Congratulations to the Catholic Writers’ Guild authors who received the CWG SoA (Seal of Approval)

FICTION

Sons of Cain
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Val Bianco
Publisher: Lepanto Group, LLC
Publication Date: 4/9/2011
ISBN: 9780983526216 A resource for parents, grandparents, caretakers, and family friends, this book conceptualizes a wide range of fun, practical activities that strengthen faith formation in young to grade-school age children.

Synopsis: This is the story of an assassination attempt on the Supreme Court, advanced by a group of international Satanists, led by the ancient man/demon, Namon. The purpose is to have the Court replaced with secular Justices appointed by an ultra-liberal President. Once the court is replaced, the assault on the Church, through government Health Care via abortion, and euthanasia will be unstoppable. The attempt is met by wealthy ex-Navy Seal, Nick Rieper, and his group of modern day, Special Forces Knights. The story explores the unwitting participation of a secular government with diabolical evil, including a President who intends to support an apostate Cardinal in an attempt to form a new heterodox Catholic Church.

The Priest and the Peaches
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Larry Peterson
Publisher: Tribute Books
Publication Date: December 201
Kindle edition (we have a file for review for those w/o kindle)
Synopsis: The Priest and the Peaches is a historical fiction set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s. The book takes a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad’s funeral. They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of “grown-up world.” This is an e-book and the first in a planned series

The Cameo
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Lorraine Shelstad
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: 4/17/2011
ISBN: 1456301055
Synopsis: Victorian England meets Romantic Tuscany.
Captain James Marsh returns from service in Asia after World War II. He leases a house and the cleaning staff finds a cameo brooch. His search for the owner leads him to a story of romance in 19th century Italy. The young English heroine is confronted by ideas of love, the meaning of life and religious beliefs.
As Captain Marsh discovers the story, his own life is changed, too.

Angela’s Song
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: AnnMarie Creedon
Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing
Publication Date: 10/7/2012
ISBN: 978-0-9879153-1-3
Synopsis: Widow and mother of three, Angela ‘Jel’ Cooke is full of regret about her marriage to her late husband. Her close friends can see that she is keeping busy to avoid her pain. But no amount of cooking, baking, volunteering or late-night games of Yahtzee with her BFF can bring her any peace. When Jack Bartolomucci walks into her life, he challenges Angela to face her demons head on. What follows is a poignant, sometimes hilarious tale of hope and healing.

Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Debut
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Rebecca Bratten Weiss & Regina Domain
Publisher: Chesterton Press
Publication Date: 4/1/2012
ISBN: 978-0982767764
Synopsis:[/b] Traveling to Texas to study philosophy, Catelyn Frank encounters a plentitude of dilemmas, including the roommate from hell, a class full of seven chauvinistic men, and a bewildering feeling that the Perfect Guy is close at hand…But with her trusty Summa, the prayers of the Angelic Doctor, and her eclectic friends, Cate is sure she can win her classmates’ respect–even when they try to use her beloved Aquinas against her!

CHILDREN’S/MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT:

The Younger Days
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Mike Hays
Publisher: MuseItUp
Publication Date: March 2012
ISBN: 978-1-77127-005-2
Synopsis: In post-Civil War Missouri, tension builds to a boiling point between 11-year old Boy Smyth and his mild mannered, devout father over the father’s embarrassing lack of support for Boy’s Border War heroes, the outlaw Cole Younger and the notorious Border War phantom William “The Butcher” Bryant.

Their farm is visited by Cole Younger and his injured brother, Jim, of the infamous James-Younger gang, on the run after a train robbery. Surprisingly, Boy discovers the Youngers are childhood friends of his parents. Cole has come to their farm for the aid of Boy’s mother to nurse Jim’s gunshot wound. The Youngers rest and heal as Boy learns about his family’s past and understands why Pa is like he is.

After the Youngers leave, a revenge-seeking band of ruffians arrive at the farm. Everything the family has is threatened, forcing Pa to unleash a hidden identity to save his family.

Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of the Haunted Chapel
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Karen Kelly Boyce
Publisher: KFR Communications, LLC
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-0982895924
Synopsis: This is the first of in a series of children’s books about a group of misfit nuns . These nuns and their mad-cap adventures teach the importance of tolerance and forgiveness. As the nuns solve little mysteries they focus on the virtues of the Gospel and the frailties of human nature. In this the first book the nuns hear ‘voices’ in the chapel and fear that the chapel is haunted. After some investigation the nuns find a hidden apartment where a homeless family lives. They offer the family both the living quarters and a job helping the nuns. The humorous escapades of the characters teach the basics of Christian values, growth, and love.

Summer of My Dissent: John Paul II High Book 3
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Christian M. Frank
Publisher: Chesterton Press
Publication Date: December 2011
ISBN: 978-0982767740
Synopsis: Allie Weaver is grieving and disillusioned with John Paul 2 High and with her newfound Catholic faith, so when a friend invites her to worship at her evangelical church, Allie goes along for the ride: and finds healing. Suddenly Catholicism seems a bad fit for Allie: the standards are too high, she’s not clicking with the new crop of JP2HS kids and their strict parents, and her new church just seems much more fulfilling. Meanwhile, the JP2 students return to give the school building a makeover – only to find that the Poltergeist has returned as well, with more dangerous pranks. Brian Burke is determined to catch the ghost once and for all — but finds his mission just might be saving Allie.

Undercover Papist: John Paul II High Book 4
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Christian M. Frank
Publisher: Chesterton Press
Publication Date: 4/1/2012
ISBN: 978-0-9827677-5-7
Synopsis: So you’ve just been sent on Mission Impossible, to get the most popular girl in your school to come back to the Catholic Church…
Brian goes to Bible Camp undercover to rescue Allie, but it looks like a lost cause. Allie seems to be getting on just fine: helping her new Christian friends love God, and dating the camp’s hot worship leader. But inside, Allie still feels lost, and wonders if she’s really changed. Between figuring out how girls work and defending his faith against zealous fellow campers, Brian starts to realize that if he wants to help Allie, maybe he’s the one who needs to change…

NONFICTION

Catholic Family Fun
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Sarah Reinhard
Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
Publication Date: April 2012
ISBN: 9780819816047
Synopsis: Discover how game night/day meets Catholicism in Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless, an inspirational guidebook offering activities with strategies and suggestions for fun family engagement – with one another and with faith! A great resource for parents, grandparents, caretakers, and family friends, this book conceptualizes a wide range of fun, practical activities that strengthen faith formation in young to grade-school age children.

Holy Family Prayer Book: Prayers for Every Family
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Missionaries of the Holy Family
Publisher: Liguori Press
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
ISBN: 978-0764822179
Synopsis: This simple prayer book, devoted to the Holy Family, offers traditional and original prayers dedicated to helping families today. Included in The Holy Family Prayer Book, are a variety of prayers that will help families stay spiritually grounded and ever-present in faith.

Growing Up in God’s Image
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Carolyn Smith
Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing
Publication Date: 5/1/2012
ISBN: 9780973673647
Synopsis: Growing Up in God’s Image makes it easy for families to talk with one another — mom to daughter, father to son, parent to child — especially when approaching that first important discussion about the facts of life. It is a talk about the beauty of growing up as a young woman or a young man. For teens, it provides positive answers through an understanding of sexuality as God intended from the moment He created it and when he later gave it to us as a sacrament through Jesus. For young and old couples alike, it gives a new appreciation of their own sacramental marriages. It is about family and the restoration of family life and love. It is about God’s plan for us. Growing Up In God’s Image is an invaluable resource for parents wanting to give their children more than just a biology lesson.

Witness For Atonement
SOA Awarded: 6/25/12
Author: Robert Margetts
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication Date: 2/29/2012
ISBN: 978-1-105-54291-6
Synopsis: Robert Margetts’ life story from the attack on Pearl Harbor, to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 are all brought into a new perspective because of the author’s stance against the use of weapons of mass destruction on population centers and his subsequent trial as a former Major in the Air Force.

Through his conversion to the Catholic faith and the study of the documents of Vatican II Major Margetts’ heart is changed to where he could see what the church has taught consistently for two millennia must be addressed by every Catholic. The book reveals the connection between the abortion of the unborn and the atomic bomb and the need for atonement to be made to God for our nation’s crimes of taking innocent life.

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