Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes – Evan J. Corbin


RATING: ★★★★☆
TITLE: Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes
AUTHOR: Evan J. Corbin
RELEASE DATE: September 2, 2020
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
GENRE(S): LGBT, Humor, Romance


Thank you so much to the author and Pride Tours for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and participation in the tour!!


BLURB:

The oldest translation of a Gospel is returned to the world by a secret society long dedicated to its preservation. In it, Jesus explicitly condemns bigotry and homophobia. In a new world in which LGBTQ passengers receive preferential boarding for flights and the United States has elected its first lesbian President, Pastor Rick Harris is stalwart, closeted preacher who doggedly holds onto his increasingly unpopular convictions.

When an incendiary sermon goes too far and offends an influential family, Rick makes a painful choice to keep his job: He attends an atonement camp run by drag queens for society’s most unrepentant and terminally incurable homophobes.

Atonement Camp is immersion therapy for Pastor Harris, and it might be working. An open bar with pedicures, a devastatingly attractive roommate and an endless supply of glitter help him manage to make new friends. Soon, Rick and his cohorts learn the camp may hold its own secrets. Amid the smiling faces and scantily clad pool boys who staff the camp, a clandestine group plots to discredit the New Revelation and everything it stands for.

If Rick has the conviction to confront his own hypocrisy, he might be able to uncover the conspirators with help from his adopted flock—and find new truths within himself.


Don’t let the strange heaviness of the title fool you. This was a fun and very colorful story about acceptance and loving yourself.

Rick Harris is a second-generation pastor. He is a closeted gay man filled with so much hate- hate drilled into him by his father. Now, in a world where being on the lgbtqia+ spectrum is considered a social norm, Rick is grasping onto the old ideals. When a particularly homophobic sermon insults an influential family, he must atone for his bigotry. It’s that or he loses his job.

Rick is sent to an atonement camp run by drag queens, where alcohol runs freely, fun is encouraged and just being yourself is mandatory. Pastor Harris must bunk with a handsome blonde Adonis (another “camper”), be subjected to manis and pedis, and mingle with the pool boy staff and the drag queens that run the place… and is doesn’t quite hate it.

But, there may be more going on behind the scenes at the Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes. Rick and his fellow cohorts learn of a group of covert individuals who are going to great lengths to bring the world BACK to the old ways. Can they stop this evil plot that involves hate and forged documents?

This was such a different read! It supposes a world where there is a gay female president, black people and lgbt folks get preferential treatment in regard to boarding planes and being queer is accepted in the world, but more importantly- in religion. It was such a light-hearted book that doesn’t take itself too seriously. This was funny and sweet. Pastor Harris is a character to learn to really love. Ultimately, this book is about acceptance. Be yourself and love yourself. Who you love, who you are attracted to should be embraced and not hidden or condemned.

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