This book for teens will be a collection of personal essays about faith, with scriptures from different faiths relevant to some topics, and statistical information added by me. The book will have three sections: Topics, Structure, and Social. I'm looking to include essays from a wide range of religions, indigenous traditions, spiritual practices, agnostics, and atheists. I am especially interested in stories where an individual's beliefs have involved on their own, or where cultural identity and faith combine or clash. I'm interested in stories of leaving religions and in stories of finding religions.
Topics: music, prayer, premortal life, faith, revelation, inspiration, talents, grief, service, charity, relationship with humankind, family, children, afterlife, scriptures, nature of God/Gods/the Divine, creation, integrity, honesty, agency, choice, end of the world, repentance, sex, education, relationship with deity, salvation, exaltation, mercy, justice, sin, temptation, purpose of life, comfort after trauma, stress, life plans.
Structure: holidays, rituals, ordinances, initiation into the faith, fasting, places of worship, religious services, death, burial/cremation, funeral, weddings, marriage, religious leaders, holy days, sabbath/day of rest or worship, holy sites, pilgrimage.
Social: (essays in this section will be limited to only those sharing a personal experience with the topic, and no scriptures will be included in this section) homosexuality, abortion, politics, birth control, women's rights, civil rights, military service, patriotism, trans rights, etc.
For all sections, stories about a personal experience will be favored. This is not a proselytizing work, rather a place to share our beliefs and experiences with faith.
This work does not currently have a publisher. I do not intend to self publish, and will be pursuing traditional publication. Updates on this work will be shared on this blog, including the search for an agent and a publisher.
If you are interested in sharing a story on one of the topics discussed above or on a different topic, you can email the essay, an optional photograph, and a signed permission form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Essays and photos without a signed permission form will not be considered. You may submit more than one essay. You may also share scriptures regarding the various topics. A permission form is not required for sharing a scripture. While anyone is welcome to submit a scripture, I'm requesting essays only from those ages 15 to 25. This is a work for teen readers. The writer should identify their belief system in the essay. Essays should be between 250 and 750 words, although essays outside of that range will be considered as well.
Questions can also be sent to me at email@example.com.
Link to required permission form: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A77d7a2c4-589a-4d40-a4ea-48f3f6015281
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