Thursday, September 1, 2011

Visions ~ A Book Review

   I've heard a lot about the fictional character Father Ignatius who is the main character of the book, Visions.  The author of this tale is my blogging friend Victor S.E. Moubarak.   I was so intrigued by Victor's blog writing of his character that I had to buy the book myself and read it.  I'm so happy I did!  It was a fun and thought-provoking book.  The theme involves a miracle witnessed by three children in a small town.  What is this miracle?  Three children see the unbelievable, Jesus in their local park.  The Apparition of Jesus gave them a message to deliver to their parish priest, Fr. Ignatius.  The message was to pray for peace.
   The story is set in modern day and outlines the reactions the children received from their priest, their youth minister, their parents, their friends and then the community at large.  As the story unfolds, the children do not waver in their account of what happened.  In fact, they are calm and filled with peace.  Not the rest of them.  Major flooding of emotions and reactions wreak havoc in their families, within the church and community.  It's Fr. Ignatius' job to figure this out and bring peace and healing to his church even though he himself, doesn't know what to believe.  Without giving the ending away, let's just say, he rises to the occasion and does as he was called to do!

   This book addresses questions of faith and obedience.  Of stepping out of one's comfort zone to do the Will of God no matter the cost.  Believing in something bigger than oneself.  It made me think, what would I do if I witnessed an Apparition of Jesus?

   I very much enjoyed reading Victor's book.  You can get your own copy on Amazon or you can go Victor's website, Time For Reflections for additional information.  Victor is also one of the authors of Community of Catholic Bloggers.  You'll enjoy his sense of humor and writing style as soon as you check out his blog!



  1. WOW! Sounds like a great read! Added it to my wish list (and asked for a kindle version, too). And, added his blog to my reader...goodness, I don't know why I haven't been following him. Good stuff :)

  2. I love Victor's blog and his sense of humor!

  3. Thank you Noreen for such a lovely review of my book. You're so kind.

    I pray and hope that the book is read by those whom God wishes and that someone somewhere may find the love of Jesus through its pages.

    I'm sorry Heather that "Visions" is not available on Kindle. But my other book "Golden Drops" is. It's a compilation of short stories about Father Ignatius - all stand-alone vignettes, none taken from the book "Visions".

    God bless you Noreen, Heather and Colleen for your kind words.

  4. It's been awhile since I have visited Victor's blog... wow, how neat that he has written a delightful book. I'll head over to congratulate him!

  5. Thank you Tiffany for your great kindness.

    God bless.

  6. Heahter ~ you will enjoy his writing style. It's filled with an honesty of emotion and humor. You can feel what the characters of his book are feeling.

    Colleen ~ thanks for coming by to visit me and we are in agreement about Victor's blog :)

    Victor ~ I still need to check out Golden Drops myself. I'm sure I'll enjoy it as well!

    Tiffany ~ you'll enjoy it if you get the chance to read it!

  7. Hi Noreen,

    Thanx again for your great kindness to me.

    Just to let you know: Golden Drops is available from Amazon on Kindle for $1.41.

    But Golden Drops and Golden Droplets can be downloaded on your PC FREE from my Blog.

    Also Feline Catastrophes and Time for Reflections can be downloaded FREE from my Blog.

    See right hand column of my Blog.

    Thank you Noreen. God bless.

  8. Noreen I am so very late seeing your linkup - sorry my friend!
    This sounds like a great book indeed.
    Like you..I wonder what I'd do too!
    God bless you and thanks so much for adding this to LACE!

  9. Heading over to look at Victors blog right now. I am almost done with my current book and need to find a new one:) Thanks for letting me know about his site:)

  10. Victor ~ I am happy to help promote your book!

    Trish ~ it is a thought provoking book that is well worth the read!

    Anna-Marie ~ you will enjoy reading Visions and the crisis of faith Fr. Ignatius finds himself in!

  11. Noreen, you're a Saint.

    Thank you.

    God bless.