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The God Box Hardcover – October 9, 2007

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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.
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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 (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read a lot of books about teenagers dealing with their sexuality, so it takes a lot to impress me. Congratulations, Alex Sanchez, this book blew me away. It also had me crying every chapter or so-that's how real and relatable it is. I read this book in two days-would have been one, if I hadn't started so late the first day. It is one of those books where you HAVE to know what's going to happen next. Great plot line, great characters-I can't say enough about the characters.
I also can't say enough about how wonderful the love was in the book. Not just romantic love, but friendship love, family love, love of enemies, love of thyself, and-love of God. The dedication said it all: "To those who believe in a loving God and those who struggle to love themselves."
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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.

Reviewed by: Jeremey
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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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"`What's unnatural is homophobia,' Manuel said. `Homo sapiens is the only species in all of nature that responds with hate to homosexuality.'"

Paul, a Mexican teen who moved to Texas, was a strong follower of God and had a model relationship with his girlfriend, Angie. He was sure of who he was and what he believed in. That is, until he met Manuel, an openly gay Christian who shakes up the Bible Club with his confidence and love for God. After Paul met Manuel, he noticed that he was having confusing feelings for Manuel, feelings that he once thought were disgusting and sinful. However, his mind changes as Manuel discusses his faith with Paul and how the Scripture verses used to condemn homosexuality are really not used in context. In addition, Manuel causes everyone in the Bible Club to reconsider their morals. For instance, Angie is discussing John 4 when she says, "`What this passage says to me,' Angie continued, `is how no one was--or is--beyond the love of Jesus, regardless of their tribe, gender, or sexuality.'"

This Young Adult LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, and Questioning) novel may be slow at first, but the drama--and emotion--escalates as the story unfolds. Alex Sanchez uses first person point-of-view to make Paul seem more relatable. As Paul struggles with his definition of right and wrong and his identity, Sanchez describes Paul's thoughts and actions in detail. In addition, he uses Scripture to convince the reader and make them ponder themselves. The author uses very little imagery, which is acceptable because most people do not speak or think in metaphors or similes.

The God Box tackles the sensitive issues of homosexuality and its place in Scripture.
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Like all of Mr. Sanchez' books, this is a simple teen romance that happens to be between boys. The characters are believable and act the way a reader expects of adolescents. They are believable, flawed, lovable and consistent. For those of us whose family and friends are wonderful gay folk, thank you Mr. Sanchez for clarifying many of the bible's often misquoted and misinterpreted statements on homosexuality. I cringe when I hear this disinformation spread in sermons and now use the book as a reference.
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