Reverend John McCord, a Franciscan priest teaching in Tokyo, falls in love with one of his students and applies to leave his order so he can marry. At the request of the Holy See, he travels to the Vatican with his siblings, Monsignor Jerome McCord and Sister Maria McCord, a St. Joseph nun, all to be interviewed at length about his request, an event that is taken with great offense by their vengeful Cardinal.
Overnight, Monsignor Jerome McCord finds himself ejected from his comfortable life to play second in command in a New York parish beset with serious social and crime issues. Meanwhile, his sister, the nun, suffers a similar fate.
As the three seek to find meaning in the life-altering changes confronting them, they accept that each has a divine mission, if only they can find it. Their ability to adapt, survive, and ultimately thrive in a changing world, including the 1962 historic, Catholic ecumenical Vatican II council, will keep readers turning the pages as each seeks to find their path and direction in each of their new lives.
J.B. McKenna is a long-time resident of southern California. He is the fiction author of The Bench: An American Story. Over the years, he has also written peer-reviewed articles that have been published in a variety of financial journals. This is his second historical fiction novel.
What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?
Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.
Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth.