Mike Aquilina

Grain Elevator

Monday October 06th 2008, 10:41 pm

Great news: Father Michael Giesler’s Grain of Wheat — the third novel in his trilogy on Christian Rome in the second century — is finally available. I read it in draft and loved it, as I loved the first two installments, Junia and Marcus. (I talked about those books here.) Here’s the publisher’s summary:

Set in the second century, Grain of Wheat takes you into the heroic lives of the early Christians. Along the way, it shows the beauty and dignity of the Christian family, with the power of the vocation to celibacy — a charism lived not only by priests and bishops, but by many of the lay faithful. These brave men and women, both single and married, followed Christ and spread his Kingdom while remaining in society. Through their courageous faith an entire culture was transformed, one person at a time, one family at a time.

Here’s my jacket blurb:

I loved Grain of Wheat, and so did my teenaged daughter. It’s a highly imaginative, yet historically faithful entry into the lives of the early Christians. To read these pages is to live for a few hours in the world of Saint Justin Martyr — to live with an unforgettable Roman family and their fascinating friends and adversaries.

Now my other teenage daughter has taken up the trilogy. In fact, she’s two-thirds of the way through, and just beginning Grain of Wheat. She’s passed the addiction on to her friends — and their mom!