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  • CWG Book Blast! Ecsodus, by Deacon Patrick Jones

    Michael Fraley
    16 hours 25 min ago

    This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Deacon Patrick Augustin Jones’s book, Ecsodus Vision  It has been issued a Rescript by Bishop Michael J. Sheridan. What if Martin Luther had healed a rift rather than caused one? Ida and Simon discover how remarkably different the world might be in a single night’s vision, a vision that just might save a life and begin to heal a 500 year rift.

    Ecsodus Vision, by Deacon Patrick Jones


    Sin binds us through the generations. Everyday, we live with the results of the sin of Adam and Eve. The choices we make every day either grow pride or increase humility. Ida and Simon have just discovered they are pregnant and dreading what that will do for Ida’s life. The vision they experience in the night transforms them, and the world, and, if you dare, you.

    Special Considerations:

    — Free ebook! November 17-19, 2018!

    — Published as a serial in The Colorado Catholic Herald, nominated for Catholic Press Awards 2019.

    — Proceeds benefit Deacon Patrick’s ongoing ministry to others with brain injury:



    “All right. You’ve met Ida. I’m supposed to hold her accountable?”


    “Have you met Ida?” Simon burst.


    Simon’s eyes narrowed. “Wait. Who are you?”


    Not what I mean, and you know it.”

    “I do. It’s good to see you’ve a bit of fight in you.”

    “Congratulations. You got me, a coward, to want to fight you. Now, answer my question before I swing at an old woman. Please.”

    Angelica’s wrinkles became smaller as her smile broadened. “Excellent! Your fight’s waking up. Now we just have to help you aim it properly. I’m your guardian angel.”

    Simon stared at the stump of a woman in front of him then burst out laughing at the absurdity. “My guardian angel is an ancient pygmy with skin for three and a snarky attitude?”

    “I didn’t want to frighten you.”

    “With what? More wrinkles?”

    Light flashed, heat seared. Simon’s face felt a radiant blast of blistering heat. He flinched and staggered backwards, hands before his face. “St … stop!” he stammered.


    Deacon Patrick Jones is married to his Beloved Bride, who reveals Christ to him daily, and together they are blessed with four daughters. He serves in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado and is an award winning author for his novel “Defend the Tabernacle,” 2018 best novel Catholic Press Association, silver medalist. Serving in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, his primary ministry is to others with brain injury, at

    Buy Link:


    What if Martin Luther healed a rift instead of causing one? One night’s vision reveals the shocking answer in Ecsodus Vision, by Deacon Patrick Jones.



The CWG Prayer

Holy Family, guide our minds, our hearts, our hands, as we write, speak, illustrate – help our words to live in union with the Word.

Teach us discipline and skill to use the talents God gives us.

Give us also insight and courage to convey God's love through our craft, and humility to be open to His divine will, shaping our lives, in loving loyalty to His Church.

In Christ's name,


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