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Excerpted from Body and Blood by Schiefelbein, Michael Copyright © 2007 by Schiefelbein, Michael. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted January 2, 2010
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Father Chris is reunited with his boyhood friend, Father Jack. They quickly become involved in a closeted sexual relationship. Chris finds that Jack is hiding some very dark secrets from him, and through all that Chris tries, he is not able to help Jack or their relationship. The Archbishop is on a hunt for all homosexuals in the church and forcing them to leave, based on his strong belief that this will avoid any further scandal and embarrassment to the church, after a shock that Father Eddie committed suicide. To make matters worse, a young boy Danny is playing both Chris and Jack to his will. Michael S. is a great writter. I love everything that he has written and can't wait until his next novel. I devoured this book and could not put it down.
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Posted September 20, 2008
When I first heard that he was writing a none vampire book I was disappointed but got the book as soon as it was available. Let me tell you this, I was not disappoint. This is an excellent read and I found myself enthralled with his characters here more so than in his Vampire novels. I kept putting off - as long as I could with only 15 or so pages to go- getting to the end because I didn't want it to end. I definitely recommend this as a suspenseful, mysterious, and heart-string pulling read. Thank you! ^_^ - Priscilla W.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
When they were sixteen years old seminary students Chris Sieb struggled to hide his attraction to Jack Canston. He succeeded as no one knew how much he wanted to give up his body to Jack instead of the Lord. For the next twenty-five years Father Chris Sieb hides in the closet his gay feelings as he never acts on them. Currently Chris lives in Kansas City where he successfully runs the St. John's Diocesan Center. However, Father Jack Canston has come to see him. Both feel the incredible attraction that makes Chris wonder whether he needs to give up his priesthood as in his heart (and loins) he fails the Christ. Both are stunned by the recent suicide of Father Eddie Gerhardt, who killed himself over his guilt closeted homosexual feelings that made him believe he was not pure for the Christ. Now Chris and Jack must confront what Eddie refused to face, can a gay preferential individual be a good Christian priest especially of they adhere to the celibacy vow? --- Leaving his vampires behind, Michael Schiefelbein provides a powerful character study that digs deep into human psyche with the conflict between personal needs and desires vs. religious beliefs. As the suicide of Father Gerhardt affirms these are not necessarily compatible. Chris and jack struggle with their sexual preference, which is a double sin as their celibacy vow is under assault and being gay in their minds makes it even more of a transgression. BODY AND BLOOD is a superb look into faith when the human desires are in conflict with the heavenly requirements. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.