The God Box by Alex SanchezThe God Box by Alex Sanchez

The God Box

byAlex Sanchez

Paperback | May 5, 2009

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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.
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
Title:The God BoxFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:May 5, 2009Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416909001

ISBN - 13:9781416909002

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from For Gay Christian Teens A great book for gay Christian teens struggling with both their faith and their sexuality.
Date published: 2013-11-27
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

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