TITLE

There’s a God for That

SUBTITLE

Optimism in the Face of Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Meltdowns

AUTHOR

Joseph Honton

PUBLISHER

Frankalmoigne, Sebastopol

GENRE

Narrative nonfiction

BOOKSTORE SUBJECTS

TRAVEL / Asia / Japan

RELIGION / Shintoism

POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace

CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION

1. Japan – Religious life and customs

2. Earthquakes – Japan

3. Tsunamis – Japan

4. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (Japan) Accidents

5. Antinuclear movement

6. Ghost stories, Japanese

NOVELIST APPEAL

STORYLINE: Issue-oriented

PACE: Relaxed

TONE: Moving; Reflective

WRITING: Lyrical; Thoughtful; Richly detailed; Stylistically complex

PAGES / WORDS

xvi, 168pp, glossary

40,000 words

MAPS / ILLUSTRATIONS

12 maps, 2 line drawings

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CONTROL NUMBER

2012940666

ISBN

978-0-9856423-0-3 (hardcover)

978-0-9856423-1-0 (pbk.)

978-0-9856423-2-7 (eBook)

978-0-9856423-3-4 (Kindle)

PRICE

US $28.00 (hardcover)

US $16.00 (pbk.)

US $11.99 (eBook)

US $9.99 (Kindle)

AVAILABLE FROM

Wholesale: Ingram

Retail: Frankalmoigne

PUBLICATION DATE

October 2012

There's a god for that

my preconceived notions of sanctity, and allow myself to admit a different way, before I could see worship in the pure joy of abandon.

I’ve come to experience matsuri as worshipful events simply by recognizing their inside-out nature. My own Catholic upbringing taught me that communion with God was best carried out as an inner monologue; public exhortations/​expostulations were best left to the “holy rollers” in their tents; and thankfulness for God’s benevolence – no matter through what agency – was to be expressed with sincerity and gravitas, amen. Matsuri break from all of this, by turning everything inside out: inner monologue is replaced by joyful outbursts; shouts come not from the pulpit, but from the throng; and gratitude for bounty is not a tone-deaf chant but a feast and a celebration. The participants strip to the edge of impropriety, exposing their bodies as well as their souls, revealing their inner selves, leaving no room for the sanctimonious to hide.

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