The Father's Tale is Epic


Editor’s Note: A new book by one of my favorite authors landed in my inbox last week. The Father’s Tale by Michael O’Brien is not the type of book I want to race through, so it’s likely I won’t be posting a review for quite some time — but I wanted to share the following press release about the book and recommend it as a wonderful Christmas gift idea for thoughtful readers on your list. LMH

The Father’s Tale ‘like a thousand sunrises’
Bestselling Author Michael O’Brien epic being called his best work ever

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2011 – Canadian bestselling author and iconographer Michael O’Brien has a body of work overflowing with critical acclaim. That fact makes his newest book, The Father’s Tale, even more compelling in light of initial reviews that clearly mark this epic as his best work ever.

“This is a magnum opus in quality as well as quantity,” said Dr. Peter Kreeft of Boston College, author of You Can Understand the Bible. “When you finish The Father’s Tale you will say of it what Tolkein said of The Lord of the Rings: ‘It has one fault; it is too short.’ A thousand pages of Michael O’Brien is like a thousand sunrises: who’s complaining?”

“Michael O’Brien’s achievement here is, I think, titanic,” said Thomas Howard, author of Dove Descending: T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. The Father’s Tale is available now from Ignatius Press.

O’Brien himself calls this work “a modern retelling of the parables of The Good Shepherd and The Prodigal Son.” He has a string of bestselling books to his credit, including Father Elijah: An Apocalypse; Strangers and Sojourners; Eclipse of the Sun; and several others.

O’Brien is also a highly regarded iconographer whose works have been commissioned by churches and museums. His images include Jesus Christ the Word of Life, St. John Vianney, St. Maximillian Kolbe and The Finding in the Temple.

In The Father’s Tale, O’Brien introduces readers to Canadian bookseller Alex Graham, a middle-aged widower whose small-town life had gone smoothly – or so he once believed – until his college-aged son disappears from a British school. Graham leaves his safe, orderly world for the first time and embarks on a perilous journey to search for his son that takes him to Russia and beyond, pulled ever deeper into world conflicts as well as the eternal conflict between good and evil.

“(This is) the best of Michael O’Brien’s novels,” said Ignatius Press Founder and Editor Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. “He creates characters like Dickens, explores human relationships like Austen, and has the epic scope of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. I believe this novel will merit inclusion in any list of the world’s greatest novels.”

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Great idea with just sharing the PR, Lisa, before you finish reading it. Wise woman you are. I am also excited to read it, but very (VERY!) intimidated by the page count. Joel and I joked about all the “other uses” for the book, e.g., wedge block for car tires when changing oil, etc. 😉

    Just joking, of course! Happy reading!

  2. Lisa, at the rate I’m reading it, a few pages a day, I will be a weak old woman who can’t lift it by the time I finish. But honestly, even two chapters in, it’s compelling. If I didn’t have so much work to do, I’d hole up and read it cover to cover non-stop. Don’t forget “bicep curls” on your list of alternative uses!

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