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Monica’s Stigmata Were SO Inconvenient


The religious left talks back in Guardian Devils, the latest novel from Rebecca McEldowney. “Like C. S. Lewis, only more hip,” says a retired Episcopal priest from Miami where the story is set. This bawdy but warm comedy recounts the adventures of Ferdy, a screw-up Screwtape kind of devil, who is assigned to keep Episcopal Bishop Monica Laparro from achieving sainthood.

Despite the contention going on within the Episcopal churches here and the larger Anglican communion abroad over openly gay clergy and the election of a female presiding bishop, McEldowney insists any similarities to her plot are coincidental. She wrote the book over ten years ago, but couldn’t get it published because the content contained material objectionable to the Christian community of that time. Now she says, with authors like Anne Lamott and Christopher Moore tackling theological subjects with humor and grace, she’s hoping her book will be well-received. For a media kit or review copy contact the publisher, or visit McEldowney’s website for more information.


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