Joe Perez’s Books and eBook

Gay Spirituality 101 (Lulu, 2014) eBook

GaySpirituality101-cover-250pxGay Spirituality 101 presents for the first time a concise explanation of Joe Perez’s view of Homophilia in Human Nature and situates it within a philosophical system derived from pre-modern, modern, postmodern, and post-postmodern wisdom. In Perez’s thought, Gay Spirituality is not what a previous generation of writers held it to be: a celebration of the gay self immersed in the neo-pagan Myth of a Gay Golden Age. Instead, Gay Spirituality is deemed to be the practice of Homophilia, inspiring and evocative of the deepest and most divine in human nature. It recognizes a deep level of unity between the relative self and a higher Self. Homophilia is identified with the love of God or the Divine or the Sacred. Forged from the suffering and unique gifts of the community of same-sex lovers, this vision suggests that gayness is a platform for a valid spiritual path. Moreover only by understanding homosexuality from a spiritual perspective is heterosexuality and straight love properly understood. (63 pages)

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Rising Up (Lulu, 2006)

Rising-Up-Book-259x300Joe Perez’s writings concerning his spiritual journey, begun in Soulfully Gay, continue in Rising Up, a book compiled from Joe’s columns and short writings in 2005 and 2006. Joe’s emerging sensibility for cultural and social criticism is on display in twelve chapters on such diverse subjects as sex, HIV/AIDS, popular culture, business, politics, religion, and alternative spirituality. The goal of criticism, according to Joe, is to situate the object of criticism into its most appropriate locations in a more comprehensive worldview than is given by the object itself. Joe accomplishes this by situating his own thought in the context of Integral discourse, in particular a theory of everything pioneered by Ken Wilber, Don Beck, and Jim Marion, among others. There are few examples of writers attempting an Integral social criticism, and this book showcases a direct and sometimes strident and personal style. (248 pages)

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Soulfully Gay (Integral Books/Shambhala, 2007)

Soulfully-Gay-Cover-259x300Soulfully Gay is one of the first memoirs in the tradition of Integral Spirituality, a look at the world from the eyes of a gay man struggling with meaning and values, and a suspenseful story of self-realization in the midst of many challenges. It is a chronology which unfolds amid 14 months in the life of a gay man wrestling with fundamental issues of meaning and self-acceptance, a time in which he remembers forgotten memories which threaten his sense of identity and in which he discovers the Integral philosophy which promises to mend the fragments of his life. As Joe’s journey unfolds, his consciousness expands and his inner conflicts are healed, and his chronicle stands as lasting record of the changes he undergoes. The culmination of his striving is the development of a theory of Homophilia or “gayness” which brings a new theological vision to bear in the discourse around the spiritual significance of same-sex love. (352 pages)

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