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.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ready for a different kind of Christian fiction?

Ray Keating’s PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS start with a Lutheran pastor who used to be a Navy SEAL and a CIA operative. Then Keating mixes together mystery, action, faith, real characters and dialogue, intrigue, humor, romance, and some big issues.

The result is a book series – so far, MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – that’s receiving high praise from readers/reviewers for not being your typical Christian fiction…

• “Most Christian fiction leaves a lot to be desired. This book will appeal to non-Christians as well. WARRIOR MONK is about real people with real desires, emotions and feelings. I am anxious to read the other books in the series. Readers won't be disappointed.”

• “It is a pleasure to recommend a book to my friends that promotes Christian virtues, is not stuffy, and is an exciting adventure.”

• “These are not your typical Christian [novels] which tend to be so 'sweet' and sanctimonious you can barely stomach them. The characters in these books tend to be like people you know.”

• “It's always refreshing to read Christian fiction that is more realistic to life. So many times characters don't seem real because they handle their issues too perfectly. Ray Keating shows simul justus et peccator (simultaneously saint and sinner) with the characters in WARRIOR MONK Pastor Stephen Grant seems like he could be a real person. He reacts to things in a realistic way, he knows he has struggles, but because of his faith he can remind himself of the right thing to do.”

• “With each novel Keating refines and adds to his characters personalities from his previous books. His descriptions of action scenes are as good as any other thriller author I have read. The unique character of Pastor Grant and his abilities as a servant of Christ and his past as a Navy SEAL and CIA agent is unsurpassed in this type of novel. I can't wait until the next book comes out.”

• “Once again Keating has written a stylish thriller with a number of interesting sub plots. Also he presents interesting modern day dilemma's without being preachy! Enthusiastic thumbs up!”

• “Very interesting concept. It kept me thinking throughout.”

• “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’!”

• “The author was able to combine both religion and mystery to make a great story. Whether you are religious or not it is a great novel.”

• “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?”


Order all five of Keating’s thrillers – 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.

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