Meet Misha and the love of his youth, Anastasia in their coming of age. A love story with timeless and unique elements. Rural Russian village meets larger city. Orthodox boy meets Roman Catholic girl. Extended families trying to influence the young couple’s decisions. Holy fools, not only zealous to become a minister for God, but also practicing the gift of prophecy. So, what are you going to do if you feel you have a special calling on your life?
How much are you willing to give up to build bridges, cross rivers and find a place in the post-Perestroika era in Russia. Is ballet dance acceptable for devout Christians? Does priesthood or consummation of marriage prevail? Can it be combined? And will love last despite thousands of kilometers distance between Misha and Anastasia?
Holy Fool, Holy Father brings you and the couple in unexpected places. A very relatable, readable story. Well-written, with a lot of historical and religious details interwoven in the plot, without becoming an overtly ‘Christian novel‘.
About the author
Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr. is a married Roman Catholic priest and pastor, and holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity School of Ministry, Ambridge, PA, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering technology and marine studies, respectively. Besides ministerial activity with the Episcopal and Catholic churches he has held positions in higher education administration and as a secondary and college level instructor in science and comparative religion, respectively. He and his wife Joanne have three adult children and six grandchildren, and enjoy travel and study both domestic and abroad.
I received a free review copy from the author in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.