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Toby Johnson is a gay spiritual writer, novelist and progressive thinker.

He was a student of the comparative religions scholar Joseph Campbell;
he applies Campbell's sensible, modern approach to understanding myth and religion
 to the issue of gay people's enlightenment, spiritual growth and happiness.

This page contains information about Johnson's published books.
This website contains excerpts from Johnson's books
as well as original essays about gay spiritual meaning.

The home page contains an annotated list of articles available here.

The Table of Contents page contains links to every article by short name.

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The gay-affirming books and magical novels of Toby Johnson
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Gay Perspective
Gay Spirituality
Secret Matter
The Fourth Quill
Getting Life in Perspective
Myth of the Great Secret
Two Spirits
charmed lives
Lammy-nominee 2004

G
AY
PERSPECTIVE
Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe
$20.00
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Lammy-winner for Spirituality/Religion

G
AY
SPIRTUALITY
Gay Identity and the Transformation of Human Consciousness
$20.00
(includes postage)



Lammy-winner for Science Fiction

Secret Matter
A sweet soft sci-fi romantic comedy about gay innocence and truth telling
$15.00
(includes postage)





The Fourth Quill


A touching and mystical tale of AIDS and the spiritual wisdom of A Course in Miracle, originally published as PLAGUE
$18.00
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G
etting Life in Perspective


A gay spiritual romance novel set in the 1890s
$18.00
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 The Myth of the Great Secret:
An Appreciation of Joseph Campbell



Soon to be re-released by Lethe Press
 




Two Spirits: A Story of Life with the Navajo

A Western genre novel, gay romance, set in the 1860s, in collaboration with Walter L. Williams
$18.00
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Lammy-nominee 2007

Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling

An anthology of 37 gay positive stories with "a touch of the Twilight Zone"
$18.00
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Toby Johnson's Books on Gay Spirituality:
Gay Spirituality
Lammy-winning GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness.
Lethe Press  brought out a new edition of GAY SPIRITUALITY in 2004.

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Gay Perspective
 
Toby Johnson's 2003 Lammy-nominated book is
GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us
about the Nature of God and the Universe


This book has been re-released with lots of new and updated content,
and a new Preface, by Lethe Press: White Crane Books
(and a beautiful new cover by Peter Grahame*)

 *Peter Grahame's book Contemplations of the Heart: A Book of Male Spirit, Photography, Digital Imagining and Text,
can be previewed at www.ironic-horse.com. Peter and his life partner, Henry Seale, own and operate Ironic Horse Studio in Albuquerque, NM.

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Toby Johnson's book are now released by Lethe Press:

An Historical Novel written in collaboration with Walter L. Williams:

Two Spirits: A Story of the Navajos


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The Gay Novels:
Two Spirits
Secret Matter
The Fourth Quill
Getting Life in Perspective





Two SpiritsTWO SPIRITS is a collaboration between noted anthropologist and renowned gay scholar Walter L. Williams professor at the University of Southern California and gay novelist and spiritual writer Toby Johnson.

Set in the 1860s, it's the story of a young Virginian, fresh out of the Civil War and struggling to find love and manly comradeship without understanding what that means, who inadvertently gets himself assigned to be Government Indian Agent to the Navajos at the Bosque Redondo Reservation at Fort Sumner in the New Mexico desert, a kind of concentration camp experiment in Indian management. The young protagonist comes to appreciate the plight of the Navajo after he falls in love with the Two-Spirit/berdache/ healer. Together the two lovers manage to get the "experiment" declared a failure and so  liberate the Navajo people and get them back to their sacred homelands.

Says W Randy Haynes (Cherokee) author of the gay murder mystery with an Indian detective, Cajun Snuff:
"Two Spirits is a spectacular tale based upon the 1860's eviction of the Navajo people from their sacred lands. The reader is transported to an earlier era where little known spiritual traditions were, until recently, unmentionable outside some Native American cultures. With an obvious love and deep respect for the Navajo, Williams and Johnson expose a clash of cultures that will stun many. Two Spirits, a treasure to read, is a rare combination of historical fiction and spiritual wisdom at its absolute finest."

Navajo/Dine scholar Wesley Thomas provides A Commentary at the end of the story discussing the current state of Navajo/Dine culture.

This is a wonderful love story with an adventuresome plot in the style of Western genre, but with a delightfully gay twist and a good and very palatable dose of sensible spirituality.

Two Spirits recounts the true history of Native American cultures -- including same-sex marriage. So-called "gay marriage" was practiced on the American continent for untold centuries before the Europeans arrived. People we'd call "gay" today were revered members of the tribe. They were the storytellers, priests, doctors, ambassadors, counselors. They were the ones who kept culture alive -- just as gay people are today (but with much less thanks and recognition from the mainstream culture).

"A treasure to read" 

TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life with the Navajo  $18.00

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Secret Matter      "Toby Johnson's fly blend of sweet romance, social commentary and entertaining science fiction
gives new meaning to the concept of a 'genre' novel--
the sort of easy-going read rarely found in gay fiction, and very welcome."

Richard Labonte

SECRET MATTER is a science-fiction romance novel. It won a 1990 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Science Fiction. In 1999, it was one of five books nominated to be the first ever inducted into the Gay Lesbian Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
In November 2005, Lethe Press brought out the current updated, expanded, and revised edition for 21st century readers.


The story tells of the arrival of a race of aliens. They have cameleon-like autonomic functions in their skin coloration which reveal their emotional and psychological states. Thus they are fundamentally unable to lie. For them homosexual activity is consistent with their biology and normal in their culture. Recognizing our society's objection to homosexual activity, however, they try to hide their true nature. The tension created between the two cultures confuses their mission in coming to our world.

The plot is a sweet love story about the relationship between a young gay man and one of the aliens. Through several levels the protagonist slowly uncovers the truth about the aliens' "secret life," including, finally, the fact that they aren't really alien at all, but rather come from a parallel world of Earth. The punch line is that in the creation myth of the Garden of Eden in their world their "Adam & Eve" did NOT commit original sin and their reward was both their inability to hide the truth and, incidentally, their homosexuality. The novel is about the importance of coming out and the innocence of gay experience.

$15.00
The excerpt from Secret Matter describes The Arrival of the Visitors
starburstIn June 1999, the US national gay and lesbian science fiction fan club, the Gaylactic Network, nominated SECRET MATTER for induction into its newly created Hall of Fame. This was the first year of the Spectrum Awards and the Gaylactic Network Hall of Fame. SECRET MATTER was chosen as one of the five nominees out of all the gay and lesbian sci-fi ever published up to that time.


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Arthur C. Clarke was a great influence on Toby Johnson's thought and writing style.
Here's his piece In Honor of Sir Arthur C. Clarke


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The Fourth Quill

The Fourth Quill

orginally published as PLAGUE: A Novel about Healing is the story of an AIDS educator who uncovers a misconceived plot to suppress an effective cure for HIV.  As he begins to realize the sinister nature of his discovery, he is forced to take seriously the teachings about healing and about the nature of evil presented in A Course in Miracles, which he has been talking about with members of an AIDS support group he facilitates.
While structured as a thriller, the novel is an uplifting presentation of the wisdom of ACIM and of the delightful little spiritu
al classic The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment and Ursula LeQuin's classic novel The Lathe of Heaven.
This novel is an example of science fiction as modern day mythology.

Originally published by Alyson Publications

Rereleased by Lethe Press, 2012 with changes and a Foreword by the author. $18.00
Plague cover
The excerpt from The Fourth Quill is a dramatization of a story that Joe Campbell used to tell about the Mahayana Buddhist myth of the Bodhisattva as world savior and a paradoxical presentation of what we usually think of as suffering. The tale is called The Fourth Quill

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getting life in perspective

"There is a fresh naivete in [Toby Johnson's] style that rings pleasantly in the ear, like the memory of a 'boy's book' enthusiastically devoured at age 12. Against the sour punk of so much of today's gay male fiction, Getting Life in Perspective is a treat."                      Marvin Shaw

GETTING LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE is a post-modern novel about a big city literary editor who, when faced with serious illness, retires to the country to relieve stress and to write the novel he's always been intending to write. Living alone in a ramshackle old mansion in the Texas Hill Country, he begins to imagine that the characters of his novel are real. Two young gay men from the 1890s then appear to him and recount the story of their lives.
In the turn-of-the-century story, the two characters, having managed to find one another against great odds, seek refuge in a gay utopian colony in Colorado loosely modeled after Edward Carpenter's farm in Sussex, England. There they discover a gay positive, post-Christian, Whitman-inspired spirituality.
The writer is never clear whether he is seeing ghosts or simply very vividly creating his novel. But the Topper-esque ghosts playfully assist him in coming to terms with his own self-pity and fear of dying.
It's a sweet, occasionally sexy, historical romance with a contemporary spiritual/philosophical message woven in--along with justs a touch of the Twilight Zone.

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combo offer $11.99
Both of Toby Johnson's books on Gay Spirituality,
plus a podcast interview with Harry Faddis on The Quest of Life,
featuring Johnson's
talk "The Way of Joyful Participation in the Sorrows of the World"
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Gay Spirituality

Gay Spirituality: The Role of Gay Identity in
the Transformation of Human Consciousness
(click on title for more info & reviews)

The answer to what gay people are here for!

Lambda Literary Award winner
Spirituality/Religion 2000

Nominated Best Gay/Lesbian Non-Fiction Book of the Year
ForeWord: the magazine of independent and university presses.

    A new edition of GAY SPIRITUALITY has been released by Lethe Press
with a beautiful new cover featuring art by Stevee Postman.



"...quite simply the best, sanest, most readable book on the subject I've come across..." a reader wrote in email.
"[Gay Spirituality] is the book that Walt Whitman might have written if he'd studied with Joseph Campbell. It combines an unflaggingly exuberant, life-affirming tone with impressive scholarship and interpretive flair. And, like Whitman, it convinces not by argument but by its presence. The clarity of the author's mind--as well as his evident kindness, wit, and intellectual daring--has produced what is not so much a book as a soul-replenishing companion, a guide, and a friend." Stephen Mo Hanan, The Gay & Lesbian Review.
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GAY PERSPECTIVE:
Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about
the Nature of God and the Universe
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"An illuminating, honest, provocative, and significant exploration of gay spirituality. This is must reading for all seeking the spiritual element in the gay experience."

--Malcolm Boyd,
Take Off the Masks, Gay Priest,
& Look Back in Joy

--Mark Thompson,
Gay Spirit, Gay Soul, & Gay Body

"Toby Johnson reveals how gay male sensibility contributes to the leading edge of culture and consciousness, and can even revolutionize religion in ways that benefit everyone. You may never view your role in the scheme of things in quite the same way.

-- Bruce P. Grether,
Mindful Masturbation: Transforming Male Self-Pleasuring into a Spiritual Practice

 
White Crane Books/Lethe Press - $20.00 - Available at bookstores nationwide and from the author (autographed, if you'd like) through this website.
In Australia, GAY PERSPECTIVE is distributed by Bulldog Books.

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Secret Matter from Giovanni's Room
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Charmed Lives from Giovanni's Room





 
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Now out of print, but available for download
 
Myth of the Great Secret
 The Myth of the Great Secret: An Appreciation of Joseph Campbell
Published in 1992 by Celestial Arts,
a revised edition of a book by the same name (with different subtitle)
published in 1981 by William Morrow

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 In Search of God in the Sexual Underworld  

Toby's 1983 book 
In Search of God in the Sexual Underworld (published under the name Edwin Clark Johnson) is available used from amazon.com resellers. Click here.

 



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Awakening: A Novel of the Millennium



Last Update: 11/14/2007

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