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 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

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 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 here.