Trapped in the Body of Jesus

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AuthorHouse, Sep 2, 2010 - Fiction - 100 pages
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Cross the freaky Medieval art of Hieronymus Bosch with a church revival, and you've got a rough idea of what  "Trapped in the Body of Jesus" is about. The book is a collection of  three stories ultimately more satirical of people's perception of church than the institution itself.

Begun in 1990, "Soapwoman" is a coming of age tale of Spec Jordan, a pubescent Baptist haunted not by the devil, but by raging hormones and a spectre who  renders bad white boys into bars of lye soap.

"A Bishop of The True Church" is the distorted story of Bishop Orvis Hedgepath, a transplanted Mississippi prelate determined to escape his "intolerant" southern Baptist upbringing. Hedgepath, however, reverts to his true form instituting a series of truly intolerant excommunications.

In "Division by Zero is Impossible," Mullis Pickman brings an apocalyptic secret home to his impoverished stomping grounds during Fulmen County's annual "Lightning Festival."  


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If growing up within walking distance of both Flannery O'Connor's home and the nation's largest mental institution didn't add enough southern color to Alfred Thigpen's childhood, then his stint as a severely underage greeter in his parent's low income clothing store did. I saw a lot of gold teeth and smelled a lot of snuff, but everyone said I looked just like my mama. A native of Baldwin County, Georgia, Thigpen went on to teach music as well as write for the Grand Rapids Press and the Washington Post. His main interest, however, has always been church whether experienced from the inside or out, Baptist or Catholic. Prior to a brief stint in seminary at Emory University, Thigpen learned Theological terms face to face from his military school drill sergeant. He survived to attend the University of Georgia, and eventually graduated from Georgia College & State University majoring in Psychology and Music. Trapped in the Body of Jesus is his first book.

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