RECENT BOOKS BY FR. MIKE
The following books have been published by Covenant Press and were written by Fr. Mike. They are available for distribution at the following locations: Spring Arbor (Print -for distribution in Specialty Christian Stores); Amazon (Digital and Print); Barnes & Noble (Digital and Print) These books are available for parishioners of St. Francis at the author’s discount. They may be purchased in the church office.
One View of the Holy Grail:
There are many legends about the Holy Grail, the chalice used by the Lord on the night of the Last Supper. In this book, the Holy Grail was carved by the Lord himself from an African wood called
Lignum Vitae which is translated as the “wood of life.” There is a connection between the wood of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in Genesis. Mary takes possession of it after his death and she passes it on to others.
This is a novel about a boy from our mission in Saltillo, Mexico who finds an emerald which had fallen from an eagle’s nest. The emerald changes not only his life but the lives of all who live in the village of San Pedro. The boy (Adolfo) is the only one who ever graduated from college from his village and he credits the emerald for being his inspiration.
In Search of my Twin:
This novel is about twins separated at birth. By accident, they eventually meet years later at a conference in London. The novel is about that search that one set of twins made to be reunited. In my opinion, by analogy, twins mirror the close relationship that exists within the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yet there is only one God.
The Chalice of Limerick:
This is a novel about a dark period in the history of the people of Ireland, leading up to the penal times (1695-1829) and its aftermath. It is a story of audaciousness and resilience. It shows the tenacity of a people of deep faith, willing to make extraordinary sacrifices during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. An estimated one million people died during the Great Famine which could have been avoided. Another two million migrated in search of a better life. The Great Famine was caused by a blight on the potato crop which endured for three years.
Rubies Lead to Adventure:
Regretfully, today we find that close to 50 percent of all marriages end up in divorce. Marriage is a life investment. If it disintegrates, it is difficult to accept. For anyone undergoing a divorce, it is like undergoing a death. Part of the divorcee dies in the process. This novel tries to address the pain and hurt felt in that process. Normally, it takes about two years to process that pain so that the divorcee can begin to love and trust again before entering into a new relationship. The intervening two years can be a rollercoaster of emotions dealing with grief/denial, anger, bargaining, depression and eventually acceptance of reality. In this novel, the central character had been given four rubies by her father and mother as she left home to start a new life. Rubies are traditionally believed to lead to adventure and in this case the adventure took a downturn. Her first love ended in divorce with its ensuing pain. Eventually, she found true love in a new relationship. She believed the rubies played a big role in the whole adventure.