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The Thousand-Petaled Lotus: Growing Up Gay in the Southern Baptist Church

Michael Fields will read from his poignant, thought-provoking, and hilarious memoir, The Thousand-Petaled Lotus: Growing Up Gay in the Southern Baptist Church. He writes of his sexual awakening and awareness through an adolescence filled with anguished prayers that Jesus would cure him of homosexuality and make him “a normal boy.” Fields’ personal and spiritual journey, includes metaphysical pondering, questioning faith, associating with erudite mentors and friends, and ultimately, arriving at his final destination in the kingdom of heaven. And it’s all woven together with his charm and distinctly Southern wit.