Friday, December 9, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two Books as Christmas Gift Ideas!

Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel by Ray Keating

Ray Keating is working on the sequel to Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, and he’s having just as much fun writing this book as he did the first.

Why not get Warrior Monk for the readers on your Christmas list, so they’ll be ready when the sequel hits in 2012? And if you have not read the book yet, why not delve into this first story of faith, action, murder, humor, terrorism, intrigue, theology, politics, and romance featuring Stephen Grant, former CIA assassin and now pastor?

A recent comment from a pastor on Amazon.com noted: “As I am also one, to see Stephen Grant as an actual minister of the Gospel isn't too hard to believe. Now, his previous background and his moving into a second career as a pastor--most of the men I know have not had such an exciting life! … I am looking forward to the next installment of this series. It will be worth the wait!”

Get the book from Amazon.com 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


“Chuck” vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV by Ray Keating

Keating is not only a novelist, but he’s also an economist, newspaper columnist, and college professor. The just-published first book in his “Business Tips on TV” series finds career and business lessons in the NBC TV series “Chuck.”

In this fun, valuable and unexpected book, Keating shows that TV spies and nerds can provide insights and guidelines on managing workers, customer relations, leadership, trust and work, interviews, technology, hiring and firing people, and balancing work and personal life.

Terri Schlichenmeyer, the Bookworm Sez columnist and reviewer, has included “Chuck” vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV by Ray Keating in her holiday gift guide for 2011. Schlichenmeyer wrote: “Mama always said that TV was a waste of time, but your giftee knows better – especially after you’ve given "‘Chuck’ vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV" by Ray Keating. Yes, you can harvest business lessons while being a couch potato. No, it doesn’t have to be a stuffed-suit kind of show.”

Whether managing a career, department, business, nonprofit or church, this book provides valuable tips to get you thinking, and hopefully, in the end, to improved decision-making.

Get the book at Amazon.com at

http://www.amazon.com/Chuck-vs-Business-World-Tips/dp/1466345713/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1316819971&sr=1-1


Thanks, and have a blessed Christmas!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Keating Talks Chuck vs. the Business World on the Radio - Listen Live!


Ray Keating taped an interview about his new book - "Chuck" vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV - for the radio show Conversations with Ray Bertilino. It will air on Sunday night (October 16) at 10:00 PM, Monday (October 17) at Noon, and Tuesday (October 18) at 4:00 PM on WHPC, 90.3 FM. The link to listen live is


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Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Book Finds Business and Career Tips in “Chuck” TV Show

Can the television show “Chuck” offer insights for work and business?

“Chuck” vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV by Ray Keating finds career advice, and lessons on business management in the hit television show “Chuck.”

In this fun, valuable and unexpected book, Keating shows that TV spies and nerds can provide insights and guidelines on managing workers, customer relations, leadership, trust and work, interviews, technology, hiring and firing people, and balancing work and personal life.

Larry Kudlow, host of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” says, “Ray Keating has taken the very funny television series ‘Chuck,’ and derived some valuable lessons and insights for your career and business.”

John Kominicki, publisher of Long Island Business News, adds, “Where most of us see a comic spy drama, Keating sees the opportunity for a Wharton-quality tutorial on business. He’s not just outside the box, he’s outside the cardboard.”

Keating said, “If you love ‘Chuck’ on TV, you’ll love reading ‘Chuck’ vs. the Business World. And even if you don’t watch ‘Chuck,’ the book lays out clear examples and lessons from which businesses, managers and employees can reap rewards.”

“Chuck” vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV can be purchased from Amazon.com.

Review copies, interviews for the media, and author appearances are available upon request. This is the first book in the “Business Tips on TV” series.

Ray Keating is chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council; a weekly columnist with Dolan Media Company (including Long Island Business News and Colorado Springs Business Journal); a former Newsday weekly columnist; and an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the Townsend School of Business at Dowling College. His work has appeared in a wide range of additional periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Post, and The Washington Times. Keating also is a novelist, penning Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel (2010).

Contact: Ray Keating
Phone: 631-909-1122

Friday, July 15, 2011

Great Review of Warrior Monk

The Rev. Thomas Messer wrote a wonderful review of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.

Read the review here.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Warrior Monk Review from Amazon.com by Dean C. Kavouras "Police Chaplain"

When I received an email recommending Warrior Monk and explaining the gist of it, I figured for a $9.99 download to my Kindle I'd take a chance. As a Lutheran pastor and law enforecement chaplain (federal and local) I figured it would be probably be interesting but light-hearted, like the old Rev. Randolph series or like a Spencer novel.

Not so! This was an authentic page-turner. I spent every free waking moment for three days turning those electronic pages. I don't know how the author got into the head of a real Lutheran pastor, but he did. Not a the milk toast minister, or the threadbare social activist with a collar, but a man's man! Pastor Grant does the Office proud. He is a genuine theologian, pastor and Christian, and an authentic tough guy when called for. It doesn't surprise me because of my unique vantage point, but few people get it. Few understand that cops and clergymen are cut from the same cloth. They both live in the public eye, both are held to a higher standard, both wear uniforms, both fight evil, save lives, hear confessions, keep secrets, guard the line that people dare not cross, and both are misunderstood by most people. One guards the body, the other the soul. As for weapons, one uses the sword, the other the Word, or the case of Pastor Grant, both. Many pastors I know are shooting enthusiasts, own firearms, and if put into the position would use them to defend their own lives, the lives of their families and of their flock.

The book nicely weaves a number of moral issues into the story (divorce, self-defense, war, torture of enemy combatants, the mendacity of politicians to name a few) and answers them from Scripture and traditional Lutheran theology. It panders to no one while at the same time abhors Christian parochialism. I have it on good word that the author has a series in mind, and I can't wait for the next installment. I will recommend this book to all of my colleagues, and to my congregation and law enforcement flock as well.

See the review at http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2O7HLHSMMFYI0/ref=cm_cr_pr_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview

Get the book at http://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Monk-Pastor-Stephen-Grant/dp/1453801030/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

New Discussion Guide for Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel

New York – Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel by Ray Keating is the story of a pastor who years ago was a CIA assassin and now must use his experience as both an agent and a theologian to meet a new, deadly challenge. But there’s more to this book than just being a fun thriller. A host of moral, ethical and religious topics are touched on as well.

The new Discussion Guide for Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is meant for group or individual study and reflection on topics like terrorism, war, prayer, public life and the Church, sex and marriage, going to church, ecumenism, and church architecture.

The Rev. Fred Schumacher, the executive director of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, offered the following about the novel: “If I were not retired from serving in a parish, I would certainly create an adult book discussion group using Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel as an interesting starting point for a discussion of issues in regard to church and society; ecumenism in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the greater Church; the many moral and ethical issues facing individual Christians; and much more.”

Keating said, “Pastor Schumacher was very kind in his remarks. He also motivated me to produce this discussion guide, just in case anyone actually carries through on his suggestion.”

The Discussion Guide for Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is available from Amazon.com’s CreateSpace at https://www.createspace.com/3558267, or directly from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Discussion-Guide-Warrior-Monk-Stephen/dp/145658569X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1297632120&sr=1-1.

Ray Keating is the author of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel (2010). He also is a weekly columnist with Dolan Media Company (including Long Island Business News and Colorado Springs Business Journal), a former Newsday weekly columnist, an economist, and an adjunct college professor. His work has appeared in a wide range of additional periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Post, Los Angeles Daily News, The Boston Globe, National Review, The Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily, New York Daily News, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Providence Journal Bulletin, and Cincinnati Enquirer.

Comment on Warrior Monk

Nice comment about Warrior Monk from a pastor's blog: "makes for a good read." Thanks!

Go to http://revtucher.com/?p=1526

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book Review: Warrior Monk’s Keating in the Spirit of Dan Brown

by Todd Rutherford
The Publishing Guru
February 1, 2011

Ray Keating’s Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is a thrilling, even breath-taking roller coaster ride through the Vatican, the CIA, with assassinations and more. In the spirit of Dan Brown, Keating creates a character just as memorable and complex as Brown’s Robert Langdon.

Keating’s expertise and research on the topic shines through his scenes and in the unfolding of the plot. It is often said that the best literary characters drive the plot, and Warrior Monk is a prime example.

Pastor Stephen Grant is a former CIA assassin, a programmed cold-blooded killer who does his deeds for the good of society—nevertheless he’s a killer. His first instincts are to kill rather than to forgive. Given his background, it’s fascinating to see how Stephen Grant adjusts to being a pastor and interacts with individuals who are “so easily spitting out the most personal and too often dark aspects of their lives, not to mention they even sought his guidance.”

Pastor Stephen Grant’s predicament is unique. When a shooting occurs at his beloved church, he finds himself having to reprogram himself; he must become the assassin he once was in order to restore an environment of safety to St. Mary’s and to protect the Pope.

The shooting at the church sets off a whirlwind of events transforming Pastor Stephen Grant into a gun-wielding, Bible-reading warrior monk. Conjure the image of a man willing to kill for the CIA—as an occupation—and the steps he must take to rid the evil from his own church. In one swift motion, Stephen Grant’s world is turned upside-down: “the two worlds merged in a flurry of bullets, blood, song and prayer.”

One passage that captures the spirit and intrigue of the book is, “Grant learned enough about human nature to know that evil existed and protection was necessary.” This passage is in response to Grant’s hidden gun cabinet in the church. When Grant’s CIA career and his life as a pastor merge into one, the story takes an exciting turn, which has Grant risking his life and overcoming one obstacle after the other in order to protect the Vatican and the Pope.

Anyone that enjoys a good thriller will relish the opportunity to read this book. Pastor Stephen Grant is a character that will live on in literature, lore and leave the reader anticipating the next Stephen Grant novel.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18-25 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Pope Benedict XVI had something to say about this, and so does Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.

Read the article here.

Why Conservatives Should Love NBC’s Chuck

Nerds have many reasons to love NBC’s “Chuck,” but what about conservatives? In a National Review Online piece, Warrior Monk author Keating explains why conservatives should embrace “Chuck,” whether they happen to be nerds or not.

Read the article here.
 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Touchstone Book Excerpt: Warrior Monk on Lutherans

Touchstone magazine has run an excerpt from Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel on its “Mere Comments” blog.

It is titled "What's Up With Those Lutherans?"

Read it here.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Keating in Alumni Spotlight

St. Joseph's College put Ray Keating, author of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, in its latest "Alumni Spotlight."

Check it out here.