Table of Contents
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
Buddha's father was right
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
the conclusion of this book, the protagonist Rick Carton is deeply
moved by a religious folk song by John Foley and the St. Louis Jesuit
Seminarians, called "Wood Hath Hope." Here's a link to a YouTube video
that song. Wood Hath Hope
Lethe Press Paperback,
288 pages, $18.00
Toby Johnson's beloved "gay spiritual, fantastical romance novel" is back in print.
Sweet, sexy, wise and thoroughly entertaining, this mytho-historical novel, featuring two lovable apparitions from late 1800s America, interweaves a heart-warming story of youthful romance and adventure with an ageless life-affirming and gay-positive spiritual message
...along with just a touch of the Twilight Zone.
Here's a link to this book's listings at amazon.com
Getting Life in Perspective: A Fantastical Romance
Also from amazon: the audiobook read by Alex Backham
Getting Life in Perspective is available from the author (signed, if you'd like)
at retail price but with free postage--and can be purchased by credit card
Getting Life in Perspective is also available from smashwords.com
“There is a fresh naivete in [Toby Johnson’s] style that rings pleasantly in the ear, like the memory of a ‘boy’s book’ enthusiastically devoured at age 12. Against the sour punk of so much of today’s gay male fiction, Getting Life in Perspective is a treat.” —Marvin Shaw, reviewer
“What can I say? This magical creation made me cry and laugh and muse and‚ more significantly, it made me remember the essential innocence, spirit and purpose of love. Love always presents a unique personal view; if allowed, it can expand perspective beyond mere imagination‚ Getting Life in Perspective jump starts memory, gives rebirth to hope and literally sings. It is an irreverent-reverent chant to love.” —Wil Biggers, White Crane Journal
“The narrator of this clever and fast-moving novel creates two characters who tell their story of gay life and relationships the way it might have been in turn of the century America. Weaving the spiritual messages of Edward Carpenter and Joseph Campbell into the plot adds a provocative and timely theme… a thoughtful book as well as simply great good fun.” —Michael Shernoff, gay therapist
Rainbow Reviews wrote:
“Getting Life in Perspective” by Toby Johnson is an amazing novel. With everything from Walt Whitman to Joseph Campbell to the mystics of the Far East, this story is dense with teachings, philosophies, and life lessons. It truly has the potential to change your life.
This book is about gay spirituality and gay sexuality and the universal life experience. It is told in an engaging and emotional way. The characters are vivid, the environment colorful, and the events totally believable.
There are many layers within this story. It is wonderful how the author creates two different eras ~ 1890s and the 1980s; yet, these separate times emphasize the commonality/ the universality of all eras.
Within this book is the story of two gay young men finding themselves and their love in the 1890s. They tell their story to a gay man living in the 1980s who is struggling to come to terms with his own mortality and the AIDS epidemic to help illuminate his own life. All this is told in a way to help enlighten the reader’s connection with the universal themes of life, love, mortality, sexuality, and spirituality.
It should be noted that because of the serious way the author treats the subject matter, this book is not for anyone desiring a light, escapist read; but, for those willing to make the effort, it is very rewarding!
--Review by Matthew
Steve Williams, a British reviewer, loved Getting Life in Perspective. Here's an excerpt from his review
A Powerful Romance
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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