Cleansed by Fire

Cleansed by Fire Churches are burning and a man is murdered plunging a small Texas town into a state of fear Father Frank DeLuca pastor of Prince of Peace Church is thrust into an impossible dilemma when he hears t

  • Title: Cleansed by Fire
  • Author: James R.Callan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 181
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  • Churches are burning and a man is murdered, plunging a small Texas town into a state of fear Father Frank DeLuca, pastor of Prince of Peace Church, is thrust into an impossible dilemma when he hears that another church will be burned But the disturbing information comes to him via the confessional, and church law forbids him from telling anyone even the police.He doesn tChurches are burning and a man is murdered, plunging a small Texas town into a state of fear Father Frank DeLuca, pastor of Prince of Peace Church, is thrust into an impossible dilemma when he hears that another church will be burned But the disturbing information comes to him via the confessional, and church law forbids him from telling anyone even the police.He doesn t know which church, when, or by whom Still, he can t sit idly by, and no law prevents him from looking into the matter himself The crimes have set the town s residents on edge, fraying the bonds of trust Is the mysterious newcomer with ties to the drug scene involved What about the man who says maybe the churches deserved to burn Or the school drop out into alcohol and drugs who attacks the priest with a knife Countering this are a young widow whose mission is to make others shine, and a youth choir determined to help those whose churches have been destroyed by the arsonist Father Frank s investigation leads him dangerously close to the local drug scene and he soon discovers the danger has come to him Can he save his own church Can he save his own life

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    1. Mary Hamilton

      Two churches have burned to the ground in a small East Texas town. It's arson, and Father Frank Deluca receives a clue during a parishioner's confession. He's bound to secrecy, but that doesn't stop him from investigating himself. And there are several suspects: the newcomer in the black TransAm, a teenage addict, a man in a bar who says the churches deserved to burn.Father Frank is a character I'd like to know personally. I loved his grasp of human frailty and his struggle to always be an honor [...]

    2. Megan

      I was able to read this quickly, but had it not been that I needed to read it for a challenge I probably would have set it aside and not read it as fast as I did. The mystery was okay, but it wasn't that gripping. I don't think I'll be continuing this series.

    3. Fran

      Cleansed by Fire: Author: James R. CallanSmoldering embers of ashes fill the air darkening the sky and float into the black clouds caused by the streaks of flashing red flames that radiate throughout the outer perimeter of what was a magnificent structure. Nostrils filled with the smell of sulfur, the sky and the night air lit up with orange and red flames spreading so fast, engulfing the structure and swallowing it whole leaving darkness and soot in its wake. As the arsonist enters the next vic [...]

    4. Jay Williams

      This book was a quick read with a very straightforward plot. At times it read like an advertisement for the Catholic Church, since the church was the nexus between all the characters. It was not difficult to figure out who the bad guy was, but it was interesting to follow the process that resulted in the identity of the arsonist and murderer being revealed. The style of writing provided the information, but not much excitement. The priest, Father DeLuca, was the person everyone want heir religio [...]

    5. Dorothy Deusing

      Gods supportReligious story's are so refreshing. Very good story line. Well put together. I love mysteries and this was a very good one.

    6. Fictionophile

      In my last reading ‘road trip’, I visited a rural, East Texas town. Pine Tree, Texas boasts myriad churches, many of them Baptist. There is however one Catholic Church – and it is here that we meet Father Frank DeLuca, our protagonist.Father Frank is six feet tall and a very fit 175 pounds. In his youth he played basketball and his love of the game has played a part in his organizing a youth basketball group for his younger parishioners. He is devout, and takes his vows VERY seriously.He i [...]

    7. Denise Zendel

      Churches are burning, a man is murdered and small-town priest Frank DeLuca is caught in the middle of it all – he has a good idea whodunit, but can’t tell police because he knows what he knows through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (f.k.a. confession). If he squeals, he’s out of a job and in conflict with his own core beliefs.Suspects include a mysterious, menacing newcomer, a whackjob who says the churches deserve to burn, a dropout who clocks Father Frank with a board and attempts to st [...]

    8. Todd Simpson

      This is a wonderfully written book. I love finding a new Author that can truly capture my attention like James R Callan has for me. There is a very diverse range of characters in this story, and I especially like Father Deluca. Sammie Winters knew who burned the Pine Valley Baptist Church, but he wasn’t about approach the police about it. Disclosing it to Father Deluca in confessional was a different story though. With Pine Tree only having a population of 18,000 any strangers tended to stand [...]

    9. Autumn

      fallenoverbookreviewsI received this book to give an honest review.We are introduced to Father Frank DeLuca who is a Godly man and is really involved with his Church as the pastor. During confessional Father Frank hears something disturbing about Churches burning he knows that by the Church law he can not say anything. Though that doesn't stop him from investigating who could be behind it. Father Frank makes it a mission to try and find out who is starting these fires before they continue. Thoug [...]

    10. J.R.

      A confession alerts a Catholic priest to the repetition of a crime that already has him concerned.An arsonist is targeting churches in his community and church law prevents Father Frank DeLuca from alerting police. But that doesn’t mean he can’t seek other means of action—even if it puts him on a collision course with a series of dangerous characters and subject to violence.The fires up to this point have all been at Baptist churches in his small Texas community. Still, Father Frank is ecu [...]

    11. Elaine

      Cleansed By Fire is a good clean mystery. It was easy to follow and kept moving along.Someone confessed to Father Frank knowledge of a recent fire that destroyed a local church. Unfortunately because of church law Father Frank can't tell anyone what he knows even after the boy comes back telling the priest that there will be another fire. Frank can however look into things on his own. He is involved with the local boys in playing basketball and while there are games going on, he continually sees [...]

    12. Holly Morey

      This is a fairly predictable story and I would consider it a good beach read. Churches are burning in East Texas and Father Deluca becomes involved, when one of his parishioners confesses to knowing that there will be more fires. Father Frank narrows the suspect list down to four men in town. Frank's dilemma is whether to tell the police what he knows, since he obtained the information in the confessional. I liked the characters and the story, even though I figured out the ending, way before the [...]

    13. Mary Van Everbroeck

      I just finished a book by Author and Educator, James R. Callan. Some of us have been fortunate to participate in a course taught by him through ACFW, entitled, Dialog! I am so happy that I read this book at the conclusion of his Course. Wait until you experience the great Dialog in this Book. I hope that you have the opportunity to read it. Cleansed by Fire is a Mystery with Heart and Substance! I’m looking forward to reading Book 2 of the Father Frank Mysteries. I hope that James continues wr [...]

    14. Cyndi

      If you enjoy Christian Cozy Mysteries, you'll love this book! For me, it was very predictable, but I do read a lot of books especially thriller/mysteries. I can usually guess who did it well before it is revealed. It did have a few spots towards the end that were a little suspenseful and kept me wanting to continue to listen. I thought the story was well written and the narrator did a great job!

    15. Marja McGraw

      Cleansed by Fire by James R. Callan is a story of burning churches and death told by a Priest who wants nothing more than to solve the crimes. What is Father Frank to do when a parishioner claims to know something about the fires? He must keep the confidence, but he feels he’s got to stop the crime spree, too.Told with passion, realistic characters and a storyline that will keep you guessing, you’ll want to read each new Father Frank book. I know I will.

    16. Lorna Collins

      James Callan knows how to write. He develops interesting characters and weaves compelling plots. In this Father Frank mystery, churches are burning all over town, and no one seems to know why. As a priest with his own church, Father Frank becomes concerned. Even though the local police warn him not to get involved, his concern and curiosity lead him into danger. A good, solid read--especially if you are Catholic.

    17. Neena Christianson Martin

      A priest that can't stay away from crimes.This was the first book from this author that I have read, but it won't be the last. A good clean mystery is hard to find, but this author delivers. Every time I thought I had things figured out, he would throw a curveball into the plot.

    18. Valentina

      Happily won through First Reads!I was so pleasantly surprised with this book! I especially loved the internal conflicts Father Frank faces concerning his priestly behavior. That certain aspect of the book made his character seem so realistic. I was also very fond of the side plots and HOW GOOD THE MYSTERY ASPECT WAS. Wasn't too predictable and had me surprised.

    19. Toni Pierson

      Suspenseful and fun!! Will buy the next in series love Father FrankSuspenseful and fun thriller love Father Frank will definitely buy the next book in the series have to keep up with this great sleuthing!!

    20. Valerie

      Very easy read! A little slow moving at first, but ended up being a good read.I would be interested in readind other books from this author.

    21. Cindy

      Enjoyed this for the interspersed prayer and good Christian values it maintained throughout the interesting plot and, mostly, likeable people.

    22. James Callan

      Excellent characters, interesting plot, and while this is an adult mystery, it is a good book for teens to read also.

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