Slouching toward Zion and More Lies
Literary Non-Fiction - Religion
Pub Date: 10/01/2004
  cloth
Price:        $24.95

978-1-57441-183-6

Published by University of North Texas Press

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Slouching toward Zion and More Lies

By Robert Flynn
Foreword by Kyle Childress

Robert Flynn has gathered twenty-three stories that have hope, faith, and love as their common denominator. They are funny, political, and more than a bit prophetic as well as being superbly crafted.

Included in the collection are “The Rest of the Story,” wherein the author retells select Biblical stories and parables supplying heretofore expurgated details with an exquisitely agonizing truth; “Ten Mistakes God Made,” which treats with candor religious politics, elitism, and the unexplained nature of what makes us believe; “The Trouble with Eve” and “Redemption,” which are at heart stories of how one grapples with, avoids, questions, and finally resigns to—love; and “Chicken Soup for the Damned,” a fable cum corporate biography retelling of the Savior’s story.

Robert Flynn, a native of Chillicothe, Texas, is the author of seven novels, among them North To Yesterday, (winner of awards from the Texas Institute of Letters and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and named one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Times ) and Wanderer Springs (winner of a Spur Award from Western Writers of America). Most recently, he coauthored with the late Dan Klepper a new novel, The Devils Tiger. He is also the author of a nonfiction narrative, A Personal War in Vietnam. His two story collections are both recipients of awards: Seasonal Rain, co-winner of the Texas Literary Festival Award, and Living with the Hyenas, winner of a Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. He also coauthored When I Was Just Your Age, published by the University of North Texas Press. In 1998, Flynn received the “Distinguished Achievement Award” from the Texas Institute of Letters. Retired as writer-in-residence at Trinity University, he lives in San Antonio with his wife, Jean

What Readers Are Saying:

“Flynn’s prose cuts like St. Michael’s sword slicing through the smug heart of a believer too comfortable in his faith. He is to southern Baptists what Flannery O’Conner is to southern Catholics. He is raw, woolly, and wild-eyed, and very necessary.” --Jill A. Essbaum, Concordia University, author of Heaven

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