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The Holy Family [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Alan Michael Wilt

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1. Oktober 2012
This is a challenging December for Martin Halsey, a New York talent agent. Catholic faith was a key source of insight for Martin as a young man. But when puzzlement overtook insight, he chose atheism and gave his full commitment to his true passions -- his work and family. An acute tragedy, however, has caused Martin to reconsider his choice. In "The Holy Family," Thanksgiving proceeds to Christmas as Martin revisits his evolution from belief to unbelief against the backdrop of his early faith, his marriage, career, and family, and a controversial painting of the Holy Family by his daughter Celia. In the face of deep loss, Martin struggles with the question: Do I renew my faith and accept its promises, or stand firm with the sensual, finite love of a world without God? Engaging and timely, "The Holy Family" ventures into contentious waters but transcends the shouting and welcomes the search. "'The Holy Family' is a rich and engrossing story, elegant and moving. Though it takes place on the epic stage of religious belief and disbelief, the drama itself is simple, humane, and ultimately devastating as the title's twin meanings gradually come into focus. A unique and deeply satisfying read." -Dale McGowan, author, "Parenting Beyond Belief"


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5.0 von 5 Sternen An emotional journey worth experiencing 29. November 2012
Von Darrel W. Ray - Veröffentlicht auf
This is one of the most incredible novels I have read in a very long time. I get 2-3 books a week from authors wanting me to read and maybe review. I can only do justice to a very few, but this one captured me from page one. It is titled, The Holy Family by Alan Michael Wilt. Don't let the title deceive you. This is an emotional journey worth experiencing. I can't say I have ever been so moved by a novel in my life. I have read my share, but I am not that into fiction. The long and short of it is this, if you are a freethinker or atheist, this book will really challenge you. If you are a religionist, it will give you perspectives you probably have not considered. Whether you are a current or former Catholic, Protestant or Evangelical, you will relate to key parts of this book. If you are a parent you may be especially moved by the story. This is a book about life, sex, love, religion and death and how they all weave together in our lives. If I could give it more than 5 STARS I would.

Darrel Ray, author of Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality (2012) and The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture (2009)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A GOOD BOOK. 24. Januar 2013
Von Daniel R. Retzer - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I thought of some cute and clever titles for my review but they are not needed. To put it bluntly, life is much too short to be wasted reading poor literature. To spend part of your existence on this book is valuable. The Holy Family by Wilt, contrary to the author's name is full of crisp concepts:

1- The recurring term of cognitive dissonance-a state when beliefs and reason are not in harmony is expressed as the primary motive to question our religious views. These intolerable mental inconsistencies are gently brought to the forefront of the readers mind as we are reminded the unexamined faith is not worth having. Wilt explores the role of religion as an attempt to make sense of life and gradually concludes it is a human invention. Yet he does not throw the baby out with the bathwater, and instead points out the deep metaphorical usefulness of a religious heritage. Wilt sympathetically very much understands how hard it can be to let go of our childhood indoctrinations. He gently acknowledges the lifelong persistent tugs at one's heartstrings and deep homesick twinges which accompany rejecting the superstitions of our youth.

2-A persistent Kingdom of Heaven concept is encouraged as living fully in the here and now without the need of a possible ultimate gated community after death. Not in a "create fear and then sell hope" model, but that of a fully-in-the-moment-type living of a life more concerned with action than beliefs. Like John the Baptist, Wilt's recurring "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" premise is the well needed asskick for those of us distracted by the future while missing the present.

3-Also found is the promotion of a Memento mori existence in which death is not feared, but seen as a great motivator to make the present even more precious. Because of the ever possible prospect of death tomorrow, the author promotes an optimistic focus on today. Not following a way of life centered on superstitious ritualistic rituals to appease a deity, but instead in meaningful personally transforming relationships with our fellow humans who are right at hand.

Despite being firmly entrenched in the deist camp myself, I find in his speaking both to the head and the heart, this fellow Wilt shows atheists can actually be human!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A rich and beautiful book. 12. November 2012
Von K. C. Boyd, Author, BeingChristian - A Novel - Veröffentlicht auf
Not knowing what to expect of The Holy Family, I was drawn to the book's premise of how atheism holds up in the face of tragedy. Day to day, it's easy for the thinking individual to dismiss religion as mythology, but Wilt dares to probe the more difficult question of what happens to disbelief in times of grave emotional loss.
Thanks to Martin Halsey's all too human struggle, The Holy Family transcends the usual critiques of religion to instead concentrate on the religion of love, devotion, and family.
In this always provocative tale, the reader is invited not only to consider his or her own emotional attachment to faith, but to revel in the richness of character so beautifully depicted by Alan Michael Wilt. From the first chapter, the reader is drawn into the complex questions so many face today: to believe or not to believe.
The Holy Family is so much more than the sum of its parts. Aside from its well-crafted and beautifully told story, it is a book to sustain during those times when grief threatens to overwhelm. Wilt is a gifted storyteller and writer, one from whom I hope to hear much more in days to come.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant story of Faith, without preaching: and Family, without sentimentality. 11. November 2012
Von Peter Wyman - Veröffentlicht auf
When I got a copy of Alan Michael Wilt's novel, The Holy Family, I wondered if I would be interested in reading it. At first I was merely intrigued by the title and the incongruous picture of a young girl's blonde French braid on the cover. But from the first page I knew I had stumbled into a jewel of a book. I found myself reading and re-reading and putting stars by exquisite passages that took my breath away. Wilt begins by describing Marty Halsey's battle with his Catholic faith--a religious upbringing that seemed to him to turn on dogma and rules versus the beauty and poetry of faith. The story follows Marty's religious odyssey alongside the tender and breathtakingly sensual descriptions of his "courtship" and marriage to Justine Damont, the artist, the atheist, the loving and charming wife, and the devoted mother of their two daughters. Early on, you understand that Marty and Justine have suffered a horrible loss and are trying to "hold it together" for each other. I found myself simultaneously wanting the details of their loss and yet dreading the details I knew I would be given. I was also afraid that a too-neat resolution would end this story and make me sorry I went for the ride. Instead, what I got was a pitch-perfect ending to a deeply moving and thought-provoking story of love and of faith in "the beauty and poetry" of human emotions. Read the book, tell your friends; this novel deserves a wide audience.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read 3. November 2012
Von MG - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
The Holy Family by Alan Michael Wilt is a very good read, very well written. From the first chapter you want to know just what kind of tragedy this family experienced and it holds your interest until finding out in the final chapters. Throughout the novel is the story of the main character's long struggle with religion and how his beliefs changed. A thought provoking novel.
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