Obsidian Mirth by Thom Brucie

Obsidian Mirth by Thom Brucie

Obsidian Mirth

The characters in Thom Brucie’s Obsidian Mirth fall into a dilemma where loss and betrayal entangle the need for forgiveness and love. Their choices reveal what distinctions lie between knowing one’s self and knowing another, choices that expose that small moment tottering between life-affirming hope and the despair of meaninglessness. This is a heart-rending and beautiful story, and these characters will hover at the outskirts of your thoughts like whispering ghosts of past kinships.

Paperback: $14.95 | Kindle/Nook: $9.99

TESTIMONIALS

“The novel Obsidian Mirth by Thom Brucie portrays the compelling story of Daniel Reed’s perduring love for his beloved Charlene. Despite his constant struggle against poverty, financial betrayal by a friend, and the death of Charlene’s and Daniel’s baby, Ella, Daniel’s Job-like afflictions are compounded by Charlene’s diagnosis of “paranoid schizophrenic,” an affliction accompanied by delusions and eventual death. It is Daniel’s heroic witness to his vow to love Charlene “for richer or poorer, or worse…” that leads the reader to elevate this novel above so many others of inferior inspiration.” –James Likoudis, President Emeritus, Catholics United for the Faith (CUF)

“Love is never as heartrending as it seems. It’s worse. Love is never as heavenly as it seems. It’s greater. Thom Brucie, in Obsidian Mirth, reveals these honest truths about love, commitment, hardship, loss, and unendurable enduring hope with his finely-tuned instruments: his heart and his pen.” –James M. Wilson, Chair, Department of English, Flagler College, Retired

“With his absorbing new novel Obsidian Mirth, Thom Brucie traverses both the highs and lows of human relationships. In exacting and compelling prose, Brucie shows that love—true love—just might be the biggest personal challenge anyone can take on. But, at the same time, it is the source of our greatest comfort; and it endures past every obstacle, mortal or immortal. There are profound lessons imparted in this book. Yet it might be hard to pause and appreciate them all, because Brucie’s story is as wrenching as it is unstoppable, his plot a brilliant series of unexpected events, his characters as unforgettable as any you will encounter. This is a novel you can’t set down. Not for a second. But please do linger over it, because you will want to savor every delicious if agonizing moment and every one of the story’s many soulful truths.” John Vanderslice, Professor of Creative Writing, University of Central Arkansas; his novels include: The Last Days of Oscar Wilde, Island Fog, and Nous Nous.

In Thom Brucie’s novel, Obsidian Mirth, Daniel Reed’s wife develops adult-onset schizophrenia. Daniel’s personal perspective of this experience allows the reader to enter into the bewilderment of mental illness within a family, especially the difficult tensions between forgiveness and healing. It is a powerful story, and this book is going to help families not just to cope but also to heal.” –H. K. Morey, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thom Brucie’s other works include the novels Children of Slate (En Route Books & Media, 2018), an exploration of God’s great joy in bringing miracles to this earthly journey we call life; Weapons of Cain, a Vietnam War tale of cultural discovery; a book of short stories, Still Waters: Five Stories, themed stories around the topic of death; and two chapbooks of poems, Moments Around The Campfire With A Vietnam Vet, poems of veteran’s experiences, and Apprentice Lessons, poems celebrating Brucie’s carpentry apprenticeship and some lessons learned. Dr. Brucie earned his PhD from Binghamton University and MA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Brucie is Professor of English at South Georgia State College where he teaches English and Creative Writing. Find out more about Thom Brucie on his website at ThomBrucie.com. 

See Thom’s recent article entitled “Concerning Love” in Agape Review (August 23, 2021)

OTHER CATHOLIC LITERARY WORKS

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Saynt Lachmi

Saynt Lachmi

Saynt Lachmi

A young street child named Lachmi is whisked into prostitution, rescued, and led by her spirit and providence through the use of her extraordinary gifts to the brink of sainthood. The body, she shows us, is a prism, revealing through its gradations the range between depravity and divinity. What the reader sees through Lachmi is a view of this prism through the side that reveals our divinity, that sees the body as a channel of grace in the manner in which St. John Paul II described in his Theology of the Body, a manner that sanctifies our sexuality, which we so often allow our lust to soil and obliterate.

Paperback: $19.95 | Kindle: $9.99

TESTIMONIALS

“Stunning!” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, author of The Narrative Spirituality of Dante’s Divine Comedy

“The story of Lachmi is deeply provocative. She even develops intuitive and healing powers or ‘siddhis’ which is not uncommon on the road to spiritual development. A prostitute once sings a song for Swami Vivekananda by the great poet Surdas. The meaning of the song was that a man great in virtue should never fear anything in the world. Then, while in the US, Swami Vivekananda once said, ‘Do not frown at the sight of a prostitute. In fact, they are acting as a shield, safeguarding the chastity of virtuous women. Hence, we should not hate them but be grateful towards them.’ These words ring true as Lachmi moves in her circle of supporters filled with nuns and to-be-nuns, while being exploited by a dubious couple who finally meet their fateful end. It is a story about evil and the fabled victory of good over evil. Our Ultimate Reality is beyond both good and evil says Vedanta. And one final lesson from the book is that Godliness is within everyone’s grasp. As Thomas Aquinas says, ‘God is not just the ideal goal of human longing; it is the ideal possibility for human completeness.'” – Prabhakur Mundkur, Facebook Reviewer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ivan Arthur is the author of seven previous books:

  1. The Fourteen Stations (Official book on Pope John Paul’s visit to India)
  2. Pavement Prayers. Theological fiction. A prequel to Saynt Lachmi
  3. A Village Dies. A novel about social change
  4. Once More Upon a Time. Biography
  5. Jossie. A biography
  6. Brands Under Fire
  7. The Chef Executive Officer

Arthur was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Communication Arts Guild, Mumbai, and is a three-times recipient of the WPP Atticus Award for original writing. He lives in Goa, India, with Ingrid, his wife.

 
 

 

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The Squire’s Journey

The Squire’s Journey

The Squire’s Journey

This is a story of a journey, written to help young people deal with grief and loss. Every journey has a beginning. Every journey has a starting point, when a person’s life takes a turn and he starts on the path that will be his life for the rest of his time on this earth. Everyone’s life is a journey, but this particular journey – this particular story – is the life of a boy named Radbertus Corbie, who became an orphan, became a squire, became a knight, and became a child of God.

Paperback: $14.95  |  Kindle/Nook: $9.99

TESTIMONIALS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. James L. Papandrea is an award-winning author and Professor of Church History and Historical Theology. His many books have been translated into multiple languages, and he has a presence on YouTube, including his video series, “The Original Church” (www.WhenTheChurchWasOne.com). A Catholic layperson and catechist, Jim has an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in the history and theology of the early Christian church, with secondary concentrations in New Testament interpretation and the history of the Roman Empire.  He has also studied Roman history at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. He currently teaches the history and theology of the early and medieval Church at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is recognized for his ecumenical work on behalf of the whole body of Christ. More information can be found via Jim’s website: www.JimPapandrea.com.
 

 

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The Guest of Night by Lucy Underwood Healy

The Guest of Night by Lucy Underwood Healy

The Guest of Night

Three teenagers are drawn into the hidden underside of Elizabethan England: a world where how you pray can get you hanged, and misplaced trust can kill.  Catholicism is forbidden in this world, and Catholics walk the line between faith and fear. Protestant Stephen distrusts treacherous Papists but values his friendship with Catholic Hugh; Hugh and Bridget resent Protestant tyranny but find themselves relying on Stephen’s help – and his silence.  All of them understand both less and more than their parents realize of the dangers hovering on the margins of their lives.  And this is the kind of volatile mix that can put nooses round necks.

Paperback: $19.95 / £14.59 |  Kindle: $9.99 / £7.31

TESTIMONIALS

“The book that took me by surprise was this belting Tudor thriller / rite of passage story . . . [The Guest of Night].” – Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Twitter

“Lucy Underwood Healy writes with impressive lucidity and authenticity. From the very beginning of The Guest of Night, we are immersed in a world of dangerous intrigue, rich historical detail and acute observation. She has created a cast of full-blooded characters whose story will absorb and engage us.” – Nick Warburton, Winner of the BBC/Radio Times Drama Award, the Sandford St Martin Award and the Tinniswood Award

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lucy Underwood-Healy grew up in Cambridge, England.  She received her BA in History and English from Oxford University, and completed postgraduate studies at Cambridge University.  The Guest of Night, her first novel, grew in symbiosis with her research into Elizabethan England and its religious conflicts.  A mother and scholar as well as a writer, she lives in St Albans, England with her husband and children. 

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La Redención de San Isidro

La Redención de San Isidro

¡Una gran noticia! En los Premios de la Catholic Media Association (CMA), la edición original en inglés de… La Redención de San Isidro… ganó el tercer lugar en la categoría Novela Católica; también ganó el tercer lugar en la categoría de Mejor Portada.

So Shine is the debut album by brothersister 

10 new original Catholic Christian songs

Music & Lyrics by Fr. Lawrence Edward Tucker, SOLT

“‘So Shine’ strikes an excellent balance between Catholic hymns and classic rock.” – Check out the review at Aleteia.org

La Redención de San Isidro: Una historia de misericordia y amor

by Padre Lorenzo Eduardo Tucker, SOLT

—¿Eres un SACERDOTE? —gruñó el hombre feroz— ¡cuando la ira al rojo vivo se filtraba por cada poro de su cuerpo macizo como una roca!—

Y así, comienza el fascinante diario misionero del Padre John Landon, miembro de una nueva comunidad misionera llamada: Los Misioneros de Santa María y Las Tres Divinas Personas, con sede en Las Cruces, Nuevo México, que ilustra al lector de una manera muy poderosa y concisa, la dinámica espiritual esencial del trabajo misionero: es ¡todo sobre el Espíritu!

Libro en Rústica $14.95 | Kindle $9.99

TESTIMONIOS

“¡Una aventura que te lleva al borde de tu asiento en el Espíritu Santo desde las primeras líneas! ¡Una historia que te involucrará desde principio a fin!” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, O. P., autor de: “La espiritualidad narrativa de la Divina Comedia de Dante”

“Un sueño de un libro sobre el poder del bien en presencia del mal.” – Annie Monaghan, asesora principal de políticas (jubilada), oficina del viceprimer ministro, Londres, Reino Unido

La Redención de San Isidro es una mirada encantadora, inspiradora y única sobre la relación entre la verdadera Iglesia Católica y la población asolada por el crimen en partes de México. La novela narra cómo un sacerdote misionero y su equipo superan años de corrupción en un pueblo de México con la ayuda de buenos católicos que se enfrentan a los problemas de un párroco adicto al juego. Me recuerda al famoso best-seller y la película: “El pequeño mundo de Don Camillo” sobre un sacerdote y un alcalde comunista en Italia, después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Esta brillante novela del P. Larry Tucker, SOLT, quien hizo obra misional en México, nos da lo que necesitamos para ver la crisis descrita en los documentos de la Iglesia con una luz fresca y esperanzadora.” – Ronda Chervin, Ph. D., profesora emérita de filosofía en el Holy Apostles College and Seminary, escritora y presentadora de radio y televisión católica.

PREGUNTAS DE ESTUDIO PARA ESTUDIANTES

Mientras leen esta novela, los estudiantes católicos pueden reflexionar sobre las siguientes preguntas para debatir. Tenga en cuenta que las siguientes son solo algunas de las preguntas que se abordan en esta intrigante historia llena de acción que tiene lugar en el misterioso y vasto desierto de Chihuahua, al norte de México. Los estudiantes sacarán a la luz a otros mientras, se involucran en el libro:

  • Cuando el hombre hace un mal uso de su libre albedrío y ocasiona graves daños al mundo que lo rodea, ¿responde Dios de otra manera que no sea el ejercicio de su voluntad permisiva?
  • ¿No es Dios también libre de ejercer su amor en el mundo?
  • ¿Es Dios pasivo ante las debilidades y sufrimientos de sus hijos?
  • ¿Dios simplemente se sienta y ve al mundo “irse por un tubo” mientras su creación… la humanidad… contamina el medio ambiente humano y, en consecuencia, el medio ambiente natural al abrazar el mal moral?
  • La libertad humana, y el respeto de Dios por esa libertad, es un reflejo de la gran profundidad y autenticidad del amor de Dios por sus hijos. Entonces, ¿por qué el hombre actúa como si estuviera “solo”?
  • ¿Puede… debería… “hacerlo solo” para resolver el quebrantamiento dentro de sí mismo, el entorno humano y el entorno natural?
  • ¿Hay alguna esperanza para el hombre y el mundo?

“Alzo mis ojos a las colinas, de donde vendrá mi ayuda. ¡Mi ayuda viene del Señor que hizo el cielo y la tierra! ” (Salmo 121 1-2)

Sobre el Autor

Padre Tucker nació el 26 de Mayo de 1955 en Manhattan, Nueva York. Es un sacerdote misionero bilingüe de la Sociedad de Nuestra Señora de la Santísima Trinidad y ha servido en México, Belize, Guatemala, Inglaterra, Texas y Nueva York.

Padre Tucker cuenta con un diplomado en los Artes Liberales de Colegio Comunitario de Nassau, Garden City, New York, una licenciatura en Relaciones Humanas de St Joseph’s College, Patchogue, New York, y una Maestría en Divinidad y también en Teología del Seminario de los Santos Apóstoles, Cromwell, CT.

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A Quienes El Corazón Decidió Amar

A Quienes El Corazón Decidió Amar

¡Una gran noticia! En los Premios de la Catholic Media Association (CMA), la edición original en inglés de… A Quienes el Corazón Decidió Amar… ganó el segundo lugar en la categoría Backlist Beauty.

So Shine is the debut album by brothersister 

10 new original Catholic Christian songs

Music & Lyrics by Fr. Lawrence Edward Tucker, SOLT

“‘So Shine’ strikes an excellent balance between Catholic hymns and classic rock.” – Check out the review at Aleteia.org

A Quienes El Corazón Decidió Amar

by Padre Lorenzo Eduardo Tucker, SOLT

Cuando se trata de el escandaloso problema de la pobreza global, como también la destrucción continua y suicida de nuestro ambiente natural, si una persona no es parte de la solución, lo más probable es que ese individuo forma parte del problema; indiferencia en cuanto a estos asuntos, contrario a la opinión popular, no se clasifica como una posición neutra.

Un multi-billonario llamado Benjamin Lake era completamente indiferente y parte del problema hasta el momento en que una serie de experiencias profundas le transformaron su corazón… ¡completamente! A Quienes El Corazón Decidió Amar es una historia de cómo una persona, por medio del amor misericordioso de Dios, llegó a ser parte de la solución.

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TESTIMONIALS

 

“Cuando leí la última página, y por fin pude dejar el libro, me hizo cuestionar profundamente lo que el mundo contemporáneo valora, y me hizo valorar, sin reserva, la riqueza del amor redentivo que con nada se puede comprar.” – Annie Monaghan, Asesora de Políticas (Retirada): Oficina del Primer Viceministro, Londres, Reino Unido

“El protagonista del libro del Padre Tucker no nada mas te forzará a pensar sobre ti mismo pero también te motivará a pensar en el prójimo y en el amor al prójimo.” – Monseñor Richard M. Figliozzi, Antiguo Director de la Oficina de la Nueva Evangelización, Diócesis de Rockville Centre, Long Island, Nueva York

SOBRE EL AUTOR

Padre Tucker nació el 26 de Mayo de 1955 en Manhattan, Nueva York. Es un sacerdote misionero bilingüe de la Sociedad de Nuestra Señora de la Santísima Trinidad y ha servido en México, Belize, Guatemala, Inglaterra, Texas y Nueva York.

Padre Tucker cuenta con un diplomado en los Artes Liberales de Colegio Comunitario de Nassau, Garden City, New York, una licenciatura en Relaciones Humanas de St Joseph’s College, Patchogue, New York, y una Maestría en Divinidad y también en Teología del Seminario de los Santos Apóstoles, Cromwell, CT.

SOBRE EL TRADUCCIÓN

Cortesía de Adriana y Arturo Campbell — Adriana y Arturo, son Estadounidenses naturalizados nacidos en México, cuya crianza y experiencia de vida les ha permitido gozar de un dominio de los idiomas de Inglés y Español, y un aprecio profundo de ambas culturas.

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