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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User Review  - sheywood - LibraryThing

This book providea a unique picture of the male Mormon experience, from the perspective of one who converted as a teen. The descriptions of the mission work were most interesting to me, along with ... Read full review

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I judge an autobiographical novel on two things: how vividly the author recreates the life it seeks to describe, and how much insight and understanding the author generates about the worlds he or she ... 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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