Another 5* REVIEW for the award-winning fantasy JUDGING ANGELS

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What? This novel was a shot in the dark for me. I bought it based on the writings in the author’s blog. I rarely read novels and when I do, they do not have lawyers as protagonists. I had no idea what to expect, but I definitely did not expect what I got.

I found the first chapter disjointed and disorienting. At chapter end, I thought, “What the blank is this?” Except I didn’t say “blank.” Chapters two and three made sense of chapter one quicker than I thought possible. From that point on, it was difficult to put down. As I approached the end of the book, I kept wondering how the author would resolve things. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t. On the last page, I had the feeling that about a third of the book was missing. I’m hoping that these points will be resolved in the next book, which I will definitely buy.

Lots of surprises in this book; some I guessed in advance, others not. You’ll learn what a blue falcon is and that there’s a highway to hell (paved with good intentions), but only a stairway to heaven.

And never trust a redhead.

(Source: Amazon)

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Another 5* REVIEW for the award-winning fantasy JUDGING ANGELS

More 5* REVIEWS for award-winning fantasy JUDGING ANGELS

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Five stars! Loved it!! Waiting for the next book!

This is one of those novels I will always remember and that made me the richer for having read it. Thank you, Tim Capps, you touched my soul.

The ending….. “Wait, what!?!?” A great read, with fascinating twists. Waiting for the next volume in the series.

Verdict: More, please! Loved this book. Most unusual mixture of genres, to quite delightful effect. The author has a great writing style and I’m hoping that he has more than one novel up his sleeve.

Book of the Year! I loved it because it had redheads, Ginger Rogers, St. Thomas Aquinas and lawyers, guns and money. Tim Capps is notoriously funny and I was spellbound throughout. This is a major breakthrough in literary achievement. As an added bonus, the spelling and grammar were excellent, too.

I loved this book. It was funny, thought provoking and tragic, which is a lot to ask from one book. Can’t wait for the next installment.

(Source: Amazon).

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NEW: THE PRO-LIFE APOLOGETICS MANUAL by award-winning Catholic editorialist Angelo Stagnaro

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“Stagnaro refutes, with many outside sources, 119 top pro-abortion myths…So much good, logical information, it can be used to educate and arm Catholics on how to advocate for lives of the unborn” ~ Maria McFadden Maffucci, Editor, Human Life Review.

Hope and Life Press is proud to announce the release of The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by award-winning National Catholic Register editorialist, Holy See liaison, and Catholic News Service chief NY correspondent Angelo Stagnaro. The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual presents the 119 top myths about abortion and detailed arguments against them derived from the fields of science, history, philosophy, logic and theology. Intended to foreground the distinction between truth and political correctness, science and pseudoscience, logic and pseudologic, history and pseudohistory, this manual similarly addresses in depth the topics of artificial contraception, genetic screening and designer babies. Several remedies against them are provided, together with a section on the five ways of natural family planning. The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, directly from the publishers, and major booksellers. The book has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York. The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual will also be available from next month onwards at the libraries of the Vatican including the Gregoriana, the Angelorum, and the Pontifical North American College.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

angelo-stagnaroItalian-American grant- and award-winning journalist Angelo Erasmus 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 NYC. 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. He is foreign correspondent for OnlineCatholics Magazine and a freelance journalist with MercatorNet.com.

​Stagnaro is the author of 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 the French, German, and Spanish languages. Stagnaro has lectured in more than 70 cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Smoke and Mirrors, the net’s largest ezine for professional stage magicians. 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 holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology/Archaeology from the State University of New York at Albany, with specializations in the Ethnology of Religion, Ethnicity in America, Physical Anthropology, and Population Studies. He also holds a Graduate Certificate of Asian Studies from Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku, with specialization in Contemporary Asian Religions, and pursued graduate studies in theology at the University of Notre Dame, specializing in Hebrew Wisdom Literature, Liturgy, and Catholic Spirituality. Stagnaro was awarded the 2008 Catholic Press Association Award (First Place) 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. Stagnaro is a professed member of the Secular Franciscans and has served as Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) catechist in NYC and Singapore.​

A CHALLENGE TO THOSE IN FAVOR OF ABORTION

The author, Angelo Stagnaro, will offer $1000 to Planned Parenthood for any and all logical or factual mistakes found in The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual. If a challenge is made and found to be illegitimate or illogical, the issuer of the challenge must pay $500 to Bridge to Life, Flushing, New York and $500 to Stagnaro for each erroneous or spurious claim of logical error or factual inconsistency. Unique and specific to the challenger, proof of purchase of the book must accompany each claim. Contact Hope and Life Press at hopeandlifepress@gmail.com for the full details of this challenge.

NEW: THE PRO-LIFE APOLOGETICS MANUAL by award-winning Catholic editorialist Angelo Stagnaro

OUT THIS MONTH: The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual

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NEWS: Fantasy novel JUDGING ANGELS recognized at 2017 New York Book Festival

JUDGING ANGELS FRONT COVER REVHope and Life Press (HLP) is thrilled to announce that the fantasy novel Judging Angels by Illinois death penalty defense expert and Catholic author Timothy Capps, Esq., has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the fiction category of the 2017 New York Book Festival. The novel is also the first of HLP’s publications to have received an award.

Described as a five-star “tour de force of the modern challenges of being a practicing Catholic in today’s world” and an “excellent urban fantasy novel with a frank, and at times painful, exploration of a marriage in its darkest moments” by reviewers on Amazon upon its release, Judging Angels has earned unanimous praise from noteworthy minds in the legal field such as John Hanlon, Esq.; Richard Leo, Ph.D., J.D.; Terence Green, Esq.; and Frank Magill, Esq., for its original genre-bending ability, accuracy of depiction of the American criminal justice system, and provocativeness of thought.

Judging Angels is the first volume in the series The Rubricatae Chronicles. It is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, major booksellers, and directly from the publishers.

NEWS: Fantasy novel JUDGING ANGELS recognized at 2017 New York Book Festival

OUT SOON: The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by Angelo Stagnaro

OUT SOON: The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by Angelo Stagnaro

Illinois lawyer and novelist Tim Capps interviewed by Dappled Things

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Tim Capps signing copies of his new book

Our Illinois lawyer Timothy Capps has just been interviewed by the literary magazine Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art and Faith, about his new genre-bending novel Judging Angels released by Hope and Life Press last month in paperback and ebook editions. Click here to read this great interview and learn about “a fully fleshed-out urban fantasy world based on Catholic theology (dogmatic and speculative), that also explored serious moral dilemmas that don’t always end well for the moral agents involved.”

Illinois lawyer and novelist Tim Capps interviewed by Dappled Things

Listen to Chapter 1 of JUDGING ANGELS read by Tim Capps himself

Listen to Chapter 1 of JUDGING ANGELS read by Tim Capps himself

NEWS: LIFE’S COMPLICATED – PRAY SIMPLY now available at Westminster Abbey

LIFE'S COMPLICATED front coverWe are pleased to announce that the devotional book of Christian prayer from the heart Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply by the Reverend Andrew Highway is now available in paperback edition from Westminster Abbey, London. Described as containing “human, heartfelt, concise, simple, tender prayers clearly rooted in the God of love who is in Christ” by the assistant bishop of the Diocese of Llandaff, the Church in Wales, Life’s Complicated is also available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon worldwide, directly from the publishers and major booksellers.

NEWS: LIFE’S COMPLICATED – PRAY SIMPLY now available at Westminster Abbey

REVIEWS: Another 5* for Judging Angels

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This book is quite a ride! In reading “Judging Angels,” one finds not so much a suspense/mystery novel as — well, spiritual suspense, I suppose. If science fiction can include beings on other planets, then spiritual suspense can include beings in other planes. There’s more than a touch of “The Twilight Zone” in the deliberate–but never slow–pulling aside of the veil, but there’s none of the preachiness that sometimes came with the show. It’s never heavy-handed and the characters are far more realistic in their individual struggles with their faith than are usually portrayed. There’s a distinct lack of religious tropes — there’s no fanatic, no absolute-denier-turned-convert, no almost-became-a-priest — none of the somewhat cartoonish types seen in most books with ostensibly Catholic characters. There is one small, non-religious trope — a kid has talents that are unexpected and helps save the day. It’s a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent story with very little in the way of overused dialogue or plot lines.

What there IS a lot of is well-developed characters and action that follows naturally from their flaws and strengths, both emotional and spiritual. The reactions moving the action along feel authentic, with the characters struggling (sometimes not so much) to rise above their psychological and spiritual injuries.

I can’t remember being so caught up by a story in a long time. The book moves fast; as other reviewers have said, it’s a page-turner. I had committed to reading it during my morning and afternoon train commute, but I broke down and read it over the weekend. The main character, George Able, catches the reader’s attention right off and does not let go. And it isn’t just George; in physics, there is a phenomenon known as the Venturi Effect, in which a fluid is compressed into a narrow space (a tube) and must speed up in order to relieve the pressure. Once the liquid speeds up enough, the pressure drops and forms a vacuum. Each character that comes into George’s life speeds things up that much more in a sort of literary Venturi Effect resulting from the increase in suspense regarding each one’s role and even identity. As in the Venturi Effect, the only way to relieve the pressure (i.e., suspense) is to read faster; and then the reader is caught in the vacuum. But what a ride!

(Source: Amazon)

REVIEWS: Another 5* for Judging Angels