Reviews of THE HOLY FAMILY

 

The Holy Family is featured in the current issue of American Atheist: A Journal of Atheist News and Thought:

"In writing the story, Wilt wanted to show that change is an opportunity to move beyond something that is no longer meaningful while being able to build upon it. He wanted to show how one can move beyond loss and find meaning. He wanted his readers to explore the question, How can I go on? when faced with sadness. And he wanted to honestly depict those who choose not to believe in a supernatural being and how that colors their responses to human dilemmas."

Read the entire article by Cathy Puett Miller here.

"The Holy Family . . . is noteworthy first and foremost because it really is an 'atheist novel,' and there just aren't a lot of those around. Having said that, the fact that it's an atheist novel doesn't say anything about whether it's worth reading. But rest assured, it is well worth reading. It's not a novel about atheism. It's about family, community, love, and loss. It's about grief and recovery. It's about real life from the perspective of a thoughtful and sensitive man who struggles with both religion and atheism." Read more from William Hamby's review.

"This book is a respectful and thought-provoking peek into atheist thinking, without sacrificing an appreciation for the Bible. It’s gripping and deeply personal, one of those tales that will touch each reader in a different way. Definitely recommended." Read more from The Dubious Disciple.

"When I got a copy of Alan Michael Wilt's novel, The Holy Family, I wondered if I would be interested in reading it. At first I was merely intrigued by the title and the incongruous picture of a young girl's blonde French braid on the cover. But from the first page I knew I had stumbled into a jewel of a book. I found myself reading and re-reading and putting stars by exquisite passages that took my breath away. Wilt begins by describing Marty Halsey's battle with his Catholic faith--a religious upbringing that seemed to him to turn on dogma and rules versus the beauty and poetry of faith. The story follows Marty's religious odyssey alongside the tender and breathtakingly sensual descriptions of his 'courtship' and marriage to Justine Damont, the artist, the atheist, the loving and charming wife, and the devoted mother of their two daughters. Early on, you understand that Marty and Justine have suffered a horrible loss and are trying to 'hold it together' for each other. I found myself simultaneously wanting the details of their loss and yet dreading the details I knew I would be given. I was also afraid that a too-neat resolution would end this story and make me sorry I went for the ride. Instead, what I got was a pitch-perfect ending to a deeply moving and thought-provoking story of love and of faith in 'the beauty and poetry' of human emotions. Read the book, tell your friends; this novel deserves a wide audience." --Larry Baker, author, The Flamingo Rising


"This is one of the most incredible novels I have read in a very long time. I get 2-3 books a week from authors wanting me to read and maybe review. I can only do justice to a very few, but this one captured me from page one. It is titled, The Holy Family by Alan Michael Wilt. Don't let the title deceive you. This is an emotional journey worth experiencing. I can't say I have ever been so moved by a novel in my life. I have read my share, but I am not that into fiction. The long and short of it is this, if you are a freethinker or atheist, this book will really challenge you. If you are a religionist, it will give you perspectives you probably have not considered. Whether you are a current or former Catholic, Protestant or Evangelical, you will relate to key parts of this book. If you are a parent you may be especially moved by the story. This is a book about life, sex, love, religion and death and how they all weave together in our lives. If I could give it more than 5 STARS I would." --Darrel Ray, author of Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality and The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

Chet Raymo's blog post about The Holy Family