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The God Box

by Alex Sanchez

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | May 5, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The God Box is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Paul, a religious teen living in a small conservative town, finds his world turned upside down when he meets Manuel—a young man who says he’s both Christian and gay, two things that Paul didn’t think could coexist in one person. Doesn’t the Bible forbid homosexuality? As Paul struggles with Manuel’s interpretation of the Bible, thoughts that Paul has long tried to bury begin to surface, and he finds himself re-examining his whole life. This is an unforgettable book on an extremely timely topic that strives to open minds on both ends of the spectrum.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: May 5, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416909001

ISBN - 13: 9781416909002

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet and Informative A great read for all teens who are struggling with sexuality or religion... or both. You form a connection with Pablo (now known as Paul, because he gave up his Mexican heritage). He is the boy who just wants to fit it. To have a normal life. He is the boy who feels awful when he sees bullying, but turns the other way because he doesn't want to be bullied himself. He is the boy who starts going out with his best friend, Angie, in an attempt to prove he's straight. He's the boy who slowly finds himself falling in love with the new boy at school. 'Out and proud' Mexican boy, Manuel, is a shock to Paul. He questions our interpretations of the bible and the messages portrayed in it, but is still a believer. He's headstrong and brave, and everything Paul wishes he could be. As Paul struggles with coming to terms with himself, his Pastor and the 'ex-gay' association his Pastor believes he should join, he figures out one or two things about religion and love. This story is incredibly sweet, and may help you figure out a few things about religion, too. Definately recommended reading for anyone trying to figure themselves out. You don't need to be incredibly religious, either (I'm not, but I still enjoyed this.) Just remember to pack a few tissues; I was crying through most of it.
Date published: 2009-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read! Sometime ago I read an article that recommended this book. I checked at my city library to see if they had it. They carried it so I put a hold on it. Finally, a couple of months later, I picked it up when it became available yesterday. I couldn't put it down! I am a straight, married woman who attends an Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Canada. That means our church makes a public welcome to all, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. That's why this book was of interest to me. I was blown away by this book. I have read other books on "coming out", but never have I been as moved as I was with this one. It's a brilliant book which I will now purchase as a reference book for my church and would heartily recommend it to anyone (except perhaps pre-teen kids as many of them would not yet relate to the sexual feelings the main character experiences). I look forward to reading more of this author's work. Buy the book!
Date published: 2008-06-06

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The God Box

by Alex Sanchez

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: May 5, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416909001

ISBN - 13: 9781416909002

From the Publisher

Paul, a religious teen living in a small conservative town, finds his world turned upside down when he meets Manuel—a young man who says he’s both Christian and gay, two things that Paul didn’t think could coexist in one person. Doesn’t the Bible forbid homosexuality? As Paul struggles with Manuel’s interpretation of the Bible, thoughts that Paul has long tried to bury begin to surface, and he finds himself re-examining his whole life. This is an unforgettable book on an extremely timely topic that strives to open minds on both ends of the spectrum.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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

Appropriate for ages: 12

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