To me, Mary Lou offers women the world over a powerful and successful role model for living an authentic, integrated and meaningful professional life. The book The God Box has the main character tirelessly strive to fit himself into each one of these alternatives, most of which center around the reformation of gay people who are thought to be living in sin. Straight Paul is a mask worn by Gay Pablo, and he realizes the importance of both by the end of the book. I enjoyed it because the characters were likeable and I could relate to them, relate to their situations. This eventually helps Paul who goes back to being called Pablo come to grips with his feelings and come out to his family and friends who are not really surprised. Writing down my request and putting it in my God box enables me to feel like I've done my part in turning it over. I will read anything Sanchez writes because his books have enormous heart.
The bible passages and 'debates' w This doesn't ruin anything about the novel that isn't obvious within the first 5 minutes of reading this, but, being neither gay or religious, there wasn't a whole lot of appeal for me in this. For some it's through prayer, for others it's through personal affirmations. Boxing God With Human Wisdom A second way we can put God in a box is through creating or assuming knowledge of Him that He has not revealed to us. Nothing ever came of it but pain and grief until we reconnected years later, and we are now content to be good friends again. Where God has kept silent, so should we, in an attitude of awe towards Him.
The God Box 2007 focuses on a Christian teen boy, who doesn't want to accept he's gay. The first few pages are especially hard to read. However, we some times need the extra nudge to make the letting go process a reality. We can understand some of what this means and can begin to grapple with the nature of the Godhead. Likewise I think that the Christian environment is portrayed incredibly accurately, albeit falling into a number of cliches.
It made me think about particular parts of the Bible in a new way, which is certainly not a bad thing. This book was about learning to accept- but it seemed like we met Paul when he was already learning to accept. Lambda Literary Award-winning author Alex Sanchez tackles a subject ripped from the headlines in this exciting and thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be both religious and gay. Yet because God is rational and truthful, we must understand that He will act in accordance with His revelation of Himself lest He prove irrational. The main idea is to completely turn these things over to God, walk away and let him do his work. I think that Paul's struggle is something that many gay teens relate too, it just fell flat for me because of a lack of ability to relate personally. Often we learn about faith in a Higher Power and begin to trust in the process of life.
From The God Box: I wasn't sure who was crazier, him or me. I have used the God box several times in my life, and it works. If you think you have mastered the doctrine of the Trinity, you have placed God in a box of your own making, for God does not give us sufficient information about this doctrine for us to ever master it. He tries bargaining with God, begging Him to take away the sinful desires. And they were to the point where they encouraged violence.
I'm not Christian, so maybe this book didn't really resound with me because my eyes kept glossing over at all the bibley parts and I struggled to stay focused. She is gay and I believed that I was straight, because I liked boys. So I picked up this book rather reluctantly after it had sat, not-quite-forgotten on m Wow. Im sure youll reach so many people with what youve got to say. Sanchez is always good at portraying inner does a hyphen belong here? To excel in everything was for Paul a proof that he was one of them, one of the good boy. Sanchez's cleverly diverse characterizations, conversational stylings, and sense of humor lighten this potentially daunting theme.
In the example above, we cannot accurately say that God is love until we have reconciled His love with the other attributes He has seen fit to reveal to us. High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together. It shows that faith and homosexuality, or the acceptance of homosexuality, can and actually should go hand-in-hand. Not entirely sad sobs, either! I have no problem with religion itself as it applies to people in their personal lives. There was one point where I so wanted him to just allow himself to fall for Manuel that I actually threw the book down in frustration. Perhaps it's the time of my life now where I realize that I am strong enough to speak from my heart, fully myself -- to integrate the various parts of me and tell my own whole truth.
It's a book about intolerance and how this can lead to cruelty, especially coming from Christians who interpret the Bible literally and forget the one important thing that God called us to do. I could even relate to Elizabeth and Cliff, because several years ago, I harboured the same homophobic attitude they do, and since speaking out for gay rights, I've had several well-meaning Christians like them tell me in that patronizing tone that they would pray for me. Things no longer relevant and perhaps even forgotten can be examined. All we know about Him should spur us on to worship Him in spirit and truth and to motivate us to take what we know to the world, that others can rejoice with us. During their time together Manuel exposes Paul to alternate views on the meaning of the passages most used by Christians to condemn homosexuality as a sin. It doesn't have to be a fancy container.
I am free to follow hunches and I find myself hyperaware of coincidences conspiring in my favor. I just didn't know how to tell him that. Sometimes we are afraid to ask God for big things because he might say no and then we would be disappointed again. It's about attraction and acceptance. Manual is a newcomer to an ultra-conservative school and openly admits he is gay.