My Autumn Serenade on JBR

19 09 2015

Come Sunday my novel…dcover

 

will be featured on Julie’s Book Review. Go here to see what they have to say about it…

http://juliesbookreview.blogspot.com/

Not one of the Songs of Icarus because it was recorded after the events in the story take place, Autumn Serenade is a favorite of mine from the album that paired Johnny Hartman with John Coltrane. If you have a special person in your life there is nothing more intimate to listen to than Hartman’s baritone vocalizations and Coltrane’s tenor improvisations. The autumnal equinox is this week so find that “special one”, listen to a masterpiece, and then read a book. I think you know what I’m getting at.

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Why Review Books?

20 06 2015

I’ve started reviewing books for Julies Book Review. You can find it here…http://juliesbookreview.blogspot.com. It’s a good way to read books for free and meet the people who write them. Some of the books are good, some not. Here’s what I had to say about one of the best I’ve read so far…

 

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Review of Temporary Saints by Mark Warhus

Temporary Saints

Mark Warhus

One of the benefits of reviewing for JBR is to come across something I would never read, but

once I do I’m glad I did. “Temporary Saints” is one of those books. I am not religious; I am a

Taoist knowledgeable about Christianity.

First and foremost “Temporary Saints” is very well ­written with an extraordinary plot. The author

knows of what he speaks and has created ordinary people living through some not ­so ­ordinary

circumstances. Familiarity with “The Lives of the Saints” was helpful in getting what the author ‘s

book structure was all about but it’s not necessary to understand what’s going on. The sane and

the crazed are alive and well in this novel.

Sarah is the temporary saint. She is found one night levitating in a Catholic parish church by the

housekeeper and pastor. Saying she was sent by God to deliver a message prompts the pastor

to call the archbishop. The archbishop brings in Michael a gay psychotherapist to evavluate

Sarah’s state of mind and health.

Thus begins the well ­told tale. Throw in some miracles, the power of the media, the struggles of

a divorced couple with a teenage son and a gay father, along with controversy between

conservative and liberal­ minded Christians about the place of homosexuals in organized religion

and you have a brew of laughter and hatred that will make the judgmental person squirm.

The book is spot on in its depiction of reactions to the clash between Christian liberals and

conservatives and the challenge of being a saint in a secular society. If you suspend disbelief

long enough for this excellent quick read you’ll be glad you did. I am.

 

You can buy “Temporary Saint” here…

 

http://markwarhus.com/








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