Hope and Life Press is proud to announce the release of the psychological thriller Judging Angels by top Illinois death penalty defense attorney Timothy Capps, Esq. The novel is the first book in the Catholic fiction series The Rubricatae Chronicles.
Christmas Eve finds renowned, but now disgraced, defense lawyer George Able paying a final visit to his two children, Brian and Sandy. It is a final visit of a different sort to his estranged wife and her lover: George has a .38 in his coat pocket. Later that night, he finds himself on a deserted highway in deep dark country with missing bullets and missing time. It looks like a Christmas Miracle, especially when he meets a beautiful redhead who offers him a second chance. But the seemingly naive Red Morgan proves to be a troubling mix of love, lethality and, possibly, lunacy.
When George’s daughter is kidnapped by a man who might be associated with Morgan, the Able family and the criminal justice system are faced with a threat they are not equipped to handle. As a rescue attempt snowballs into a crime spree from the top of Illinois to its tip, a family must put aside its problems even as moral compromises undermine their good intentions. And while Red Morgan is too useful to send away, her dream of a white Vegas wedding with George faces one obstacle…
Judging Angels draws on police procedural, urban fantasy, and heroic quest to provide the reader with an original Catholic psychological thriller that blends genres and provides more twists and tension than a murder trial. Timothy Capps, a recognized death penalty defense expert, tells this exciting, yet thoughtful, tale with the relish of a seasoned lawyer’s closing argument. And just as trials must probe the motives of defendants, the reader will discover that the real story is on the inside: ordinary people tempted to do the worst things for the best reasons. Judging Angels is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, directly from the publishers Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.
“Criminal justice elements in Judging Angels are expertly handled by a highly respected death penalty lawyer. But then Capps blends genres and gleefully pushes the reader down the rabbit hole of an original, frightening, yet darkly humorous fantasy . . . Do not miss it” – Richard Leo, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of Law and Psychology, University of San Francisco.
“Criminal jury trials are full of twists and turns and unexpected predicaments, and Author/Attorney Capps brings that same sense of the unforeseen and unknowable to his novel . . . Just like the packed trial gallery awaiting a verdict, you will be guessing and anticipating what is written on the final page” – Terence Green, Esq., former State’s Attorney and long-time criminal defense lawyer.
“Marvelous, in a style unlike anything else I have read, entertaining and thought-provoking. Capps draws on multiple genres to create something new that defies easy labeling” – Frank Magill, Esq., Telecommunications Attorney (ret.).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Timothy Capps, Esq., started his career as an Arabic linguist with the US Army where he received crypto training and held top secret clearance. He served with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, doing voice intercept and radio direction finding. Capps then graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law and became a US Navy JAG lawyer. He received the NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Military Justice Award for Trial Advocacy. He was called “a young lion in the courtroom” and awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. In 1990, Capps transferred to Sigonella, Sicily, and had two missions to the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, for which he was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
Capps then became a public defender. He also served as prosecutor in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Capps set up his criminal defense practice based on the cornerstones of character, competence, communication and compassion, becoming well-known for handling death penalty cases with innovation and tenacity. The Illinois Supreme Court invited him to serve on the committee that approved lawyers to serve as defense counsel in capital cases. Some of Capps’s high-profile cases were covered in Life Magazine, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Nancy Grace, and on CNN.
After People v. Pontious, the only case in which expert testimony on false confession was used successfully in Illinois, Capps became a recognized expert on false confessions. He was hired by the State to train death penalty defense teams. He was also given the Richard Cunningham Award for “distinguished service as a death penalty defense advocate who, in the course of performing high quality representation, has demonstrated extraordinary and tenacious commitment to the capital client’s cause and whose continuing dedication and tireless advocacy is an inspiration to all defenders in the continuing struggle for fairness and justice in Illinois capital cases.”
In 2011, the abolition of executions bill passed the Illinois legislature, but the Governor deliberated over signing it into law. Capps wrote a widely circulated Letter to the Editor, arguing against the death penalty from his experience as both prosecutor and defense counsel. To the extent his letter was influential, however, Capps put himself out of a job. His professional legacy includes a perfect record on death penalty cases, a not-guilty verdict by jury where evidence included a videotaped confession, and the development of original tactics still used in murder cases today.
Hope and Life Press is proud to announce the release of the nonfiction book Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine by HLP founder and Catholic author Marcelle Bartolo-Abela. It is the first book to be released in our new lines of Catholic Social Doctrine and Fundamental Human Rights books, and the second in our Leadership category.
Exploring the question of the Executive Orders titled Protecting the Nation from the lens of Sacred Scripture and the teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church, in Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine, Bartolo-Abela elucidates how race is the key sociopolitical ordering factor at play in the history and current state of America, with regard to fundamental human rights and the inviolable dignity of human persons. She explicates the underlying nature and stunning demographics of a newly-defined American alt-right population, and shows how at least two antithetical forms of both Christianity and Catholicism are being actively employed in the United States, at the intersection of politics and religion, to further a multidimensional racial agenda. Bartolo-Abela reminds readers how an effective and genuine remedy to America’s conflict does exist in accordance with the Faith and provides recommendations for non-violent change. Who Are You? What is Your Faith? is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, the publishers Hope and Life Press, and other major booksellers.
- “Impressive documentation of systematic discrimination since the foundation of America.”
- “Challenges American Christians to ask if the Gospel of Trump is compatible with the Gospel of Christ.”
- “A passionate book unafraid of controversy.”
- “Struck me emotionally to the core.”
- “Magnificently presents the bottom line of America’s 21st century alt-right and Catholic Social Doctrine by utilizing true data.”
- “Provides a hard look at ourselves and awakens readers to draw out a decisive outcome of the future as a country and as Catholics.”
About the Author
Marcelle Bartolo-Abela is a Maltese-American consultant on the interface of multiculturalism, psychology, spirituality, and the political sphere. A first-generation immigrant to the United States of America, she served as a mental health clinician in hospital, community, private practice settings in the Northeast US and Malta. She has lectured on psychology and psychotherapy to psychiatry residents and graduate students in the US, UK, and Malta. She served as consultant to faculty and program managers on the combined provision of multicultural psychology and spirituality services. She also provided advocacy and consultation on free speech rights in relation to criminalization discourses in the legislative agenda First Malta Then the World. Bartolo-Abela is the author of nine books on the Catholic Faith. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology from Springfield College, the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences from Middlesex University, and the Certificate in Catholic Social Doctrine for Professionals from The Catholic University of America. Bartolo-Abela is a mid-level apprentice in Russian-Byzantine iconography. Her icons can be found in churches and private collections in the US, Italy, and Malta.
Hope and Life Press is proud to welcome on board the Catholic journalist, author, and stage mentalist Angelo Eramus Stagnaro, with his latest book A Modern Guide for Sinners in the Third Millennium set to be released in paperback and ebook editions later this year. Suitable for catechumens, catechists, homilists, apologists, canonists, people interested in exploring different forms of Christian spirituality, and Christians interested in developing their spiritual life, this book is intended to elucidate the concept of sin for readers who may have forgotten its meaning and it is the first in which the seven social sins as promulgated by the Vatican in 2008 are addressed. The book has been granted the Nihil Obstat/Imprimatur by the Archdiocese of New York.
Stagnaro is a news correspondent with the United Nations, newspapers, and international wire services in the United States of America (US), Europe, and Australia. He is the principal liaison between the Consulate of the Holy See in New York City (NYC) and the Catholic News Service in Washington, D.C., as well as the Service’s chief correspondent in the City. Stagnaro is a regular contributor to the National Catholic Register and his major articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Catholic Herald, National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, US Catholic Magazine, and The Tablet among others.
Stagnaro is the author of four books on the Catholic faith titled The Catechist’s Magic Kit, The Christian Book of the Dead, How to Pray the Dominican Way, and A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics. These books have been granted the Nihil Obstat/Imprimatur by the Diocese of Brooklyn. A professional stage mentalist and one of the world’s experts in cold reading, he is also the author of eight books on stage magic/cold reading, all of which are seminal works that have been translated into French, German, and Spanish. Stagnaro has lectured in more than 70 cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Smoke and Mirrors. He is also Guildmaster of the Catholic Magicians’ Guild, President of the Society of Concerned American Magicians, and Chairman of the Occult Investigation Committee of the Society of American Magicians.
Stagnaro was awarded the 2008 Catholic Press Association Award for Best News Writing for National Event with his coverage of Benedict XVI’s US papal trip. His article The Monastic Ways of the Wise Little Bee was included in the National Catholic Reporter‘s compilation Best Catholic Spirituality Writing 2013. He is also a professed member of the Secular Franciscans and has served as Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults catechist in NYC and Singapore.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the devotional book Help for Suffering Humanity: Mary, Help of Christians by Brian Kiczek, D.C., which contains numerous stories about the miraculous interventions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, in the lives of individuals, families, peoples, towns, cities, and nations, throughout history up to the present day, under the title Auxilium Christianorum as invoked by the saints John Chrysostom and John Bosco; crowned by Leo XIII, solemnly instituted by Pius VII, and more recently invoked for persecuted Chinese Christians by Benedict XVI. The particular aspect of Mary as help of Christians in times of war, both physical and spiritual warfare, is highlighted. Powerful prayers to Mary, help of Christians are given for the reader to use, together with guidance about the key of humility for obtaining help. Inspirational narratives about the unparalleled wonder and importance of the Mass, the healing power of the sacraments of confession and communion, and the efficacious prayer of the rosary as weapon are included. Help for Suffering Humanity: Mary, Help of Christians is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, the publishers Hope and Life Press, and other booksellers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brian Kiczek, D.C., is a chiropractor, husband, and father of three, who reverted back to the Catholic faith after 10 years of atheism, followed by New Age beliefs, then Bible believer. He is a United States Navy veteran of the Persian Gulf War, during which he served as an operations specialist aboard the USS Normandy. This and other life experiences, including serving as security officer in Manhattan during 9/11 and after at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, together with working in various chiropractic offices treating multiple conditions, have served to inspire Kiczek to come up with ways to integrate prayer and work, to help others in both a physical and a spiritual manner. His research dissertation addressed the Effects of prayer and religiosity on health and longevity. Kiczek presently works in the disadvantaged area of Passaic County, New Jersey, helping to heal wounded backs.
Kiczek has been educated in the Catholic schools of Red Bank, New Jersey and graduated cum laude from Rutgers University. He holds a doctorate in chiropractic from the University of Bridgeport. He is active in evangelization with the parish of his church, in particular as a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher for many years. He also co-founded a children’s rosary group in the said parish. Kiczek is popularly known as the Rosary Doctor for his tireless work in spreading the message of the rosary to anyone open to hear it. He believes that the prodigal sons and daughters of the world are going to return to God and to the Church in droves, as the famine that is spreading across the globe increases through financial crises, wars, and disasters. Having lived through what it means to be a prodigal son,Kiczek feels great care and compassion for all who may be away from God, and works without cease to heal both physical and spiritual ills. He strives to repay the Lord, Jesus Christ, for having been merciful to him, in particular through the power and the love of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
– There is a reason Mary is known as the help of Christians. In this book, Brian Kiczek details numerous stories of her miraculous intervention throughout history. Reading the book will allow you to see not only what Mary has done in the lives of others, but also to better appreciate what she can do in your own life. Highly recommended – Gary Zimak, radio host, speaker, and author of Listen to the Blessed Mother.
– In 1862, Bosco told one of his Salesian priests, “Our Lady wants us to honor her with the title Help of Christians. The times are so sad that we need the holy Virgin to help us preserve and defend the Christian faith.” In his book, Kiczek masterfully illustrates our Lady’s intervention throughout history. Every Catholic should have this book on the family bookshelf – James J. Gambino, Salesian Cooperator.
– Have you ever wondered about the inner life and spirituality of the Blessed Mother of God? Brian Kiczek, using the insights of the great mystics of the Church, has given us a superb reflection on those thoughts which Mary pondered in her heart – Reverend James Tucker, Parochial vicar, Epiphany Parish, New Jersey.
– Kiczek presents a simple-to-understand approach to Marian theology and supports the case for devotion to the Blessed Mother through Scripture, historical events, and the wisdom of the saints…I recommend this book to anyone with a love for the Blessed Mother, or who is seeking to attain a basic understanding of Marian devotion. Truly, as society calls out in its suffering, now is the time for Christians to plead for the intercession of Mary as help of Christians, as she approaches her Son on our behalf – James A. Toups, author of The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope; speaker, entrepreneur.