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Also on this website:
Toby Johnson's books:
GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe
THE FOURTH QUILL, a
novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"
The Gay Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and the "Statement of Spirituality"
You're Not A Wave
What is Enlightenment?
What is reincarnation?
How many lifetimes in an ego?
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Advice to Travelers to India & Nepal
The Danda Nata & goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Be Done on Earth by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by Souldancer
The Way Out by Christopher L Nutter
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth A. Burr
Extinguishing the Light by B. Alan Bourgeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by Kenneth Low
Janet Planet by Eleanor Lerman
The Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
Wrestling with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph Ballentine
The Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
The Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel by Richard Alther
The Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
Missing Mary by Charlene Spretnak
Gay Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman
Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano
The Key to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
Occam’s Razor by David Duncan
Grace and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L. Rigoglioso
The Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
A remarkable novel by poet and playwright
In Ask the Fire, readers will discover not only an intriguing tale of spies and terrorists, but also a trans-mythological, but deeply spiritual, vision of the meaning of human life in the charged world of the 21st century.
• the high tech culture of modern espionage •
• the highly politicized social culture of
Washington, D.C., “Capital of the world” •
• a gay Mata Hari •
• the secret of the Knights Templar •
• the legends of courtly love •
• the mysteries of Freemasonry in the
architecture of the D.C. streets •
• 60s Austin Texas hippiedom •
• & plenty of urban gay and post-gay culture •
“I had a friend who was a spy.” So begins a story of espionage, set just before 9/11. It features a brilliant, almost enlightened, but emotionally jaded and politically cynical secret agent, a man who has seduced secrets out of the Arab world for decades for U.S. Intelligence and now struggles on his own to prevent the start of the Terrorist Wars. It’s a story with a vast sweep that places spying—and spiritual vision—within the larger history of heresy and homosexuality in Western culture from the Crusades to our contemporary clash with Islamic fundamentalism.
"I worked closely with the author during the book layout stage of Ask The Fire. Dennis Paddie is a friend of mine, a "character" in Austin TX, "head of the hippies" back in the 1970s, an eco-activist, poet, wise man, storyteller, playwright. It was a great experience for me, as his editor, working with him to polish the text. At turns funny, tragic, sacrilegious, reverent, horrific, opulent; it’s erudite and literary, down-to-earth and lusty, entertaining, disturbing, thrilling, enlightening and, ultimately, satisfying. I’m proud to offer an imprimatur." —Toby Johnson, author of Gay Spirituality
"Dennis Paddie’s Ask the Fire (Lethe Press) is too complex to describe in a few sentences. Its plot is a fictional recreation of the events leading up to 9/11; one of its several protagonists is a Texas-born spy who infiltrates the group responsible and dies on the day of the attacks. The novel sets forth an unusual argument about the decline of America and its failure to understand the rest of the world, particularly the Middle East; it meditates on the power of homosexuality (including its particular usefulness in espionage) and, most strikingly, it grounds its plot in esoteric history." — Wayne Gunn, Lambda Literary
Recommended for libraries by Amer Lib Assoc GLBT Round Table reviewer Paul Hubbard in nice review.
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Toby Johnson, PhD is author of eight books: three non-fiction books that apply the wisdom of his teacher and "wise old man," Joseph Campbell to modern-day social and religious problems, three gay genre novels that dramatize spiritual issues at the heart of gay identity, and two books on gay men's spiritualities and the mystical experience of homosexuality. In addition to the novels featured elsewhere in this web site, Johnson is author of IN SEARCH OF GOD IN THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD and THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET (Revised edition): AN APPRECIATION OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL.
Johnson's Lammy Award winning book
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of
Human Consciousness was published in 2000. His Lammy-nominated
PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe was published by Alyson in 2003. Both books are
available now from Lethe
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