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The God Box Paperback – May 5, 2009
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"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
About the Author
Alex Sanchez is the author of the Lambda Award-winning So Hard to Say. His other books include Rainbow Boys and Getting It. Visit Alex at www.AlexSanchez.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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."
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
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.
Senior Pastor of Shine Ministries in Fort Lauderdale
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book for gay Christian youth who are questioning their sexuality and their faith. Like Sanchez's character Manuel, I believe God is a loving God who knows who we... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. E. Tudor
I was really excited about this book. I like Alex Sanchez as an author in the YA-LGBTQ+ genre. This book for as interesting as the blurb was, is roughly 300 pages of teeth-pulling... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laura
This book was a really well written YA novel....and actually had some new information for me (an adult). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amanda
Kudos to Alex Sanchez for squaring this circle and breaking the false dichotomy between being gay and being spiritual. Read morePublished 12 months ago by NoVaGymGuy
We bought this for a "young adult" literature class in college. Great novel.Published 12 months ago by Faica Paul
You made me cry. That's how I know. I'm not gay, but this book shows me that I'm not the only one who feels this way. I especially liked the abuelita character.Published 19 months ago by Mildred Aimee Morales