Slouching Toward Zion and More Lies

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University of North Texas Press, 2004 - Religion - 198 pages
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.
 

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Contents

The Trouble with Eve
1
Do You Have a Rapture Lawyer?
15
The Baptist Sex Position
17
Reasons for Being a Southern Baptist
21
Ten Mistakes that God Has Made
25
If Youre There God Pick Up
31
Questions Catholics Never Ask
37
Slouching toward Zion
41
Questions Mormons Never Ask
97
Testimonial Time in the Baptist Church
99
The Rest of the Story
107
Next Year in Oberammergau
113
Mission to Mexico
121
Radio WWJS
147
Questions Secular Humanists Never Ask
163
Redemption
165

Questions Southern Baptists Never Ask
59
BornAgain Jesus
63
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at the Baptist Church
75
Onan Comes in From the Cold
83
The Church Softball League
177
Chicken Soup for the Damned
181
Desert Duel
185
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Page viii - He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

About the author (2004)

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

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