Hope and Life Press is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release during the Christmas season of the first edition of the book Forty Italian Rustic Dishes: A Christmas Cookbook for Catholics by National Catholic Register award-winning editorialist and Holy See liaison Angelo Stagnaro, OSF. This is the second volume in Stagnaro’s series of Cookbooks for Catholics and the first in our new line.The book, which will be available in both paperback and ebook editions, has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur by the Diocese of Brooklyn.
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.”
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!
Here are some photographs of the recent presentation given by the Russian-Maltese Orthodox scholar and linguist, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., at the Russian Cultural Center in Brussels. The presentation was so well received that another one is going to be held. Micallef lectured on the Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Lettersas discussed in her book, published by Hope and Life Press in Russian and English editions.
Award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers will be presenting excerpts from his latest poetry book Petals of Visionin London on June 13, 2017. Entrance is free and all are welcome. Petals of Visionis available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, directly from the publishers and from the usual outlets.
We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, June 1, 2017, our Illinois award-winning death penalty defense expert and Catholic author, Timothy Capps, Esq., will be speaking about his newly released novelJudging Angels and his work on the Fiat Ministry Show with Kent Kuholski. The show, which can be found here, will air at 9:00pm EST. It can be accessed live on Fiat Ministry Network TV and all their social media channels including Periscope.
Great book! I just blew through this book in three days, fast for me with other things I’ve got going on. I’m not sure I’ve completely got my head around it, but I described it thusly in recommending it to a friend this morning:
“A mash-up of legal thriller, urban fantasy, theological treatise, dark satire, commentary on the sorry state of both the modern-day Church and the modern-day world – but above all, very well written and entertaining,”
which latter point is where a lot of current genre fiction falls down hard. I highly recommend this book — and look forward to the sequel that is obviously intended.
Our Russian Orthodox scholar and author, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., will tomorrow be lecturing and presenting her book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letterson 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.