Another 5* review for JUDGING ANGELS by top death penalty defense attorney Tim Capps

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Seriously Catholic! The author, Tim Capps, pulls off a tour de force of the modern challenges of being a practicing Catholic in today’s world. In the guise of a novel, the author presents a serious reflection on sin, temptation and adultery. A serious work for Catholics and wrapped in an entertaining plot. Looking forward to the next installment.

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Another 5* review for JUDGING ANGELS by top death penalty defense attorney Tim Capps

More 5* reviews for Judging Angels

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Unique and thrilling take on urban fantasy! Themes of marital strife, estranged family ties and fidelity are thrown for a unique curve ball in this fast-paced, urban fantasy thrill ride. A cast of original, complex characters (including everyone’s soon to be favorite redhead) are interjected into the life of our protagonist, George. On his journey to rescue his kidnapped daughter, Sandy, we are led through a world of forensic analysis, other worldly challenges and well-painted suspense, and mystery on the end of every page. Tim Capps incorporates his knowledge of the legal scene into a world of mystical, harrowing action that makes Judging Angels a compelling page turner. Highly recommended, Judging Angels is an urban fantasy masterpiece that will be difficult to put down and impossible to forget. Hungry for the next installment of the The Rubricatae Chronicles.

Difficult to put this one down! Excellent urban fantasy novel with a frank and, at times, painful exploration of a marriage in its darkest moments. The story deals with characters in difficult situations discovering that it’s not always the best idea to do “anything” to save someone else. It was hard to put this one down. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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More 5* reviews for Judging Angels

COMING SOON: Ten Rules of Life – An Exploration of Nguyen Van Thuan’s Life Philosophy by Angelo Stagnaro

COMING SOON: Ten Rules of Life – An Exploration of Nguyen Van Thuan’s Life Philosophy by Angelo Stagnaro

5* review for The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory

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Marie Ann Dean hits a home run with this wonderful book. It immediately draws you into the action. Despite having a very busy job with long hours, I found that this book kept me reading late into the night. I enjoyed reading Ms. Dean’s previous work, but I found this volume more to my liking. Ms. Dean excels at the use of imagery and you genuinely care about the various characters. Most of the characters from this book were found in Ms. Dean’s first book; however, you don’t have to read these books in order to enjoy The Beast. The influence of Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World is clear, but I think this story is unique. The Beast and Anti-Christ are similar to, but not exactly the same as, Monsignor Benson’s. The ending is explosive and amazing.

The story is very plausible and is rooted in a clear understanding of Catholic doctrine, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and knowledge of current events. The use of symbolism such as the compass and the emerald from The Jeweler’s Polish is masterfully executed. I especially liked the story about the Chinese (People’s Liberation Army) deserters. If there would be another sequel or spin off, I would like to read more about these PLA characters. (From Dalian to Calgary with Christ…) I think the ending was better than Monsignor Benson’s version of end times. If I had any criticism of this book is that I wish it was longer! This book could also use a better cover. Maybe when it is reprinted it will come with a different cover and illustrations. It is a very fast read and will keep you up at night, thinking and praying. This book would make an awesome graphic novel or Anime-type film. In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and up. There is violence (obviously) with this book, but it is not graphic. I generally wind up sharing my favorite books with my friends…this one will travel far.

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5* review for The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory

OUT SOON: Judging Angels by Illinois award-winning criminal defense lawyer Tim Capps

OUT SOON: Judging Angels by Illinois award-winning criminal defense lawyer Tim Capps

NEWS: Hope and Life Press welcomes Latino Catholic author Jonas Perez

jonas-perez-use-thisHope and Life Press (HLP) is pleased to welcome on board the Mexican-American public school educator, artist, and Catholic author Jonas A. Pérez of Texas, with his newest book titled Triptych de Sanctae Familiae. The book presents a first person narrative from each member of the Holy Family, written in both prose and metrical poetry. Ideal for the younger generation, Triptych de Sanctae Familiae is set to be released by HLP later this year in paperback and ebook editions, in both the English and Spanish languages.

Jonas Pérez was born and raised in the beautiful and dry Rio Grande Valley on the United States/Mexico border. He has experienced first hand many contemporary immigration issues and hopes to take such struggles and give them life in ink. Pérez was raised in the Pentecostal church, where he learned to accept spirituality and passion in worship, yet he left in his younger years after having been attracted by the reverence and zeal manifested in the Southern Baptist church. A staunch Protestant for many years, bent on curing the world of the ‘blasphemy’ of the Catholic Church, Pérez engaged with regularity in open-air preaching at predominantly Mexican crowds to escape and be saved. After much pain, death, birth, and regrowth, Pérez found himself stumbling at long last into the Catholic Church that he had persecuted and which accepted him in its fold with open arms. Perez met his wife in North Texas, dancing salsa, and the dancing was as smooth as his decision to convert to the Catholic faith. He had been praying for a sign to join the Church and it approached him with curly, poignant red hair. Now at home in the Catholic Church, he feels like a wandering ghost who is finally at rest.

Pérez has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas Pan-American (now Texas RGV). An ardent fan of Shakespeare, he fell in love with traditional poetry and after reading through what he deemed the Western Literary Canon, he felt ready to write. Pérez is the author of Finibus, an epic poem about a priest who is damned and witnesses Armageddon. He has also written the Spanish language version of the poem in alexandrines. The poetry of Pérez is considered a redemptive attempt to salvage the irrevocable beauty of the genre, an aspect he feels has been lost. His goal is to write poetry that is didactic, metrical, clear, and inspiring; the epitome of language. An aspiring musician, Pérez will be releasing an EP in November of contemporary Marian music. He seeks to best serve all, in particular the Hispanic community, by giving them words in both English and Spanish.

NEWS: Hope and Life Press welcomes Latino Catholic author Jonas Perez

4* and 5* reviews for Sonnets From the Spirit

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Thought provoking read from new poet. This short volume of work from a young poet, using a sonnet to illustrate religious and iconic figures could be off putting, but Christopher Villiers has used his own words to convey the historic and deeply human experiences of biblical characters. Each sonnet is also illustrated by pictures of classical art. This assists the reader to focus and personally reflex. This is a wonderful collection and example from this new poet. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.

Food for the mind and the heart. It may be helpful to think of these sonnets as prayers that rhyme. The meticulously crafted first person narratives, each one containing a volta that depicts the narrator’s mind coming to a fresh realisation of the nature of divinity, show God’s power at work in the world in a variety of settings. Whether the subject of the sonnet is a saint, a sinner, or simply a flawed person whose relationship with God requires improvement, slowly feeling their way towards enlightenment using the handholds of rhyme and metre, they will eventually realise — perhaps too late — that they are part of a pattern more wide, deep, and beautiful than they can comprehend entirely. The elegant form of the sonnet, a staple of poetry for hundreds of years, is therefore used as a microcosm of the divine reason or Logos in which all this book’s readers live and move and have their being.

The author is gifted with a rare intelligence, tempered with understanding and piety, which he uses to enter the heads of a heterogeneous range of Biblical figures. Although their corporeal forms became dust millennia ago, their spirits continue not only in whichever extra-mundane afterlife they now inhabit, but also in the pages of this slender yet deeply intriguing volume.

A moving way to experience and meditate on the Scriptures. This is an impressive and ambitious collection of poems from a young theologian and poet. Starting with Adam and Eve, and ending with the coronation of Mary in heaven, the collection spans the story of redemption, with each poem offering a glimpse through the eyes of one of the biblical characters in each key event. The poems work well as individual meditations, but it is also fruitful to read them all in one go – you are led through the whole grand story, but in a personal and grounded way with events, emotions, and theological messages crystallised in the perspective of each individual person. The poems encourage the reader to identify with the person speaking and to imagine themselves in the speaker’s place in a way reminiscent of Ignatian spirituality. I personally found the New Testament poems to be particularly evocative: my favourites included Redemption (the moment where Mary Magdalene anoints the feet of Christ) and Samaritan Woman.

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4* and 5* reviews for Sonnets From the Spirit

NEWS: Theologian Christopher Villiers at Barnstaple Library

Above are a few photographs of British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers during a reading and signing of his new book Petals of Vision at Barnstaple Library, Devon, England this past weekend. In the video below you can watch Villiers reading the poem The Road to Spring during the event.

NEWS: Theologian Christopher Villiers at Barnstaple Library