Is Your Pastor or Priest a Man of Action? Check Out Pastor Stephen Grant in, for example, WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL and THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating

Pastor Stephen Grant?

Stephen Grant is the pastor at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on eastern Long Island. Grant is one of the more unique second-career clergy around, as he once worked for the CIA. Besides theology, his interests include archery, golf, writing, classic films, the beach, poker, baseball, and history. Grant also knows his wines, champagnes and brews. Oh yes, he generally dislikes politicians, and happens to be an expert marksman with a handgun and a rifle, while being pretty handy with a combat knife as well.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lutheran Thrillers as Thrilling Christmas Gifts

Why not exciting Christian thrillers as Christmas gifts for family, friends and colleagues?

Consider Ray Keating’s three novels featuring Stephen Grant, former CIA operative turned Lutheran pastor.

During Advent and Christmas, a newly elected New York mayor attacks religious liberty and Christianity with deadly consequences in An Advent for Religious Liberty: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel. reviewer declared: “Keating once again shows he weaves a good story that keeps your interest as well as exploring important topics. Can't wait for the next Stephen Grant novel to come out.”

Money influences people in all kinds of ways – sometimes for the better, but sometimes it’s about greed and envy. That’s clear in Root of All Evil? A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel. reader observed: “Keating has once again delivered a page-turning thriller.”

When a pope offers a controversial proposal for global Christianity, reactions range from prayerful hope to murder in Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.

An reviewer declared recently: “All of my friends have been urging me to read this book. I finally listened to them. This book is a great read!”

Enjoy these Christian thrillers yourself, and share them as Christmas gifts.

Reviewers compare Keating with Clancy, Cussler, Ludlum, Morrell, and Grisham.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Book Reviews of Pastor Stephen Grant Novels

Nice reviews of Root of All Evil? A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel and An Advent for Religious Liberty: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel in the "Liturgy, Hymnody & Pulpit Quarterly Book Review."

Friday, December 7, 2012

St. Ambrose on December 7 and in Warrior Monk

The life and contributions made by St. Ambrose are noted on December 7.

St. Ambrose also was highlighted in Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, as a good portion of the story takes place in the St. Ambrose Retreat House on the Gold Coast of Long Island.

Pope Augustine in the novel talks a bit about St. Ambrose in the following excerpt from the novel:

Grant was now following the Pope, his aides and security entourage up the staircase in the castle’s main lobby. 
Augustine stopped at the statue of St. Ambrose, and gazed at it. As this continued for several seconds, a silence descended in the large chamber. The Pope said, “He was interesting, St. Ambrose. During a tumultuous time of disagreement in the latter part of the fourth century, he tried to keep peace among Christians in Milan. And he was not even baptized when clergy and the people called for him to become the bishop. He did not want the job, but finally acquiesced, was baptized, and eight days later became the bishop. He would be one of the great Latin Doctors of the Church. And as we talk about the Church’s role in the public arena now, it is worth recalling that Ambrose previously was a lawyer and politician who came to be a powerful voice in the Church for celibacy and voluntary poverty. If that happened today, few, I think, would doubt the transformative power of faith in our Lord.” The Pope smiled, and most everyone else joined in with his infectious laugh.

Read more in Warrior Monk.