REVIEWERS AGREE THAT
MBK IS A PAGE-TURNER
A couple of posts ago I shared a review of my novel about the family of Jesus — MY BROTHER’S KEEPER — from Catholic author Deanna Klingel, who described it as…
“a story well-told, well-researched, easy to read, with fresh imagination, and beautifully written …. Here’s a book you’ll be glad you’ve read; a book of substance, a book that will leave you wanting more.”
Now Virginia Lieto and Kelly Thatcher, two Catholic writers / bloggers with their own wide followings, express the conviction that this is a book that compels you to keep reading.
Virginia Lieto calls it “a masterpiece worthy of your time.” And she offers these tantalizing tidbits to suggest why…
“What stance will James [Jesus’ stepbrother] take? Will he challenge Jesus on the interpretation of the Law? Or, will he put aside all he knows about the Law to save his brother? Will he hold fast to his Pharisee roots, or toss aside years of work in building relationships with the Sanhedrin and the priests?”
Kelly Thatcher observes that MY BROTHER’S KEEPER has…
“everything a good read should have. Suspense. Humor (and I’m talking about laugh-out-loud humor!). Tragedy. Sorrow. Joy. Education (you really learn stuff you didn’t know before). Even a bit of romance.”
I couldn’t ask for more enthusiastic endorsements than theirs. And I’m grateful to these three wonderful ladies for their willingness to delve into my writing and offer some very thoughtful reflections.
Take a few minutes to read their reviews and check out their own literary contributions…
Virginia Lieto is an author and inspirational speaker based in North Carolina. Her review of MY BROTHER’S KEEPER can be found at…
Kelly Thatcher shares her insights about good literature from Boston. Read her thoughts on my novel at…
(I was amused to discover that the name of her blog has such a familiar ring.)
And, in case you missed it, here’s a link to Deanna Klingel’s review of a few weeks back (she too is a denizen of North Carolina, incidentally)…
If you’ve had the opportunity to read MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, please come back and give me your own thoughts about the book using the comments section below. I’d love to hear what you think of it.
Bill Kassel says
Your comment is incisive and appropriate. Matthew 6:1 tells us…
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
And this highlights the dilemma faced by an author:
He believes his writing speaks for itself. But it will never get to speak unless he sells some books.
The best way to sell books is on the recommendations of others. But those recommendations will have no effect unless potential buyers read them.
So there’s a time when he must set humility aside — at least for awhile — and draw attention to the complimentary things others are saying about his writing.
It’s an uncomfortable life situation. But it’s an unavoidable aspect of book publishing.
Thank you sincerely for your expression of concern about my soul.