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.

Monday, December 21, 2015

An Advent for Religious Liberty ... for Christmas!

Why is AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL a great Christmas gift? Well...

"This series is a more edifying and Christian-oriented spy/adventure series with a similar pace (and sometimes the vocabulary of the bad guys) as books by C. J. Box, Craig Johnson ... and the work of Tom Clancy... Ray Keating has a knack for writing on topics that could be pulled from tomorrow's headlines.  An atheist mayor-elect of NYC? I could envision that. Pastor Grant taking out a terrorist? I could see that."  - LHP Lutheran Book Review


Great Christmas Gift: Murderer's Row

Why is MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL a great idea for a Christmas gift? Well...

"The author packs a lot into this frantically paced novel... a raft of action sequences and baseball games are thrown into the mix. The multiple villains and twists raise the stakes...  Stephen remains an engaging and multifaceted character: he may still use, when necessary, the violence associated with his former professions, but he at least acknowledges his shortcomings--and prays about it. Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas."    - Kirkus Review


Christmas Gift: Root of All Evil?

Gift of Reading for Christmas: Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant Novels!

ROOT OF ALL EVIL? gets average Amazon rating of 4.5 stars.


Christmas Gift of Reading: The River

Why is THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating a great Christmas present? Well, there's this from Kirkus Reviews...

"A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman."


Christmas Gift of Reading: Warrior Monk

Why would WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL be a good Christmas gift? Here are some reasons...

WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL made "The top 10 self-published books to cross WORLD's desk this year." WORLD magazine (June 29, 2013, issue) looked at more than 100 titles and then came up with a "final list of 10 that display clear writing and storytelling." On WARRIOR MONK, WORLD declared, "The 'warrior monk' in question is an ex-CIA agent who settled into life as a ... Lutheran pastor, saving lives and taking care of bad guys (who get saved)."


Monday, December 14, 2015

Thor, Flynn and Keating!

Readers who love Brad Thor and Vince Flynn are finding another favorite in Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK. And for a limited time, get each book for only $2.99 on the Kindle.

A Facebook reviewer and reader recently told Keating: “I'm a committed Brad Thor/Vince Flynn reader. As soon as I'm done with the latest I'm eagerly waiting for the next. After reading all of your novels, I must say, I cannot wait for the next one. I am now a committed Thor/Flynn/Keating reader. I think you have earned the right to be named among the best modern day mystery/drama authors. You have made this 24 year Navy Senior Chief and Lutheran a BIG FAN! Now go fulfill your vocation and write another ‘must read’!”

Christmas Gift: Root of All Evil?

Why is ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL a great Christmas gift idea? Well...

"Root of All Evil? is an extraordinarily good read. Only Ray Keating could come up with a character like Pastor Stephen Grant... As trouble mounts in this page-turner, Grant will need both skills - martial and theological - to punish evil and save the good. Even though the Bible says that it's the love of money which is the root of all evil, Grant will find that even a casual appreciation of the U.S. dollar is enough to corrupt church men, government officials, and foreign agents." - Paul L. Maier, author of A Skeleton in God's Closet, More Than A Skeleton, and The Constantine Codex

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book of the Year 2015 Nominee: Murderer's Row

BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015 NOMINEE!!

Big news! My latest book – MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL – has been nominated, along with nine other very noteworthy reads, for KFUO's BookTalk “Book of the Year” for 2015.

This is the second year in a row that I’ve had a book nominated, as THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL was a finalist in 2014.

I’m very appreciative, especially given the Christian mission of KFUO.

In addition, you can get in on the voting, if you like. The following information is from KFUO:

BookTalk’s Book of the Year
Its that time again!
Vote for your favorite book to be named BookTalk’s 2015 Book of the Year! Email your vote to Contest@kfuo.org. Contest ends January 30th.

Thanks and God bless!


Monday, December 7, 2015

St. Ambrose in Warrior Monk

St. Ambrose is recognized on December 7 in parts of Christianity. The St. Ambrose Retreat House is a central location in Ray Keating's WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. Here's a brief excerpt from the book when Pope Augustine comes face to face, if you will, with the statue of Ambrose...

      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.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Kindle Sale on Thrillers Featuring Former CIA and Current Pastor

Take advantage of the big Kindle sale, and start enjoying Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels featuring a former Navy SEAL, onetime CIA operative, and current pastor. For a limited time, only $2.99 each for Kindle versions.


Santa Loves the Pastor Stephen Grant Novels

BIg endorsement from Santa Claus, who says, "Ray Keating's Pastor Stephen Grant novels make for the perfect Christmas gifts. In fact, after reading The River and Murderer's Row, I've asked Mrs. Claus for the first three books in the series."


Friday, December 4, 2015

Kindle Sale on "Great Novelist"

The host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” calls Ray Keating “a great novelist.” And for a limited time, each of Keating’s thrillers – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – is available for only $2.99 for Kindle version.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Kindle Sale: Root of All Evil?

Ray Keating’s ROOT OF ALL EVIL? is called “an extraordinarily good read” by best-selling novelist Paul L. Maier, and earns 4.5 out of 5 stars from Amazon readers. For a limited time, only $2.99 for Kindle version.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Big Kindle Sale: An Advent for Religious Liberty

Ray Keating’s AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY earns an average Amazon rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars with a story ripped from today’s headlines. For a limited time, only $2.99 for Kindle version.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Warrior Monk on Sale: $2.99 on the Kindle

David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, proclaims, “The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.” For a limited time, only $2.99 for Kindle version.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The River for Only $2.99 on Kindle!

THE RIVER not only was a 2014 finalist for KFUO’s BookTalk “Book of the Year,” but Kirkus Reviews declares, “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.” For a limited time, only $2.99 for Kindle version.

"Best new series I've come across"

Reader/Reviewer Quote of the Day:

"Glad my friends are trying the Pastor Grant novels. It's the best new series I've come across in a long time and the price is great too! I'm reading them on my iPad's Kindle App. For a limited time each one is $2.99." 

                                                                        - Facebook Reader

Thanks!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving with Pastor Grant, Family and Friends

How about a taste of Thanksgiving with Pastor Stephen Grant, and his family and friends, in Chapter 18 of An Advent for Religious Liberty: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel...


Chapter 18 


Thanksgiving Day had the potential to degrade into bedlam.
After all, in addition to Tom, Maggie, and their six children – three daughters and three sons – ranging from early teens to mid-twenties, the guests included a fiancĂ©e to the second oldest Stone daughter, two less serious dates brought by two Stone sons, Stephen and Jennifer Grant, Ron McDermott, Zack Charmichael, Joan and George Kraus with their two teenage daughters, and Michael Vanacore and his new girl friend, Melissa Ambler. Add in Maggie’s mother, Nancy Chandler, and it came to twenty-two in attendance.
Thanksgiving at the Stone home – a large stone-exterior rectory sitting next to the castle-like St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church – was a first for Stephen and Jennifer. Since arriving at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church years ago, Stephen had spent most Thanksgivings with his friends Hans and Flo Gunderson, until they were murdered not long after they had led the way building a new St. Mary’s church building.
On the large porch of the rectory, one of the Stone offspring, the youngest son, Paul, greeted each guest upon arrival with a sheet of paper. The ever-punctual Stephen was pleased. “Check this out, Jen. It’s a schedule for the day. Nice.”
Jennifer looked at her husband, smiled, and said, “Excited about a schedule. Sometimes, you’re so weird.”
Stephen replied, “Hey, this is impressive.”
Tom greeted his two friends. He looked at Jennifer, and said, “I missed it. Why is your husband weird?”
“Oh, it’s just odd that he’s getting excited about your schedule.”
Tom corrected, “Not my schedule. That’s my wife’s. And I agree, it’s a bit anal-retentive. But as you’ll see, it actually works.”
Stephen gave Jennifer and Tom a mock look of disapproval and said, “Well, at least, I will compliment Maggie on the schedule.” He read it over. “So, the Stone Bowl kicks off in about an hour. Dinner at 4:30. And topped off with a movie at 7:30. What are we watching?”
Tom said, “It’s a longtime tradition in the Stone household to watch Christmas in Connecticut on Thanksgiving.”
Jennifer shook her head. “Are you serious?”
Tom looked somewhat bewildered at Jennifer and Stephen, who flashed a broad smile. “Yes, what’s the deal? Problem with the movie?”
Stephen answered, “Quite the contrary. That’s a wonderful film with Barbara Stanwyck.”
Jennifer explained, “Stephen watches that movie every year. Has for … how long?”
Stephen thought. “Actually, since I was a kid. In recent years, at least when the schedule permitted.”
Jennifer added, “He was worried that we might not get home early enough tonight to watch his usual Thanksgiving movie, which is White Christmas. That kicks off about a month and a half of Christmas films for the movie buff I married.”
“I also happen to be a big fan of Bing Crosby, as you both know. But Stanwyck inChristmas in Connecticut works nicely, too.”
It was Tom’s turn to shake his head. “Your wife is right. You are weird. But I’ve known that for a while now.”
Stephen retorted, “Right, this from a guy who wears shorts and a Hawaiian shirt no matter what time of year it is as long as the temp is over 50. It’s supposed to be an unseasonable 60 today, so why not the typical Tom Stone attire?”
Stephen and Jennifer were in touch football attire, as instructed by their hosts. They wore sneakers, blue jeans and a polo shirt – Stephen’s a bright red with long sleeves, and Jennifer in Stephen’s favorite for her, a short-sleeve pink.
Tom said, “Not today. As I told you, this is the annual Stone Bowl.” Tom had sweatpants and sneakers on, but he seemed particularly proud of the blue jersey he wore, with “Stone Bowl” written across the front above a big number 1, and “Number One Dad” across the back above another big 1.
Behind Jennifer and Stephen came the Kraus family. None looked dressed for football. Joan wore brown boots, a tweed skirt and a cream-colored, lightweight, short-sleeve sweater. In his typical conservative, lawyer fashion, George was in a white, pinstriped, button-down shirt, gray pants, and black, wingtip shoes. Their daughters, Grace and Faith, who shared their mother’s bright red hair, fair skin and large eyes, didn’t look ready for tossing around the pigskin either in tight-fitting leggings and glittery flats. 
After hugs and pecks on cheeks were exchanged, Grace and Faith hurried off to find Tom’s daughters.
Stephen said, “George, you do not look dressed for touch football.”
“I’m not. Bad back does not allow for football.” He looked at Tom. “Not even for the Stone Bowl, Tom, sorry.”
“No worries, you’ll just have to eat and drink with the fans.”
George replied, “I’m well equipped to do that.”
Stephen turned to Joan, “And no Stone Bowl for you either, Joan?”
“Unlike Jen, I do not do football, even when it’s touch.”
Joan Kraus and Jennifer Grant were beyond close friends, being more like sisters. That being the case, Stephen and George claimed to be quasi-brothers-in-law.
Jennifer said, “But you do do wine.” She stopped and looked quizzically. “Does that sound right? Oh well, I have a crumb cake for Maggie, so let’s go see what we can do to help. She always has nice wines for the kitchen help.”
Joan added, “If I had more than 20 people over for Thanksgiving, I’d be well into my second bottle by now.”
As Jen and Joan moved toward the kitchen, Tom, Stephen and George followed. Eventually, Tom and Stephen moved out the backdoor and went down a few steps onto a patio. The yard behind the rectory and church was expansive, sloping gently down to a small lake.
With beers in hand, they headed in the direction of a group talking and casually tossing around a football.
This was another rare social occasion when Ron McDermott could be found in non-clerical attire, sporting tan work boots, brown pants and a long-sleeve, tan, cotton button down. Other than for golf, Stephen knew that this was about as casual as Ron got outside the St. Luke’s rectory – and sometimes within the rectory.
The other four people, however, were in the full spirit of the Stone Bowl.
Zack had his Seahawks jersey on, and Tom’s oldest daughter, Cara, also wore a “Stone Bowl” jersey. Cara, at 27 years old, was a younger version of her mother, including the strawberry-blond hair, but longer, bright blue eyes and smile. Stephen noticed that the two seemed more interested in each other than the football. Well, that’s intriguing.
Stephen had not seen Mike Vanacore in a while, noting that the young, billionaire video game entrepreneur, and leading supporter of parochial education, was still sporting thick blond hair and Clark Kent glasses. Vanacore was from, and still lived in California, but also had a house on Long Island, He was an active member at St. Bart’s. His football preferences were clear from his San Diego Chargers jersey.
But it was the fourth person in the group who drew Stephen’s attention. He whispered to Tom, “Who is that with Mike? She looks familiar.”
Stephen was referring to a tall, thin, beautiful woman with long, straight blond hair. She also had a Chargers jersey on, though cut to reveal her stomach and belly button, along with Capri-style jeans and white sneakers.
Tom answered, “Familiar? Really? Does Jen know that?”
Stephen said, “Meaning what?”
Tom continued, “That’s Melissa Ambler. I guess there’s no other way to put it: She’s a supermodel. She and Mike have been dating for a bit. I believe she was in the most recent SI swimsuit issue.”
Stephen retorted, “And how would you know that? And does Maggie know?”
“TouchĂ©. She’s also been in some cosmetics commercials.”
“Interesting.”
Tom added, “That’s not all. She’s got an MBA. Mike constantly mentions her business smarts.”
They stopped and looked at each other.
Stephen smirked and said, “Her business smarts. That’s what he talks about constantly?”
Tom replied, “Yes, and what are you possibly implying?” His fake outrage lasted mere seconds, when they laughed, clinked their bottles, and drank some beer.
Everyone greeted Stephen warmly.
The Stone Bowl was waged in good fun, but with more than just a light touch of competitiveness, between two teams of eight. The effective St. Bart’s home team – featuring the Stone family, along with Mike and Melissa – won a tight contest, with an interception by Mike returned for a touchdown to make it final.
Stephen threw the pick, and immediately knew he would not live that down with his friends – and his wife – for the entire coming year, until the next Stone Bowl.
Later, with a feast featuring two turkeys spread across two large tables arranged in a T, Tom stood and everyone fell silent.
“For those who have never been at a Stone family Thanksgiving, I officially welcome you, and thank God for your being with us. We don’t do anything like putting individuals on the spot saying what they’re thankful for. We leave that to each of you personally with the Lord. But I do take the opportunity to reflect a bit in our dinner prayer. So, please bow your heads.”
Everyone did so.
Tom continued:

“Dear Jesus, our Lord and Savior, we have so much to be thankful for, truly. We thank you for the family and dear friends you have brought together here today, and for the many hands that brought forth the bounty of which we are about to partake, from the farms and ranches, and every other point along the way, into our own kitchen.
“But what we are most thankful for is your sacrifice and atonement for our sins, your love, forgiveness and gifts of salvation and eternal life, and your coming to us through Word and sacrament. And we thank you for your Church. While it is broken and fragmented in so many ways due to man’s sin, it remains Your Church, and the place where believers can gather together to hear the Word, partake in the Lord’s supper, learn, and help, support and strengthen each other.
“Jesus, Your Church again has come under attack, with sin and the Evil One working to limit the reach of the Gospel. We pray for strength to have the courage to do what is right, to protect the Church, no matter what the price.
“Finally, sweet Jesus, we pray for those who gather on this Thanksgiving, but know not who they should be thanking for their families, their friends, their blessing and their very lives. We pray that through Your grace, through the Holy Spirit, through an awakening of faith, they will come to know You.
“And we pray all of this, in Your precious name. Amen.”

All around the table echoed, “Amen.”
Maggie looked at her husband, and squeezed his hand. She turned to her family and guests, and said, “Please, everyone, eat and enjoy.”
Stephen was seated on the other side of Tom, and whispered, “Nice prayer.”
Tom replied, “Thanks. All credit, of course, goes to Him.” After a short pause, as he spooned some au gratin potatoes onto his plate, he added, “Although, I pondered adding thanks for that pick you threw giving us the Stone Bowl. But I thought it might make the prayer go too long.”
Stephen smiled. “And so it starts. I’m never going to hear the end of this, am I?”
Tom replied, “Of course not. What are friends for?”

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Murderer's Row only $2.99 on Kindle

On MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.” For a limited time, only $2.99 for Kindle version.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Is James Bond a Good Guy?

In a review, Ray Keating tries to answer the question: Is James Bond a good guy?

Offers a look at the new Bond book - Trigger Mortis - and movie - Spectre.

Read the article at

http://aleteia.org/2015/11/21/is-james-bond-a-good-guy/

Friday, November 20, 2015

Kindle Sale: All Five Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers for Less Than $15

Get all five – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – on the Kindle for less than $15 for a limited time. Just $2.99 each!


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Another 5-Star Review of Murderer's Row!

From a recent 5-star Amazon review of MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating:

"This fifth Pastor Stephen Grant novel has all the things I've loved about the others in the series: suspense, faith, and relatable characters. As a baseball fan, this one was even better. Keep up the good work, Mr. Keating."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Murderer's Row Excerpt: Taking on an Islamic Terrorist

People sometimes ask who my favorite characters are in my Pastor Stephen Grant novels, or what scene did I enjoy writing most. Well, in light of the Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris, and therefore in a time of righteous anger, I would like to reveal that the following was one of the scenes that I, yes, enjoyed writing most in MURDERER'S ROW - a fight between Paige Caldwell and an Islamic terrorist during a rescue mission in Iraq:

     That moment of hesitation was all Caldwell needed. Malik was a big man – six-three, muscular and heavy. It was crucial that she not get into any kind of brawl with him. So, while springing forward, she pulled out a tactical knife strapped to her right thigh, and drove it directly into Malik’s reproductive parts.
     As he screamed out in agony, he fell back, with Caldwell on top of him. She shoved the knife in deeper, and then pulled it to the left, the right and then down.
     His screams grew louder.
     She pulled the knife out and whispered, “I think you may have trouble with those 72 dark-eyed virgins in paradise now. I bet they’ll thank me, though.”
     Malik’s eyes rolled back in his head, and Caldwell jumped up and grabbed her gun.

- from MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL

Monday, November 16, 2015

Radical Islam, militant secularism and relativism

Given the madness of the Paris terrorist attacks, and much of what is going on the U.S., the following form the world of the Pastor Stephen Grant novel...

Radical Islam, militant secularism and relativism?

Real-world threats central to the struggle in Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel by Ray Keating. Read the chapter highlighting the issues at

http://pastorstephengrant.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-popes-letter-on-relativism-militant.html

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

The priest finally said, “If Malik knew about the conversion, that would be a death sentence for Dawud and his parents.”

- from Murderer’s Row

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Stephen asked, “Are you upset? Should I have let it alone? The conversation just went in that direction, and as I told your father, I don’t like it when someone hurts you.”

- from The River

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Father Tom Stone: “For those who have never been at a Stone family Thanksgiving, I officially welcome you, and thank God for your being with us. We don’t do anything like putting individuals on the spot saying what they’re thankful for. We leave that to each of you personally with the Lord. But I do take the opportunity to reflect a bit in our dinner prayer. So, please bow your heads.”

- from An Advent for Religious Liberty

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Father Ron McDermott: “Will this actually bring about greater unity, or even deeper divisions? You know that the revisionist lefties leading the mainline Protestant churches, and their various, often well-funded allies will go on the attack. Can you imagine the Episcopal Church signing up, Tom?”

- from Warrior Monk

Thursday, October 29, 2015

High Praise and Big Kindle Sale for Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers

High Praise and Big Kindle Sale for Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers! Get all five – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – on the Kindle for less than $15 for a limited time.

Stellar reviews and recommendations have been coming fast and furious. On MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

THE RIVER not only was a 2014 finalist for KFUO’s BookTalk “Book of the Year,” but Kirkus Reviews declares, “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.”

David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, proclaims, “The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.”

Readers who love Brad Thor and Vince Flynn are finding another favorite as well, with a Facebook reviewer and reader recently telling Keating: “I'm a committed Brad Thor/Vince Flynn reader. As soon as I'm done with the latest I'm eagerly waiting for the next. After reading all of your novels, I must say, I cannot wait for the next one. I am now a committed Thor/Flynn/Keating reader. I think you have earned the right to be named among the best modern day mystery/drama authors. You have made this 24 year Navy Senior Chief and Lutheran a BIG FAN! Now go fulfill your vocation and write another ‘must read’!”

Finally, the host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” calls Ray Keating “a great novelist.”

Take advantage of the big Kindle sale, and start enjoying Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels featuring a former Navy SEAL, onetime CIA operative, and current pastor.

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Pastor Stephen Grant: “Since we’re now family, I can tell you to get your ass out of the truck, and start moving things, bro.”

- from Root of All Evil?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Melissa added, “From what I understand, these days, just being a Christian can get you murdered.”


- from Murderer’s Row

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Jennifer finally asked, “And what was his response in the end to this son- in-law, father-in-law heart to heart?”

from The River

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Tom continued, “That’s Melissa Ambler. I guess there’s no other way to put it: She’s a supermodel. She and Mike have been dating for a bit. I believe she was in the most recent SI swimsuit issue.”

- from An Advent for Religious Liberty

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Father Ron McDermott: “You guys are right about everything you’ve just said. And I am downright proud of this pontiff.”

- from Warrior Monk

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

George paused, as if choosing his words carefully, which was typical for him, and for some lawyers. “I’ve long thought of you as more than just my pastor, Stephen, but as a friend. At the same time, Jennifer and Joan are very close, tighter than most sisters I’ve seen. Jennifer is family, and now you’re family, too.”

- from Root of All Evil?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Romans 2:17-29

But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

(Romans 2:17-29 ESV)

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Father Baker continued, “Again, without getting into the details, after leaving Iraq, I tried to stay in contact with Dawud and his family. They eventually became Christians, but kept that secret, since in that part of the world converting from Islam to Christianity often gets you killed.”

- from Murderer’s Row

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Romans 2:13-16

For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

(Romans 2:13-16 ESV)

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Stephen Grant: “He didn’t like it. But I told him that I brought it up because my wife was hurt, and it was clear that he loves you and that he had an opportunity to rebuild some kind of relationship with his daughter, if he just recognized the hurt he caused.”


  • from The River

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How 'Bout It?


Romans 2:11

For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.

(Romans 2:11 ESV)

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Jennifer said, “But you do do wine.” She stopped and looked quizzically. “Does that sound right? Oh well, I have a crumb cake for Maggie, so let’s go see what we can do to help. She always has nice wines for the kitchen help.”

- from An Advent for Religious Liberty

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Romans 2:6-11

He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking[a] and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

(Romans 2:6-11 ESV)

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Stephen and Tom turned to the thus-far-silent Ron McDermott. Grant asked, “Well, Catholic buddy, what do you make of the gauntlet tossed down by your man?”

- from Warrior Monk

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kirkus on The River: "A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman"

Hot off the presses: Big thumbs up from Kirkus Reviews on The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel by Ray Keating:

“The protagonist is the quintessential antihero: he’s a good man respected by his peers … but is infuriated by the evil of others. Grant may or may not kill before the story’s finished, but he’s unquestionably wrought with guilt over his murderous impulses. Action scenes flood the novel, particularly once Grant gets help from old CIA cohort Paige Caldwell, who comes complete with skills, weapons, and other men… A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.”

Romans 2:1-5

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

(Romans 2:1-5 ESV)

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Pastor Stephen Grant: “You know, George, I think you’ve been the quietest person I’ve ever known, and that’s saying something coming from a person who used to work at the CIA. But all of a sudden, you offer this assessment of home and marriage. What gives?”

- from Root of All Evil?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Baker nodded. “But as I said on the phone, there’s more he picked up from the American soldiers. Well, specifically, from me, I guess. He asked many questions about Christianity. The U.S. Army, of course, didn’t want any Americans trying to convert Muslims to Christianity, for obvious reasons. And for just as obvious reasons, I have a responsibility as a Christian, as a priest, to bring the Good News to everyone.”

- from Murderer’s Row

Friday, October 16, 2015

Romans 1:18-32

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[g] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

(Romans 1:18-32 ESV)

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Stephen Grant: “I think it was Dean Martin who said that it’s Frank’s world, we just get to live in it.”

- from The River

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

(Romans 1:16-17 ESV)

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Stephen said, “George, you do not look dressed for touch football.”

- from An Advent for Religious Liberty

Brad Thor, Vince Flynn and Ray Keating!

Brad Thor, Vince Flynn and … Ray Keating. Readers who love Thor and Flynn are finding another favorite in Ray Keating and his Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers.

Consider what a Facebook reviewer and reader recently told Keating: “I'm a committed Brad Thor/Vince Flynn reader. As soon as I'm done with the latest I'm eagerly waiting for the next. After reading all of your novels, I must say, I cannot wait for the next one. I am now a committed Thor/Flynn/Keating reader. I think you have earned the right to be named among the best modern day mystery/drama authors. You have made this 24 year Navy Senior Chief and Lutheran a BIG FAN! Now go fulfill your vocation and write another ‘must read’!”

Indeed, Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – have received widespread praise. For example, regarding MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.” Also, THE RIVER was a 2014 finalist for KFUO’s BookTalk “Book of the Year,” with the show’s host calling Ray Keating “a great novelist.” And David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, proclaims, “The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.”


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Romans 1: 8-15

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

(Romans 1:8-15 ESV)

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Grant added, “You’re right, of course. We’ve chimed in on the need for greater Christian unity, and what might be done. I think deep down, though, we – I certainly – thought it would take a monster miracle. But with Augustine emphasizing this obvious place to start, it takes all of us to a new level.”

- from Warrior Monk

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Romans 1:1-7

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
                   (Romans 1:1-7 ESV)

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

George Kraus: “Because, Pastor Grant, if you have the real thing in your marriage – and I have no doubts about you and Jen – then wherever your wife and family are will feel like home. You just referred to the place where you grew up with your parents as ‘our home,’ but I never recall you doing the same with the parsonage. I believe you will quickly feel at home in this house because that’s where Jen is, and she values it.”

- from Root of All Evil?

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Mike said, “Wow, like the Iraqi version of the Cuban Missile?”

- from Murderer’s Row

Reader/Reviewer Quote of the Day - Latest 5-Star Amazon Review of MURDERER'S ROW

Reader/Reviewer Quote of the Day - Latest 5-Star Amazon Review of MURDERER'S ROW:

Suspenseful AND thought provoking
I appreciated all the Stephen Grant books for several reasons. Every pastor wants to be a hero and Stephen Grant is just that. Pastor Grant's budding romantic relationship added a nice dimension. His struggle with two-kingdom theology and how that played itself out in his life provided, I thought, a good practical and pragmatic answer to questions faced by those who wonder if violence is an appropriate response to some of life's more challenging situations. His internal struggle with the leanings of his flesh and how he dealt with it can also be helpful to those who believe that the Christian life should somehow be exhibited flawlessly both internally and externally. Grant's spiritual struggle is our struggle. Though some episodes took a while to develop and become exciting to the point I didn't want to lay the book (in my case the Kindle) down, each of the books were well worth the read. While some profanity lightly peppered the pages, I didn't have to stumble over the constant breakage of the Second Commandment. I appreciated that. I've read them all and have no hesitation commending them to anyone interested in a well told story. I'm looking forward to the next one, and I can assure you I'll be downloading it as soon as it's available.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Jennifer shrugged. “Hey, it’s Las Vegas. This still is Frank’s town, right?”

- from The River

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Stephen retorted, “Right, this from a guy who wears shorts and a Hawaiian shirt no matter what time of year it is as long as the temp is over 50. It’s supposed to be an unseasonable 60 today, so why not the typical Tom Stone attire?”

- from An Advent for Religious Liberty

Friday, October 9, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Stone weighed in first. “Fantastic. We’ve each seen – been part of – various, limited, half-assed efforts along these lines. With the head of the largest Christian church on the planet getting out front, this is entirely different. And he’s got the targets exactly right – relativism, secularism and Islamic radicalism.”

- from Warrior Monk

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

George Kraus: “Yeah, that’s funny. But with two teenage daughters, I don’t necessarily understand your aversion to quiet, alone time.”

- from Root of All Evil?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Mike asked, “Father, please tell us about Dawud Wasem and what’s happening to him. And feel free to cover what you said on the phone, just in case I didn’t fully relay things to Mel.”

- from Murderer’s Row

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Baker took a deep breath, and seemed to gain more control. He began in an almost Dragnet-style “just the facts” tone. “I met Dawud Wasem when I was serving as a chaplain in Iraq in 2007. Dawud was 11 years old at the time. His father, Jamail, worked as a translator on the base where I was stationed. Our company got materials and supplies to build a new school where the family lived. During that building process, the longer he was around us, Dawud became more interested in things that interested Americans. That included baseball. To make a long story short on that front, he worked hard over the last several years, and now, at 18, very well might be the best baseball player in Iraq. Some might say that’s not exactly a huge accomplishment, but while his pitching speed has never been officially recorded, among those who try to organize baseball in Iraq, some say that Dawud approaches or maybe tops 100 miles per hour.”

- from Murderer’s Row

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"Intriguing series with excellent characters..."

Reader/Reviewer Quote of the Day:

"Intriguing series with excellent characters and storylines that are dramatic, challenging and so vivid they are visual!! Can't wait for the next one!"

- on all of the Pastor Stephen Grant Novels

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Stephen Grant: “You’re welcome. That’s what I’m here for, those penetrating insights.”

- from The River

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Stephen added, “Apparently there’s no getting away from Sinatra on this trip.”

- from The River

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Jennifer added, “He was worried that we might not get home early enough tonight to watch his usual Thanksgiving movie, which is White Christmas. That kicks off about a month and a half of Christmas films for the movie buff I married.”

- from An Advent for Religious Liberty

Please Transmit the News on the Pastor Stephen Grant Novels

If you enjoy Ray Keating's Pastor Stephen Grant novels, then please spread the news.


Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

It was Tom’s turn to shake his head. “Your wife is right. You are weird. But I’ve known that for a while now.”

- from An Advent for Religious Liberty

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

“It’s right up your alley,” Tunney replied. “He’s talking about some kind of new effort to present a unified Christian voice on hot-button issues. Or, at least, that’s how Fox News was presenting it this morning.”

- from Warrior Monk

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

George asked, “Which is stranger – moving out of here or moving into Jennifer’s house?”

- from Root of All Evil?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Character Quote of the Day:

Pope Augustine: “‘A Public Mission of Mere Christianity’ has begun today, with approximately 500,000 letters arriving in the hands of Christian leaders around the globe.”

- from Warrior Monk

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Warrior Monk: "Wowsers!"

Latest 5-star review at Amazon for WARRIOR MONK and the entire PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT thriller series: K.J.S. writes, "Wowsers! Awesome series! Have read them all & can't wait for the next one! Love the characters and up to the minute story lines!"

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Breaking the Christian Fiction Mold: An Advent for Religious Liberty

Ray Keating breaks the Christian fiction mold with the Pastor Stephen Grant novels, taking his thrillers – filled with action, faith, intrigue, rich characters, real dialogue, romance, big issues, and humor – to an entirely new level.

Writing about AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, LHP Lutheran Book Review: “Ray Keating has a knack for writing on topics that could be pulled from tomorrow's headlines. An atheist mayor-elect of NYC? I could envision that. Pastor Grant taking out a terrorist? I could see that.”

Also check out the many 4 and 5 star reviews at Amazon.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Breaking the Christian Fiction Mold: Root of All Evil?

Ray Keating breaks the Christian fiction mold with the Pastor Stephen Grant novels, taking his thrillers – filled with action, faith, intrigue, rich characters, real dialogue, romance, big issues, and humor – to an entirely new level.

“ROOT OF ALL EVIL? is an extraordinarily good read. Only Ray Keating could come up with a character like Pastor Stephen Grant... As trouble mounts in this page-turner, Grant will need both skills - martial and theological - to punish evil and save the good. Even though the Bible says that it's the love of money which is the root of all evil, Grant will find that even a casual appreciation of the U.S. dollar is enough to corrupt church men, government officials, and foreign agents.” according to best-selling novelist Paul L. Maier, author of “A Skeleton in God’s Closet.”

Also check out the many 4 and 5 star reviews at Amazon.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Breaking the Christian Fiction Mold: Warrior Monk

Ray Keating breaks the Christian fiction mold with the Pastor Stephen Grant novels, taking his thrillers – filled with action, faith, intrigue, rich characters, real dialogue, romance, big issues, and humor – to an entirely new level.

It all starts with WARRIOR MONK. David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, says, “Thriller and mystery writers have concocted all manner of main characters, from fly fishing lawyers to orchid aficionados and former ballplayers, but none has come up with anyone like Stephen Grant, the former Navy Seal and CIA assassin, and current Lutheran pastor. Grant mixes battling America's enemies and sparring with enemies of traditional Christian values, while ministering to his Long Island flock. The amazing thing is that the character works. The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.”

Also check out the many 4 and 5 star reviews at Amazon.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Breaking the Christian Fiction Mold: Murderer's Row

Ray Keating breaks the Christian fiction mold with the Pastor Stephen Grant novels, taking his thrillers – filled with action, faith, intrigue, rich characters, real dialogue, romance, big issues, and humor – to an entirely new level.

On MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review says, “The author packs a lot into this frantically paced novel… a raft of action sequences and baseball games are thrown into the mix. The multiple villains and twists raise the stakes… Stephen remains an engaging and multifaceted character: he may still use, when necessary, the violence associated with his former professions, but he at least acknowledges his shortcomings—and prays about it. Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

Also check out the many 4 and 5 star reviews at Amazon.

"Wowsers!" on Pastor Stephen Grant Series

In the latest 5-star review at Amazon for WARRIOR MONK and the entire PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT thriller series, K.J.S. writes,

"Wowsers! Awesome series! Have read them all & can't wait for the next one! Love the characters and up to the minute story lines!"

Thanks so much!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Breaking the Christian Fiction Mold: The River

Ray Keating breaks the Christian fiction mold with the Pastor Stephen Grant novels, taking his thrillers – filled with action, faith, intrigue, rich characters, real dialogue, romance, big issues, and humor – to an entirely new level.

On THE RIVER, a Washington Times reviewer writes, “Mr. Keating's storytelling is so lifelike that I almost thought I had worked with him when I was at Langley. Like the fictitious pastor, I actually spent 20 years working for the U.S. intelligence community, and once I started reading THE RIVER, I had to keep reading because it was so well-crafted and easy to follow and because it depicted a personal struggle that I knew all too well. I simply could not put it down.”

Also check out the many 4 and 5 star reviews at Amazon.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thanks for Support and Spreading the Word

From Ray Keating:

Thanks to the many readers and friends who have bought and enjoyed the Pastor Stephen Grant novels, and provided encouragement to me. It’s much appreciated. Also, if you see fit, please tell family members, friends, fellow churchgoers, co-workers, and anyone else about the books. And a quick thumbs up review at Amazon always helps as well. Your support and efforts to spread the word are invaluable. Again, thanks and God bless. By the way, I’ve started writing the next Pastor Stephen Grant thriller.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Pope Takes on Relativism, Secularism and Radical Islam

A bold statement from the pope on Christianity having to confront relativism, militant secularism, and radical Islam? Not Pope Francis. Instead, it's Pope Augustine in WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. Check out this key chapter from this exciting, thought-provoking thriller at:

http://pastorstephengrant.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-popes-letter-on-relativism-militant.html

A President and Religious Liberty

The following is from AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. Don't you wish we had a president like this in real life?

The press secretary for the Republican White House said, “The President is very concerned about this disturbing attempt to push God out of the public square. He said, and I quote, ‘The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and that means people of faith are free to bring their beliefs into the public arena to weigh in on the issues of our day, and to help their fellow Americans. Government should not be looking to suppress our freedoms, but instead is here to protect our God-given rights.’”

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Pope Visits the U.S.

As Pope Francis visits the United States, grab a great thriller about the visit of another Pope.

WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating revolves around a former CIA assassin, Stephen Grant, who has lived a far different, relatively quiet life as a parish pastor in recent years. However, a shooting at his church, a historic papal proposal, and threats to the Pope's life mean that Grant's former and current lives collide.

CNBC's Larry Kudlow said, "Ray Keating has created a fascinating and unique character in Pastor Grant. The way Keating intertwines politics, national security and faith into a compelling thriller is sheer delight."

U.S. Congressman Pete King declared, "CIA intrigue, the Vatican, international terrorism and brutal assassinations make Warrior Monk a fast-moving, riveting read right out of today's - and tomorrow's - headlines. Add challenging religious issues, which the author makes us confront, and you have a brilliant novel. Ray Keating knows what he is writing about and writes it extraordinarily well."

Get all five Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – at Amazon in paperback or for the Kindle.

Murderer's Row: Great Fall Reading

Great fall reading for Christians: How about thrillers focused on a pastor who was once with the CIA?

Ray Keating’s latest Pastor Stephen Grant novel – MURDERER’S ROW – is getting big thumbs up from all over.

Pastor Rod Zwonitzer, host of KFUO radio’s “BookTalk,” calls Ray Keating "a great novelist." On a recent show, Zwonitzer said the following about MURDERER’S ROW: “The listeners have to understand that they’re going to get some good theology, they’re going to get some good mysteries, some very well done thriller writing…”

Also regarding MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review declared, “The author packs a lot into this frantically paced novel… a raft of action sequences and baseball games are thrown into the mix. The multiple villains and twists raise the stakes… Stephen remains an engaging and multifaceted character: he may still use, when necessary, the violence associated with his former professions, but he at least acknowledges his shortcomings—and prays about it. Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

Get all five Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – at Amazon in paperback or for the Kindle.


Keating, Ludlum and Griffin

Reader/Reviewer Quote of the Day about THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL:

    As a pastor, I often explain that life really begins in baptism, as does this book.
    But often, we forget that, as we struggle with the details of life, the challenges of being sinners yet saints. We are challenged by our desire for justice on our terms, and we struggle with justifying our sin, or condemning our own sin as unforgivable.
    As Stephen Grant and his friends, and yes enemies and relatives, we see a picture of that kind of journey. Wrapped around a very well developed action adventure novel, this struggle of mankind is so well played out. Even if this wasn't a book with a pastor and faith, I would rate it a five, along with the best of WEB Griffin and Ludlum. But it is more than that - because the struggle of faith is revealed as well. The Christian life is revealed to be what it is, lived in the world, yet not of it. Challenged by being both being a sinner, and yet a saint.
    Ray Keating does a good job....a very good job in combining faith, adventure, guns, and real a real world relationship, that ends where it begins, united to Christ, and too His family.
    Of the Grant novels, I think this is Keating's best.
    Enjoy

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Keating and Clancy

Reader/Reviewer Quote of the Day:

"My review of Keating's previous book noted he was a good author and almost to the level of Clancy. Murderer's Row puts him there. The plot is complex and multilayered. The tension is strong. The pace moves well, enough to keep me reading all day in order to finish. As an added plus, the plot involves crooked politicians, conservative philosophy, Lutheran LCMS theology, spies, guns, and -- best of all -- baseball. How could you ask for more?"


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Keating and the Thriller Masters!

The New Thriller Master! Love Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, Griffin, Morrell, not to mention Ian Fleming’s James Bond? Then you’ll love Ray Keating’s PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS, as they have been compared to the works of these mystery/thriller masters.

And there’s more…

About MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

THE RIVER was a 2014 finalist for KFUO’s BookTalk “Book of the Year,” with the show’s host calling Ray Keating “a great novelist.”

From a Washington Times review of THE RIVER: “Ray Keating's latest novel, ‘The River,’ takes you on an intriguing summer ride… What Ian Fleming's 007 series has probably done for ex-MI-6 agents and Tom Clancy has done for retired CIA officers, Mr. Keating has done for the minority of former CIA agents who have served their country by working in the intelligence community, but now wish to serve God.”

Get all five Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – at Amazon in paperback or for the Kindle.



Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Little Help on the Book Front

My faithful hound helping out as I pack up books for an event next week.


Conservative, Christians, and the Culture: Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Pitching In

Conservatives and Christians can’t leave the Left to control the culture. We need quality alternatives in literature, art, movies, television, and more. In his Pastor Stephen Grant Novels, Ray Keating not only offers action, multi-layered characters, romance, intrigue, mystery, and edge-of-your-seat stories, but also a conservative protagonist, an unabashed embrace of Christianity, respect for the military and clandestine services, and some wrestling with big ideas, such as terrorism, politics and money, religious liberty, militant secularism, and moral relativism.

Ray Keating’s MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK focus on a character who was a Navy SEAL, served as a CIA operative, and is now a pastor who serves both God and country.

Consider the following from a Washington Times review of THE RIVER by a current pastor and former CIA officer: “How do you handle being a former CIA adrenaline junkie turned pastor? Ray Keating's latest novel, ‘The River,’ takes you on an intriguing summer ride… What Ian Fleming's 007 series has probably done for ex-MI-6 agents and Tom Clancy has done for retired CIA officers, Mr. Keating has done for the minority of former CIA agents who have served their country by working in the intelligence community, but now wish to serve God.”

Regarding MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

Pastor Rod Zwonitzer, host of KFUO radio’s “BookTalk,” calls Ray Keating "a great novelist." In a recent "BookTalk" show on MURDERER’S ROW, Zwonitzer declared: “The listeners have to understand that they’re going to get some good theology, they’re going to get some good mysteries, some very well done thriller writing…”

Get all five thrillers at Amazon.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Final 24 Hours of Big Labor Day Kindle Sale

Final 24 Hours of Labor Day Sale on Thrillers from a “Great Novelist.”

Save big on the Kindle versions of all five of Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK. Buying all five would normally cost $34.95. Get them all now for only $19.95.

Regarding MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

THE RIVER was a 2014 finalist for KFUO’s BookTalk “Book of the Year,” with the show’s host calling Ray Keating “a great novelist.”

Best-selling novelist Paul L. Maier declares, “ROOT OF ALL EVIL? is an extraordinarily good read.”

Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of WORLD magazine, lists Ray Keating among his top 10 Christian novelists.

And David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, proclaims, “The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.”

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Thanks! Next Sales Goal Met on ROOT OF ALL EVIL?

Just reached the next sales goal with ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL.

Thanks for the support and encouragement.

God bless!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Reader/Reviewer Quote of the Day - 5-Stars for Murderer's Row

From a new 5-star review of MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL:

"I read all the Pastor Stephen Grant novels. Murderer's Row maintained the fine tradition of great reads. Can't wait for the next one to come out. Great cast of characters that maintain continuity between books but you can read any one out of order. I preferred to start and the beginning and read each in order. Love the way it ties in Pr. Grant's prior Navy SEAL service, followed by his CIA service to his service as a LCMS pastor with Catholic and Anglican priests as close friends. Action, intrigue and solid theology combined."

Wow! Thanks so much.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Kirkus Review of Murderer's Row:"Action fans will find plenty to love..."

A review from Kirkus Review on Murderer's Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel by Ray Keating declares:

“The author packs a lot into this frantically paced novel… a raft of action sequences and baseball games are thrown into the mix. The multiple villains and twists raise the stakes… Stephen remains an engaging and multifaceted character: he may still use, when necessary, the violence associated with his former professions, but he at least acknowledges his shortcomings—and prays about it. Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Big Lutheran Thumbs Up For Pastor Stephen Grant Novels

Attention Lutheran Book Lovers!

Pastor Rod Zwonitzer, host of KFUO radio’s “BookTalk,” calls Ray Keating "a great novelist" and gives big thumbs up for Keating's PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS. In a recent "BookTalk" show talking about MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, Zwonitzer declared: “The listeners have to understand that they’re going to get some good theology, they’re going to get some good mysteries, some very well done thriller writing…” He added that MURDERER’S ROW “keeps the reader hooked,” and that there’s “intrigue going on at lots of levels.”

Zwonitzer also observed that Keating does “a really good job of weaving in faith, and Christ alone.”

Regarding all of Ray Keating’s PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS, Pastor Zwonitzer said: “I truly appreciate the ability … in this series to interweave economics, government affairs, and theology.” He also pointed out that each book serves up “a sterling, superb beginning and an even better ending.”

Get all five Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – at Amazon in paperback or for the Kindle.