How to Stop Believing in Hell

How to Stop Believing in Hell

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Kirkus Reviews wrote: .a€œa€bKimballa€™s debut explores his hallucinatory religious mania, from his early childhood onward, beginning when he attended Catholic school. The early pages guide readers through narratives of his uncomfortable childhood traumas, sometimes in ugly detaila€b. Various other moments of shame revolved around school. Finding sex repugnant and sinful, he decided early on to remain celibate; he avoided sex until his eventual institutionalization. Meanwhile, hallucinatory monstersa€”including Lorus, a€œa turbulent face, golden like the comedy maska€ba€a€”and company pushed him away from religion, though he did convert to Pentecostalism in spite of them. Through this process, Kimball developed a solipsistic worldview, in which he was never sure others existed. Ultimately, though, it was his fear of damnation that became his greatest obsession, driving all the rest of his delusions and fears. He does exhibit a flair for descriptiona€b: a€œOn summer evenings, I liked to stand on the arroyo side of the house at night, alone, feeling the desert breeze through the tamarisks and smelling the clean desert smells in the warm darkness. The long row of tamarisks, with its tens of thousands of insects of a thousand species, hummed like the telephone network in The Castle, a beautiful, accidental music.a€™a€ keywords: blasphemy, the culture of death, child abuse, solipsism, deliverance, salvation, natural law, damnation, abortion, eternal hell, street people, eternal torment, schizophrenia, courage, fear of hell, revelation, Sonoran Desert, self-righteousness, alcoholics anonymous, nonsense, teaching, hippies, draft, homosexualityIt was to put small notices under the windshield wipers of parked cars. The notices read in bold letters, a€•You were robbed!a€– and then explained in smaller type that Sammy would put a stop to exorbitant utility rate hikes if elected. Hundreds ofanbsp;...

Title:How to Stop Believing in Hell
Author: Robert Clayton Kimball
Publisher:Chipmunkapublishing - 2012-04-01

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