My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus

My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus

A Memoir

Book - 2012
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Kelly Barth, like many American kids, went to Sunday school, sang songs about Zaccheas, and was tucked in with bedtime prayers. A typical Christian kid, that is, until she developed a searingly deep crush on another little girl playing afterhours in church, and more importantly, until Jesus--a tiny, imaginary Jesus, one that stays "safely tucked behind the baseboard or the petals of a peony"--became her invisible friend and constant companion.

Heartbreakingly honest and hilarious, My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus shows just how easy it can be to fall headlong into fundamentalism, venturing into the very heart of enemy territory and the churchÆs false promises of altar calls and sexual cures. In the spirit of Anne LamottÆs Traveling Mercies , this debut memoir is plainspoken, speaking with candor and insight. Barth particularly addresses the disconnect between the radical and very human Jesus of history and the churchÆs supernatural savior. She asks the question to all in the closet--both closet Christians and closet homosexuals: Which is more difficult, admitting to being Christian or admitting to being gay?

An answer is found in her own hard-won journey, a hopeful answer that is an "attempt to leave a record of the early signs of the turning and softening of a collective heart." Giving voice to many who have searched for sanctuary in a church that has largely rejected them, this story pauses at the threshold of one of a growing number of churches which, in opening the door to her and other homosexuals, welcome Jesus back inside as well.

Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Arktoi Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780980040753
Branch Call Number: BIO BARTH K. Barth
Characteristics: 229 p. ;,21 cm.


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LPL_ShirleyB Apr 07, 2018

Meet Kelly Barth on Saturday, April 14, 2018 (1:00 pm) at the east gate of the Baker Wetlands for Local Authors Outside! I am in awe of the wise-wit of this Lawrencian!

Oct 09, 2015

A little slow moving at times, it took me a long time to get through this book even though it's quite short. That being said, there are interesting parts - and the writer is a bit comedic. The story details the writer's very long coming out process, due largely to her christian faith.


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