The greatest among you will be your servant.
My friend, and fellow blogger, Victor S. E. Moubarak, is a prolific and talented author. His many books range from the zany and humorous to thoughtful reflections on what it means to be a Christian in a world which seems intent on downplaying the importance of faith.
I've chosen to highlight three of Victor's works here. They are novels whose main character, Father Ignatius, a Catholic priest, faithfully serves at St. Vincent's Church in a rather economically depressed town in Great Britain. He is a humble, amiable servant and shepherd to his parishioners, dedicated in his faith, and living a life that shines the love of Christ to all and sundry. Fr. Ignatius has become one of my most beloved literary figures to date. I am so pleased and honored to introduce him to you in these brief reviews.
When three children encounter an apparition of Christ Jesus on their way to church, they eagerly and excitedly tell Fr. Ignatius about it. It isn't long before the entire town is abuzz with this incredulous news.
People, unsurprisingly, react to this vision in a variety of ways. Some readily accept it as truth. Other mock and scoff in disbelief. Still others react violently toward the children and their families.
Parishioners seek guidance from Fr. Ignatius, whereas the church tries desperately to hush the story up, hoping it will simply go away. Yet, as if in holy defiance, Jesus appears again and again.
As a reader, you are challenged to ask, "What would I do in a similar situation? How would I react?" This novel truly provides Christians with a reality check of what they actually believe.
The Priest and the Prostitute
Now that I have your attention with this ominous title, Fr. Ignatius finds himself in a world of hurt. He is suspected of murder! The church is rattled to its foundations, and his parishioners are all too ready to jump to multiple conclusions, judging their mild-mannered priest before any real facts are known.
Fr. Ignatius' faith is sorely tested as he tries in vain to plead his innocence. And through this grueling ordeal, he discovers who his true friends are.
To Love a Priest
This is by far the most poignant and controversial book in the Fr. Ignatius series. When a long-lost love from his less-than-discretionary youth reappears in his life, the priest finds himself wrestling between conscience and dogma, questioning the centuries-held belief that priests should never marry.
Traveling with Fr. Ignatius on this journey will touch your heart and your soul, and have you praying mightily that everything will have a positive outcome.
Christmas is right around the corner, my friends, so don't miss out on ordering Victor's amazing books for a loved one or for yourself. You can visit his entertaining and inspiring blog, Time for Reflections, to get your novels, or simply type Victor Moubarak in the search bar at Amazon.
These wonder novels are sure to make your Christmas merry and bright!