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Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis

by John R. Coats

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"For far too long (forever, in fact), Western civilization has been rolling atop a wave-tossed sea of biblical assumptions about who we are, where we came from, and what on earth we're doing here. Anyone with a fresh desire to stand steady on the deck of Judeo-Christian theology could not hope for a better navigator than John Coats, the most perfect guide through these troubled waters, an eloquent and generous writer who casts illumination in all directions. Plus, there's a secret pleasure to Original Sinners: it's enormously fun to read."
--Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of Easy in the Islands and The Immaculate Invasion

"John Coats writes with insight, passion, humor, and wisdom about the core human narratives. Original Sinners reminds us that the archetypes of Genesis are alive in each of us, and artfully braids in key episodes from his own life to make the point. There is a verifying resonance in these pages -- a sense that one's deepest questions have been anticipated and addressed."
--Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age

"This immensely readable book blends biblical exegesis and personal memoir in a wonderfully engaging synthesis. The spiritual quest is humanized by a taste for nitty-gritty honesty and humor. Coats's casual conversational style becomes the perfect vehicle for his impressive erudition, psychological insight, and wisdom."
--Phillip Lopate, author of The Art of the Personal Essay

"A unique, powerful way of looking at Genesis, Original Sinners is actually a book of revelations -- about John Coats's riveting life and all of the characters we thought we knew from the book of Genesis. From the moment Adam finds 'a new creature in the garden who makes him feel all funny,' Coats makes Genesis come alive in a sparkling, imaginative, gutsy new way, pulling powerful new lessons out of ancient texts."
--Priscilla Warner, coauthor of The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew -- Three Women Search for Understanding

"John Coats is a damn good storyteller, and Original Sinners will help you examine what you know or think you know about both religion and the world. It matters not if you are versed in religion or just discovering how it fits your life -- an entirely new understanding of these people, places, and times unfolds beautifully."
 --Michael Goins, professor of writing, University of Texas at San Antonio