Review by Michele Craig
“I do believe that Christ is calling all of His children home to the Church, but I also believe He does this according to His own schedule, His own timetable. Conversion is always a work of grace, in which God opens our hearts and minds to His truth; it is not merely an intellectual awakening to new information.” So says one of the main characters, Father Bourque, in Marcus Grodi’s novel Pillar & Bulwark.
Pillar & Bulwark is the second novel by Marcus Grodi, following How Firm A Foundation. I have not read his first novel (yet), but I can hardly wait, if it is anything like this novel… I could not put it down, literally… I read it in a few days! Marcus weaves Holy Scripture and Catholic Theology through the telling of an exciting story whose characters are at different points of conversion to the Faith- the True Faith, the Catholic Faith, the Catholic Church.
Throughout the story I found many of the conversations that I have also had concerning my faith and God’s Will for me, such as “Head in hands, he (Stephen, another character in the novel) thought, ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and do not rely on your own insight.’ Lord Jesus, for years I’ve tried to live by this verse; I’m here alone in this godforsaken ‘winter wonderland’ precisely because I believed I was not leaning on my own insight but following Your will, trusting You. But how can I know for certain whether I’m following Your will or just following my own and signing Your name to it? And to what extent am I just being led along by the Evil One? How can I know when not to trust myself, my conscience?”
Which leads me to the title….if you do not know what Pillar & Bulwark is referring to, you’ll just have to read the book! If you love Catholicism you will love this novel!