Friday, December 26, 2014

Kindle Sale - 40% Off Pastor Stephen Grant Novels

12 Days of Christmas and New Year’s Sale!

40% off Kindle price for each of Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant Novels – WARRIOR MONK, ROOT OF ALL EVIL?, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, and THE RIVER.

Get all four for less than $13.

Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” radio, and Amazon.com reviewers have compared Keating’s thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, Griffin and Morrell.

In addition…

• THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has been nominated for KFUO’s BookTalk “Book of the Year” for 2014. Sale Price: $3.99 on the Kindle.

• 4.5 stars is the average Amazon review for AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. Sale Price: $2.99 on the Kindle.

• About ROOT OF ALL EVIL?, best-selling novelist Paul L. Maier has observed, “Ray Keating writes brilliantly and convincingly.” Sale Price: $2.99 on the Kindle.

• WARRIOR MONK ranked as a top 10 book on a WORLD magazine June 2013 list. Sale Price: $2.99 on the Kindle.

Sale will not last!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"The River" Nominated for 2014 Book of the Year - Please Vote!

Ray Keating’s latest book – The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel – has been nominated for KFUO's BookTalk “Book of the Year” for 2014!!

You can vote, if you like, by emailing the name of the book to Mary.Schmidt@kfuo.org.

Voting ends January 1st. 

More information is at http://www.kfuoam.org/book-of-the-year/.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Keating: Some of My Favorite Reviews


Dear Friends:

I’m Ray Keating, the author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels – Warrior Monk, Root of All Evil?, An Advent for Religious Liberty, and The River (with another being written now!). I occasionally get asked about feedback and reviews on my books. Quite frankly, I’m always amazed and humbled that people – especially those I have never met – take the time to not only read my books, but offer reviews or comments. But there are five reviews/comments that I would like to quickly share with you for various reasons.

The first two comments below hit on something that I wanted to avoid when writing fiction with Christian themes, that is, some Christian fiction offer stilted dialogue and wooden characters. The third point came from a reviewer who, like Stephen Grant, went from working for the CIA to becoming a pastor. Hey, this guy, in a way, is Stephen Grant! The fourth was appreciated as it came from a reviewer who disagreed with many views of the main character, but still gave the book a thumbs up. And lastly, a reader summed up what I hope all readers experience.

1) From a pastor via an Amazon review: “It is a pleasure to recommend a book to my friends that promotes Christian virtues, is not stuffy, and is an exciting adventure.”

2) Another Amazon reviewer declared: “Keating has a gift for navigating the treacherous waters both worldly and denominational. If you are tired of the ham handed presentation of faith so easily found elsewhere, Keating might be just the thing.”

3) In a review in The Washington Times, Kenneth V. Blanchard, once with the CIA and now a pastor, noted, “Mr. Keating's storytelling is so lifelike that I almost thought I had worked with him when I was at Langley. Like the fictitious pastor, I actually spent 20 years working for the U.S. intelligence community, and once I started reading ‘The River,’ I had to keep reading because it was so well-crafted and easy to follow and because it depicted a personal struggle that I knew all too well. I simply could not put it down.”

4) In a four-star Goodreads review, a reader declared, “I should probably hate this book... The hero’s political and religious attitudes are conservative... Yet, the book was well written and a lot of fun to read. It was the literary equivalent of a James Bond movie - boy, does that show my age - I know what is happening is improbable to impossible, but it is SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

5) Finally, one reader made the following simple but generous statement on the Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Facebook page: “The whole series is just such fun!”

These comments mean a great deal to me, as do the many other reviews, comments and feedback that I have received. I’m going to keep on writing, and I’d love to keep hearing from each of you. Thanks and God bless.

Ray Keating

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Top 10 Christian Novelist Presents a Kick-Butt Lutheran Pastor


Looking for an entertaining thriller that embraces your Christian faith and values, while not insulting your intelligence – oh yes, and features a kick-butt Lutheran pastor who used to be with the CIA?

Check out Ray Keating’s latest thriller THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL.

Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” radio, and Amazon.com reviewers have compared his thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, Griffin and Morrell.

The editor-in-chief of WORLD magazine, Marvin Olasky, wrote in the June 28, 2014, issue: “Most of my favorite detective or spy novel authors have written series of books. As it’s hard to declare one particular book in a series to be best of show, I’ll simply list 10 secular and 10 Christian authors.” And among his top 10 Christian novelists? Ray Keating, author of the Pastor Stephen Grant series – WARRIOR MONK, ROOT OF ALL EVIL?, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, and the latest, THE RIVER.

Like Stephen Grant, Kenneth V. Blanchard was with the CIA and is now a pastor. In a Washington Times review of THE RIVER, Blanchard wrote: “Mr. Keating's storytelling is so lifelike that I almost thought I had worked with him when I was at Langley. Like the fictitious pastor, I actually spent 20 years working for the U.S. intelligence community, and once I started reading ‘The River,’ I had to keep reading because it was so well-crafted and easy to follow and because it depicted a personal struggle that I knew all too well. I simply could not put it down… What Ian Fleming's 007 series has probably done for ex-MI-6 agents and Tom Clancy has done for retired CIA officers, Mr. Keating has done for the minority of former CIA agents who have served their country by working in the intelligence community, but now wish to serve God.”

Get all four PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS – WARRIOR MONK, ROOT OF ALL EVIL?, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, and THE RIVER – at Amazon.com


THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.3 stars out of 5.



WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, and was ranked as a Top 10 book on a WORLD magazine June 2013 list.



ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.6 stars out of 5.



AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.3 stars out of 5.



Check out our website at www.pastorstephengrant.com.

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Follow Ray Keating, the creator of Pastor Stephen Grant, on Twitter @RevGrantNovel

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Top 10 Christian Novelist

The editor-in-chief of WORLD magazine, Marvin Olasky, writes in the June 28, 2014, issue: "Most of my favorite detective or spy novel authors have written series of books. As it’s hard to declare one particular book in a series to be best of show, I’ll simply list 10 secular and 10 Christian authors."

And among his top 10 Christian novelists? Ray Keating, author of the Pastor Stephen Grant series - Warrior Monk, Root of All Evil?, An Advent for Religious Liberty, and the just-published The River.

Enjoy all four books, available at Amazon.com.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Merchandise


The Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Emporium is now open at CafePress! 

Check out some fun purchases and gifts.

Visit the Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Emporium at

Thursday, July 17, 2014

“Ray Keating's latest novel, ‘The River,’ takes you on an intriguing summer ride...” – The Washington Times


A very special book reviewer at THE WASHINGTON TIMES has served up a fantastic review of Ray Keating’s THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. Like Stephen Grant, this reviewer, Kenneth V. Blanchard, was with the CIA and is now a pastor.

Blanchard writes: “How do you handle being a former CIA adrenaline junkie turned pastor? Ray Keating's latest novel, ‘The River,’ takes you on an intriguing summer ride from Langley to the Vatican with Stephen Grant, a former CIA agent who leaves his intelligence career behind and becomes a pastor of St. Mary's Lutheran Church on East Long Island. Mr. Keating's storytelling is so lifelike that I almost thought I had worked with him when I was at Langley. Like the fictitious pastor, I actually spent 20 years working for the U.S. intelligence community, and once I started reading ‘The River,’ I had to keep reading because it was so well-crafted and easy to follow and because it depicted a personal struggle that I knew all too well. I simply could not put it down.”

Blanchard adds: “What Ian Fleming's 007 series has probably done for ex-MI-6 agents and Tom Clancy has done for retired CIA officers, Mr. Keating has done for the minority of former CIA agents who have served their country by working in the intelligence community, but now wish to serve God.”

In addition, he points out: “‘The River’ takes us to the core of moral principle; that is the battle between good versus evil, right versus wrong and the differences between one's past and present lives, leaving the reader in deep reflection about the blurred lines that inspire inner conflict in anyone who has a past that they must reconcile with… Mr. Keating also allows you to discover how each of his characters tick in a style and tone reminiscent of some of the best loved books of all time. The details and descriptions of ‘The River’ brought me back into the secret corridors of the agency.”

Blanchard concludes: “Many spy-novel authors try to appeal to members of the intelligence community as well as the average American looking for a little international intrigue and James Bond excitement. With Mr. Keating's Pastor Grant, he has touched upon a small fraternity within the intelligence community of those who have wanted to serve both God and country — but necessarily in that order.”

Read the full review at


THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is available from Amazon.com at


And don’t forget about the first three PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS…

WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, and was ranked as a Top 10 book on a WORLD magazine June 2013 list.



ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.6 stars out of 5.



AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.4 stars out of 5.



Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of “BookTalk” radio, and Amazon.com reviewers have compared his thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, and Morrell.

Please “Like” the Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Facebook page at:


Follow Ray Keating, the creator of Pastor Stephen Grant, on Twitter @RevGrantNovel

5 Stars for The River


The latest Amazon.com review is in on The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel. All of the early reviews continue to be 5 stars. This latest reviewer writes: "Fast paced story. This is the third book by Ray Keating that I've read and am looking forward for his next Grant novel." 

Get the book at

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Conservative Fiction? Yes, Indeed



An excellent piece by Adam Bellow at NationalReview.com on how popular culture impacts the broader culture/society, and how conservatives are trying to mount an effort on the fiction front.

Bellow writes: "The new conservative counterculture is a rebellion from below and from without. Fueled by the rise of digital self-publishing technologies, it is a simultaneous revolt against the hierarchical control of mass media and the ideological narrowing of acceptable discourse... In short, conservatives should remember that mainstream popular culture is still largely driven by books. Fiction therefore is and will remain the beating heart of the new counterculture. This is not just my bias as a publisher. It is a practical reality — and a fortunate one for us, since there are hundreds if not thousands of conservative and libertarian writers out there today producing politically themed fiction. The conservative right brain has woken up from its enchanted sleep and it is thriving. Instead of banging on Hollywood’s front door, a better approach is to go in the back by publishing popular conservative fiction and then turning those books into films."

Read the entire piece at

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381419/let-your-right-brain-run-free-adam-bellow

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Fourth of July from Ray Keating

A Happy Fourth of July - Independence Day - from Pastor Stephen Grant, Jennifer, Paige Caldwell, Father Tom Stone, Father Ron McDermott, Pastor Zack Charmichael, Sean McEnany, and other characters in the Pastor Stephen Grant novels. Oh yes, and from author Ray Keating.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Washington Times Review of "The River" - Huge Thumbs Up!


A very special book reviewer at THE WASHINGTON TIMES has served up a fantastic review of Ray Keating’s THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. 

Like Stephen Grant, this reviewer, Kenneth V. Blanchard, was with the CIA and is now a pastor. Blanchard writes: “Mr. Keating's storytelling is so lifelike that I almost thought I had worked with him when I was at Langley. Like the fictitious pastor, I actually spent 20 years working for the U.S. intelligence community, and once I started reading ‘The River,’ I had to keep reading because it was so well-crafted and easy to follow and because it depicted a personal struggle that I knew all too well. I simply could not put it down.” 

Read the full review and get all of the PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS – THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK at Amazon.com.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The River is a "Super Read"


The latest Amazon 5-STAR review of THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL:

It's true - Pastor Stephen Grant is REAL. 
Okay, not real in that there's a guy named Stephen Grant who worked for the CIA and is now an LCMS pastor, but rather, in this book, Pastor Grant undergoes serious character development, showing the anguish of the soul that knows right, loves right, loves God, and yet wants and does evil. Lutherans speak of it as the 'simul' and it is too often over simplified, but author Ray Keating gives it a healthy fleshing out in the novel without making it sound contrived or overly dogmatic. 
The things I've come to love about Pastor Stephen Grant novels are all here - friendly jokes amidst the characters, smooth integration of theology into the lives of the characters, and a thrilling plot! Definitely worth the wait since 'An Advent for Religious Liberty', and a super read for anyone interested in a well-written novel that goes deeper than most.

http://www.amazon.com/The-River-Pastor-Stephen-Grant/dp/1499514174/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1400091493&sr=8-2&keywords=The+River+by+Keating

Friday, May 16, 2014

5-Star Review of The River


The first review is in on "The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel" on Amazon (for now on the Kindle-version page). In his 5-STAR review, Pastor Dustin Parker writes:
"As a pastor, I often explain that life really begins in baptism, as does this book.
"But often, we forget that, as we struggle with the details of life, the challenges of being sinners yet saints. We are challenged by our desire for justice on our terms, and we struggle with justifying our sin, or condemning our own sin as unforgivable."As Stephen Grant and his friends, and yes enemies and relatives, we see a picture of that kind of journey. Wrapped around a very well developed action adventure novel, this struggle of mankind is so well played out. Even if this wasn't a book with a pastor and faith, I would rate it a five, along with the best of WEB Griffin and Ludlum. But it is more than that - because the struggle of faith is revealed as well. The Christian life is revealed to be what it is, lived in the world, yet not of it. Challenged by being both being a sinner, and yet a saint.
"Ray Keating does a good job....a very good job in combining faith, adventure, guns, and real a real world relationship, that ends where it begins, united to Christ, and too His family.
"Of the Grant novels, I think this is Keating's best.
"Enjoy"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Thriller from Ray Keating Titled “The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel”


Stephen Grant once used lethal skills for the Navy SEALs and the CIA. Now, years later, he’s a pastor. In THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating, how does this man of action and faith react when the fight gets personal?

Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of “BookTalk” radio, and Amazon.com reviewers have compared his thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, and Morrell. Once again, in THE RIVER, Keating wields his story-telling skills by serving up a fast-paced adventure, rich characters, faith, humor, big ideas, and murder.

Some refer to Las Vegas as Sin City. But the sins being committed in THE RIVER are not what one might typically expect. How far can Grant go – or will he go – to save the woman he loves? Will he seek justice or revenge, and can he tell the difference any longer?

Discover Pastor Stephen Grant and his world of intrigue, faith, action, love and violence.

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow said, “Ray Keating has created a fascinating and unique character in Pastor Grant.” Best-selling novelist Paul L. Maier noted, “Only Ray Keating could come up with a character like Pastor Stephen Grant.”

THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is available in trade paperback from Amazon.com at



This thriller also can be purchased and downloaded for the Kindle at



Keating’s previous books include AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL and WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. In addition to being a novelist, Keating is a newspaper columnist with Long Island Business News and formerly with Newsday, economist, entrepreneur and adjunct college professor.

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

Contact: Ray Keating
Phone: 631-909-1122
E-mail: raykeating@keatingreports.com
PastorStephenGrant.com

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Catch-Up Sale: Kindle Versions of Pastor Stephen Grant Novels More Than 60% Off


Ray Keating’s next thriller – The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel – will be published soon.

Take advantage of the BIG KINDLE eBOOK SALE, with Warrior Monk, Root of All Evil?, and An Advent for Religious Liberty available for ONLY $2.99 each.

Get all three books at more than 60% off each!

Now’s the ideal time to dive into the exciting, thought-provoking world of Stephen Grant – former CIA and now a pastor. Sale will not last long.


Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, and was ranked as a Top 10 book on a WORLD magazine June 2013 list. A recent 5-star review declares: “…a great read, with a strong plot, great characters, and solid reflection on the meaning of faith and ethics in a world of violence.”



Root of All Evil? A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. One Amazon.com reviewer declared: “I could not put this book down. It keeps your attention throughout, and the characters are memorable. I highly recommend Ray Keating's Pastor Stephen Grant novels.”



An Advent for Religious Liberty: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, with one reviewer noting that Keating “delivered a thought-provoking, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat story with interesting twists and a heart-warming ending.”



Rod Zwonitzer, the host of KFUO’s “Book Talk,” calls Keating a “great novelist.”

Amazon.com readers have compared Ray Keating’s thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, and Cussler.

Please “Like” the Pastor Stephen Grant Novels Facebook page at:


Follow Ray Keating, the creator of Pastor Stephen Grant, on Twitter @RevGrantNovel