is also a real page turner. You end up learning quite a bit about the Bible without knowing it! The God Box is the kind of novel you'll devour in one setting yet it's message about faith will stay with you for a long time to come.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KMG on August 26, 2009
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"The God Box" was about Paul (Pablo) and coming to terms with whether or not he's actually gay. The Christian belief (atleast in that small town) is that being gay is sinful, yet how can it be sinful if it's just a matter of falling in love?

"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 reader. I am not gay, I'm not a teenager, and I'm not a believer in a god of any kind. However, because I love to read, I've read the Bible and I can respect it very much- as well as respect the faiths of those who are able to hold tight to their own personal beliefs. Religion is personal- reading books... not so much.

So, now that you have a bit of a background on me- I hope that it will colour what I have to say next.

WHAT I LOVED:
-Paul and Manuel's characters were VERY well developed. Angie, Pa and Abuelita's were also VERY strong characters. I could picture them in my head, even though I don't think they actually were physically described in much detail in the book.

-The journey that Paul was taken on through Manuel. The inner turmoil that Paul was going through while deciding if he wanted to take action or not

-The dialogue with Paul and his Abuelita. I think she is my favorite character.

-The descriptions and the arguments during Bible study classes. Fair to see BOTH sides of the story- and to keep true to each of the characters' opinions (didn't waver)

-The discussions between Manuel and Paul about if it was sinful to be gay and Christian.
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