Wolves at the Door

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Mark A. Schmidt is a lifelong Catholic dedicated to understanding the depth and beauty of Holy Mother Church and helping others approach Her in an engaging and personal way. Mark has worked as a hospice chaplain, a college campus minister, a community organizer, a camp counselor, and a classroom counselor in a program for youth serving court ordered community treatment. He has also been an active volunteer firefighter since the year 2000 and recently became a certified instructor in the fire service.
He holds undergraduate degrees in Social Work, History, and an Honors program from Loras College ('05) in Dubuque, Iowa. He also has a Master of Social Work from St. Ambrose University('08) in Davenport, Iowa. His academic studies then guided him to Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology where he earned a Master of Arts in Catholic Thought and Life ('10) which focused on the history, scripture, philosophy, and theology of the Catholic Church.
"Wolves at the Door" is his first book. He has several others in the works. One is a hospice companion titled "Into Your Hands Lord," the other is a book for couples preparing for marriage titled "As Christ Loved the Church."

Wolves at the Door

Authored by Mark A. Schmidt MSW MA
Photographs by Mark A. Schmidt MSW MA

"What would you do?
A revolution brings prosperity for the nation; for everyone except those who refuse to join the ruling party. Party rules prohibit all expressions of religion by its members, an obligation that many simply cannot accept. Among those who refuse to bow to the "party members" are the Catholic communities determined to remain faithful to their God, making them second-class citizens in the "modern" society that has enveloped them.
One young man must navigate the challenges of living under the oppressive rule of a government bent on "progress." Charlie is stuck in the Catholic slums, unemployed, and facing an uncertain future. All that changes when a young man is murdered by police and Charlie must decide if he is going to join the partisans in hopes of ending the oppression. What will Charlie do? How will he decide how to defeat the evil that surrounds him? Will the path he chooses cause him to become the evil he seeks to defeat or will he choose another path?
Catholic saints throughout history have faced similar peril and situations. Each one responded in a unique way; some by picking up the sword, others by handing themselves over for martyrdom. Charlie must decide if he will take up the armed struggle or follow another path. Will he make the right decision or will he allow his passions to get the better of him?

Publication Date:
1484036581 / 9781484036587
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / General

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