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Pillar and Bulwark

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Pillar and Bulwark
The Sequel to How Firm a Foundation
Marcus Grodi

After nearly losing his life to an assassin, Stephen LaPointe resigned from his pastorate as a Congregational minister. He made this radical decision as the result of a crisis of truth. This decision had many immediate ramifications for his vocation, his career, and most significantly for his marriage and family. Now a year later, no one knows where he is. He has disappeared. Out of love, as well as remorse, several people—an old friend, his estranged wife, and a potential enemy—set out separately to find him. This is a story of conversion—of heart, of mind, and of love.


“Marcus Grodi weaves the web of story with consummate skill and interweaves the threads of theology with seemingly seamless ease. His new novel warms the heart, informs the head and invigorates the spirit.”
—Joseph Pearce, author
Literary Converts and Tolkien: Man and Myth, A Literary Life

“Readers of Marcus Grodi’s earlier work will recognize immediately the special touch of this writer, namely, a narrative which, grounded in the common stuff of our mortal life, with all that this means of happiness, sorrow, perplexity, doubt, struggle, and fulfillment, brings the reader on through to what T. S. Eliot called ‘The Permanent Things.’ Deo gratias for that great Pillar and Bulwark.”
—Dr. Thomas Howard, author
Evangelical Is Not Enough and Lead, Kindly Light

“A rather famous storyteller once said that fictions are ‘God’s grandchildren.’ Marcus Grodi knows this truth, and his drama follows the lines of the art that made the world. Here, in Pillar and Bulwark, is providence, with all its patterns and surprises, drawing lives together even as it seems to push them apart. God’s drama keeps us turning the calendar pages from day to day. That rare novelist who successfully imitates God will also keep us turning pages. This book is a page-turner.”
—Mike Aquilina, author
The Fathers of the Church

“Marcus Grodi, a Christian man for all Seasons and all Media, has written another thriller set in the world that he knows intimately, the world of spiritual struggle in the setting of Family and Faith that does not leave space for easy choices. You the reader may well find yourself in this compelling novel.”
—Rev. C. J. McCloskey III, fellow, Faith and Reason Institute, Washington, D.C.; author
Good News, Bad News: Evangelism,
Conversion, and the Crisis of Faith

“Marcus has written an engaging story with a vital message. The characters will come alive because they reflect in a novel manner the real experiences of real people! Rather than spoil the story for you, let me just urge you to buy and read a copy. Like me, you will enjoy it so much you will want to pass it along to a friend.”
—David B Currie, author
Rapture: The End-times Error that Leaves the Bible Behind

“Pillar and Bulwark is beautiful narrative of conversion that weaves together elements of Truth in a captivating vision. A story of love and sacrifice, it captures the experience of many who find themselves on a journey to the fullness of faith.”
—Dr. Kenneth J. Howell, senior fellow,
Newman Center, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; author
Ignatius of Antioch & Polycarp (Early Christian Fathers)


“The Psalmist asks, “When the ancient foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” In a masterwork of fiction, Marcus Grodi gives us strong Christian men and women whose long-held traditions are being shaken to the very core. Listen to their inner-most thoughts as they struggle to answer life’s most vital questions. Only a ‘Pillar and Bulwark’ will stand-up to the attacks they must endure. A riveting read!”
—Rob Evans
The “Donut Man”

“Here is a story that is full of life even though it starts in a graveyard. It captures the mindset of a huge cross-section of America that gets swept away by apocalyptic and anti-Catholic hysteria. And yet the book offers its lessons gently and warmly. You will understand why anyone who sits down with Marcus Grodi immediately feels comfortable.”
—Dale Ahlquist, president, American Chesterton Society; author
G.K. Chesterton: Apostle of Common Sense

“Marcus has done it as few others can. He has woven top-notch apologetic lessons with a riveting story. The read is so good, you sometimes don’t realize how much truth you are learning.”
—Dr. Ray Guarendi, psychologist, radio show host, author
You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!


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St. Ignatius of Antioch

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/17

Patron Of: Against Throat Diseases, Church in Eastern Mediterranean, Church in North Africa

Also known as

    17 October
    formerly 1 February

    Convert from paganism to Christianity. Succeeded Peter as bishop of Antioch, Syria. Served during persecution of Domitian. During the persecution of Trajan, he was ordered taken to Rome to be killed by wild animals. On the way, a journey which took months, he wrote a series of encouraging letters to the churches under his care. First writer to use the term the Catholic Church. Apostolic Father. Martyr. His name occurs in the "Nobis quoque peccatoribus" in the Canon of the Mass. Legend says he was the infant that Jesus took into his arms in Mark 9.

    c.50 in Syria

    thrown to wild animals c.107 at Rome; relics at Saint Peter's, Rome

    against throat diseases
    Church in eastern Mediterranean
    Church in North Africa

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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