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This powerfully prophetic work was no doubt what Blessed John Paul II envisioned when he summoned a new evangelization characterized by 'new methods, new explanations, new ardor.' In recapturing the lost tradition of the Catholic novel, Brian J. Gail has quite imaginatively found a way to pour new wine into old wineskins. --Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR

Brian J. Gail has accomplished what my generation has been waiting years for someone to do: write a modern day, page turning, landmark work of fiction with Catholic sensibilities. With Childless, he brings his epic 21st-century trilogy to conclusion in a manner befitting one of our greatest storytellers. --Greg Willits, Co-Host of "The Catholics Next Door" on Sirius Radio --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Brian J. Gail was a schoolboy baseball phenom recruited by Division One universities and scouted by Major League baseball teams; he suffered a disabling shoulder injury early in his college career and was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies team doctor whose efforts to help him regain his exceptional pitching velocity were unsuccessful. Fueled by a white hot competitive fire and magnetic rhetorical gifts he rocketed to the top of the Madison Avenue advertising world in his mid 30 s only to see his career derailed by a great moral business dilemma and a direct challenge to his Catholic faith. A gifted entrepreneur and CEO, he provided strategic marketing counsel to elite Fortune 500 corporations and directed a variety of non-profit boards focused on assisting the underprivileged in Philadelphia. Today, Brian J. Gail is a critically acclaimed author, a Knight of the Immaculate, a co-founder of three catholic classical academies, a patent holder, and a highly sought after speaker on matters of faith and family. Brian s remarkable novel Fatherless is published by Emmaus Road Publishing and already is in its 5th printing. Fatherless has become a powerful tool for catechesis. The interest and demand for this unique novel has now spread both across America and abroad. It is on the cusp of the Catholic Best Seller status. Critics are calling it the Catholic novel of our generation , an instant classic (Philadelphia Bulletin), masterful (author Roy Schoeman), phenomenal (professor Dr. Janet Smith), the spark that will light a societal powder keg (evangelist Christopher West), remarkable (Bishop Thomas Olmsted), riveting (Defend Life Monthly), quite simply, powerful (editor, Richard J. Neuhaus +2009) and myth shattering (Fr. Tom Euteneuer, President of Human Life International). Brian married his high school sweetheart, Joan Mary Kain, 40 years ago and they were blessed with seven children including two sets of identical twins and one set of Irish twins. They just welcomed their 5th grandchild into the world. Brian has touched many lives with his optimism, humor, and unwavering Faith in Our Lady and the truths of the Catholic Church. He and his lovely wife, Joan, divide their time between homes in Villanova, Pennsylvania and Jupiter Island, Florida. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: American Tragedy in Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing; 1st edition (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937155315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937155315
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Graves on November 2, 2011
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"Childless," the final book in the American Tragedy series, outpaces and outperforms its predecessors, "Fatherless" and "Motherless," both of which were excellent Christian allegories. A review of one of the previous books noted that it worked primarily as a dogmatic treatise and failed as fiction. Not so "Childless"!

Without giving any spoilers, this books follows not just the previously introduced characters -- Fr. Sweeney, the Gillespies, the Delgados, and the irrepressible Burns family -- but at last gives glimpses into the lives of those in seats of power, from the American president to influential, unelected men in the IMF, U.N., and EU, whose Godless machinations chart the course of world events. Previously readers were treated to the shifting narratives of only the primary characters, themselves often ignorant of the tides of history into which they have been swept. The new 360 degree view suits the story perfectly, zinging easily from Paris to the American heartland, Jerusalem to Maryland.

Focusing of three areas of advancement known together as the Life Sciences Revolution -- genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics -- this book is a whirlwind of political, cultural, and philosophical insights from a wholly Catholic perspective. Fr. Sweeney, who, in "Fatherless," was set to be a milquetoast priest is now on fire with love for God, His Church, and her eternal truths that are themselves our sure guides through the days ahead. Oh, for more Fr. Sweeneys in the world!

I do not wish to spoil even one sentence or plot device for those who might read this, but I give it ten enthusiastic fingers up. As a side note, for those readers who gritted their teeth in frustration at the editing problems of the first two books, things are greatly improved.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Father Schnippel on November 3, 2011
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In Fatherless, Brian Gail turned an eye to the past few decades to examine how the Culture of Death grew and became entrenched in American culture. Motherless examined the present day situation and how it has impacted families and the Church. Now, in Childless, the American Tragedy Trilogy series finds its fitting conclusion as he turns his eyes towards the future and what could possibly happen as the forces in the modern world push further towards the New World Order and seek to further marginalize the Church into the far corners of society.

Picking up the story of Fr. John Sweeney as he continues to minister to his small flock in suburban Philadelphia, the trials and tribulations of his parish families serve once again as a backdrop for Mr. Gail to analyze the global movements pushing towards a New Age of Man, and what could possibly happen if the Church were to lose her voice in the Public Square, calling the world to conversion and repentance. The characters continue to have an emotional depth that moves the story forward as they struggle to deal with the trials and tribulation of daily life, especially as living their Catholic faith continues to be more and more an embrace of a White Martyrdom, if indeed, not an actual red Martyrdom.

Certainly, this conclusion is a wake-up call to Catholics: priests, religious and laity; to take our call to be leaven for society seriously. We are called to change society, not to adapt to the whims of the ever-changing modern world. Moral courage will be tested, will we all have the courage to stand against the forces of the Enemy and be joyous witnesses of the great gift that is Life?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Tevington on November 6, 2011
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Like the ghost of Christmas past, Fatherless began the American Tragedy in Trilogy, in the not too distant past (i.e., 1980s). We were first introduced to three Catholic families in suburban Philadelphia, who are each struggling with their "universal call to holiness." We also meet a young priest who is initially unable to respond to those families with the wisdom of the Church's spiritual treasures. The priest vainly and weakly tries to offer a "Catholicism Lite," when his people need the Truth which will set them free! This book can be a wonderful way of leading people to the Catechism and its Compendium.

In the trilogy's ghost of Christmas present, Motherless continued to capture the struggles of all the Church's people to embody Her great teachings. In addition to being masterfully written, Motherless continued the trilogy's tradition of being absolutely entertaining. Deeply challenging, it is also filled with belly laughs! On an absolutely serious side, I particularly appreciated how Motherless took on the failure of one Catholic hospital to embrace simple and timeless truths about human life. Motherless could be a wonderful way of leading people to the Church's beautiful teaching on life and medical issues, as embodied in the Vatican's
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