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Johnson, Fenton

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Works: 2 works in 10 publications in 1 language and 795 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Frame-stories  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3560.O3766, 813.52
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Publications by Fenton Johnson
Most widely held works about Fenton Johnson
 
Most widely held works by Fenton Johnson
Scissors, paper, rock by Fenton Johnson( Book )
6 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 432 libraries worldwide
For the first time since he left his birthplace in Kentucky for San Francisco, Raphael Hardin has returned home alone. Before, he had always brought men with him on his visits, lovers with whom his mother had been "civil, even flirtatious," while his father retreated to his sacred workshop. Now his mother has died and, at age thirty-six, Raphael has come back to see his dying father, who knows and disapproves of Raphael's boyfriends but who is unaware that this, his youngest child, may be ill as well. Raphael's halting, often painful attempt to reconcile with his father forms the centerpiece of Fenton Johnson's astonishing novel - the second for a writer whose work The Chicago Tribune has called "as rich and Southern as fried-chicken gravy." At times funny, at times heartbreakingly poignant, Scissors, Paper, Rock explores with wisdom and humor the many kinds of family, the infinite varieties of love
Keeping faith : a skeptic's journey by Fenton Johnson( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Observing an encounter between Catholic and Buddhist monks in 1996 at the Abbey of Gethsemani, near where he grew up in rural Kentucky, Fenton Johnson found himself unable to make the sign of the cross. His distance from his childhood faith had become so great -- he considered himself a rational, skeptical man -- that he could not participate in this most basic ritual. Impelled by this troubling experience, Johnson began a search for the meaning of the spiritual life, a journey that took him from Gethsemani to the San Francisco Zen Center, through Buddhism and back to Christianity, from paralyzing doubt to a life-enriching faith. Keeping Faith explores the depths of what it means for a skeptic to have and to keep faith. Johnson grew up with the Trappist monks, but rejected institutionalized religion as an adult. While living as a member of the Gethsemani community and the Zen Center, however, he learned to practice Christian rituals with a new discipline and studied Buddhist meditation, which brought him a new understanding of the deep relationship between sexuality and faith, body and spirit. Changed in profound ways, Johnson ultimately turned back to his childhood faith, now inflected with the accumulated wisdom of his journey. Johnson interweaves memoir, the personal and often shocking stories of Buddhist and Christian monks, and a revealing history of the contemplative life in the West. He offers lay Christians an understanding of the origins and history of their contemplative traditions and provides the groundwork needed to challenge orthodox understandings of spirituality. No matter their backgrounds, readers will find Keeping Faith a work of great power and immediacy
 
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