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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,564,734 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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The concluding chapters happened a little bit quickly as well.
R. Keller
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.
A. Bennett
The Lion’s Heart, is a story of love, passion, lies, truth, deception, revelation and grace.
A.K. Frailey

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9 of 9 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 Barbara Szyszkewicz on June 24, 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Bennett on June 25, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Blunt on June 11, 2014
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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 By A.K. Frailey on June 10, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Lynch on June 10, 2014
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Thought provoking. Rich with imagery. Disturbing—and challenging. The Lion’s Heart is all these, and more. The surface veneer of life goes on, placid and unruffled, for Max and Michelle, for her boss, Paul, and for Max and Michelle’s children. The undercurrents are anything but.

Treachery, betrayal, adultery, lies…followed by rationalization to excuse choices based on selfish desires, at least on the parts of Max and Paul.

Reading this book is like watching a train wreck in slow motion, excruciating yet compelling. Ms. Hunt succeeded in making me think. Good novels do exactly that. I do wish she’d developed Max’s initial response to Paul a bit more; I never quite understood why he made that particular choice. And Paul’s journey at the end of the book could have used a bit more, as well. But ambiguity is valid, both in life and in this story.

This haunting tale will remain with me for a long time. While not an easy subject, Ms. Hunt executed the writing well. Recommended for those willing to explore the human condition from several distinct perspectives.
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