Ann Byle 2017-05-13 00:24:17
Reach New Markets with Catholic Fiction The definition of Catholic fiction is broad and encompassing. It can be novels written by Catholics or ones that feature Catholic characters, have Catholic elements, or illuminate the Catholic faith. For John Herreid of Ignatius Press, Catholic fiction includes almost any subgenre and is written by someone who is “living their faith in such a way that it comes out in the way they write. We look for a really good story with interesting characters, not overly didactic, that is telling us something real and realistic about who we are as people.” Ignatius Press publishes Lucy Beckett’s The Time Before You Die and Father Elijah: An Apocalypse by Michael D. O’Brien, one of the press’s most popular. “The Catholic element doesn’t need to be explicit,” he says, “but that doesn’t mean we are trying to shy away from it. We look for books worth reading and pondering as Catholics.” Thomas Nelson, publisher of traditionally Christian fiction, published Lynne Hinton’s “Divine Private Detective Agency” series featuring sleuth Sister Evangeline Divine of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey. “While we’re not actively focused on reaching into the Catholic market, we are constantly searching for great storytellers who are writing from a Christian worldview,” says Amanda Bostic, associate publisher for fiction. “This naturally leads to some writers who are of the Catholic faith.” Jocelyn Green is author of The Mark of the King (Bethany House), a historical novel set in Catholic France and the newly settled New Orleans. Green doesn’t consider hers a Catholic or Protestant novel. “I consider it a book in which Catholic characters learn to develop a new understanding of grace without the accouterments of the traditional Catholic church, since New Orleans was such a rugged frontier,” she says. “Their faith had to become personal. So in that sense it seems neutral, with elements of both.” Paraclete Press, an ecumenical press with Benedictine roots, recently announced it would publish fiction after a 10-year hiatus. The first title is Can You See Anything Now? by Kate James, releasing in September. “While some of our fiction may have Catholic themes, as an ecumenical press we aim to acquire fiction that focuses on universal subjects and therefore reaches a wide audience, including those of no particular faith as well as practicing Christians,” says Sr. Antonia Cleverly, director of marketing. Also look for fiction with a Catholic heart in novels published by Franciscan Media. REVIEWS Disarming Beauty Julian Carron/Notre Dame Press c $25 ISBN: 9780268101978 Educated readers will be captivated by these essays, which discuss the cultural and societal influences challenging Christian beliefs. Carron is a Spanish Catholic intellectual who leads a global ecclesial movement called The Fraternity of Communion and Liberation. Carron plumbs the depths of Western Christian precepts and practice as he presents the historical and present context of spiritual life in economics, politics, and culture. Young people have been robbed of transforming personal growth in education. Global terrorism and consumerism are threatening all humanity. Readers will be drawn to profound contemplation concerning his treatment of faith, truth, and freedom as he tries to make sense of the many influences that oppose the Christian faith. —John Bernstein Saint Mary Magdalene Fr. Sean Davidson/Ignatius Press p $16.95 ISBN: 9781621640929 Davidson, a member of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, spent two years serving at the Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene in Provence, France. He explores first the contemporary controversy of whether Mary was one woman or three. The Catholic Church leaves readers to decide on this issue since over the centuries varying theological voices disagree with one another. Davidson delves into Scripture and revisits the accounts where Mary Magdalene was mentioned, always highlighting her devotion to Christ. The author shares the beauty of her love for Christ, the service she rendered to Jesus prior to His death, and how her service to Him was an example to others. His work here is full-bodied and presented in thorough fashion as he discusses Mary as the prodigal daughter; a new Eve; and the first consoler of Jesus and Mary. Catholic readers will find value in this extensive study of Mary Magdalene, her person, her life, and her legacy. —Michele Howe Who Am I to Judge? Edward Sri/Ignatius Press p $16.95 ISBN: 9781621641650 The author is a theology professor at the Augustine Institute. He calls relativism a new kind of bullying and presents a winsome case against it and for an attractive alternative that draws on traditional Catholic moral teaching. Sri defines relativism, explains the challenge it presents to traditional Christian belief, and unpacks a traditional Catholic Christian worldview. He gives readers seven guidelines for discussions with relativist friends. In the conclusion, Sri says when and how to speak up in favor of traditional morality. The postscript is a Catholic view of how we know what God has said, and the divinity of Jesus. Sri’s experience teaching on this topic to college students and young adults is evident. College-age readers and others—and not just Catholics—will find much value in not just why relativism is a moral dead end, but why the traditional Christian moral vision is a better option. Highly recommended. —Neil Bartlett
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