Ben, a college senior, promised God and his mee maw that he'd be a Southern Baptist preacher, but he can't pray away the gay.
Abandoned by his father at age seven, Ben loses his mother to a car accident that same year and becomes his grandparents' responsibility and their joy.
Handing his grandfather an arrowhead that he finds at his mother's funeral, Ben sets in motion an agreement between them: Ben gifts his grandfather a stone, and his grandfather gifts him a story. Years later when Mee Maw falls ill, Ben makes yet another deal - this time with God: If Mee Maw recovers, Ben will dedicate himself to the church.These commitments inform the man he will become.
But life has a way of throwing us curve balls, and it throws Ben a doozy; no matter how hard he tries, he can't pray away the gay. And being gay is in direct conflict with his church's teachings, a roadblock to his becoming a minister.
A beautifully written and relevant coming-of-age story, The Wisdom of Stones is a tribute to one young man's heart-wrenching journey towards self-acceptance, to the relationship between a boy and his grandpa, and an exploration of the impact of each generation on the next. A tribute to the courage it takes to define and then make the right choices for ourselves, this novel is destined to become a new Southern classic.
|Publisher:||Golden Rule Omnimedia|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The relationship between a grandfather and his grandson, and its impact on both of their lives, is at the crux of The Wisdom of Stones, Brian Peyton Joyner’s debut novel. When Ben is abandoned by his father and loses his mother in an accident, it is his grandparents who take over raising him. When his grandma gets sick, Ben makes a deal with God, promising to become a preacher if Grandma survives. She does, and Ben has every intention of keeping his word – until he realizes he has a same=-sex attraction, something unacceptable to the church – which he, despite trying, cannot change. As a senior in college, he is highly regarded and about to win a scholarship to seminary when he feels compelled to tell his mentor the truth. His mentor – in whose power his scholarship rests – devises a plan to ‘cure’ Ben, and Ben gives it his best. But like all such plans, it simply does not work. Ben is who he is. Ben still wants to be a preacher. After all, he made a promise to God. But without the scholarship, he will not be able to afford seminary school. That is, he won’t be able to afford it without causing Grandpa to move from the retirement facility where he has settled in and made friends to a much less expensive, much less desirable environment. Grandpa has been Ben’s rock, gently instilling values with the stories he has traded to Ben throughout the years for the stones Ben finds. The last thing Ben wants to do is to cause Grandpa any disruption. So, what is he to do. Joyner gives his reader a great cast of characters and a story which leaves his readers – or at least this reader – asking themselves: What decisions did I make that brought me to being who I am, to being where I am at. And who and what influenced me along the way. Most importantly, are we living our most authentic lives. The Wisdom of Stones is a great read which I highly recommend.