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Believer, beware : first-person dispatches from the margins of faith /
selected by Jeff Sharlet, Peter Manseau, and the editors of Killing the Buddha.
imprint
Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2009.
description
xv, 263 p. ; 22 cm.
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0807077399 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780807077399 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2009.
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0807077399 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780807077399 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction: The apocalypse is always now / Jeff Sharlet -- Jew like me / Peter Manseau -- The temple door / Danielle Trussoni -- Zen mind, alkie mind / Martha G. -- What's past Jersey? / Seth Castleman -- I am a sea / Patton Dodd -- My Holy Ghost people / Ashley Makar -- God is electric, Jesus electrochemical / Michael Allen Potter -- Everybody has a mother, and they all die / Jeff Sharlet -- To pardon all our fucking iniquities / Laurel Snyder -- Bible porn / Erik Hanson -- The mucus / Mary Valle -- Sects and the city / Elizabeth Frankenberger -- Agnostic front / Ben Rutter -- Please don't feed the prophet / Daniel S. Brenner -- You're not in Oz anymore / Velvet, as told to Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet -- Cowboy for Christ / Quince Mountain -- Jesus gonna strip you naked / Jeff Sharlat -- The joy of dissent (or, Why I miss fundamentalism) / E.J. Park -- The cross and the color line / Timothy B. Tyson -- Another man's prayers / Stephen Prothero -- I was a pre-pubescent Messiah / Irina Reyn -- Dreading the buzzer / Hasdai Westbrook -- Raised by Jews / Naomi Seidman -- The only truth that mattered / Rebecca Donner -- Ooga Chaka Zen / Paul W. Morris -- Hunger is God's food / Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey -- Revelation road / Peter Manseau -- Searching for Sufis / Jill Hamburg Coplan -- Barbershop Dharma / Jeff Wilson -- The doctrine of sugar / Catherine Allgor -- Jesus is just alright / Mark Dery -- The Lost Temple of the Pennytitties / Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet -- The only Jew for miles / Gordon Haber -- Banana slug Psalm / Meera Subramanian -- Seeing things / Bia Lowe.
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7335224
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jeff Sharlet and Peter Manseau are cofounders of the online literary magazine Killing the Buddha. SHARLET is also the author of The Family and a contributing editor to Harper's and Rolling Stone. MANSEAU's other books include Vows, Rag and Bone, and the novel Songs for the Butcher's Daughter.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-05-11:
This is the second collection of contributions to the online magazine Killing the Buddha (which Sharlet and Manseau founded) to be published in book form. The editors are among the smart, candid, and insightful authors whose personal narratives form the book's 35 brief chapters. The selections represent a wide range of experiences from cheating on bar mitzvah prep to discovering hunger as spiritual food in a Ramadan fast, from sabotaging Bible camp to stumbling upon barbershop theology. Contributions reflect the scope of religious diversity, including orthodox Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Islam, Zen Buddhism and even a meditation on agnosticism. Some are funny, others heartbreaking, and some are simply revelatory. Despite the variety, the collection is unified by the contributors' wrestling with received religious traditions and expectations for belief and practice, each articulating a particular moment of the author's life. The voices are refreshingly honest. Given the narratives' personal nature, readers will not jive with each one but will find particularly thought provoking those that hone in on their own questions, suspicions and experiences. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-05-01:
From Beacon comes a book that, if not a beacon, is certainly a message from the vanguard of popular spirituality. This extremely diverse set of essays is the second to come from Killing the Buddha, an online religion magazine "for people made anxious by churches" and the ideal home for the "spiritual but not religious" and all the other great unchurched believers in America. Here you'll find a Jewish adolescent who hopes she is the promised Messiah, an elven witch, a Zen A.A. memoir, and much more. Shocking, exhilarating, and never dull, these essays sometimes give off the self-conscious, twee air of modern memoirs Ø la Burroughs, but they are important voices. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Praise forKilling the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible "Whip-smart . . . Not so much a rewriting of the Bible as a super-charged hip-hop makeover . . . A genuine stab at a saucy kind of spirituality that's as bold as it is refreshing." New York Observer "Quirky, far-ranging . . . a literary leap of faith." Elle
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Summaries
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From the editors of killingthebuddha.com comes this collection of ambivalent confessions, skeptical testimonies & personal revelations of religion lost & found & lost again.
Main Description
A Killing the Buddha Anthology The second collection to spring from KillingTheBuddha.com, Believer, Beware presents true tales of sex ed in Catholic school, witches in Kansas, sects and the city, Buddhists in the barbershop, Sufis under your nose, an adolescent Jewish messiah in Queens, and more. In a world riven by absolute convictions, these ambivalent confessions, skeptical testimonies, and personal revelations speak to the subtler and stranger dilemmas of faith and doubt-of religion lost and found and lost again.
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AKilling the BuddhaAnthology The second collection to spring from KillingTheBuddha.com,Believer, Bewarepresents true tales of sex ed in Catholic school, witches in Kansas, sects and the city, Buddhists in the barbershop, Sufis under your nose, an adolescent Jewish messiah in Queens, and more. In a world riven by absolute convictions, these ambivalent confessions, skeptical testimonies, and personal revelations speak to the subtler and stranger dilemmas of faith and doubtof religion lost and found and lost again.
Main Description
An engaging collection of ambivalent confessions, skeptical testimonies, and personal revelations of religion lost and found and lost againFor so many these days, the religious tradition we were raised in no longer works for us. Others have no tradition, yet we all search for a spiritual life that feels authentic. The contributors to this book are seekers along the road, sharing true tales about striving to understand their relationship with the divine.The second collection to have sprung from religious commentators Jeff Sharlet and Peter Manseau's popular alternative Web site, KillingTheBuddha.com, Believer, Beware brings together first-person stories with the sensibility of This American Life, ranging from that of a Jewish teen who thinks she is the messiah to a Bible-camp counselor instructing his charges in a religion he is actively questioning to a Muslim hoping to move beyond a tradition of fatalism.By turns poignant, irreverent, and even funny, this collection offers a variety of insights gained from critical engagement with beliefs from all corners.
Main Description
For so many these days, the religious tradition we were raised in is no longer working for us. Either we choose to remain in the fold but on the margins, or we leave and feel somewhat adrift. Others have no tradition, yet we all search for a spiritual life that feels authentic to us. This book is for those seekers, whether not-quite-lapsed Catholics, believers fed up with right-wing dogma, Reconstructionist Jews, radical agnostics, modern pagans, converts, or apostates. The spirit of these essays is summed up in the tale of the Zen master who tells a young monk, "If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him," for his appearance is only the manifestation of one's longing for enlightenment, not the real thing. In this second collection to have sprung from religious commentators Sharlet and Manseau's popluar website, we enter a "temple of words" and hear a "cacophony choir" of voices searching for the real thing. Contributors include journalists, playwrights, novelists, rabbis, and ordinary people, telling true tales of striving to understand their relationship with the divine. The works are not categorized, but are preceded by a "Guide for the Perplexed," an index of themes, major religions, and stances.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Apocalypse Is Always Nowp. ix
Jew Like Mep. 1
The Temple Doorp. 4
Zen Mind, Alkie Mindp. 10
What's Past Jersey?p. 18
I Am a Seap. 22
My Holy Ghost Peoplep. 27
God Is Electric, Jesus Electrochemicalp. 32
Everybody Has a Mother, and They All Diep. 39
To Pardon All Our Fucking Iniquitiesp. 65
Bible Pornp. 70
The Mucusp. 79
Sects and the Cityp. 87
Agnostic Frontp. 92
Please Don't Feed the Prophetp. 98
You're Not in Oz Anymore Velvet, as told top. 103
Cowboy for Christp. 108
Jesus Gonna Strip You Nakedp. 118
The Joy of Dissent (Or, Why I Miss Fundamentalism)p. 122
The Cross and the Color Linep. 126
Another Man's Prayersp. 131
I Was a Prepubescent Messiahp. 136
Dreading the Buzzerp. 140
Raised by Jewsp. 149
The Only Truth That Matteredp. 157
Ooga Chaka Zenp. 161
Hunger Is God's Foodp. 171
Revelation Roadp. 178
Searching for Sufisp. 196
Barbershop Dharmap. 203
The Doctrine of Sugarp. 211
Jesus Is Just Alrightp. 216
The Lost Temple of the Pennytittiesp. 224
The Only Jew for Milesp. 228
Banana Slug Psalmp. 237
Seeing Thingsp. 242
Acknowledgmentsp. 255
Contributors' Notesp. 257
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