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The Lion's Heart Paperback – June 25, 2014
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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, won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Religious Fiction.
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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
Hunt tastefully and honestly explores the hearts and minds of same-sex attraction - without making it look appealing or revolting. She does not slant this book to be "pro" or "anti" gay. Instead, she unfolds this relationship of two men who genuinely love each other, but whose love has become distorted and dishonest. Max never does tell his wife about his affair, though she suspects it. Paul, however, confronts himself and begins to explore the "Courage" program through a local parish, which is an anonymous group that meets under the guidance of a trained priest to unravel some of the more complex issues surrounding the gay lifestyle and same-sex attraction.
"The Lion's Heart" is honest, enjoyable, and a smooth read. The only frustration I personally had with the novel was its ending. I was stunned and confused. Perhaps other readers will understand it, as it certainly was a twist! The book itself is an excellent read and is very well written.
Definitely a good read