Monthly Archives: May 2014

Medieval Comic Books!


The British library on its medieval manuscripts blog posts digitized reproductions of medieval books, parchments and other manuscripts. Recently they posted two fun collections of manuscripts that they humorously referred to as medieval comic books, here and here.

The above photo, from an early 14th century Bible picture book, depicts Joseph learning about Mary’s pregnancy. There are some creative enhancements, including speech balloons with dialog just like in modern comic books!

Also posted are other Bible narratives, dancing camels, the lives of saints, and a man falling out of a tree!

I encourage you to follow the links, then poke around. The British Library has made a true treasure available for us all.

The First Amazon Review for Aachen is Four Stars!



“A wonderful story for adolescents”

That’s the title of the very first review, 4 stars, no less, of Aachen. You can read it here.

I had three key goals when publishing Aachen:
1) hold the book in my hand;
2) know that my wife and kids could hold and enjoy this labor of my love; and
3) touch at least one other person in a positive way.

I feel like I’ve accomplished those goals. Everything after that will be God’s providence.

Is it Worth Taking the Recent Story of Demonic Possession and Exorcism in Indiana Seriously?

home where demonic possession and exorcism occurred

Earlier this year there were a flurry of articles about a well-documented case of demonic possession and exorcism in Gary, Indiana. It’s described in this article in the Indianapolis Star and in an interview covered in this article on the blog Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction.
It is a recent interview with the priest who performed the exorcism, and reports of a movie deal being signed which have spurred the recent spate of interest.
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Aachen, a Coming of Age Novel Set in Medieval Europe


My historical fiction novel Aachen is finally available for purchase in either trade paperback or Kindle. It will be exclusively Amazon for the next 90 days, after which I will make it available on Nook, iPad and other outlets.

Check out the “Look Inside” feature or download the first couple of chapters free on your Kindle, and tell me what you think! If you do like it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.
I hope you enjoy it!

The life of an 8th century peasant is, as they say, “nasty, brutish, and short”.

Young Stephen of Orlans, though indentured and in poverty, has been raised from childhood to want something different. He longs to be a man of learning and dreams of studying at Charlemagne’s famed Palace School at Aachen.

After returning from a traumatic campaign, Stephen has the chance to attain his dream. But how can he take monastic vows when the sins of war have shattered his faith in God? And how can he leave Orlans when he is falling in love with a beautiful milkmaid with a scandalous reputation?

In the 8th century, scandal and betrayal are concealed by the thinnest of veils, and the path to reaching your dreams may be the most treacherous path of all. In his quest for redemption, Stephen will be forced to make decisions he will likely soon regret.

Decisions he will have to live with forever.