God Land

God Land

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

von Elizabeth Lenz

Reihe: Indiana University Press Band
168 Seiten; 40 b&w illus.; 22,86 cm x 15,24 cm
2019 Indiana University Press
ISBN 978-0-253-04154-8

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<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>

<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>

Biografische Anmerkung zu den Verfassern
<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>

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<P>" <I> <P>God Land</I>, Lyz Lenz's much-anticipated debut book, is a marvel. Not only is it a window into the middle America so many like to stereotype but fail to fully understand in all of its complexity, but it mixes reportage, memoir, and gorgeous prose so seamlessly I wanted to know how she did it. After laying bare all manner of losses of faith, both personal and community, Lenz journeys to a sense of hope, rooted in generosity, that is fully earned. <I>God Land</I> will expand your horizons on what this country offers and who inhabits it, and why we're better off journeying together, rather than apart.</P>"</P>