Two Novels by Marcus Grodi
How Firm a Foundation and Pillar & Bulwark tell the story of a Protestant minister striving to serve Jesus under the weight of an escalating crisis: How can he be certain that what he is preaching is eternally true and not just his opinion?
How Firm a Foundation
Stephen LaPointe believed in Jesus. For him, the Bible was the only sufficient, firm foundation for his life. He wanted to obey God in all things, and had given up a career to become an ordained minister. He loved to preach the Word and knew that one day he would stand before God, accountable for everything he preached. But there was one problem: How could he be certain that what he was preaching was true? Sara LaPointe never wanted this role, but she loved Stephen. So, through his encouragement and tutelage, she had become both an enthusiastic Evangelical and an effective pastor’s wife – at least in the eyes of the congregation. But would the gnawing guilt of a past mistake – a mistake she would never reveal to her husband – ever let her go? And then there was Walter. He, too, believed in Jesus. He, too, loved the Bible and vowed to do whatever God called him to do. But what if this was the unthinkable?
Pillar & Bulwark
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.
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“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, 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
“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, 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, 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!
“Those who were privileged to read Mr. Grodi’s “How Firm a Foundation” will be eager to read its sequel, “Pillar and Bulwark.” Yet the latter book stands on its own as an engrossing story. Mr. Grodi is the authority on the subject of non-Catholic clergy pilgrimages into the Church. Under his leadership his Coming Home Network has given guidance and encouragement to almost two thousand clergy inquirers, in addition to hundreds of lay inquirers. Weekly he proclaims the Catholic faith to millions of viewers on his long-running tv program, “Journey Home.” All who love the Church must be grateful for Mr. Grodi’s far-reaching evangelization.” – Fr. Ray Ryland
Marcus received his BS degree from Case Institute of Technology in Polymer Engineering and worked for six years as an engineer. During this time, he was involved in a variety of Protestant youth and music ministries. He then received his Master of Divinity Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Protestant pastoral ministry. During his more than fifteen years of youth, young adult, and pastoral ministry, his main emphasis was church and lay spiritual renewal. Marcus, his wife Marilyn, and their two older sons, JonMarc and Peter, were received into the Catholic Church on December 20, 1992. Their third son, Richard, entered through baptism.
Marcus now serves as the Founder / President of The Coming Home Network International, a non-profit, Catholic, lay apostolate aimed at helping other Christians, both clergy and laity, explore the Catholic Church. He also hosts The Journey Home, a weekly live television program, and Deep In Scripture, a weekly live radio program, both on EWTN. He is the author of Thoughts for the Journey Home, What Must I Do to Be Saved?, the novels How Firm a Foundation and Pillar and Bulwark, and the editor/author of Journeys Home and Journeys Home II. He has taught courses in catechetics, youth ministry, leadership, and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Pontifical College Josephinum. He has written regular articles for Catholic Answers Magazine, as well as other Catholic publications.