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Lyz Lenz

God Land

A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America

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Indiana University Press
168 Seiten
40 b&w illus.
22,86 cm x 15,24 cm


<P><P>In the wake of the 2016 election, Lyz Lenz watched as her country and her marriage were torn apart by the competing forces of faith and politics. A mother of two, a Christian, and a lifelong resident of middle America, Lenz was bewildered by the pain and loss around her—the empty churches and the broken hearts. What was happening to faith in the heartland?</P><br><P>From drugstores in Sydney, Iowa, to skeet shooting in rural Illinois, to the mega churches of Minneapolis, Lenz set out to discover the changing forces of faith and tradition in God's country. Part journalism, part memoir, <I>God Land</I> is a journey into the heart of a deeply divided America. Lenz visits places of worship across the heartland and speaks to the everyday people who often struggle to keep their churches afloat and to cope in a land of instability. Through a thoughtful interrogation of the effects of faith and religion on our lives, our relationships, and our country, <I>God Land</I> investigates whether our divides can ever be bridged and if America can ever come together. </P></P>

Kurztext / Annotation

<P><P>1. Well-written book details how religion is changing in society and how the Midwest is dealing with changes to its fundamental principles.</P> <P>2. Most other books on the subject are written from a religious perspective, while Lenz focused on how the lack of religion is impacting people.</P> <P>3. Author is engaged on social media, will write op-eds to promote the book, and is eager to do events.</P></P>


<P><OL><br><LI>Dangerous Speculation</LI><br><P><br><LI>The Heart of the Heartland</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>Yearning for Better Days</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>The Pew and the Pulpit</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>The Church of the Air</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>Room at the Table</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>A Muscular Jesus</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>The Asian American Reformed Church of Bigelow, Minnesota</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>Bridging the Divide</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>A Den of Thieves</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>Satanists Potluck</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>Reclaiming Our Faith</LI><br><P></P><br><P><br><LI>The Fire Outside</LI><br><P></P></OL></P>

Unveröffentlichter Kommentar

<P>"<P><EM>God Land</EM> gives testimony to human resiliency amid personal and collective trauma. With keen journalistic insights and vulnerable storytelling, Lyz Lenz provides a clear-eyed account of loss and alienation within communities throughout middle America, but she also honors her and others' remarkable ability to pick up the pieces and to keep going when all seems lost.</P>"</P>

Über den AutorIn

<P><P>Lyz Lenz has been published in the <EM>New York Times, </EM>Buzzfeed,<EM> Washington Post, The Guardian, </EM>ESPN, Marie Claire, Mashable, Salon, and more. Her book <I>Belabored: Tales of Myth, Medicine, and Motherhood</I> is forthcoming. She also has an essay in the anthology <I>Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture</I> edited by Roxane Gay. Lenz holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and is a contributing writer to the <EM>Columbia Journalism Review.</EM></P></P>