We 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.
Great, bite sized and makes an excellent “1 of your 5” a day! Caters for everyone – whoever you are and whatever you do because we are all busy and our lives can become stressful and complicated, whether we are working or retired or seeking a job or looking after our family. It balances so many aspects of everyone’s lives.
Our Russian Orthodox scholar and author, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., will tomorrow be lecturing and presenting her book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters on the occasion of the Day of Slavonic Writing commemorated by the Orthodox Church. The lecture-presentation will take place at the Russian Cultural Center, Rue du Meridien 21, Brussels, Belgium at 7:00pm. Entrance is free, everyone is welcome to attend.
Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters is available in paperback edition, in the Russian and English languages, from Amazon, directly from the publishers, and from major booksellers worldwide.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the devotional book Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply by the Anglican curate, the Reverend Andrew Highway of the Diocese of Llandaff, The Church in Wales. Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply is a collection of straightforward prayers from the heart that are intended to help readers have a conversation with God in a simple and honest manner, about all the things that can occur throughout daily life. These prayers address how we feel, what we see, our experiences, fears and worries; hopes, joys, and aspirations. The book is divided into four sections, with prayers about Ordinary Things, When Seeking God, Through the Year, and In the World. Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply is available worldwide from Amazon, directly through the publishers Hope and Life Press, and at other major booksellers.
– Welcome collection of short prayers in a frightfully busy world. These succinct and incisive prayers help counter the pressures of modern life, intrusive technology, and widespread commercialism. Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply guides us back to a still, listening, loving God – The Reverend Dr. Mark Dimond, Bishop’s Chaplain, The Church in Wales.
– Human, heartfelt, concise, simple, tender prayers clearly rooted in the God of love who is in Christ. At the end of our day, the only thing that matters is prayer. It is clear in Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply that prayer matters to the Reverend Andrew Highway – The Right Reverend David Wilbourne, Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Llandaff, The Church in Wales.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Reverend Andrew Highway is an Anglican assistant curate with the Church in Wales. He grew up in the market town of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds and is the son of a Baptist minister. Highway’s early experience of both traditional and charismatic Baptist worship provided him with basic spiritual formation, but in 2005 he started exploring a more catholic spirituality, leading to a deeper appreciation of the sacraments and the rhythm of daily prayer. After finding his spiritual home to date in the Anglican Church, Highway studied at Saint Michael’s Theological College, United Kingdom, and was ordained by the Archbishop of Wales at Llandaff Cathedral in 2012. During preparation for ordination, Highway felt particularly drawn to the intersection of Anglo Catholic and Celtic spiritualities, whereas his vocational formation was influenced by the liturgy, architecture and values of the Oxford Movement.
As a non-stipendiary minister, Highway works as a Town Center Development Manager with Caerphilly County Borough Council and has enjoyed a varied career, including 10 years as a police officer with the South Wales Police, before moving into local government for a career in place management. Highway has developed an effective Unique Places model of town center management and created the Choose the High Street brand that encourages people to support their local high streets. In his vocational capacity, Highway presently serves in parish ministry with the Diocese of Llandaff in the deanery of Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the first book in our Melitensia category with The Jeweler’s Polish, written by the Iowa novelist, poet, teacher, and homeschooler Marie Ann Dean. The Jeweler’s Polish is a Catholic historical fiction novel set primarily in the small Mediterranean island of Malta at the time of the Knights Hospitaller or the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. Containing a near-gothic narrative that includes knightly orders, Masons, Illuminati, conspiracies, curses, mysterious jewels, apparitions of spirits, poisoners, gender dysphoria, the evil eye, and incest, The Jeweler’s Polish presents to readers the 21st century young Englishwoman, Emerald Rohan Grady, and her ancestral namesake, the Lady Emerald Esther Maria de Rohan, niece of the kindly but corrupt Grandmaster Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc.
But who, in reality, was Lady Emerald? Who was Lucas de Pinto? What made Captain Azzopardi meet his men in secret, at nighttime, in the historical city of Valletta? Who betrayed the kingdom of God and worked for the kingdom of Man? Why did Lady Emerald have to meet Pope Pius VI in Rome? How were the Jesuits and the Masons involved? Above all, who was the Repentant? The Jeweler’s Polish is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon worldwide, Hope and Life Press, and other major booksellers.
“Malta is a fascinating, yet somewhat mysterious, island nation known throughout history as the home of the famous, but somehow also mysterious, Knights. In The Jeweler’s Polish, accomplished author Marie Ann Dean brings us on one woman’s fascinating voyage of self-discovery to Malta. Dean adroitly weaves together the tale of that woman’s journey with events in the lives of historical figures connected with the Knights in Malta and elsewhere. As her prose portrays transformations in her characters, the reader is also brought to contemplate profound, yet very simple truths. You will enjoy The Jeweler’s Polish” – Monsignor Richard Soseman, J.C.L., Official of the Congregation for the Clergy, Vatican City State.
“From the start of the story, Marie Ann Dean draws the reader into an historical mystery that will capture the imagination. She does a masterful job of tying the past history of the Church and of Europe to current times. The heroines, Emerald both of old and of new, guide the reader through an exciting adventure that falls just short of discovering the biblical Antichrist. I highly recommend The Jeweler’s Polish” – James A. Toups, author of The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope, Principal at RMR Corporation.
“Marie Ann Dean’s familiarity with the isle of Malta and her literary skills are put to good use in constructing a near-gothic narrative, combined with an intriguing apocalyptic storyline involving the identity of the Antichrist and the timing of the Second Coming. The result is a highly entertaining read, reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code but of higher literary quality and more complex . . . a very diverting and compelling first novel that leaves enough plot threads untied to demand a sequel or two. The Jeweler’s Polish leaves the reader wanting more!” – Mary Ann Beavis, Ph.D., Professor of Religion and Culture, Saint Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.
“In The Jeweler’s Polish, the heroine Emerald’s plans to travel initiate a journey to seek the ‘jewels’ of her heritage. The story is immersed in intrigue, secrecy, and the adventurous danger of the hunt. Traitors, mistresses, knights, and monks fill the pages of an effervescent novel. The pages turn quickly: Dean diligently weaves the tale of Emerald’s search for her hereditary matrix that serves both to elude and define her. Any reader of The Jeweler’s Polish who has sought family trees, or who has been fascinated by the Da Vinci Code, or Angels and Demons, will no doubt be riveted to Emerald’s search. The mystery is laced with danger and delight, discovery and disappointment, with new clues uncovered and the real hidden treasure of the heroine’s beneficence.
“One travels through multiple settings following both Emerald’s contemporary life and that of her centuries-old namesake – merry old England, Paris, Rome, yet always returning to a crisscrossed Malta: between two continents and between eras; the failing religiousness of the late Renaissance and the violent birth of contemporary democratic secularity. Within the thrill of the search, Dean’s work is, in the end, a battle between good and evil. And in the end, Emerald’s search rises above ennui and passivity to a new receptivity of the divine: the polish of a grace from beyond brings light both because of her goodness and despite her weakness.
“Is it not everyman/everywoman’s journey to seek their source and uncover treasures hidden for the ages – whether in Tehran, Tokyo, or New York? In The Jeweler’s Polish, one finds fellow seekers, while enjoying a well of literary refreshment. One hopes that Dean’s excellent work of final delight will reach many readers. One also hopes that readers will uncover, at least, some of their own hereditary jewels – the soulful treasures of any truly good persons, which often remain hidden until finally polish by Grace and Love itself” – Reverend Brian Miclot, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Saint Ambrose University.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marie Ann Dean is an American novelist and poet from Iowa, with a particular interest in Catholic contemplative spiritualities in the Latin Rite tradition. A teacher by profession and former Montessori homeschooler, Dean helped set up various classical education schools and Montessori homeschools across the United States (US). She also lectured on English Literature at the University of Notre Dame (US), and on both Theology and Literature at Bristol University, United Kingdom (UK). As a practicing Catholic and pastoral counselor, Dean has served as lecturer to diocesan teachers in the US and Canada, also teaching catechesis and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes as director. She was also a lay chaplain with the Westminster Diocese, United Kingdom (UK).
Dean has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy/Theology from Marycrest College, and a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame. She was also Downside Scholar Fellow in Theology at Bristol University. Dean holds a Master Teacher’s Certificate from the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools. An international Catholic blogger since 2007, Dean writes regularly on matters of the Catholic faith and spirituality at Etheldreda‘s Place and The Courtyard. She is also twice winner and Grand Prize-winner of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest with her poems. Dean enjoys painting in watercolors, acrylics, and oils.