Growing up in a strict Southern Baptist community can be challenging for a child whose sexuality is considered a sin. In The Thousand-Petaled Lotus: Growing Up Gay in the Southern Baptist Church Michael Fields takes readers on a hilarious and thought-provoking journey through his Nashville childhood one filled with Southern characters sexual awakening anguished prayer and an exhilarating search for truth.
In the Hindu tradition the thousand-petaled lotus is the saharara chakra at the top of the head which blossoms at the moment of enlightenment. The Thousand-Petaled Lotus is structured as just that a lotus of many petals unfolding. Fields' journey to reconcile his faith with his sexuality is a captivating story that blossoms when he finds what Jesus called "the kingdom of heaven" and sees that it is here now. The Thousand-Petaled Lotus is a rare story of personal and spiritual discovery complete with metaphysical reflections droll wit and storytelling full of Southern charm.
Michael Fields was born and raised in Nashville Tennessee. He attended Deep Springs College and Columbia University before earning his masters degree in social work at Fordham. Michael is employed as a program director at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He lives in New York City with his partner now husband of thirty-five years.
"Wherever you're from whatever your religious and sexual predilections this is a book to read for its smarts honesty and riotous humor. The memoir abounds with wonderful places and characters. But most of all this is a memoir of contradictions &ndash of the joys and anguishes of growing up with body mind and soul &ndash which is to say human in all of the odd and lovely specificity that is Michael Fields." -Victoria Redel author of The Border of Truth