Storytelling at its Best! The characters are vividly created and evoke emotion. You find yourself caught up in the story of each character and they are brilliantly interwoven. This is a real page turner and a must read for lovers of crime/detective/thriller genre plus a touch of the supernatural makes this one of my favorite reads of the year. Highly recommended! ~Renae
A Catholic Priest talking about Evil is not unusual. However, a Catholic Priest looking directly into the eyes of "Evil" who the Monk calls "The Ugly" is unusual even for the Capitol Hill area of Denver and St. Benedict the Moor's Church. This is just one of the "Spiritual Tests" the Monk faces as he attempts to solve the murder of Julia Lopez with his ex-Partner Det. Sgt. Jack Laskey.
With political pressure applied by the Governor, the Archbishop of Denver and the Franciscan Provincial, The Monk becomes a "Special Consultant" and helps Laskey solve the "Murder of the Decade" and save his position which was in jeopardy due to his inability to adjust to any Partner other than the Monk. During the course of the investigation the Monk faces the "Ugly" in many forms in the present and confrontations from the past. Those confrontations led the Monk to become a Priest and a "Spiritual Warrior" as well as a "Physical Warrior." Leaving the and security of "Our Lady of the Rockies" Orphanage run by his Order, the Monk must return to the streets of Denver and find the killers with Laskey.
William Yeats Butler known as "The Monk" on Capitol Hill gave up a promising career in the NFL to become a Policeman. He had been an All-American at Notre Dame and was a local Hero and role model in Denver. Through 10 years with Laskey as his Partner, they worked Patrol, Narcotics and Homicide. They were the "Toughest Cops" on the streets of Denver. In their quest they are assisted by Irish/Japanese Officer Mai Li McDuff. Some would say she got the worst of both cultures; "Peaches" the transvestite hooker; "Popcan Charley" a resident of Cheeseman Park; "Mikey" the restaurant owner with Mob connections and "Frank" the only "Irish English Bulldog" in Colorado - all this under the watchful eyes of Father Ian Timony, Father Augustus O'Shea and Aunt Rhoda Williams.
The Miracle in You offers a "message of hope that invites change" allowing you to "go to your inner voice and listen for what is your truth." The book is a primer on how to make it happen. It's a fun read about ideas that seem elusive but are really quite accessible when given a nurturing nudge. Bruce is a good guide to making this journey come to life. -Dr. Wayne Benenson, College Professor and Elementary School Teacher
In "The Miracle in You," Bruce Baird shares a talk with God. The miracle in you is that magic sense of peace and calm that comes when your mind and emotions let go and you go inside to the real you. You feel the essential self within, your soul, that part of you that is connected to all the Universe.
This little book offers a path of action to a greater belief in yourself and to feeling a direct connection to the God within you. Learn why you are here, about thinking positive thoughts, releasing judgment, overcoming fear, and how to forgive. See the unlimited possibilities for your life, no matter where you are now.
God wants you to know you get to choose and provides guidance for best choices. Open a door to seeing a new way of relating and acting to feel more positive, loving, and loved.