MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
WINS 2018 LILY AWARD
The award was announced Wednesday, August 1, at the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show, held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was this year’s choice in the Adult Fiction category. Winner in the Children’s / Young Adult Fiction category was “Playing by Heart” by Carmela Martino.
A religious / historical novel in three parts, MY BROTHER’S KEEPER was certified as consistent with Scripture and Church teaching by the Guild earlier this year. However, drawing both on the Bible and on ancient non-canonical writings and Church traditions, it’s a retelling of the Christian story that’s imaginative and unconventional.
For instance, it presents Joseph as an older, widowed man with children at the time he took a much younger Mary as his wife. In other words, it’s not the standard Christmas card portrait of the Holy Family.
The plot focuses on James, a principal figure in the early Christian community of Jerusalem who played a crucial role in the first council of the Church, and whom the Bible identifies as “the brother of the Lord.”
In the book, James struggles to fulfill a promise made to his dying father, Joseph, that he will protect his brother, amid growing discord over Jesus’ controversial ministry. Fulfilling this pledge becomes the consuming focus of James’ life as his brother runs afoul of Temple authorities and Zealot rebels attempt to exploit his growing popularity — their goal to foment a revolution against the hated Roman occupiers.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER was released as an eBook in 2016, with a custom, limited-run print pre-edition created for listeners of Ave Maria Radio, the national Catholic programming service affiliated with EWTN Global Catholic Radio. The first commercial print edition was released last year and premiered to book dealers at CMN’s 2017 Trade Show. It is distributed by Saint Joseph Communications.
Bringing this work to public awareness has been a challenge. So I want to express my sincerest gratitude for the recognition afforded by the “Lily” Award, given by my brother and sister Catholic writers.
Praise for this success I give to God.
Accordingly, I endorse the CWG writers’ prayer…
Holy Family, guide our minds, our hearts, our hands, as we write, speak, illustrate — help our words to live in union with the Word.
Teach us discipline and skill to use the talents God gives us.
Give us also insight and courage to convey God’s love through our craft, and humility to be open to His divine will, shaping our lives, in loving loyalty to His Church.
In Christ’s name,
Which, when you think about it, is a pretty good prayer for just about anybody.
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