Leaves Of Grass And The Kingdom Of God Erik Reece grew up the grandson of a fundamentalist preacher, but he left his church in search of a less punitive religion. He describes his struggle with religion in his new book, An American Gospel.

Leaves Of Grass And The Kingdom Of God

Leaves Of Grass And The Kingdom Of God

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Erik Reece teaches English and writing at the University of Kentucky.

Author Erik Reece grew up the grandson of a fundamentalist preacher, but left the church in search of a less punitive religion.

In his new book, An American Gospel: On Family, History, and the Kingdom of God, Reece describes his struggle to find a form of Christianity with which he would feel comfortable — and the guidance he received from the writings of Thomas Jefferson, Walt Whitman and other American writers.

A writer in residence at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Reece is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction book Lost Mountain.