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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453801030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453801031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here is a fun adventure romp, a first novel by former Newsday columnist Ray Keating. Stephen Grant is an ex-CIA agent with notches on his pistol who, with a little bit of angst, turns his back on his secret life and becomes, get this, a pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod."  - FirstThings.com

About the Author

Ray Keating is a writer, newspaper columnist, economist and adjunct college professor. His work has appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Post, Newsday, Los Angeles Daily News, The Boston Globe, National Review, The Washington Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Long Island Business News, Colorado Springs Business Journal, New York Daily News, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Providence Journal Bulletin, and Cincinnati Enquirer. Keating lives on Long Island with his family.

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Ray Keating is the author of four novels - THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, and WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL.

Latest among his nonfiction books is "CHUCK" VS. THE BUSINESS WORLD: BUSINESS TIPS ON TV.

Keating also is a weekly columnist with Long Island Business News, a former Newsday weekly columnist, an economist, an adjunct college professor, and board member of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau. His work has appeared in a wide range of additional periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Post, Los Angeles Daily News, The Boston Globe, National Review, The Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily, New York Daily News, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Providence Journal Bulletin, and Cincinnati Enquirer. Keating lives on Long Island with his family.

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Ray Keating has crafted a wonderful story.
Sam in Jeff
Grant's struggles with the right direction indicate a true acquaintance in Keating of the vocation of a pastor.
J. Bakker
Also, the ending is a bit pat and unbelievable.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 30, 2011
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When I received an email recommending Warrior Monk and explaining the gist of it, I figured for a $9.99 download to my Kindle I'd take a chance. As a Lutheran pastor and law enforecement chaplain (federal and local) I figured it would be probably be interesting but light-hearted, like the old Rev. Randolph series or like a Spencer novel.

Not so! This was an authentic page turner. I spent every free waking moment for three days turning those electronic pages. I don't know how the author got into the head of a real Lutheran pastor, but he did. Not a the milk toast minister, or the thread-bare social activist with a collar, but a man's man! Pastor Grant does the Office proud. He is a genuine theologian, pastor and Christian, and an authentic tough guy when called for. It doesn't surprise me because of my unique vantage point, but few people get it. Few understand that cops and clergymen are cut from the same cloth. They both live in the public eye, both are held to a higher standard, both wear uniforms, both fight evil, save lives, hear confessions, keep secrets, guard the line that people dare not cross, and both are mis-understood by most people. One guards the body, the other the soul. As for weapons, one uses the sword, the other the Word, or the case of Pastor Grant, both. Many pastors I know are shooting enthusiasts, own firearms, and if put into the position would use them to defend their own lives, the lives of their families and of their flock.

The book nicely weaves a number of moral issues into the story (divorce, self-defense, war, torture of enemy combatants, the mendacity of politicians to name a few) and answers them from Scripture and traditional Lutheran theology. It panders to no one while at the same time abhors Christian parochialism.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jawk1202 on November 22, 2010
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What a fun first novel from Ray Keating - I actually found myself slowing down my reading to drag out the story a little more, because I didn't want it to end. (And, yes, it is that fast-paced!)

I love a good spy novel, and this one of a former CIA agent turned pastor also played into my theological interests. The concept is intriguing - debates over the morality of killing, cooperation between Protestant denominations and the Catholic church, the recognition that God directs our paths and can use our maybe not-so-good past for good in the present - all intellectually stimulating, while wrapped up in a fun read.

I hope the author has another Stephen Grant story up his sleeve - or at least in his brain - because I was definitely left wanting more at the end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori A Bischoff on June 9, 2011
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I'm an LCMS pastor (I'm writing under my wife's Amazon account). I finished reading "Warrior Monk" about a week ago (Kindle edition). What an enjoyable and fast-paced read. Whoever thinks a Christian protagonist can't be clever, sharp witted, and just a bit dangerous, needs to read this book. Can anyone say "sequel"?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wesley T. Kan on September 11, 2011
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Ray Keating did a commendable job in writing Warrior Monk. He accurately represented confessional Lutheran theology with only two doctrinal mistakes that are not worth criticizing. I generally agree with the review written by Rev. Dean C. Kavouras and shall not repeat what he wrote. Keating is a keen observer who not only nailed Lutheran theology but also fairly represented the plight of Anglicanism today.

Only two notable weaknesses worth mentioning. Keating has a habit of describing in detail how every character was dressed and what was being offered at every meal. This is too reminiscent of Georgette Heyer's historical romance novels for me. His writing style is a bit flat-footed, but who can hold that against Keating on his first attempt in this genre. Doubtlessly, these rough edges will be polished off in subsequent novels.

To those who criticize Warrior Monk for its spelling and mechanical errors, please show some compassion. Warrior Monk is a self-published book that went to press without the benefit of a professional editor.

Keating's protagonist, a CIA field operative who became a Lutheran parish pastor, is not far from reality. Rev. Kavouras and I, like Keating's fictitious Rev. Grant, are ordained ministers of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Among our brothers in ministry are men who in their former lives were military intelligence officers (one was KGB), military base security chiefs, Secret Service agents and organize crime prosecutors. I was one of them. There are professional church workers who were formerly in the technical end of the intelligence community.

Warrior Monk is well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Griesse on July 8, 2011
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I loved this novel. It was exciting and kept your attention. The way Ray Keating drew together two seemingly opposite occupations into pastor Stephan's character and the ethical problems that caused was fascinating reading. As a Lutheran Pastor myself, I found that this novel is not that far off when it comes to some of the dilemmas I or any other pastor might face.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam in Jeff on March 25, 2011
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Ray Keating has crafted a wonderful story. I love the writing style and the little details about life as a Lutheran pastor (LCMS) that have made it into the story. Many who read this work, unless they know the history of the LCMS, will miss the reference made to Arthur Carl Piepkorn, a seminary professor and gifted theologian who valued ecumenism. Keating shows his knowledge of the synod by making Piepkorn be the last name of the synod president.

If you want a book that includes serious theological discussion and also "gun play" as another reviewer put it, this book is for you.
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