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Why Beulah Shot Her Pistol Author Clayton Sullivan Opens Website

Friday, July 21st, 2006 by Brian Seidman

Clayton Sullivan, author of Why Beulah Shot Her Pistol Inside the Baptist Church, has launched a new website that details both Beulah and Sullivan’s many other incisive, scholarly religious books. Visit Clayton Sullivan and learn more about his books at

Why Beulah Shot Her Pistol tells the story of Beulah Buchanan, raised in the Primitive Baptist Church, who at the age of sixteen marries the much older deacon Ralph Rainey to escape from her oppressive parents, jumping from the frying pan into the fire. When she embarasses her husband by not cooking enough food for a ravenous visiting revival preacher, Ralph ���chastises��� Beulah with his belt–and her revenge creates a Southern Gothic tale that is at times both tragic and hilarious. Beulah is available from NewSouth Books,, and your favorite local or online book retailer.

Sullivan’s newest book, Rescuing Sex from the Christians, questions why the Christian church has had difficulty with the idea of sex throughout its history. As he writes, “Sullivan tackles controversial subjects such as masturbation, homosexuality, adultery, and prostitution and demonstrates how the Christian idea of sexuality has vilified these practices, fostering guilt about the human body and its activities throughout the history of western culture.” Rescuing Sex from the Christians is also available from, or other fine booksellers.