Book Cover, Launch and a Favour (or Two) to Ask …

 

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The Gentle Traditionalist: A Catholic Fairy Tale from Ireland by Roger Buck from Angelico Press

 

Well, here we have the front cover! (The back cover is further down the page.)

The book should be launched very soon, possibly at the weekend, even before the November 30th date announced. (It is also not impossible a small snag could delay it a couple of days beyond the 30th – but the weekend looks quite likely.)

In connection with all this, I’d like to venture some unusually personal things.

This is an intense time for Kim and me. There is a certain difficult intensity for both of us, connected to two dear souls I will call P and Q, both dearly beloved family members suffering intensely. Best I not say more. Yet we would be grateful for any prayers you might say for Roger and Kim’s beloved souls: P and Q. Thank you.

On the other side, the book launch brings its own positive intensity!

Truly, I feel quite overwhelmed and deeply grateful.

First, the good people at Angelico Press have been outstanding. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all they have done for me – and, I truly believe, are doing for the world with their whole range of books.

This is an inspired company with a mission that deserves support. (I’ve now placed an ad for just a few of their remarkable titles in our lefthand sidebar.)

Second, there is the matter of all the very encouraging feedback I am getting. These include the full text of some initial reviews, partially featured for the back cover below:

 

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Back cover – The Gentle Traditionalist: A Catholic Fairy-Tale from Ireland

 

Because there was not enough room for the full texts of these write-ups, they are going inside.

I have also featured them in a recent blog called Praise for the Gentle Traditionalist (here).

Posting that blog with that title was somewhat embarrassing for me. Promoting one’s self or one’s work is tricky indeed!

Clearly, I want the book to sell, as sales will definitely help in our present situation. (Because of that, there is also a favour to ask down below as to where and how you buy the book, if you do.)

But beyond addressing my own personal needs, I dare to believe that, by the Grace of God, I have managed to write something that, in a small way, can help address the situation in both Ireland and the world.

And, by that, I mean the growing ‘dictatorship of relativism’ as Benedict XVI once spoke of it. (Speaking for myself, I often call it the dictatorship of secularism).

Thus, I was deeply grateful for these words from Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales who writes:

The Gentle Traditionalist is a tremendous book: moving and humourous, opening up the most profound issues, engaging the most strident of polemics with the lightest touch. Ireland’s place in the English-speaking world, the revolutions and counter-revolutions of the Enlightenment and the modern era, and the human weakness and divine resilience of the Catholic Church, are the book’s themes.

But it remains for all that an easy read, above all a gentle appeal to those outside the Church to reconsider the hostility which, for so many, is now an unthinking, bred-in-the-bone prejudice.

Today it is hard to know what to say to the sincere enquirer, when the Church appears to send out such mixed signals and internal disputes are take up so much of her time and energy. Roger Buck is to be congratulated for making the case for the Church at this moment of confusion.

At the real risk of ‘blowing my own horn’, Shaw has caught what I was trying to achieve in this book.

Namely: to create an ‘easy read’ with a light touch, as Shaw notes, and, as he also says, which makes the case for the Church amidst the unspeakably tragic confusion of our age.

For that reason, I really want the book out there. I pray its popular, accessible approach might honestly help combat the media brainwashing.

And, honestly, I believe I would feel just the same about this book, even if I were a millionaire with no need for funds –  or indeed the book were written by somebody else.

As one of the people working for Angelico Press told me, he wishes the book could be air-dropped on every home in Ireland …

What I am building up to is that I will be very, very grateful to any of you who can help us in getting this book known. Thank you if you can ‘facebook’, tweet or pin my blogs about it.

For that reason, please note I have now created an archive of posts for The Gentle Traditionalist (here) – most of them with extracts from the book. (And there will be more extracts soon, including the opening chapter.)

If perhaps some of you felt that one or two of these extracts were particularly ‘pinnable’ ‘tweetable’ or otherwise ‘shareable’ via Social Media, I would be very grateful if you could do so for us. Personally, my favourite candidate for this is this one.

And I really thank those of you who have already done us this favour. You know who you are!

As I say, my chief concern is getting the book out there (since, alas, I can’t air-drop it on Irish cities!)

However, I also have a more personal favour to ask. And that is this. If you are buying the book, could you please buy it through this site? In other words, come here first, before you go to Amazon.

We will shortly have our own buttons to purchase it through Amazon and Amazon UK – and we get a commission for each book bought that way.

We also get a commission for virtually anything else you buy at Amazon through our links.

This can be during the same purchase as the book. Say you buy something else at the same time, we also get a commission for that whatever it is: Christmas shopping, a computer, your own private yacht, etc. (Cheeky smile with a wink.)

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That is: like this or its blue Amazon UK twin on the left sidebar. (To be pedantically obvious.)

However, it can also be for any purchase made at Amazon provided you go to Amazon through those yellow or blue boxes on the left sidebar.

Virtually anything at all purchased through those yellow and blue boxes will help us.

Thank you so much if you can consider using our Amazon links on the left.

And to our long time readers especially, I thank you for all the many forms of kindness and support over all these years.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted 14 December 2015 at 21:44 | Permalink

    Dear Roger,

    I have just bought a copy of your book, which I saw recommended on Dom Mark Kirby’s blog. I’m hoping that it will arrive for Christmas so I can then justify the purchase as a Christmas present to myself! After I’ve read it, I’ll place a review on my own blog. Going on what Dom Mark has to say, I think we may safely assume that anything I have to say will be favourable! Alas, we cannot also assume that anything I say will persuade others to purchase it, but we can but try …

    Every blessing,

    Fr Patrick

    • Posted 19 December 2015 at 06:33 | Permalink

      Fr. Patrick, thank you very, very much – also for your notice at your own blog and the recommendation to buy my book through our links.

      This helps an admittedly struggling new author and I am very grateful for your kindness.

      Alas, I am not sure you will able to feel so kind towards my book on reading it. I actually find myself wanting to warn you by private message and I will do.

      ‘Warn you’ … why on earth?

      I can’t easily fully say right now. More to come in my pm. But I will say here that the book takes what may seem to be an uncomfortably harsh line on the Reformation. I say that because it was definitely uncomfortable for me to take such a strong line!

      Indeed, I could never have written it that way a few years ago. In that sense, what I say is not knee-jerk prejudice, but actually born out of years of suffering and struggle.

      I will explain more by private message, but will say just this here. My life has involved experiences, of course, that led to that struggle.

      These experiences include living both as an Anglican and a Catholic.

      They also include living in a series of Catholic countries: Ireland, France and Spain which over the years I have compared to my life in Protestant America, England and even significant time in Switzerland.

      And they include the daily immersion in the Sacraments of the Catholic Church – Mass and Confession – which it seems to me has yielded something so very, very different from my time as a New Ager or (briefly) within the Anglican fold.

      Through those experiences a perspective has been born – again uncomfortably and with suffering – that entails recognising a differences between cultures – whether Catholic or Orthodox – which are marked by the SEVENfold fullness of the Sacramental life and those, which it seems to me, are not nearly so marked.

      And that perspective is quite at the core of want my whole book is about.

      There is more to say, but I type very slowly and it must wait for now.

      Again, thank you very, very much for your great kindness in recommending a book you have not read and that people buy it through our links.

      Really helps me. Feeling tenderly for you in my heart, I pray you will not regret it.

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