A Voice In The Wilderness m/m
is a short novella length m/m original fiction story which can be read
for free. The story is set in Atlanta, and is about David, the choir
detector for a Spanish speaking congregation, and Isaiah son of a
minster, lay minster and church organist. The two meet and become
friends over their shared work as church musicians.
On the one
hand it is a lovely well written love story between two incredibly sweet
and generally wonderful individuals. On the other hand it was one of
the best fictionalized descriptions of what it is like to be an LGBTQ
lay minister or devout Christian I have ever read. Some places this
story was heartbreaking in others funny and all around uplifting. The
author was wise and extremely impressive in the fact that they chose to
have both characters come from the conservative side of moderate
Christian background. Huge role that religion and the church played in
both characters' lives felt so really and right to me.
myself a gay lay minster, I am also the child of a lay minister and
sister to a, soon to be ordained, member of the clergy. Everything about
this story, from the running of an aging, low income church to being
both gay and devoted to God rang true to me and my experience. I worried
to the end of the story that it would fall into one of the two age old
narratives for being religious and being gay neither of which constitute
a happy ending and neither of which I have (thankfully) experienced.
For the first time ever though the author chose instead the third option
the one I myself have lived through and I can't even describe how happy
that made me.
I highly recommend this story.