On the Road to Heaven: An Autobiographical Novel

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Zarahemla Books, 2007 - Fiction - 333 pages
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From the author of Latter Days: A Guided Tour Through Six Billion Years of Mormonism comes this exuberant and groundbreaking autobiographical novel about the modern Mormon convert experience. Revealing the author's hard-won path to meaning, faith, and forgiveness, On the Road to Heaven is a love story about a girl and a guy and their search for heaven-a lotta love, a little heaven, and one heck of a ride in between. In a style reminiscent of and offering homage to Jack Kerouac, On the Road to Heaven traces an LSD-to-LDS pilgrimage across the geographic and cultural landscape of two continents in the late twentieth century. From the 1970s hippie heyday of the Colorado mountains to the coca fields of Colombia, it's a journey through Thoreau ascetics, Ram Dass Taoism, and Edward Abbey monkey-wrenching to the mission fields of one of the world's fastest-growing-and most trenchantly conservative-religions. Few stories have ever described a more unusual road to redemption.

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The ending was unsatisfying and rushed. - Goodreads
Coke Newell is an extroadinary writer. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Carrie Eyre - Goodreads

Phenomenal book. So honest. So refreshing. The author's writing style has been described as iconoclastic, and thanks goodness for that. Read full review

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User Review  - Callie - Goodreads

If you are going to write a book about your religious conversion and certain miracles you have experienced make it a memoir. The tag 'autobiographical novel' bothers me. What is real? What is ... Read full review


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Coke Newell is a fifth-generation westerner. He grew up in the mountains of Colorado and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in journalism from Colorado State University. He has had articles published nationwide and internationally in such publications as Grit, Columbia Journalism, Review, and others. Cow Chips Aren't for Dippin' is his second book.

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