Thursday, December 30, 2010

Warrior Monk Movie: Playing Stephen Grant?

How about a little fun? If Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel hit movie theaters, who should play Pastor Grant? Go to www.pastorstephengrant.com to vote now!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Two Popes on Relativism, Secularism and Islamic Fascism

by Raymond J. Keating
December 20, 2010

Oscar Wilde wrote: “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”

That quote hit home when I read Pope Benedict XVI’s message for World Day of Peace, January 1, 2011, released on December 16. It turns out that Pope Benedict’s declaration struck very similar themes as the fictional Pope Augustine did in a letter to Christian leaders around the world in my new novel titled Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.

In the novel, Pope Augustine spoke to three evils at work in the world: moral relativism, radical secularism, and Islamic fascism. Those just happen to be three points addressed in Pope Benedict’s message...

Read the rest of this article on the Long Island Sentinel here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Warrior Monk Podcast 2: The Writing Process


The second in a series of podcasts about Ray Keating’s new book Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel touches on the process of writing. Listen to the podcast here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Warrior Monk Novel Reflects Today’s Headlines on Marriage

Date: December 14, 2010
Contact: Ray Keating
Phone: 631-909-1122
E-mail: KeatingReports@aol.com


Long Island, New York – Today, author Ray Keating observed: “It’s always interesting when fiction and reality intersect. And that’s the case with a letter issued earlier this month by religious leaders supporting traditional marriage, and the story I tell in my new book Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.”

The letter Keating references was titled “The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment,” and said, in part, “Marriage is the permanent and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family… As religious leaders across different faith communities, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We honor the unique love between husbands and wives; the indispensable place of fathers and mothers; and the corresponding rights and dignity of all children.” Among the signers were various Catholic, Lutheran, Evangelical, Baptist, Jewish and Mormon leaders.

Keating added, “This effort offers a flavor of the broad proposal in my novel made by the pope for a unified, public voice among traditional Christians across churches and denominations on fundamental matters of morality where Holy Scripture is clear, standing in opposition to, for example, moral relativism and militant secularism.”

Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel revolves around a former CIA assassin, Stephen Grant, who has lived a far different, relatively quiet life as a pastor in recent years. A shooting at his church, this historic papal proposal, and threats to the Pope’s life mean that Grant’s former and current lives collide. Grant must tap the varied skills learned as a government agent, a theologian and a pastor not only to protect the Pope, but also to feel his way through a minefield of personal challenges.

Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel can be purchased at Amazon.com. Review copies, interviews for the media, and author appearances are available upon request.

About the Author

Ray Keating, author of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, also is newspaper columnist, economist and adjunct college professor. His work has appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Post, Newsday, Los Angeles Daily News, The Boston Globe, National Review, The Washington Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Long Island Business News, Colorado Springs Business Journal, New York Daily News, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Providence Journal Bulletin, and Cincinnati Enquirer.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Episcopalians, Anglicans and Warrior Monk


Liberal Episcopalians versus traditional Anglicans. Read Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel available at CreateSpace or at Amazon.com here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nice Review of Warrior Monk

A review of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel from “Liturgy, Hymnody, and Pulpit Quarterly Book Review.” It starts out:

I read the adventures of Jack Ryan by Tom Clancy. Like many, I've probably seen most of the James Bond films. And I've always been uncomfortable with the language and adult situations.

Warrior Monk by Ray Keating has all of the adventure, intrigue, and believable improbability of mainstream political thrillers, but with a lead character, Pastor Stephen Grant, that resists temptation…

Read the rest of the review here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Saturday, November 20, Book Signing

On Saturday, November 20, meet Ray Keating, author of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, at the Holy Trinity Diocesan High School Holiday Fair in Hicksville, NY. Look for the Warrior Monk book table, and get signed copies of the novel.

Think about signed books for Christmas presents! The fair runs from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Lutheran Forum Review of Warrior Monk

LutheranForum.org has just published a review, written by Ray Brown, of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.

Brown concludes that “this is a good read, both as pure thriller entertainment and for pondering the Christian mind and milieu in the early twenty first century. I look forward to Pastor Grant’s future adventures.”

Read the entire review at

http://www.lutheranforum.org/book-reviews/review-warrior-monk-by-ray-keating/

And you can buy Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel at

http://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Monk-Pastor-Stephen-Grant/dp/1453801030/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284850170&sr=1-1

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

On Warrior Monk: "It's a scream"


Todd Peperkorn, an assisting editor of the Treasury of Daily Prayer, gave Warrior Monk four out of five stars on GoodReads.com, and said the following: “The hero in this book is a former CIA agent who is an LCMS pastor! It's a scream.” 


Saturday, October 30, 2010

An Excerpt from Warrior Monk in Light of Reformation Day

The following excerpt from Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel has Grant’s good friend, Father Ron McDermott, summing up Grant’s theology, with Father Tom Stone in the mix as well. This fits for Reformation Day.

“I didn’t get to ask too many questions,” Ron resumed. “But from what I was told and could otherwise figure out, they are cobbling together a thorough bio on you that will be passed on to someone in the Vatican this week. Sounded like tomorrow.”

Stephen paused to mull this over. What’s the deal? “So, what did you tell them?”

Tom jumped in, looking at McDermott, “That he’s a follower of that mad monk, Luther, and believes the pope is the anti-christ, right?”

“Still not helping,” said McDermott.

“Yea, I know, but I’m amusing myself.” He smirked and took a sip from his Coca-Cola.

McDermott looked Stephen in the eyes. “It would probably be easier to go over what we failed to cover. We talked about your views on the Reformation; the Catholic Church; old line Protestants; evangelicals; Holy Scripture; the Eucharist; the liturgy; the current challenges facing the church in the U.S. and around the globe; the strengths, weaknesses and role of Lutheranism today; and even church music. A good chunk, though, was focused on the relationship between Christian denominations, including your take on the old ecumenical movement and the New Ecumenism among traditionalists.”

“So, what did you tell them?” Stephen pressed anxiously.

“What did I tell them? I don’t have another three hours to spare, my friend.”

“Come on, Ron.”

“I told them exactly what I’ve come to learn and respect about you, Stephen, over the past four years. I know your theology well, so no worries. I explained that you view the Reformation as a necessary evil. That you fall onto the Catholic rather than the Protestant side of Lutheranism. That you view Lutheranism as a reform movement, rather than a new church. That you’re traditional when it comes to the Bible, worship and the culture. That you see a great opportunity for Lutheranism as a kind of bridge between Catholics and Protestants, but are frustrated by the internal squabbling among your fellow Lutherans. At the same time, though, I made clear that you’re not a Lutheran on the verge of heading to Rome. And I highlighted your strong belief that traditional Christians, no matter their denomination or individual church, must become more unified in confronting the many challenges that Christianity faces and will face in the twenty-first century.” McDermott paused for a sip of iced tea. “How’d I do?”

Stephen felt more at ease. “Fine, of course. Thanks Ron, and I apologize if I came across a bit edgy.”

“Don’t worry about it. This is all a mystery.”

“And as Captain Kirk once said, mysteries give me a bellyache,” Stone added, shoveling a large forkful of cole slaw into his mouth.


Get the book at CreateSpace or at Amazon.com here

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On Warrior Monk…

The Lutheran in NJ blog offers a mixed (well, very mixed) recommendation of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, but I love the way the man closes out his thoughts:

“This is a book that holds up Lutheran theology with great reverence and the Office of Public Ministry with great respect… If you want a suspense book that speaks well of the Lutheran Church, I will recommend to you ‘Warrior Monk’. And it seems this is only the first of series. It will be interesting to see where this goes.”

Feel free to ignore much of the rest of the review. In fact, this really is all you need to know. ;-)

Friday, October 8, 2010

On Warrior Monk …

Incarnatus est has gotten comments rolling on the book. Here’s my favorite:

“Ok, this sounds like Chuck for pastors, I’m in.”

Love it! Thanks.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Touchstone Blog on Warrior Monk

Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel was highlighted on Touchstone magazine's Mere Comments blog. Check it out here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

First Things Review: Heroic LCMS Pastor Saves Pope

by Russell E. Saltzman

Here is a fun adventure romp, a first novel by former Newsday columnist Ray Keating. Stephen Grant is an ex-CIA agent with notches on his pistol who, with a little bit of angst, turns his back on his secret life and becomes, get this, a pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

We first meet Grant as he dispatches an opposing agent within the nave of a French Catholic church (because for discreet meetings between rival spies, the empty churches of Europe are ideal). Grant next shows up as pastor of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on the east end of Long Island, where he slays an eco-terrorist who is trying to shoot choir members at rehearsal (not, from the description in the novel, that choir’s rendering of A Mighty Fortress didn’t give the effort some merit)…

Read the rest of this review on First Things blog First Thoughts here.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Newsday’s Ellis Henican on Keating and Warrior Monk

“Ray Keating’s new novel is called ‘Warrior Monk’? Funny, I always thought of the former Newsday columnist as a bit of a warrior monk. Go get ’em, Ray.”

– Ellis Henican, Newsday, on his blog

Thanks, Ellis!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Warrior Monk Novel Features Former CIA Assassin Turned Pastor


Long Island, NY – Former Newsday columnist and current Dolan Media Company columnist Ray Keating has published his first novel – Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.

Warrior Monk revolves around a former CIA assassin, Stephen Grant, who has lived a far different, relatively quiet life as a parish pastor in recent years. However, a shooting at his church, an historic papal proposal, and threats to the Pope’s life mean that Grant’s former and current lives collide. Grant must tap the varied skills learned as a government agent, a theologian and a pastor not only to protect the Pope, but also to feel his way through a minefield of personal challenges.

Keating said, “My hope is that this is an entertaining, compelling story of murder, action, humor and romance, while touching on various religious, moral and political topics important to the twenty-first century, including conservatives versus liberals in Christianity, terrorism, torture, extreme environmentalism, and the challenges of relativism, militant secularism, and radical Islam.”

Review copies, interviews for the media, and author appearances are available upon request.

Advance praise for Warrior Monk:

“Ray Keating has created a fascinating and unique character in Pastor Grant. The way Keating intertwines politics, national security and faith into a compelling thriller is sheer delight.”

- Larry Kudlow, CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”

“CIA intrigue, the Vatican, international terrorism and brutal assassinations make Warrior Monk a fast-moving, riveting read right out of today’s – and tomorrow’s – headlines. Add challenging religious issues, which the author makes us confront, and you have a brilliant novel. Ray Keating knows what he is writing about and writes it extraordinarily well.”

- U.S. Congressman Pete King
Ranking Member
House Homeland Security Committee

“Holy Scripture and unholy gun play in the same novel? Exactly - and you'll love the combination! Warrior Monk offers a riveting mix of action, romance, and intrigue, served up by a master wordsmith. Keating's Pastor Stephen Grant manages to wield both Bible and bullets with equal expertise. Grant is clearly in control whether in or out of the pulpit.”

- Paul L. Maier, best-selling author of A Skeleton in God's Closet

About the Author

Ray Keating is a writer, newspaper columnist, economist and adjunct college professor. His work has appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Post, Newsday, Los Angeles Daily News, The Boston Globe, National Review, The Washington Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Long Island Business News, Colorado Springs Business Journal, New York Daily News, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Providence Journal Bulletin, and Cincinnati Enquirer. Keating lives on Long Island with his family.

Contact: Ray Keating

Phone: 631-909-1122

E-mail: KeatingReports@aol.com