The gay-affirming books and
magical novels of Toby Johnson

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Toby Johnson is a gay spiritual writer, novelist and progressive thinker.

He was a student of the comparative religions scholar Joseph Campbell;
he applies Campbell's sensible, modern approach to understanding myth and religion
 to the issue of gay people's enlightenment, spiritual growth and happiness.

This page contains information about Johnson's published books.
This website contains excerpts from Johnson's books
as well as original essays about gay spiritual meaning.

The home page contains an annotated list of articles available here.

The Table of Contents page contains links to every article by short name.

While you're here, please take a look around.

You will undoubtedly be surprised by some of the ideas presented
--hopefully, very pleasantly!


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Toby Johnson's books:

Toby's books are available as ebooks from smashwords.com, the Apple iBookstore, etc.


Books on Gay Spirituality:

White Crane Gay Spirituality Series


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  Toby has done five podcasts with Harry Faddis for The Quest of Life

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  Articles and Excerpts:

Review of Samuel Avery's The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness


Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"


About Liberty Books, the Lesbian/Gay Bookstore for Austin, 1986-1996


The Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate


A Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality


Why gay people should NOT Marry


The Scriptural Basis for Same Sex Marriage


Toby and Kip Get Married


Wedding Cake Liberation


Gay Marriage in Texas


What's ironic



Shame on the American People


The "highest form of love"


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Gay Consciousness


Why homosexuality is a sin


The cause of homosexuality


The origins of homophobia


Q&A about Jungian ideas in gay consciousness


What is homosexuality?


What is Gay Spirituality?


My three messages


What Jesus said about Gay Rights


Queering religion


Common Experiences Unique to Gay Men


Is there a "uniquely gay perspective"?


The purpose of homosexuality


Interview on the Nature of Homosexuality


What the Bible Says about Homosexuality


Mesosexual Ideal for Straight Men



Varieties of Gay Spirituality


Waves of Gay Liberation Activity


The Gay Succession


Wouldn’t You Like to Be Uranian?


The Reincarnation of Edward Carpenter


Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality as Artistic Medium


Easton Mountain Retreat Center


Andrew Harvey & Spiritual Activism


The Mysticism of Andrew Harvey


The upsidedown book on MSNBC


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Enlightenment


"It's Always About You"



The myth of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara


Joseph Campbell's description of Avalokiteshvara


You're Not A Wave



Joseph Campbell Talks about Aging



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



Meditation Practice



The way to get to heaven



Buddha's father was right



What Anatman means



Advice to Travelers to India & Nepal



The Danda Nata & goddess Kalika



Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva



John Boswell was Immanuel Kant



Cutting edge realization



The Myth of the Wanderer



Change: Source of Suffering & of Bliss



World Navel



What the Vows Really Mean



Manifesting from the Subtle Realms



The Three-layer Cake & the Multiverse


The est Training and Personal Intention



Effective Dreaming in Ursula LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven


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Gay Spirituality


Curious Bodies


What Toby Johnson Believes


The Joseph Campbell Connection


The Mann Ranch (& Rich Gabrielson)


Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy


The Two Loves


The Nature of Religion


What's true about Religion


Being Gay is a Blessing


Drawing Long Straws


Freedom of Religion


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The Gay Agenda


Gay Saintliness


Gay Spiritual Functions



The subtle workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.


The Sinfulness of Homosexuality


Proposal for a study of gay nondualism


Priestly Sexuality


Having a Church to Leave


Harold Cole on Beauty


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Marian Doctrines: Immaculate Conception & Assumption


Not lashed to the prayer-post


Monastic or Chaste Homosexuality


Is It Time to Grow Up? Confronting the Aging Process


Notes on Licking  (July, 1984)


Redeem Orlando


Gay Consciousness changing the world by Shokti LoveStar


Alexander Renault interviews Toby Johnson



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Mystical Vision


"The Evolution of Gay Identity"


"St. John of the Cross & the Dark Night of the Soul."


Avalokiteshvara at the Baths


 Eckhart's Eye


Let Me Tell You a Secret


Religious Articulations of the Secret


The Collective Unconscious


Driving as Spiritual Practice


Meditation


Historicity as Myth


Pilgrimage


No Stealing


Next Step in Evolution


The New Myth


The Moulting of the Holy Ghost


Gaia is a Bodhisattva


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The Hero's Journey


The Hero's Journey as archetype -- GSV 2016


The  Gay Hero Journey (shortened)


You're On Your Own


Superheroes


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Seeing Differently


Teenage Prostitution and the Nature of Evil


Allah Hu: "God is present here"


 
Adam and Steve


The Life is in the Blood



Gay retirement and the "freelance monastery"


Seeing with Different Eyes


Facing the Edge: AIDS as an occasion for spiritual wisdom


What are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?


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The Vision


The mystical experience at the Servites'  Castle in Riverside


A  Most Remarkable Synchronicity in Riverside


The Great Dance according to C.S.Lewis


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The Techniques Of The World Saviors

Part 1: Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby


Part 2: The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara


Part 3: Jesus and the Resurrection


Part 4: A Course in Miracles


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The Secret of the Clear Light


Understanding the Clear Light


Mobius Strip


Finding Your Tiger Face


How Gay Souls Get Reincarnated


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Joseph Campbell, the Hero's Journey, and the modern Gay Hero-- a five part presentation on YouTube


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About Alien Abduction


In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke


Karellen was a homosexual


The D.A.F.O.D.I.L. Alliance


Intersections with the movie When We Rise


More about Gay Mental Health


Psych Tech Training


Toby at the California Institute


The Rainbow Flag


Ideas for gay mythic stories


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People


Kip and Toby, Activists


Toby's friend and nicknamesake Toby Marotta.


Harry Hay, Founder of the gay movement


About Hay and The New Myth


About Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, the first man to really "come out"


About Michael Talbot, gay mystic


About Fr. Bernard Lynch


About Richard Baltzell


About Guy Mannheimer


About David Weyrauch


About Dennis Paddie


About Ask the Fire


About Arthur Evans


About Christopher Larkin


About Mark Thompson


About Sterling Houston


About Michael Stevens


The Alamo Business Council


Our friend Tom Nash


Second March on Washington


The Gay Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and the "Statement of Spirituality"


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Book Reviews



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


Love Together: Longtime Male Couples on Healthy Intimacy and Communication by Tim Clausen


War Between Materialism and Spiritual by Jean-Michel Bitar


The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion by Jeffrey J. Kripal


Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion by Jeffrey J. Kripal


The Invitation to Love by Darren Pierre


Brain, Consciousness, and God: A Lonerganian Integration by Daniel A Helminiak


A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides by Andrew Harvey


Can Christians Be Saved? by Stephenson & Rhodes


The Lost Secrets of the Ancient Mystery Schools by Stephenson & Rhodes


Keys to Spiritual Being: Energy Meditation and Synchronization Exercises by Adrian Ravarour


In Walt We Trust by John Marsh


Solomon's Tantric Song by Rollan McCleary


A Special Illumination by Rollan McCleary


Aelred's Sin by Lawrence Scott


Fruit Basket by Payam Ghassemlou


Internal Landscapes by John Ollom


Princes & Pumpkins by David Hatfield Sparks


Yes by Brad Boney


Blood of the Goddess by William Schindler


Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom by Jeffrey Kripal


Evolving Dharma by Jay Michaelson


Jesus in Salome's Lot by Brett W. Gillette


The Man Who Loved Birds by Fenton Johnson


The Vatican Murders by Lucien Gregoire


"Sex Camp" by Brian McNaught


Out & About with Brewer & Berg
Episode One: Searching for a New Mythology



The Soul Beneath the Skin by David Nimmons


Out on Holy Ground by Donald Boisvert


The Revotutionary Psychology of Gay-Centeredness by Mitch Walker


Out There by Perry Brass


The Crucifixion of Hyacinth by Geoff Puterbaugh


The Silence of Sodom by Mark D Jordan


It's Never About What It's About by Krandall Kraus and Paul Borja


ReCreations, edited by Catherine Lake


Gospel: A Novel by WIlton Barnhard


Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey by Fenton Johnson


Dating the Greek Gods
by Brad Gooch


Telling Truths in Church by Mark D. Jordan


The Substance of God by Perry Brass


The Tomcat Chronicles by Jack Nichols


10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives by Joe Kort


Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same Sex Love by Will Roscoe


The Third Appearance by Walter Starcke


The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann


Surviving and Thriving After a Life-Threatening Diagnosis by Bev Hall


Men, Homosexuality, and the Gods by Ronald Long

An Interview with Ron Long


Queering Creole Spiritual Traditons by Randy Conner & David Sparks

An Interview with Randy Conner


Pain, Sex and Time by Gerald Heard


Sex and the Sacred by Daniel Helminiak


Blessing Same-Sex Unions by Mark Jordan


Rising Up by Joe Perez


Soulfully Gay by Joe Perez


That Undeniable Longing by Mark Tedesco


Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman


Wisdom for the Soul by Larry Chang


MM4M a DVD by Bruce Grether


Double Cross by David Ranan


The Transcended Christian by Daniel Helminiak


Jesus in Love by Kittredge Cherry


In the Eye of the Storm by Gene Robinson


The Starry Dynamo by Sven Davisson


Life in Paradox by Fr Paul Murray


Spirituality for Our Global Community by Daniel Helminiak


Gay & Healthy in a Sick Society by Robert A. Minor


Coming Out: Irish Gay Experiences by Glen O'Brien


Queering Christ by Robert Goss


Skipping Towards Gomorrah by Dan Savage


The Flesh of the Word by Richard A Rosato


Catland by David Garrett Izzo


Tantra for Gay Men by Bruce Anderson


Yoga & the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main


Simple Grace by Malcolm Boyd


Seventy Times Seven by Salvatore Sapienza


What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway? by Chris Bartlett


Critique of Patriarchal Reasoning by Arthur Evans


Gift of the Soul by Dale Colclasure & David Jensen


Legend of the Raibow Warriors by Steven McFadden


The Liar's Prayer by Gregory Flood


Lovely are the Messengers by Daniel Plasman


The Human Core of Spirituality by Daniel Helminiak


3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke


Religion and the Human Sciences by Daniel Helminiak


Only the Good Parts by Daniel Curzon


Four Short Reviews of Books with a Message


Life Interrupted by Michael Parise


Confessions of a Murdered Pope by Lucien Gregoire


The Stargazer's Embassy by Eleanor Lerman


Conscious Living, Conscious Aging by Ron Pevny


Footprints Through the Desert by Joshua Kauffman


True Religion by J.L. Weinberg


The Mediterranean Universe by John Newmeyer


Everything is God by Jay Michaelson


Reflection by Dennis Merritt


Everywhere Home by Fenton Johnson


Hard Lesson by James Gaston


God vs Gay? by Jay Michaelson


The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path by Jay Michaelson


Roxie & Fred by Richard Alther


Not the Son He Expected by Tim Clausen


The 9 Realities of Stardust by Bruce P. Grether


The Afterlife Revolution by Anne & Whitley Strieber


AIDS Shaman: Queer Spirit Awakening by Shokti Lovestar


Facing the Truth of Your Life by Merle Yost


The Super Natural by Whitley Strieber & Jeffrey J Kripal


Secret Body by Jeffrey J Kripal


In Hitler's House by Jonathan Lane


Walking on Glory by Edward Swift


The Paradox of Porn by Don Shewey


Is Heaven for Real? by Lucien Gregoire


Enigma by Lloyd Meeker


Scissors, Paper, Rock by Fenton Johnson







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Gay Perspective
Gay Spirituality
Secret Matter
The Fourth Quill
Lammy-nominee
Spirituality


Gay Perspective

Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe, $15.00 (includes postage)
Lammy-winner for
 Spirituality/Religion

Gay Spirituality


Gay Identity and the Transformation of Human Consciousness, $15.00
(includes postage)

Lammy-winner
Science Fiction


Secret Matter

A sweet soft sci-fi romantic comedy about gay innocence, $15.00
(includes postage)


The Fourth Quill


A touching and mystical tale of AIDS and spiritual wisdom, $15.00
(includes postage)
 

Getting Life in Perspective

Finding Your Own True Myth


Two Spirits

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G
etting Life in Perspective


A gay spiritual romance novel set in the 1890s,
$15.00 (includes postage)




Finding Your Own True Myth: What I Learned from Joseph Campbelll


A Spiritual autobiography,
$18.00 (includes postage) 


Two Spirits: A Story of Life with the Navajo


A Western genre gay romance,  in collaboration with Walter L. Williams, $18.00
(includes postage)
Lammy-nominee  Anthologies

Charmed Lives:
Gay Spirit in Storytelling


An anthology of 37 gay positive stories with "a touch of the Twilight Zone," $18.00 (includes postage)


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Toby Johnson's Books on Gay Spirituality:
Gay Spirituality
Lammy-winning GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness.

Gay Spirituality has been rereleased in September 2018 by Peregrine Ventures

 
Gay Perspective
 
Toby Johnson's 2003 Lammy-nominated book is
GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us
about the Nature of God and the Universe


This book has been re-released with lots of new and updated content,
and a new Preface, by White Crane Books
(and a beautiful new cover by Peter Grahame*)

 *Peter Grahame's book Contemplations of the Heart: A Book of Male Spirit, Photography, Digital Imagining and Text,

can be previewed at www.ironic-horse.com. Peter and his life partner, Henry Seale, own and operate Ironic Horse Studio in Albuquerque, NM.


 

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The Spiritual/philosophical Autobiography


Finding Your Own True MythToby Johnson's spiritual/philosophical autobiography, Finding Your Own True Myth—The Myth of the Great Secret III, is both a loving memorial to Joseph Campbell and an original extension of his work. Johnson, later a psychotherapist, religions scholar, novelist, and gay spirituality writer, offers insight into the vital role that myth—and insight into myth—play in the modern world and inspiration for anyone seeking coherence and meaning. A wealth of personal anecdotes and teaching stories are woven throughout the text to provide practical applications for these lessons and concrete examples of their power to change lives.

From Joseph Campbell, the renowned comparative religions and mythology scholar, Toby Johnson derived his central insight that there is a “new myth” arising in human consciousness. This is the understanding of the nature of myth itself, a “meta-myth,” the “myth of myth,” according to which our lives are always giving us clues to the secret of our true and deepest nature, and our salvation comes from following our own unique clues.

One of the clues that many cultures share is the tradition of the “wise old man,” the elder who serves as guide, teacher, and companion, helping others on the path to enlightenment. When Toby Johnson, a young Catholic seminarian, left the monastery on his own unconventional spiritual journey, he had the good fortune to find such a teacher in the person of Joseph Campbell. Johnson says in the introduction: Joe demonstrated how to gently leave behind the na´ve religiousness of youth and find wonder, meaning, and bliss in a new post-mythic, but re-mythologized, spiritual consciousness.

FInding Your Own True Myth: What I Learned from Joseph Campbell: The Myth of the Great Secret III   $18.00


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The Gay Novels:
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wo Spirits
Secret Matter
The Fourth Quill
Getting Life in Perspective



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TWO SPIRITS is a collaboration between noted anthropologist and renowned gay scholar Walter L. Williams professor at the University of Southern California and gay novelist and spiritual writer Toby Johnson.

Set in the 1860s, it's the story of a young Virginian, fresh out of the Civil War and struggling to find love and manly comradeship without understanding what that means, who inadvertently gets himself assigned to be Government Indian Agent to the Navajos at the Bosque Redondo Reservation at Fort Sumner in the New Mexico desert, a kind of concentration camp experiment in Indian management. The young protagonist comes to appreciate the plight of the Navajo after he falls in love with the Two-Spirit/berdache/ healer. Together the two lovers manage to get the "experiment" declared a failure and so  liberate the Navajo people and get them back to their sacred homelands.

Says W Randy Haynes (Cherokee) author of the gay murder mystery with an Indian detective, Cajun Snuff:

    "Two Spirits is a spectacular tale based upon the 1860's eviction of the Navajo people from their sacred lands. The reader is transported to an earlier era where little known spiritual traditions were, until recently, unmentionable outside some Native American cultures. With an obvious love and deep respect for the Navajo, Williams and Johnson expose a clash of cultures that will stun many. Two Spirits, a treasure to read, is a rare combination of historical fiction and spiritual wisdom at its absolute finest."

Navajo/Dine scholar Wesley Thomas provides A Commentary at the end of the story discussing the current state of Navajo/Dine culture.

This is a wonderful love story with an adventuresome plot in the style of Western genre, but with a delightfully gay twist and a good and very palatable dose of sensible spirituality.

Two Spirits recounts the true history of Native American cultures -- including same-sex marriage. So-called "gay marriage" was practiced on the American continent for untold centuries before the Europeans arrived. People we'd call "gay" today were revered members of the tribe. They were the storytellers, priests, doctors, ambassadors, counselors. They were the ones who kept culture alive -- just as gay people are today (but with much less thanks and recognition from the mainstream culture).

"A treasure to read"

TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life with the Navajo  $18.00

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Two Spirits
                    audiobookTwo Spirits  is available as an audiobook narrated by Arthur Raymond. Click here









Walter Williams and Toby Johnson (editor) also worked together on Williams' novel of Pacific Island cultures and 18th century whaling, set during the time of the Civil War.

Spirit of the Pacific is a dramatization of wisdom from Japanese Buddhism and Hawaiian shamanism


Spirit of the PacificWhaling ships in the Aleutian Islands, Confederate raiders and Union naval vessels in Maui, sloops and skiffs in the Hawaiian Islands--ships sail into the unknown and change lives. This is the story of Eddie Freeman, an African American slave from South Carolina, who escaped slavery in 1860 and got involved in the Civil War in a way that he never would have expected. Eddie learned not to be afraid of change and the unknown. Eddie was attracted to his own sex, and in 21st century nomenclature would be called gay. But in his day he was just a young man trying to find love and give affection. This is a story about the unexpected twists and turns of life, and how sometimes a person must travel one way to get to the other, become a sailor to find solid land, go to the Arctic to get to a tropical paradise. It is about giving up one’s home to find a better home. It is a story about learning to transcend the polarities of slave and free, sacred and profane, love and hate, human and animal. Most importantly, it is a story about learning to transcend the polarity of life and death to become one with nature, experience limitless love, gain absolute happiness, and achieve true spiritual freedom.

Used copies may be available through amazon.com, click the title below

Spirit of the Pacific by Walter L. Williams (2013-02-04)

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Secret Matter"Toby Johnson's fly blend of sweet romance, social commentary and entertaining science fiction
gives new meaning to the concept of a 'genre' novel--
the sort of easy-going read rarely found in gay fiction, and very welcome." Richard Labonte

SECRET MATTER is a science-fiction romance novel. It won a 1990 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Science Fiction. In 1999, it was one of five books nominated to be the first ever inducted into the Gay Lesbian Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
In November 2005, Lethe Press brought out the current updated, expanded, and revised edition for 21st century readers.

The story tells of the arrival of a race of aliens. They have cameleon-like autonomic functions in their skin coloration which reveal their emotional and psychological states. Thus they are fundamentally unable to lie. For them homosexual activity is consistent with their biology and normal in their culture. Recognizing our society's objection to homosexual activity, however, they try to hide their true nature. The tension created between the two cultures confuses their mission in coming to our world.

The plot is a sweet love story about the relationship between a young gay man and one of the aliens. Through several levels the protagonist slowly uncovers the truth about the aliens' "secret life," including, finally, the fact that they aren't really alien at all, but rather come from a parallel world of Earth. The punch line is that in the creation myth of the Garden of Eden in their world their "Adam & Eve" did NOT commit original sin and their reward was both their inability to hide the truth and, incidentally, their homosexuality. The novel is about the importance of coming out and the innocence of gay experience.

Arthur C. Clarke was a great influence on Toby Johnson's thought and writing style.
Here's his piece In Honor of Sir Arthur C. Clarke

The excerpt from Secret Matter describes The Arrival of the Visitors
starburstIn June 1999, the US national gay and lesbian science fiction fan club, the Gaylactic Network, nominated SECRET MATTER for induction into its newly created Hall of Fame. This was the first year of the Spectrum Awards and the Gaylactic Network Hall of Fame. SECRET MATTER was chosen as one of the five nominees out of all the gay and lesbian sci-fi ever published up to that time.

Secret Matter $15.00

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The Fourth Quill

The Fourth Quill

originally published as PLAGUE: A Novel about Healing is the story of an AIDS educator who uncovers a misconceived plot to suppress an effective cure for HIV.  As he begins to realize the sinister nature of his discovery, he is forced to take seriously the teachings about healing and about the nature of evil presented in A Course in Miracles, which he has been talking about with members of an AIDS support group he facilitates.
While structured as a thriller, the novel is an uplifting presentation of the wisdom of ACIM and of the delightful little spiritual classic The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment and Ursula LeQuin's classic novel The Lathe of Heaven.
This novel is an example of science fiction as modern day mythology.

Originally published by Alyson Publications

Rereleased by Lethe Press, 2012 with changes and a Foreword by the author. $18.00

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The excerpt from The Fourth Quill is a dramatization of a story that Joe Campbell used to tell about the Mahayana Buddhist myth of the Bodhisattva as world savior and a paradoxical presentation of what we usually think of as suffering. The tale is called The Fourth Quill
 
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getting life in perspective

"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

GETTING LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE is a post-modern novel about a big city literary editor who, when faced with serious illness, retires to the country to relieve stress and to write the novel he's always been intending to write. Living alone in a ramshackle old mansion in the Texas Hill Country, he begins to imagine that the characters of his novel are real. Two young gay men from the 1890s then appear to him and recount the story of their lives.
In the turn-of-the-century story, the two characters, having managed to find one another against great odds, seek refuge in a gay utopian colony in Colorado loosely modeled after Edward Carpenter's farm in Sussex, England. There they discover a gay positive, post-Christian, Whitman-inspired spirituality.
The writer is never clear whether he is seeing ghosts or simply very vividly creating his novel. But the Topper-esque ghosts playfully assist him in coming to terms with his own self-pity and fear of dying.
It's a sweet, occasionally sexy, historical romance with a contemporary spiritual/philosophical message woven in--along with justs a touch of the Twilight Zone. More about Getting Life in Perspective

Read about The Clear Light Colony from GETTING LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE.

Getting Life in Perspective  $15.00

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                        Life in Perspective audiobook
Getting Life in Perspective is available as an audiobook narrated by Alex Beckham.





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charmed lives
Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling

edited by Toby Johnson and Steve Berman

Spinning Straw into Gold


M
odern society, including--and maybe especially-- gay culture recreates its own mythological traditions in "the old-fashioned way," by telling stories.

Gay storytelling engender myths, allowing the negative elements that traditional society and religion has placed on homosexual identity to be transformed and uplifted.

White Crane Books, an imprint of Lethe Press (Steve Berman, editor/publisher), announces an anthology of writings that do what good myths and storytelling are supposed to do: inspire and evoke meaning (especially out of despondency and darkness), to cheer, to place life in larger context, to hint at secret meanings--stories that inspire gay men to think positively about themselves, their lifestyles, their bodies (of any type), and, especially, their own spiritual paths.

Charmed Lives $18

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Gay Spirituality

Gay Spirituality: Gay Identity and
the Transformation of Human Consciousness
(click on title for more info & reviews)


The answer to what gay people are here for!
Lambda Literary Award winner
Spirituality/Religion 2000
Nominated Best Gay/Lesbian Non-Fiction Book of the Year
ForeWord: the magazine of independent and university presses.

   A new edition of GAY SPIRITUALITY was released by Lethe Press with a beautiful cover featuring art by Stevee Postman.


"...quite simply the best, sanest, most readable book on the subject I've come across..." a reader wrote in email.
[Gay Spirituality] is the book that Walt Whitman might have written if he'd studied with Joseph Campbell. It combines an unflaggingly exuberant, life-affirming tone with impressive scholarship and interpretive flair. And, like Whitman, it convinces not by argument but by its presence. The clarity of the author's mind--as well as his evident kindness, wit, and intellectual daring--has produced what is not so much a book as a soul-replenishing companion, a guide, and a friend." Stephen Mo Hanan, The Gay & Lesbian Review.

Gay Spirituality  $15.00

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Gay Perspective:
Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about
the Nature of God and the Universe
(click on title for more info & reviews)


"An illuminating, honest, provocative, and significant exploration of gay spirituality. This is must reading for all seeking the spiritual element in the gay experience."

--Malcolm Boyd,
Take Off the Masks, Gay Priest,
& Look Back in Joy

--Mark Thompson,
Gay Spirit, Gay Soul, & Gay Body

"Toby Johnson reveals how gay male sensibility contributes to the leading edge of culture and consciousness, and can even revolutionize religion in ways that benefit everyone. You may never view your role in the scheme of things in quite the same way.

-- Bruce P. Grether,
Mindful Masturbation: Transforming Male Self-Pleasuring into a Spiritual Practice

 
White Crane Books/Lethe Press - $15.00

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Meet Toby Johnson & Kip Dollar




Now out of print
Myth of the Great Secret

 The Myth of the Great Secret: An Appreciation of Joseph Campbell
Published in 1992 by Celestial Arts,
a revised edition of a book by the same name (with different subtitle)
published in 1981 by William Morrow

Used copies are available from amazon.com resellers. Click here.
A "Second Revised Edition" is in the works. In Search of God in the Sexual Underworld  Click here.



Toby's 1983 book  In Search of God in the Sexual Underworld (published under the name Edwin Clark Johnson) is available used from amazon.com resellers. Click here.

A scan of the pages of this book is available for download. Click here.
 



A Search for Spiritual Meaning in the Face of Emptiness

Toby Johnson's first book was titled The Myth of the Great Secret: A Search for Spiritual Meaning in the Face of Emptiness. It appeared in 1981 and was revised in 1992.

It contains a chapter on Werner Erhard and est that is not included in the revised edition. (That essay is available on this website. Click here.)



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Manuscripts in progress
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Awakening: A Novel of the Millennium

Bowman's World: the sequel to Awakening


Last Update: 09/02/2018

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Toby Johnson, PhD is author of nine 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, four 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 and editor of a collection of "myths" of gay men's consciousness. 

Johnson's book GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness won a Lambda Literary Award in 2000.

His  GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our [Homo]sexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe was nominated for a Lammy in 2003. They remain in print.

FINDING YOUR OWN TRUE MYTH: What I Learned from Joseph Campbell: The Myth of the Great Secret III tells the story of Johnson's learning the real nature of religion and myth and discovering the spiritual qualities of gay male consciousness.

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