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Fenton Johnson is the author of two novels, Crossing the River and Scissors, Paper, Rock, as well as Geography of the Heart: A Memoir and Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks, a meditation on what it means for a skeptic to have and keep faith.  He has contributed stories and cover essays to Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and many literary quarterlies, and received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more.  He is on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Arizona.

Keeping Faith, by Fenton Johnson

Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey Among Christian and Buddhist Monks

“An invaluable guide to a new kind of faith . . . drawn with precision and feeling.”
– James Carroll, author of Constantine’s Sword

“An important book . . . [Johnson has] a strong desire for truth and for purity of heart.”
– America

  

  

  

Geography of the Heart, by Fenton Johnson

Geography of the Heart: A Memoir

“This is a timeless and BEAUTIFULLY written book. It is what memoir should seek to be. More than story.  Transcendent.”
– Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

“Heartbreaking . . . profoundly sad, and yet somehow hopeful . . . Geography of the Heart takes the shape and sudden trajectory of a novel.”
– Newsday

“Fenton Johnson’s exquisitely written memoir will teach you more than any 50 self-help books. He dispenses no advice, but his book will give you wisdom and courage, no matter how different you think your story is from his. . . . You’ll leave this book wanting to bring your best and bravest self into your own relationship — not later, but now.”
Psychologist Harriet Lerner is the author of The Dance of Anger and Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up