James Matthew Green’s historical novel, Northern Lights, takes the reader into the vivid excitement of the French and Indian War. Daniel Allouez, whose father is French and mother is Ojibwe Indian, enters into the war not only to fight the enemy, but to discover who he is at the crossroads of race, religion, and sexual orientation.
The spiritual nature of Daniel’s search draws beautifully upon his Ojibwe tradition, with its emphasis on experiencing the Great Mystery in nature. Daniel’s discovery of love in a same-sex relationship presents difficulties as well as transformation in this resounding story of triumph and emotional healing.
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Green sets a lavish and diverse table as he guides us into the life of Daniel Allouez, a young man whose father is French and mother is Ojibwe Indian. The question of how both European Christian and Native Traditional cultures handle same-sex relationships captures the reader’s attention in Northern Lights. Daniel learns that love comes from God and leads to God. This daring yet very traditional conclusion, to which Green’s powerful novel leads, speaks to us today. - William Lindsey, Ph.D., Theologian and Author, Little Rock, AR.
James Matthew Green brings to vivid life the French and Indian War, and a compelling love which reverberates to our time. - Damian Gennette, M.Div., Psychotherapist, Tacoma, WA.
Northern Lights is a historical novel set in 18th Century French and Indian Canada, but it is more than that: Green has wisdom to share about the life process C. G. Jung called individuation. His characters are young men who find themselves at the intersection of diverse streams of culture, religion, and sexual expression. Theirs is a complex world unsettled by war, yet Green’s language is simple, direct and rings true, as he relates how each traverses uncharted ways to mature into his own authentic way of being. In these stories, solidly grounded in a sense of history and of place, readers will be able to recognize lives much like our own, lives in which a spiritual dimension is always present, whether in the foreground or only dimly intuited, whether inside or outside of religious institutions. - Karen Hodges, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst, Charlotte, NC.