Ideas of Reference at Jesuit Hall, by Matthew Freeman The basic conflict in the poems is the poet fighting what is real and what is not real in his brain. We see him going around St Louis struggling to come up with a language that would make sense of his experiences. While somewhat confused, he…

Read More

Absolution, by John A. Vanek Father Jack Austin’s alcoholic father suddenly returns to town, decades after deserting him as a young boy. His dad is fleeing a vindictive drug lord and begs him for help. Although Jake detests his old man for abandoning him, he can’t allow him to be murdered, so he enlists the…

Read More
Enter by the Narrow Gate by David Carlson

Just how far can religious faith go astray? Enter by the Narrow Gate (244 pages) is the first book in a new mystery/thriller series by David Carlson featuring Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis. After a nun is murdered while on retreat in a monastery, an Orthodox monk solicits the help of his Detroit Detective friend…

Read More
A Kosher Dating Odyssey by Van Wallach

A Kosher Dating Odyssey: One Former Texas Baptist’s Quest for a Naughty & Nice Jewish Girl (204 pages), a humorous memoir about the special challenges of dating when you’re an ex-Baptist Jewish intellectual single guy. “The perfect mixture of self-deprecating humor and introspection.” —Hilary Daninhirsch, ForeWord Digital Reviews “A humorous exploration of cross-faith dating, A…

Read More