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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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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,320,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Dena Hunt's "The Lion's Heart" captured me from the start. Her strength is in character development. The reader truly feels as if he or she knows the people involved in this complex story that revolves around same-sex attraction and the gay lifestyle from an unspoken Catholic perspective. Max is a wealthy lawyer, married with two children, and is introduced to Paul through his wife. Max and Paul begin a platonic relationship that turns into romantic, then sexual.

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.
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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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