Book is a Remarkable Portal into the Realm of Queerdom

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Readers become privy to author Roger Goodman’s most intimate musings about his life experiences and his revelations.

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Author Roger Goodman, in his published book through Xlibris Thoughts of a Tribal Elder: One Queerman's Journey from the Ashes Risen, tells about his experiences through addiction and recovery as seen through Queer history, symbols, mythology, rituals, and spiritualities. Appealing to those associated at any level in 12-Step Recovery (an action for recovery from addiction), this memoir makes gay life visible for others to understand its trials and joys.

Thoughts of a Tribal Elder documents Roger’s extraordinary life’s journey through the sources of his addictions, and how they played an integral part in his life experiences. These are detailed in his spiritual quest to understand his being in this life. His quest takes him through Queer history, symbols, mythology, rituals, and spiritualities. This spiritual quest is further developed through his experiencing AIDS related illnesses and with returning to life after encounters with the Death Crone. These all unfolded through his recovery from these addictions until where he has today peace and serenity, as he never achieved previously.

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“…an enlightening and inspirational series of essays that may help move us along the road toward becoming a culture with greater tolerance and respect for diversity . . . One comes to realize, through his incisive writing, how fortunate the world is to have the treasure of this tribe of colorful, creative, artistic, genius-minded, humorous, whimsical, flamboyant and unique souls who, through the ages and in all cultures, have enriched our lives.” – A. Rosenkranz

“Thoughts of a Tribal Elder by Roger Goodman is amazing + revelatory. With courage, he shares deep new understandings of human life + civilization. This slender tome is gripping to read . . . elucidates what to us may be seen as revolutionary theology, but is actually a continuance from ancient understandings.” – A. Marderosian

This book will be featured at the 2012 Illinois Library Association Book Exhibit in Peoria, Ill. on October 9-12, 2012.
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About the Author
Roger Goodman, M. Mus., M. Div. was active during the Civil Rights Movement and protests over the Vietnam War, yet understanding the heterosexism of those movements. After being an international concert harpsichordist, teacher, and recording artist; he began work on the documentary film “From the Ashes Risen.” Because of his addictions he became HIV+ and was diagnosed with AIDS in 1995 at which time he died during a coma, but miraculously came back from death.
Thoughts of a Tribal Elder * by Roger Goodman
One Queerman's Journey from the Ashes Risen
Publication Date: December 30, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 254 pages; 978-1-4653-1041-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4653-1042-2
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