Is Your Pastor or Priest a Man of Action? Check Out Pastor Stephen Grant in Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel by Ray Keating

Grillin’ with the Monks?

The gray-robed monks in the St. Ambrose Retreat House on Long Island’s Gold Coast have become well known for their barbecuing prowess. They have written a book on barbecuing, host their own weekly BBQ television show, and offer their own line of barbecuing tools and utensils. For fundraisers, parties and other special events, having an event at St. Ambrose, hosted by Grillin’ with the Monks, has become a very fashionable thing to do.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book of the Year Nominee: Murderer's Row

BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015 NOMINEE!!

Big news! My latest book – MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL – has been nominated, along with nine other very noteworthy reads, for KFUO's BookTalk “Book of the Year” for 2015.

This is the second year in a row that I’ve had a book nominated, as THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL was a finalist in 2014.

I’m very appreciative, especially given the Christian mission of KFUO.

In addition, you can get in on the voting, if you like. The following information is from KFUO:

BookTalk’s Book of the Year
Its that time again!
Vote for your favorite book to be named BookTalk’s 2015 Book of the Year! Email your vote to Contest@kfuo.org. Contest ends January 30th.

Thanks and God bless!

Monday, December 7, 2015

St. Ambrose in Warrior Monk

St. Ambrose is recognized on December 7 in parts of Christianity. The St. Ambrose Retreat House is a central location in Ray Keating's WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. Here's a brief excerpt from the book when Pope Augustine comes face to face, if you will, with the statue of Ambrose...

      Grant was now following the Pope, his aides and security entourage up the staircase in the castle’s main lobby.
      Augustine stopped at the statue of St. Ambrose, and gazed at it. As this continued for several seconds, a silence descended in the large chamber. The Pope said, “He was interesting, St. Ambrose. During a tumultuous time of disagreement in the latter part of the fourth century, he tried to keep peace among Christians in Milan. And he was not even baptized when clergy and the people called for him to become the bishop. He did not want the job, but finally acquiesced, was baptized, and eight days later became the bishop. He would be one of the great Latin Doctors of the Church. And as we talk about the Church’s role in the public arena now, it is worth recalling that Ambrose previously was a lawyer and politician who came to be a powerful voice in the Church for celibacy and voluntary poverty. If that happened today, few, I think, would doubt the transformative power of faith in our Lord.” The Pope smiled, and most everyone else joined in with his infectious laugh.

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Pastor Stephen Grant Novel Published - Murderer's Row

Explosive New Thriller from Ray Keating Titled “Murderer’s Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel”

Baseball, Terrorism, Murder and More Confront a Former CIA Operative and Current Pastor

Long Island, NY – How do rescuing a Christian family from the clutches of Islamic terrorists, minor league baseball in New York, a string of grisly murders, sordid politics, and a pastor, who once was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, tie together? Find out in MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating.

Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of “BookTalk” radio. A Washington Times reviewer, who happens to be a pastor who once worked for the CIA, noted, “Mr. Keating also allows you to discover how each of his characters tick in a style and tone reminiscent of some of the best-loved books of all time.”

MURDERER’S ROW is the fifth Pastor Stephen Grant novel, and Keating serves up fascinating characters, gripping adventure, and a tangled murder mystery, along with faith, politics, humor, and, yes, baseball.

Ray Keating said, “In this Pastor Stephen Grant thriller, I enjoyed bringing baseball into the exciting world of Pastor Stephen Grant, and his family, friends, and former CIA colleagues. I hope readers have as much fun reading MURDERER’S ROW as I had writing it.”

Discover Pastor Stephen Grant and his world of intrigue, faith, action, love and murder.

Amazon.com reviewers compare his thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, Griffin and Morrell.

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow said, “Ray Keating has created a fascinating and unique character in Pastor Grant.” Best-selling novelist Paul L. Maier noted, “Only Ray Keating could come up with a character like Pastor Stephen Grant.”

MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is available in trade paperback from Amazon.com at



This thriller also can be purchased and downloaded for the Kindle at



Keating’s previous books include THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL and WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. In addition to being a novelist, Keating is an economist, entrepreneur and adjunct college professor, as well as a former, 20-plus-year newspaper columnist with Newsday and Long Island Business News.

Review copies, interviews for the media, and author appearances are available upon request.

Contact: Ray Keating
Phone: 631-909-1122
E-mail: raykeating@keatingreports.com
PastorStephenGrant.com