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The Bible Boys [Kindle Edition]

Dan Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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A Sin. An Abomination. Teenagers Caleb and Matthew had been told by the radical fundamentalist church that dominated their families' lives that a love like theirs—between two boys—was unnatural and forbidden. That it would damn them forever. The religion controlled their families like puppets, watched their every move, made keeping a secret almost impossible. They had only one chance to be together...and it would be a daring one right under the noses of the very people who would condemn them...
The Bible Boys
By Dan Skinner

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1941 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cerberus Inc (16 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LW1EH0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Dan.... 18 July 2014
By BevS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
**This is NOT an exact copy of my Goodreads review, that one contains words that Amazon will not allow**

Another 5 star read from Dan. Full of love, flawless like a gemstone and just as precious, another treasure to keep, to hold in my heart and never let it go. Millions of stars, and my wonderful author, all I can say is Smooch and if this is what happens now you've found `he who shall remain nameless', NEVER let him go.

"I'm now a part of you", Caleb whispered. "We belong to each other".

I don't want to rant and rave about the 'religious freaks' aspect of this story...we all know they exist to varying degrees... although I could, and none of it would be pleasant BUT try and focus instead on the rest of the story.

CALEB An absolute joy. Strong, loyal, committed, sensible, rebellious, resourceful, didn't believe any of the religious rubbish he was being fed by the various Pastors involved in that stupid fundamentalist Evangelical ministry of morons....oops sorry, I wasn't going to rant and rave was I, but I will just quote one of Dan's lines here. "It made the Amish of today look like liberals". Must have been horrifying for anyone dragged into the little 'club' who didn't want to be there, which brings us very nicely to...

MATT What a non-life he'd had, a real struggle!! A mother and father brainwashed by the Church, and because Matt was beautiful and one of the pervy pastors fancied him, they were encouraged to discipline him severely to salve the pastor's guilty conscience. Matt was sent to the Bible Boys study group each week, and only really came `alive' when he saw Caleb there, but Caleb stirred feelings in Matt that Matt had been told were filthy, disgusting and a sin so he stopped going.

'Matt looked at Caleb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 15 Aug. 2014
By Simon
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Dan Skinner has done it again. I was bawling like a baby throughout the last paragraph of this story. Happy tears I hasten to add, happy for that message of love and hope that Dan writes with amazing perceptibility.
Matt and Caleb's story, set in the Bible Belt Mid West, amongst a back drop of Christian fundamentalism, bigotry and hypocritical, pastoral hog wash, this novel truly explores themes of love, hope and acceptance between these two young men.
I know it's going to be difficult finding something equally as good to read after finishing this book.
That final paragraph is simply euphoric.
A most definite five star story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITE must read 12 Aug. 2014
By Sally
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A wonderful and beautifully written story of love and self discovery. Matt's pretty face made him an outcast to many of the church community he had been born into and since discovering the pleasures of his body which was deemed a sin by his religious parents, he kept himself to himself. Only when a new neighbour Caleb, who isn't as tied to the church as Matt, befriends him does the journey of self discovery begin for both of them and Matt discovers that what he feels isn't a sin but something so much more.

I really can't recommend this book enough. Another masterpiece from Dan. :)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great One From Dan Skinner 19 July 2014
By Tina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Dan Skinner is a man on a mission. That mission is to never, ever be pigeonholed as one type of author. Yes, everything he has written has been about gay men (or boys), because he is one, but other than that, they are vastly different. In The Bible Boys, Dan takes on a topic that could cause some controversy: fundamental, bible-believing, evangelical churches and their hateful view of people who were created homosexual.

Having been one of those Bible bangers myself for most of my adult life, the themes in this book resonate with me personally on one side of my brain. Having a brother who is gay caused the themes in the book to resonate on the opposite side of my brain. Picture a little cartoon Taz running wild in my skull the first time I read this book. I am so thankful that the rainbow side of my brain has won.

Everyone who would pick up a book about young gay men either knows someone who has had or they themselves have had personal experience with a hater using the Bible as their weapon of choice. I don't think they will ever go away. There will always be people willing to use the word of God to incite hate in others toward one group or another. But gay folks aren't going anywhere either. This is a war that no one can win.

As is his custom, Dan creates layered, lovable characters and enables you to feel the wind on your face with his detailed description of how they feel it on theirs. His words invoke pictures, memories, feelings of love and longing. You feel the touch of another human hand on your naked body for the first time all over again because he describes that feeling through his characters' minds so flawlessly. You feel the bigotry of an ignorant hateful soul directed at you because Caleb and Matt feel it and Dan gives their feelings voice to stir the emotions in your heart, those that you felt as a teenager. I could run out of words spouting my love of all the things and ways in which Dan Skinner makes a reader feel.

Better than that, you can read The Bible Boys and cry, laugh, cringe, nod in agreement, shake your head in disgust, clench your fist in anger. And when you get to that scene (you'll know the one) you can say out loud "He did NOT just write that." But he did. Because he is an artist who doesn't worry that someone might be offended by his art. It's his creation. We are so lucky he chooses to share it with us. Thank you for another deeply moving story Dan. Dig a couple more out of the drawer and let's dust 'em off.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, tender love story 18 July 2014
By Susan Reaves - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a short, sweet, story with characters who came of age at the same time I did. Born in 1954 into a very restrictive, cold and punishing family, Matthew lives a sheltered, cloistered, life with no personal privacy or joy. Matthew is even shunned by the church members and clergy in his close knit church community because they sense he is somehow different. His life is extremely lonely and unhappy. Meeting a newcomer to his church, which is more of a cult than a typical church, he becomes more aware of how the rest of the world lives and functions and he falls in love.

The narrative truly paints a picture of the naiveté and heartache of a young man trapped in a time and place not of his choosing. When the door of his heart opens, the door of his closet can't be too far behind. This is a tender love story that makes you hope for all young people who might be trapped in stifling and soul crushing situations that they, too, might find a way out.

Thank you, Mr. Skinner for another fine read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story line 21 July 2014
By Richard Sigler - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this novella because I loved Dan Skinner' s "Memorizing You." This review is from a manic reader, that averages reading three books a week, and most of them are mm romance novels. I think if this story had been a hundred pages longer, the plot could have been more developed, and you could have related to and understood the main characters more, and know why they thought what they thought, and did what they did--I guess I'm not a fan of short stories and novellas. I like for stories to have endings, instead of just stopping, and leaving it for your imagination to hope the story ends the way you want it to.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review by Beverley 21 July 2014
By PrismBookAlliance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

From the gorgeous cover to ‘The End’, this is a confident tale told with sensitivity and lush images. The story involves Matt a very handsome young man, who discovers life and love in one weekend after a life of repression and misery. Caused by the fundamental Christian Cult his family belong to Matt is denied even the basic dignity of privacy. Despite his upbringing Matt at eighteen, is a thoughtful, intelligent gentle soul who discovers that he is attracted to boys and not girls.

Matt’s hellish existence is made worse by the fact that it is his handsome appearance which ostracises him from his peers, and ensures he is punished regularly by his elders. Matt cannot understand either situation until a long weekend he spends with The Bible Boys on Caleb’s family farm. The Bible Boys are supposed to be the ministers and elders in the making for the next generation. However, the group is really about strengthening the repression and oppression of the young men and creating young bullies and homophobes.

I don’t want to go into the story any more because it is a treasure to uncover as you read. It is one of those stories that if someone said ‘what is it about? what happens?’ you would hesitate to say because Dan’s writing is not about big incidents or huge revelations. It is about emotion and uncovering truths in a believable and sometimes painful way. It doesn’t hurt that the author has such a visual way of writing. In The Bible Boys the lushness of the scenery and textures of hay, grass and skin are painted with words, which make them almost visceral. There is such a loneliness and innocence in Dan’s younger characters, which always strikes such a poignant note in his stories and the same is true here. Do not fear though the ending is very happy.

Dan Skinner reminds me of an American, Harper Fox. There is a similarity between these two authors in that they both use the textual imagery of nature and the natural to evoke emotion and specific moods. They also both do this very well.

The Bible Boys is 125 pages of storytelling heaven and I have no hesitation in making it a 5* read for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A coming-of-age, cautionary tale of indoctrination and discovery 20 July 2014
By Beach Bum Books - Published on Amazon.com
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A coming-of-age, cautionary tale of indoctrination and discovery, The Bible Boys has much to recommend it. The author asks serious questions about growing up in a social structure that inhibits and prohibits independent thought, especially within a religious context. The awakening of Matt is treated with care and thoughtfulness, reflecting his emergence as a sensual being in stutter-starts. When he finally emerges from the constraints of his bondage, it is a quiet statement of promise rather than a tidy denouement where loose ends get tied up.
My main quibble with this work is the inner/outer dialogue which in no way reflects age-appropriate teen-speak, nor is it reflective of the social/cultural milieu of these two young men. One can ask mature questions, yet if the phrasing is too academic and far too mature and outside their educational level, it will not ring true. That is the main detraction from an otherwise excellent story.
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