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Lying for the Lord by Johnny Townsend

Lying for the Lord

by Johnny Townsend

218 pages
Religious lies--when the truth alone isn't quite good enough.

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About the Book
In this collection of Mormon short stories, a missionary in Italy makes a break for freedom on Christmas. A youth outing for priests at a shooting range doesn't go as planned. Family members fight over whether or not to bury a relative in temple clothes. An unhappy sister missionary in New Orleans wonders just what her calling to serve really entails. A conflicted father wonders how to deal with a transgender son who wants to be his daughter. A white woman struggles with the racist atmosphere in her workplace. A bishop devises a novel method to make sure his congregants pass Tithing Settlement. Parents hire men to pose as the Three Nephites to teach their children the Book of Mormon is true. Ex-Mormons unwelcome at home for Christmas band together for their own holiday celebration.

 

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About the Author
Johnny Townsend Johnny Townsend earned an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. His books, The Abominable Gayman, Marginal Mormons, The Mormon Victorian Society, and Dragons of the Book of Mormon, were named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

 

 

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