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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Leonine Publishers (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988772906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988772908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

"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

About the Author

Dena Hunt taught English at the University of New Orleans until her conversion to Christianity in 1984. Following her reception into the Roman Catholic Church, she returned to her native Georgia and taught in rural high schools until she retired. She did not start writing until after her retirement. Currently, she has several short stories in print and online, as well as reviews and essays. The Lion's Heart is her second novel. The first, Treason, is due to appear from Sophia Institute Press in the spring of 2013.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Worth on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Gable Hrkach VINE VOICE on April 21, 2013
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When I was first asked to review The Lion's Heart by Dena Hunt, I was tentative and doubtful that this would be the type of novel I would want to read...until I perused the reviews from several faithful Catholics. Admittedly, my curiosity was piqued. Before reading this novel, I had never thought much about the struggles of Catholics with same sex attraction.

First a quick summary: Paul Meyer is a cradle Catholic who is no longer practicing his faith. He shies away in disgust from anything Catholic. He has spent most of his life in and out of casual homosexual relationships, especially staying away from long-term serious relationships. Paul is a charming man who gets along well with both men and women. Despite his selfish lifestyle, Paul is a likeable character. Max is a junior partner in a law firm in Atlanta. He and his wife Michelle have been happily married for many years and have two children. Michelle works at a local art gallery, Hunter's. Paul is hired as the new executive director of Hunter's Art. Michelle invites the new director to dinner where he has the opportunity to meet her husband and daughter.

Paul and Max experience immediate attraction and eventually begin an illicit affair. Their feelings are intense, passionate and soon they declare their love for one another. This begs the question: "Can love ever be wrong?" Throughout the story, the characters (and reader) eventually discover an answer to this question.
Max and Paul eventually undergo major transformations. Eventually, through a series of life-changing events, Paul comes to understand the truth about love. The ending is unexpected.

Dena Hunt paints a realistic and multi-dimensional portrait of the challenges of same sex attraction, a controversial topic.
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By R. Keller on October 20, 2013
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This is one of those books that is not for the feint of heart. It wrestles with many of the interior battles that take place in the heart of man. It also takes on one of the major cultural taboos of our own day. The issues around homosexuality are present and this doesn't treat them lightly. I was unsure at first whether to give it four or five stars because the book does have a few weaknesses but I think they are more minor than major. Dena definitely teases out a huge part of the battle of dealing with homosexual feelings and she doesn't gloss over the fact that, at least for one major character, they are linked to major developmental issues that need solving.

The characters are believable and real for the most part. The one challenge is that sometimes things develop a little bit quickly. Once the two men for instance make the decision to be together, it almost happens too fast. However, interior battles rage as present as ever.

The concluding chapters happened a little bit quickly as well. They could have been explored a bit more and there is a lot of great material that could be taken to deeper places.

All in all, I think it is a great book. The ending doesn't make everything seem just perfect, but it leaves you feeling hopeful about the situation. I would hope that the author decides to write a second volume or maybe a sequel with another story.
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