Forsyth, Georgia, - History, War, Religion, and Faith
Dogs of God - Memoirs of Cleopatra - The Seven Story Mountain
The Dogs of God, by James Reston, Jr., published by Anchor Book, copyright 2006, is a well researched historical novel that brings together history of the contemporary conflict between Catholic and Muslim which still resonates on the world-stage today. Granada and the last Moorish Kingdom is made life like in the story of the Inquisition and its relentless, greed and power excesses.
Colombus, The Church, the Vatican and the role Spain played in 15th century history is brought to life again as Reston tells about Torquemada (the grand Inquisitor), King Ferdinand, Queen Isabella, Italy, converso,Spain's Jewish and the financial struggles for dominance and superiority through world discovery and conquest of the early explorers.
Reston shines a bright light on how man can distort God's will through the corridors of political power, horrific religious excesses, all in a quest for international conquest that changed the world forever.
Although this epic took place more than 500 years ago the parallels to this century are terrifyingly similar. James Reston has written more than 14 other important historical titles.
The Memoirs of Cleopatra, by Margaret George, St. Martins Press, 1997, is a epoch of Roman and Egyptian culture told by the master story-teller, Margaret George, who also authored: Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, and Henry VIII. In this 997 page saga Margaret George rejuvenates an age of chivalry and nobility lost to modern man through the passage of time and custom.
Herod, Caesar, Israel, Egypt, the Parthian Empire, Rome and its world domination are relived through the eyes of George who recreates the conflicts, wars, and struggles for territorial governance absent the communication marvels of today. Messages took weeks and months instead of minutes and hours to find their mark.
Although this is a work of fiction the story is told through the eyes of Cicero, Virgil, and Horace by an amazing storyteller who dug deeply with thousands of hours of travel across oceans to research an authentic epoch about Cleopatra which heretofore had been untold by her detractors and those who knew her side of love and war with two of the most powerful kings of the Roman Empire.
The Seven Story Mountain, a Thomas Merton, Autobiography, originally published in 1948 by Harcourt Brace, is a special story about a man who excelled at everything he tried. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen says, "The Seven Story Mountain is like a twentieth-century form of the confessions of St. Augustine." France, England, and the United States were as familiar to him as the back of his hand. Having mastered the schools beginning in High School (Lyceé) in France, summers in the south of France, Senior High School in England, and then Cambridge University; he then finished his university studies at Columbia in NY with advanced degrees. His lifelong passion of writing continued while he was cloistered in the Trappist monastery where he identified his home as: "the four walls of my new freedom."
The life of Thomas Merton seemed to retreat inwardly as rapidly as he progressed in life outwardly mastering and consuming what he did to the amazement of all those around him. This saga of a holy person is written with incredible simplicity and ease, which makes it easy to read and equally comprehensive for any and all people. --- Saturday Review of Literature, "This book is essentially the odyssey of a soul...It has warmth, gusto and Augustinian Wit."