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The Lion's Heart [Kindle Edition]

Dena Hunt
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Book Description

Is love ever wrong?
Paul Meyer has never let anyone get too close.
Until Max.

The Lion's Heart is a heart-rending story about love and sacrifice. The emotional struggle of Paul's same-sex attraction, the guilt he feels, and his ambivalence toward his Catholic faith all come together in this look inside the heart of a tortured man.

"Dena Hunt is a consummate story-teller who does not shirk or shy away from the difficult questions about life and love that her story raises. The Lion's Heart contains not only the loves of lovers, spouses, parents, and children but also the demons and dragons that selfishness unleashes. The Lion's Heart is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it for the hard-hearted. It pulsates with a passion that will bring true hearts to their knees." --Joseph Pearce, author of The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, co-editor of the St. Austin Review

"It may be fiction but The Lion’s Heart reflects a truth that is as real as the sunrise. The moral conflicts and dilemmas are treated with dignity and there are no easy answers, though, thank God, there are answers. The style, beauty, and flow of Dena’s writing speaks for itself. I could not give this book a higher rating, for it is at the top of the charts. I thank Ms. Hunt for having the courage and the beauty of heart to see, feel, and love as she did – for this book is, above all, a work of love. May it be accepted as such." A.K. Frailey, author, The Deliverance Trilogy

"Whatever side of the controversy you call home, this book is a game-changer. With The Lion's Heart, Dena Hunt gives us a compassionate story courageously told, depicting the truth in all its dimensions. Readers will never be the same, and with The Lion's Heart, the landscape of faith-based fiction is changed forever." Erin McCole Cupp, author, Don’t You Forget About Me

"The Lion's Heart moved me to the core. Dena Hunt managed a rare feat: a delicately crafted novel that is at once a work of beauty and existential weight, and yet forces you to keep reading with all the urgency of a thriller." --Bernardo Aparicio Garcia, Publisher, Dappled Things

"Dena Hunt conveys some of the very real struggles of those persons who have same-sex attractions (SSA), especially the shame, confusion, and misery that can accompany such feelings. She shows how that suffering can affect family and friends. The path to understanding homosexuality requires abundant patience, prudence, and good will because the topic is not primarily a controversial cultural issue, but rather a complex personal reality. It is one for which there is not one simple or general explanation - or response. This novel gives us a glimpse into the lives and hearts of those touched by SSA who are striving to understand themselves, and so to love genuinely after the example of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church." --Rev. Paul Check, Executive Director, Courage International

Product Details

  • File Size: 1454 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987915371
  • Publisher: FQ Publishing; 2 edition (June 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KWJ5X3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid morality and theology without platitudes March 31, 2013
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If I had not been familiar with Dena's writing, I would have passed on this novel due to the subject matter. I read the book because I know Dena as a daily Mass communicant and fellow parishioner. I know I can trust her to have something meaningful to say and to say it in a beautiful way. "The Lion's Heart" does not disappoint.

The topic of same sex attraction might be troublesome at first but Dena goes for the heart of the human condition. She writes about the universal conditions of desire, betrayal, contrition, and forgiveness. As a devout Catholic she includes characters we will all recognize, showing us their shortcomings as well as their redeeming qualities. At the core of it all is a human heart made in God's image to be redeemed only by our loving God.

Well done, Dena!

Deacon Paul Worth
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is talking to YOU.... June 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
While the story revolves around same-sex attraction, the conflicts that arise in the minds and hearts of the main characters could easily apply to almost anyone whose life is thrown into turmoil by trying to define themselves by the standards of the world. In reality, the book reveals how individuals are NOT what they feel defines them, whether it is same-sex attraction, alcoholism, intellect or material success. We are all children of God. The story is a powerful reminder how each action we take has repercussions and that we can make ourselves victims or survivors or heroes depending on our choices.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The plot of Dena Hunt’s new novel centers on the same-sex attraction between two characters, but at its core, the book explores the question, “what is love?”

Distinguishing love from lust and infatuation proves to be a challenge for more than one character in The Lion’s Heart, As I read the novel, I often found myself wondering who was the real victim in the situation. In the end, the answer was surprising.

Although two main characters in the novel share a same-sex relationship, the book is unequivocally Catholic. The reader is not beaten over the head with Catholic moral teaching, but instead is gently led by characters and events to understand that actions have consequences and that sacrifice and forgiveness can bring healing.

The truths revealed through the story of Max and Paul’s relationship is less about same-sex attraction and more about all human relationships. This is not a novel for a niche market, but a compelling story, well-told, that will lead any reader to soul-searching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-Turner of a Morality Tale June 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Given the subject matter, this is not a novel I would have ordinarily picked up. That said, I'm very glad I took a friend's recommendation and did read it. The Lion's Heart is a rocketing page-turner that had me hooked from beginning to end. The characters’ very genuine experiences with same-sex attraction, and its consequences, led me to a deeper understanding and empathy for all those who must bear this burden --- and especially for families who are impacted by infidelity. The story's perspective is solidly Catholic, but presented without preaching. It draws us in, and shows us the results of the different choices the different characters make. Above all, this story powerfully brings to life the reality that love often means saying “no” to one’s own desires, and instead choosing what is truly good for the other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You don’t have to turn far to see a discussion of same sex attraction. It’s everywhere, and it’s heated wherever you turn. People who seem to be otherwise calm and orderly suddenly sprout extra appendages and the ability to use words you’ve never heard.

So I was interested to see a small publisher release a book early this summer tackling this topic. In 200 pages, The Lion’s Heart, by Dena Hunt, combined masterful storytelling with uncomfortable topic matter.

The story: Paul’s a gay guy, and it turns out that so is Max, though he doesn’t know it until he meets Paul. Wrench: Max is happily married. Another wrench: Paul is friends with the family.

Don’t roll your eyes yet, because I’ve not only oversimplified, I’ve also left out the excellent writing. This could be a terrible story (all the elements are there), but it’s truly one that was crafted. The reader isn’t just carried along, but has to do some thinking and concluding.

The premise of the book is the love affair between two men, but it’s about more than just what I think we’ve all come to expect. Instead of focusing exclusively on what’s wrong with these two men, Hunt explores the impact their adultery—because that’s what it is—has on their families and the people around them. She takes a theory that many of us have heard—that what we do matters to more than just ourselves—and weaves it into a reality that’s hard to deny.

This book grapples a topic that’s not only hot but that gets people hot. You’re probably not going to let your teen read it, but you should. This is an honest, candid, painful look at the humanity behind the terms that are tossed around. These characters are people, not numbers. They have depth and believability.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There are many books I am hesitant to pick up simply because I don’t want to deal with another person’s hidden agenda. I had no idea what to expect from Dena Hunt’s The Lion’s Heart though I was aware of the fact that it dealt with sensitive subjects. I was uncertain as to where Ms. Hunt stood on the issue of sexual attraction so I was curious about how she would present her version of the truth.
What I discovered what truth itself! The Lion’s Heart, is a story of love, passion, lies, truth, deception, revelation and grace. Allen Maxwell, also known as Max, is a junior lawyer in a well-established, lucrative law firm, married to Michelle, assistant to Paul Gonzalo, director of the Hunter Art Gallery in Atlanta. Two men, one married, the other living an actively homosexual life, meet and discover that their lives will never be the same.
What I really enjoyed about Dena’s work was her incredibly sensitive, intuitively honest, look at the human soul. I never sensed, at any time, that she had an agenda to pedal or a point to make. Rather, she took me on a journey through the lives of these two men. And what a journey! I met their families, was introduced to their professional worlds, and experienced their lives as they experienced it. As a Catholic I have definite opinions about homosexuality, but I did not feel that my opinions were challenged so much as informed. Instead of meeting a topic, a conversation piece, an attitude, a moral dilemma, I found myself up close and personal with a face of humanity.
Max, a married man, finds himself drawn into a relationship he never before considered and discovers that he is completely unprepared for what is about to happen to his life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I know everyone else has given it 5 stars--Sorry, didn't like it at all. I loved Dena Hunt's first novel so I Struggled through it to see if it would get any better. It didn't. Read more
Published 13 days ago by kathleen schweikart
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different and good book on a gay relationship
This books deals with relationships and what is right and what is wrong. It will definitely make you stop and think especially if you are or ever have been in a relationship such... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Life none other
I've never read a book quite like this one. The author took a subject not often addressed in Christian novels and did it with taste and sensitivity.
Published 1 month ago by Mildred J Lambert
4.0 out of 5 stars Catholicism's Answer to Brokeback Mountain
Just as the movie Brokeback Mountain paved the road for widespread acceptance of homosexual love affairs, the novel The Lion's Heart is poised to do the same for the Catholic view... Read more
Published 3 months ago by KATHARINE SANTOS
4.0 out of 5 stars An Accessible But Profound Reflection on the Nature of Love
Wow. Part of me did not want to read this book because I feared the subject matter would be uncomfortable, but I'm glad I did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MTA
5.0 out of 5 stars A Game Changer--A Heart Changer
Whatever side of controversy you call home, this book is a game-changer. Dena Hunt gives us a compassionate story courageously told, depicting the truth in all its dimensions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Erin McCole Cupp
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking. Rich with imagery. Disturbing - and challenging.
Thought provoking. Rich with imagery. Disturbing—and challenging. The Lion’s Heart is all these, and more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leslie Lynch
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
Thought provoking. Rich with imagery. Disturbing—and challenging. The Lion’s Heart is all these, and more. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leslie Lynch
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