MY BOOKS



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PARCHED:
A MEMOIR

Sin, redemption, and rehab. Addiction as spiritual thirst. 
My new Hampshire childhood, tormented adolescence, 
years as a falling-down, blackout drunk in Boston, 
and at last...light...


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REDEEMED:
STUMBLING TOWARD GOD,
MARGINAL SANITY, 
AND THE PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

My walk through the wilderness to Christ...
or on how being a Beverly Hills lawyer drove me to 
the Church  of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood--and to the writing life.




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SHIRT OF FLAME:

A YEAR WITH ST.THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX

Middle-aged convert/seeker/pilgrim with checkered past,

shaky present, and unknown future spends 2009 in Koreatown, Los Angeles, 
"walking" with cloistered French Carmelite nun who died of TB in 1897, 
at the age of 24, with no pain medication, crying "I love Him!"...





SHIRT OF FLAME TRAILER:




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POOR BABY:

A CHILD OF THE SIXTIES LOOKS BACK ON ABORTION

Need I say more?...A 10,000 word essay...



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STRIPPED:
AT THE INTERSECTION OF CANCER, CULTURE, 
AND CHRIST

A memoir about my brush with mortality back in 2000, 

when I opted to go against medical advice...






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GOSPEL REFLECTIONS AND HOLY DAYS:
MY COLLECTED WRITINGS FROM MAGNIFICAT


Reflections on the woman at the well, the conversion of St. Paul, the Guardian Angels,
the Holy Trinity, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and much, much more:
all from my little corner of the world in hipster Silver Lake, L.A.!

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STUMBLE:
VIRTUE, VICE, AND THE SPACE BETWEEN

Essays on crisis, salvation, and the tragicomedy ofour daily cross.


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LOADED:
MONEY AND THE SPIRITUALITY OF ENOUGH

Some people are attached to being rich.
For a long time, I was attached to being poor.
Learn how I went from trying to get by on 27 cents a day
to a full, rich life of service to my fellow sick people!







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HOLY DESPERATION:
PRAYING AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT

"All prayer arises from incompetence. Otherwise there would be no need of it."
--St. Thérèse of Lisieux







FORTHCOMING FROM MARYMOUNT INSTITUTE PRESS:

FAMISHED: A Food Memoir, with Recipes