Andrew M Greeley Books in Order

The Andrew M Greeley books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Andrew M Greeley books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Passover Books

Thy Brother's Wife

Greeley, Andrew M. 1982

The direction of Paul and Sean Cronin's lives was shaped the day their father, a self-made multimillionaire, decided that one of his boys would grow up to be a cardinal while the other would become president of the United States.For his elder son, Paul, the father had even chosen a wife―the beautiful Nora, who had come to the Cronin home as an orphan child years before.

Obediently, and with a genuine vocation, the younger son, Sean, went into the priesthood. With a more cynical view, Paul went to Notre Dame to prepare for a life in politics until the Korean War intervened. Then came the news―Paul Cronin was missing in action.

"If he dies," Sean's father told him, "you must leave the seminary and marry Nora." The words sang in Sean's head. Could he renounce his sacred calling―and marry the girl he had always loved?Long out of print, Thy Brother's Wife is a classic tale by one of America's most loved storytellers.

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Ascent Into Hell

Greeley, Andrew M 1983

Lord of the Dance

Greeley, Andrew M. 1984

A classic tale by one of America's most beloved storytellers. High in the cold skies above China, Daniel Farrell flew alone, a spy pilot on secret surveillance. It was to be his last mission. . . . When the news of his loss was reported to his family, the rich and influential Farrells of Chicago, they mourned him and let the years bury what was too painful to face .

. . until a granddaughter's innocent school assignment threatened to expose the family's hidden skeletons. The Farrells had worked their way up from poverty to become the owners of a Chicago construction empire. But behind the façade of piety and public service, the family hid a shocking private scandal.

There was a reason they had never insisted on a full investigation of the disappearance of Danny Farrell. . . . With a master storyteller's skill, Andrew M. Greeley disentangles the web of deception to reveal the souls of men and women ravaged by love and hate and the struggle for success.

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Publication Order of Blackie Ryan Books

Happy Are The Meek

Greeley, Andrew M. 1985
The Reverend Monsignor John Blackwood Ryan, the detective/priest investigates a widow's claims that her dead husband's spirit is haunting her and uncovers a possible case of murder Read More

Happy Are Those Who Thirst for Justice

Greeley, Andrew M. 1987
When one of Father Blackie Ryan's relatives, a wealthy dowager, is murdered aboard a luxury yacht whose other passengers are also relatives, Father Ryan must search his own family to find a murderer Read More

Happy Are the Merciful

Andrew M. Greeley 1992
The prosecutor who sent Clare Turner to jail for murdering her adoptive parents begins to doubt the conviction and confesses to Bishop "Blackie" Ryan, who must find the real killer before he becomes the next victim. Original. Read More

Happy Are the Peace Makers

Greeley, Andrew M. 1993
Both of Nora MacDonaugh's husbands have died under mysterious circumstances, and Bishop Blackie Ryan is the only man who can resist the widow's charms long enough to solve the mystery. By the author of Wages of Sin. Original. Read More

Happy Are the Poor in Spirit

Greeley, Andrew M. 1994
Responding to a call for an exorcist, Bishop Blackie Ryan learns about rich and famous Bart Cain's three narrow escapes from attempted murders and the eerie phone calls that Cain received from a woman who is believed to be dead. Original. Read More

Happy Are Those Who Mourn

Greeley, Andrew M. 1995
Investigating a suspicious series of paranormal occurrences that others have attributed to the ghost of the late Monsignor Charles McInerny, Bishop Blackie Ryan uncovers a conspiracy involving millions in missing church funds. Original. Read More

Happy Are the Oppressed

Greeley, Andrew M. 1996
One hundred years after the wife of tycoon Peter Paul Cardin is brutally murdered, Mrs. Peter Paul Cardin V realizes that she is destined to share the same fate unless Bishop Blackie Ryan is able to solve a mystery from the past. Original. Read More

The Bishop at Sea

Greeley, Andrew M. 1997
Bishop Blackie Ryan is feeling a little out of place on an aircraft carrier on duty hundreds of miles from land, but the ship troubled by the disappearance of several crewmembers and the discovery of a dead officer, leaving the churchman-sleuth to search for answers to the mystery. Original. Read More

The Bishop and the Three Kings

Greeley, Andrew M. 1998
When the relic of the Three Kings is stolen from the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Bishop Blackie Ryan finds himself at the head of the investigation and in need of a Christmas miracle. Original. Read More

The Bishop and the Missing L Train

Greeley, Andrew M. 2000

Millions of Blackie Ryan fans will be thrilled with his return in this exciting novel of mystery and suspense. Bestselling novelist Andrew M. Greeley has captured the imagination of the mystery reading public with the improbable Bishop Blackie Ryan, who works for the aristocratic, haughty, sometimes arrogant but often slyly good humored Sean Cardinal Cronin, the Archbishop of Chicago.

The Vatican has just assigned auxiliary Bishop Gus Quill to the Archdiocese of Chicago over the violent protests of Archbishop Sean Cronin, and the not so silent protests of Bishop Blackie. Bishop Quill is under the illusion, one might say delusion, that he has been sent from Rome to replace the good Cardinal when in fact Rome was dying to get rid of him because of his incompetence.

Immediately on arriving in Chicago, he manages to disappear while riding the L Train and it is up to Blackie to find him. As the Cardinal says, "The Vatican does not like to lose bishops, even auxiliaries." And thus begins the search for the missing bishop who no one really wants to find.

Of course, none of this is too much for the intrepid little Bishop Ryan. He faces these problems squarely and, with the kind of deductive mind reminiscent of G.K Chesterton's Father Brown, manages to find solutions to some of the most baffling mysteries he has ever encountered.

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The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain

Greeley, Andrew M. 2001

The bestselling priest & novelist Andrew M. Greeley continues the tales of the intrepid Bishop Blackie Ryan with this absorbing & suspenseful mystery, set in France, of a missing beloved television priest. Not just an ordinary priest but a priest/television superstar, idolized by the people of France, loved by everyone except, of course the French hierarchy, the church, state and the Paris television community.

The Archbishop of Paris, familiar with Bishop Blackie Ryan's impressive sleuthing skills, asks Blackie's boss, the Archbishop of Chicago Sean Cardinal Cronin, for help in finding this missing priest. As usual, Cardinal Cronin resolves the matter with a brusque "See to it, Blackie.

"In Paris, Blackie meets a young and beautiful woman begging for money at the door of the church of St-Germain-des-Prés. When he hires her as a translator, she turns out to be an excellent Dr. Watson and a brilliant musician as well. She is at his side as Blackie learns that neither the Church nor the police are eager to have the saintly priest returned, and once the public discovers the disappearance of their beloved priest, the miracles start-and nothing scares the Church more than miracles.

Undaunted, Blackie and his beautiful sidekick defy uncooperative Paris police, an unbending church, and reluctant witnesses to find the bizarre solution to one of the most fascinating puzzles he has ever encountered.

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The Bishop in the West Wing

Greeley, Andrew M. 2002

Andrew M. Greeley's bestselling sleuth meets The West Wing . . .Blackie Ryan gets a call from his friend, the newly-elected Democratic president Jack Patrick McGurn―whom the media has seen fit to call "Machine Gun McGurn"―but of course the call is interrupted by Blackie's boss, the autocratic Cardinal Cronin.

Cronin, without consulting Blackie, sends him off to the White House to solve a poltergeist problem. Ghosts in the White House? Of course.Blackie encounters a great deal more than ghosts; an evil spirit out to get the President, a right wing conspiracy, and four beautiful women, any one of whom could be contributing to the mischief in the West Wing.

How Blackie solves the problem of the ghosts and the conspiracy, and perhaps even finds a beautiful wife for the lonely, recently widowed President makes The Bishop in the West Wing the best Blackie Ryan novel yet.

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The Bishop Goes to the University

Greeley, Andrew M. 2003

The irrepressible Bishop Blackwood Ryan returns as his Cardinal dispatches Blackie to The University on the South Side of Chicago to investigate a baffling locked-room mystery. Someone has assassinated a Russian Orthodox monk in his office at the Divinity School-despite the fact that the door of his office was bolted shut from the inside and no killer was found within.

Who shot Brother Semyon Ivanivich Popov? There were only four professors in the building on the night of the shooting: a feminist theologian, a distinguished scripture scholar, an expert on the Talmud, and a young tenure-seeking professor whom Blackie compares to a silverback gorilla.

It turns out that the mystery of the locked room is simple compared to the international intrigue that swiftly develops around the case. Intelligence agents from diverse nations seem to be involved, as well as both the Sicilian and Russian mobs. Blackie soon finds himself the target of threats and actual bullets as he seeks to unravel the deepening mystery surrounding the murdered monk-whose murky secrets may stretch all the way to the Vatican itself!Murder is more than academic in yet another delightful whodunit by one of America's most popular storytellers.

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The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood

Greeley, Andrew M. 2005

"Blackwood, there's trouble in the old neighborhood! Murder in the sanctuary of the Church!"The church in question is St. Lucy's, a humble edifice at the heart of a venerable Chicago neighborhood now suffering the throes of gentrification. St. Lucy's has long stood as a bulwark against evil and change, which some in the community have often seen as much the same thing.

Now three dead bodies have been left in the sanctuary, stripped, mutilated, and shot through the head, execution-style. A warning to those who would remake the neighborhood---or to St. Lucy's charismatic monsignor, who has made a few enemies of his own?Dispatched by his cardinal to investigate, Bishop "Blackie" Ryan fears that the atrocious murders are only the beginning of a campaign of terror directed at this particular church.

But to solve the mystery, and to banish the evil gathering over the community, Blackie will need an unexpected assist from his own long-dead father, as well as the help of Declan O'Donnell, a savvy young cop with a touch of the second sight, and of Camilla Datilo, a radiant assistant state's attorney of Sicilian origins.

The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood is another charming and compelling page-turner by bestselling author Andrew M. Greeley.

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The Bishop at the Lake

Greeley, Andrew M. 2007

Matters of succession lead to attempted murder in the latest of Greeley's popular mysteries.Archbishop Malachi Nolan has designs on the Diocese of Chicago despite the fact the Most Reverend Blackwood Ryan, himself recently appointed an archbishop, is currently in line for the post.

Assigned to keep watch on his rival, Blackie travels to the Nolan family estate in Grand Banks, where he soon finds himself immersed in an entirely different dynastic struggle. Spike Nolan, founder of Aviation Electronics, isn't even dead yet, but his children, grandchildren, and their respective spouses are already feuding over who will inherit control of the multimillion-dollar company.

The only family member who doesn't have a stake in the quarrel is the clerical Malachi . . . so why is he the one targeted by an unknown killer? To get to the bottom of the mystery, Blackie will have to sort through the tangled family dynamics of this highly dysfunctional clan, as well as figure how out his fellow archbishop was nearly stung to death by hornets inside a locked room!

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The Archbishop in Andalusia

Greeley, Andrew M. 2008

Taking leave of his usual Chicago haunts, Archbishop John Blackwood Ryan travels to the south of Spain in this latest mystery by bestselling author Andrew M. Greeley. Ostensibly “Blackie” is in the historic city of Seville to attend a conference on American philosophy, but a far more critical assignment also requires his attention.

The local cardinal has summoned the wily archbishop to Spain in hopes that Blackie can avert a murder before it happens.The threat of violence hangs ominously over the regal palace of a family of wealthy Spanish aristocrats. Dona Teresa, a pious widow whose exotic beauty unsettles even Blackie, finds herself beset by avaricious relatives determined to control her life and fortune.

A tangled web of obligations, traditions, and frustrated sexual desires binds the family together even as they bitterly contend against one another. With three generations of passionate nobility sharing the same roof, it seems only a matter of time before pride, greed, and lust leads to bloodshed.

But while the archbishop attempts to forestall a modern-day Spanish tragedy, dramatic events back in Chicago conspire to change his life forever. . . .The Archbishop in Andalusia opens an exciting new chapter in the illustrious career of one of Andrew Greeley’s most beloved characters.

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Publication Order of Time Between The Stars Books

Virgin and Martyr

Greeley, Andrew M. 1985
Four men probe the life and death of Cathy Collins, a young Catholic nun tortured and killed by the soldiers of a Latin American dictator Read More

Angels of September

Greeley, Andrew M 1986
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Patience of a Saint

Greeley, Andrew M. 1987
A brush with death convinces Red Kane, a Chicago newspaper columnist, to investigate the connection between Harv Gunther, a powerful politician, and the recent murder of a teenage girl Read More

Rite of Spring

Andrew M. Greeley 1987

From Andrew M. Greeley, author of eight consecutive national bestsellers with more than 11 million copies in print, comes a riveting novel of romance and suspense in which a Chicago lawyer follows a deadly trail to find the mysterious woman he loves. "Greeley's vivid imagination has spun a fine, gripping tale.

"--United Press International. HC: Warner.

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Love Song

Greeley, Andrew M 1988
Beautiful Assistant D.A. Marie Lyons and attorney Conor Clarke fall passionately in love, but Clarke's crimetainted past threatens Lyon's career and their relationships unless he can prove he had been framed and win her back Read More

St. Valentine's Night

Greeley, Andrew M. 1989
Top television investigative reporter Neal Connor finds romance and danger when he returns to his hometown of Chicago on assignment and reunites with his childhood sweetheart, the recent widow of his best friend Read More

Wages of Sin

Greeley, Andrew M. 1992
Years after a tragic fire had claimed the lives of Maura's family, she returns to her first love, Flynn--whom she earlier abandoned--on the occasion of her son's wedding to Flynn's daughter. Reprint. Read More

Publication Order of World of Maggie Ward Books

The Cardinal Virtues

Greeley, Andrew M. 1990

Father Laurence O'Toole McAuliffe, the pastor of Saint Finian's parish in Forest Springs, is weary and worn out, his priesthood and faith in tatters. Once literally a bomb-throwing radical and then a Vatican Council liberal, Lar McAuliffe has grown old and cynical.

To make matters worse, he's smart enough to know what is happening to him.God, the cardinal, or some combination of the two plays a dirty trick on Lar by sending him Father James Stephen Michael Finbar Keenan, the "new priest." Lar expects a classic confrontation between young and old, between sardonic maturity and enthusiastic inexperience.

But the new priest does not fit the stereotype and the two become friends.Together they face the conflicts and joys, the hopes and pains of the contemporary Catholic parish―the old-fashioned school principal; the broken family; the reactionary finance committee; frustrated young lovers; and the chancery office and a timid Cardinal, who interferes with the priests' work on every possible occasion.

Alternately sad and uproariously funny, The Cardinal Virtues is about the meaning of religion, the meaning of faith, and the meaning of life.

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An Occasion of Sin

Greeley, Andrew M. 1991
Playing the role of "devil's advocate" for the Church, Father Laurence McAuliffe investigates allegations that John Cardinal McGlynn--a candidate for canonization--led a less-than-saintly life. Reprint. Read More

The Search for Maggie Ward

Greeley, Andrew M 1991

Maggie's ethereal, haunting beauty captivates combat-weary Navy flier Jerry as no one else has ever done. They begin a warm and loving romance, but just when Jerry realizes how much he needs Maggie, she mysteriously disappears. In search of his destiny and his soul, Jerry sets out to move heaven and earth to find the woman he loves.

"A classic love story. . . ".--Kirkus.

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Publication Order of Nuala Anne McGrail Books

Irish Gold

Greeley, Andrew M. 1994

Bestselling novelist Andrew M. Greeley outdoes his previous triumphs with Irish Gold, a contemporary, fresh and exciting novel of suspense and love. Nuala Anne McGrail, a student at Dublin's Trinity College, is beautiful the way a Celtic goddess is beautiful - not that Dermot Michael Coyne of Chicago has ever seen one of those in his twenty-five years - unless you count his grandmother Nell, who left Ireland during the Troubles with her husband Liam O'Riada, and who would never tell why they left.

Somebody else remembers, though - or why is Dermot set upon by thugs?

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Irish Lace

Greeley, Andrew M. 1996

The beautiful and fey--as they say in the Old Country--Nuala Anne McGrail uses her psychic abilities to help solve mysteries. But even she will admit with a smile that she couldn't do it without Dermot Michael Coyne, her devoted admirer and self-proclaimed "spear carrier.

"Now both living in Chicago, their unique courtship is once again interrupted by one of Nuala's "spells." On a quiet street on the South Shore, she is overwhelmed by the screaming of thousands of dying men--Confederate soldiers held as prisoners of war.

Soon the pair are caught up in a Civil War controversy, and an all-too-present-day mystery involving a sophisticated gang of art thieves, corrupt politicians, and international terrorists. But Dermot is cheerfully resigned, for as he well knows, life with Nuala will never be simple.

After all, she's like Irish lace--"thin and delicate and pretty, and just a little bit complicated."

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Irish Whiskey

Greeley, Andrew M. 1998

Nuala Anne McGrail is almost more than any poor mortal man can handle without losing his sanity: her beauty causes shortness of breath in men of all ages, she's strong, she's smart, she's witty, she sings like an angel, and--to top it all off--she's psychic, or fey as they say in the Old Country.

But our man Dermot Michael Coyne, "accidental millionaire," part-time writer, and full-time worshiper of Nuala, seems to be bearing up pretty well in as much as Herself has consented to marry him.Before that blissful day arrives, another one of Nuala's "spells" sends the pair on a hunt to find out what really happened to Al Capone's famous rival, Jimmy "Sweet Rolls" Sullivan.

And as they've found in previous adventures, historic mysteries can often be too current for safety, and the dead should be left buried--wherever they are.

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Irish Mist

Greeley, Andrew M. 1999

Dermot Michael Coyne isn't sure what he's gotten himself into. Nuala Anne McGrail, that beautiful and vivacious "Celtic witch" has finally agreed to marry him. But they've barely tied the knot when Nuala's psychic "spells" begin again. Visions of a burning castle, the captain of the infamous "Black and Tan" police force, a wild woman from Chicago, and bloodshed--all somehow connected--lead the two to the remnants of a mystery long buried in the mist of Ireland's turbulent and violent past.

How did Kevin O'Higgins, the murdered leader of the movement to free Ireland, die? And who among the living will do whatever it takes to keep Nuala and Dermot from finding out?

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Irish Eyes

Greeley, Andrew M. 2000

Nuala Anne McGrail, that beautiful Irish spitfire, now lives in Chicago with her husband, Dermot, and their new baby, Nellliecoyne. As Nuala fans may suspect, Nelliecoyne is no ordinary baby: she is fey like her mother, and can see into the past as well as the future.

Both Nuala and her daughter have had strange vibrations from a place on the lake where a shipload of Irish-Americans lost their lives a hundred years ago. In the course of their investigation, Nuala and Dermot make some dangerous enemies, and eventually have to solve a murder and find a buried treasure.

Will Nuala survive the attacks of a sleazy DJ, and a dangerous run-in with the Balkan Mafia? And how does the diary of a young Irish woman at the turn of the century play into these events? Once again, Andrew M. Greeley--that master of the human heart--creates an engaging, charming story that will delight fans young and old.

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Irish Love

Greeley, Andrew M. 2001

Continuing the enchanting chronicles of the fabulous Nuala Anne McGrail and her spear-carrying husband Dermot, bestselling author Andrew M. Greeley takes them once again to Ireland for another thrill-packed adventure.Back on the Emerald Isle, Nuala and Dermot soon get the feeling that someone is out to get them.

They find themselves dodging multiple explosions, and someone starts shooting at Nuala while she is water-skiing in the cold Atlantic. Meanwhile, the handsome parish priest, Father Jack, has given Dermot the diary of a young Chicago newspaperman. Written in the year 1882, the diary tells in horrendous detail an intriguing story of a mass murder and a trumped-up trial in which one of Ireland's greatest heroes was accused of the murders without a shred of evidence.

These two stories, ancient and modern, soon get mixed up, and they make for an utterly fascinating tale of murder, betrayal, and redemption with Nuala and her magical powers at the center of it all. Andrew Greeley not only tells us a riveting tale of adventure and derring-do, he gives us a picture of modern-day prosperous Ireland and the engaging and, of course, sometimes villainous people who live there.

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Irish Stew!

Greeley, Andrew M. 2002

A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel by the bestselling author of Irish LoveNuala Anne McGrail, the enthralling heroine of Irish Love, returns, along with her devoted husband Dermot, to lend her second sight and irrepressible personality to another savory concoction made up of equal parts of love, humor, and intrigue.

You'd think Nuala and Dermot would have enough to worry about, what with their brand-new baby daughter being born three months premature, but Nuala's fey gifts aren't about to go on maternity leave just because little Socra Marie needs more care and loving attention than the average newborn.

Soon enough Nuala, and therefore Dermot, find themselves steered toward no less than two unresolved mysteries:Someone is trying to kill Seamus Costelloe, a bigshot lawyer from the South Side of Chicago. Nuala already sees the mark of death upon Seamus.

Can she and Dermot somehow find a way to avert her fatal premonition?Equally compelling is the puzzle of Chicago's infamous Haymarket Riot, which may be even harder to solve―given that took place over a century ago!

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Irish Cream

Greeley, Andrew M. 2005

Countless readers have been delighted by Father Andrew M. Greeley's bestselling tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, a fey, Irish-speaking woman from Galway blessed with the gift of second sight and a knack for unraveling mysteries, and her hapless husband and accomplice, Dermot Michael Coyne.

From Irish Gold through Irish Stew! this spirited couple has untangled many a knotty mystery, both at home in Chicago and back in Erin. Now they return in another captivating blend of romance, humor, and intrigueDamian "Day" O'Sullivan is a troubled young man who blames himself for a tragic vehicular homicide he may not have committed.

Trouble is, Day's entire family seems to be conspiring to pin the crime on the poor lad, which only leads Nuala and Dermot to wonder who really ran over (three times!) Rodney Keefe in the parking lot of a ritzy Chicago country club.The O'Sullivans are a ruthlessly ambitious clan of South Side Irish, who consider themselves the cream of the Irish-American community.

The sensitive Day has always been something of a black sheep in the family---and perhaps a scapegoat as well.But the twisted saga of the O'Sullivans isn't the only mystery to be unraveled. Having stumbled onto the diary of Father Richard Lonigan, a nineteenth-century parish priest assigned to a remote village in old Donegal, Dermot and Nuala find themselves caught up in the closely guarded secrets and scandals of that desolate time and place, where simmering resentment against the ruling English sometimes erupted into violence and murder.

...Irish Cream is another rich and satisfying concoction by one of America's most popular storytellers.

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Irish Crystal

Greeley, Andrew M. 2006

"There's evil people around, Dermot love. . . . I knew about them even before me dream. Really evil people. Won't we have to fight them!"This latest tale of Nuala Anne McGrail, the engagingly fey heroine of such irresistible books as Irish Cream and Irish Lace, begins with a foreboding dream of some terrible impending evil.

Dermot Michael Coyne, Nuala's adoring husband and spear-carrier, knows better than to ignore his wife's second sight, but from whence does this nameless peril originate? From the Homeland Security goons determined to deport the Irish-born Nuala on the basis of nothing more than vague suspicions and accusations? From the spiteful neighbors campaigning against their family's beloved Irish wolfhounds? Or from the tangled dealings of the Currans, a prosperous clan of Irish-American aristocrats, with whom Nuala and Dermot have recently become acquainted?The true danger becomes shockingly apparent when a catastrophic car-bombing rocks the Chicago riverfront.

Uncovering the twisted minds behind the bombing is not easy; Dermot and Nuala soon find themselves enmeshed in a complicated tapestry of lies and secrets. Nuala's preternatural instincts also lead her to a forgotten manuscript revealing the treachery and deceit behind a tragic chapter in Irish history: the saga of bold Robert Emmet and the failed uprisings of 1798 and 1803.

Between the past and the present, our heroine and her devoted spouse have more than enough mysteries to contend with, but the two of them are bound to make the truth just as clear as . . . Irish Crystal.

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Irish Linen

Greeley, Andrew M. 2007

The perils of wartime add special urgency to latest mysteries being investigated by Nuala Anne McGrail and her adoring husband, Dermot Coyne.   More than a little fey, Nuala has a well-deserved reputation for getting to the bottom of even the most tangled intrigues, even when they may be taking place on the other side of the world.

 Desmond Doolin, an idealistic young man from their West Side Chicago neighborhood, has gone missing in Iraq.  Having flown off to the Middle East in the name of peace, he hasn’t been heard of since.  The U.S. government denies any knowledge of his whereabouts, and his grieving family has all but written him off as dead, but Nuala is convinced that there’s more to the story .

. . and herself won’t stop asking questions until she finds out what has really become of Desmond, one way or another. Meanwhile, a parallel investigation uncovers the story of another young man abroad in dangerous times.  Poking around in the past, Dermot and Nuala happen upon the memoirs of Timothy Patrick Clarke, the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany, who risked his life for the sake of a beautiful German widow .

. . and a secret plot to kill Adolf Hitler. Working together as always, Nuala and her husband find themselves engrossed in the secrets of the past, the present, and two very different wars.   Irish Linen is another captivating installment in a series that Publishers Weekly calls “immensely entertaining.

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Irish Tiger

Greeley, Andrew M. 2008

Wife, mother, lover, celebrated singer, and problem solver Nuala Anne McGrail has a tender side that she often shows to her devoted friends and family. But when those under her protection are in danger, she becomes a veritable Irish Tiger, akin to the fierce warrior women of ancient Erin.

With Dermot, her loyal husband, in tow, there are few mysteries she can't untangle.The couple will need all their resources when they come to the aid of two loving senior citizens, whose unexpected romance has been targeted by an unknown enemy. John Patrick Donlan and Maria Angelica Connors were both grandparents when they met, and their passionate connection took them each by surprise.

But Donlan's daughters and in-laws bitterly oppose the match…and someone will stop at nothing to destroy their marriage, their thriving careers, and maybe even their lives.More than a touch fey, Nuala senses genuine evil at work here, and so do the keen senses of her ever-present Irish wolfhounds.

As the attacks grow ever more serious, it may be up to one gifted woman and a pair of retired police dogs to prevent a touching love story from ending in unspeakable tragedy.

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Irish Tweed

Greeley, Andrew M. 2009

Countless readers have been delighted by Father Andrew M. Greeley's bestselling tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, a fey, Irish-speaking woman blessed with the gift of second sight, and her husband and accomplice, Dermot Michael Coyne.In Irish Tweed, Nuala Anne and her daughter have taken up karate to fight off schoolyard bullies who are harassing the family, while their incredibly shy nanny, Julie, is courted by a new fellow.

Dermot pores over a memoir of a famine refugee whose family died of a mysterious fever, looking for clues into the illness' real cause.Father Greeley's many fans look forward to each installment, and Irish Tweed is another captivating tale in a series by one of America's best loved storytellers.

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Publication Order of O'Malley's (Family Saga) Books

Summer at the Lake

Greeley, Andrew M. 1997

For childhood friends Leo Kelly, Jane Devlin, and newly ordained "Packy" Keenan, the summers they spent at the lake together were times of pure magic. And no summer was more enchanting than the summer of 1948 - until a tragic car wreck killed two of their friends.

The rich and prominent "Old House" families of Chicago banded together to protect their own - the driver, who was drunk, was the son of a local doctor. There was a cover-up and a vicious scandal. Leo left for the Korean War, and the three friends' summers at the lake were gone forever.

. .Until thirty years later when Leo, still obsessed by the memory of Jane and the need to solve the mystery of what really happened that fateful summer, comes back to Chicago and back to the lake.Jane is more beautiful than ever, but her life has been an unhappy one, trapped in a loveless marriage and haunted by the memory of Leo.

She has returned to the lake to try to piece her life back together.Disillusioned with the priesthood, Packy realizes he's in love with Jane, too. But as a best friend and confidant to Leo and Jane, he faces a difficult choice this summer: should he help his oldest friend win back the woman of his dreams or pursue what might be his own last chance for love?

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A Midwinter's Tale

Greeley, Andrew M. 1998

Stationed in Bamberg, Germany, in the chaotic aftermath of WWII, pint-sized Charles "Chucky" Cronin O'Malley can't seem to keep himself out of harm's way. Whether it be with black marketeers, border patrols, or even his commanding officer, Chucky always seems to land in impossible scrapes, relying on a quick wit and blind luck (or is it Heavenly intervention?) to save his hide.

And until the day he meets beautiful seventeen-year-old Trudi, a girl on the run from smugglers and the U.S. Army, he manages to keep himself in one piece. Trudi needs Chucky's help. If he isn't careful though, she may also make off with his heart.

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Younger Than Springtime

Greeley, Andrew M. 1999

The bestselling author of A Midwinter's Tale returns with a heartfelt sequelFather Andrew M. Greeley returns to the saga of the O'Malley family with his signature blend of humor, classic American values and heart-rending storytelling.Charles "Chucky" Cronin has come home to Chicago in one piece after a chaotic tour in post WWII Germany.

And though his family thinks he's "become a man," Chucky knows he still has a lot of growing up to do. Anxious to attend Notre Dame and get his life back on in order, Chucky is quickly sidetracked by the beautiful, raven-haired, haunting (and haunted) Rosemarie, a girl as fresh-faced and clever as she is doomed.

Conflicts with a mob boss and a tendency to ruffle the feathers of those in charge combine to land Chucky in even more hot water. Luckily, a quick wit and an old fashioned sense of right and wrong (along with a dose of Heavenly help) save him when tensions reach the boiling point.

Can Chucky come of age in a difficult and heady time, holding on to his integrity while discovering the secret to love?

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A Christmas Wedding

Greeley, Andrew M. 2000

"Happy families are all alike," said Tolstoy, and the O'Malley's are one of the happiest, if slightly crazy, families in current fiction. A Christmas Wedding continues the saga of Chucky, the youngest son who wants to live the quiet life of an accountant and raise a nice Catholic family.

Fate, of course, has other plans for Chucky, in the person of the beautiful Rosemarie, his off-again on-again nemesis from the time he saved her life when he was a young man. Thrown out of Notre Dame on trumped up charges, Chucky ends up going to the University of Chicago.

The only problem: his lifelong enemy Rosemarie is a fellow student. They decide to be "just friends," and while they battle with each other, "just friends" turns into something neither of them expected.

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September Song

Greeley, Andrew M. 2001

Father Andrew M. Greeley, one of America's best-loved and most widely read novelists, has delighted readers with his ongoing chronicles of the crazy O'Malleys, a rambunctious but resourceful Irish-American family caught up in the sweep of modern American history.

Now, in September Song, Charles "Chucky" O'Malley and his clan face the tumultuous upheavals of the Sixties.

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Second Spring

Greeley, Andrew M. 2003

It's 1978 and the whole country, exhausted from the twin traumas of Vietnam and Watergate, seems to be suffering from a massive hangover. Chucky O'Malley knows how the country feels; approaching fifty, he finds himself in the grip of a debilitating mid-life crisis.

He hasn't lost his faith, exactly, but he does feel disillusioned and depressed. As he travels the world, Chucky searches for a way to renew his weary spirit.Fortunately, he doesn't have to face this challenge alone. With the loving support of his family, and especially his irrepressible and adoring wife, Rosemarie, he just might rediscover his lost hope and optimism in time for a Second Spring.

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Golden Years

Greeley, Andrew M. 2004

Father Andrew M. Greeley, one of America's most popular and trusted storytellers, has long charmed readers with his continuing chronicles of the crazy O'Malleys, an irrepressible and resilient Irish American family caught up in the rush of modern American history.

The previous novels in the O'Malley saga, including A Midwinter's Tale and Second Spring, have taken the longtime Chicago residents from the early postwar era through the turmoil and malaise of the 1970s. Now, in Golden Years, Chucky O'Malley and his ever-growing clan enter the Reagan years---even as a series of painful shocks tests the family's strength as never before.

The death of Chucky's elderly father brings the entire brood together to mourn, but what should be a time of unity is disrupted by the increasingly erratic behavior of Chucky's unhappy and emotionally unstable older sister, igniting a family crisis that ultimately threatens the lives of both young and old O'Malleys.

Furthermore, as if their own struggles are not enough to cope with, Chucky and his wife, Rosemarie, also find themselves called upon to help an old high school friend whose beloved wife and daughter have disappeared inexplicably. To find Brigid "Bride" O'Brien and her innocent child, Chucky and Rosemarie must untangle a shadowy mystery that stretches from the bogs of Old Erin to the darkest chapters of the cold war.

. . .There will hard days ahead but, with love and more than a bit of faith, the O'Malleys will bury their dead, dry their tears, and try to make the best of their . . . Golden Years.

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Publication Order of Angel Fire Books

Angel Fire

Greeley, Andrew M. 1988

Someone to watch over me? Sean Seamus Desmond, newly-announced Nobel Prize winner, relishes the unknowns of science, but a real-life mystery of love and passion. . . in the form of a beautiful woman who says she's his guardian angel? Impossible. Yet there in his New York hotel room is an enchanting creature named Gabriella Light, who inexplicably and dramatically has just saved his life.

Voluptuous and exquisitely dressed, sexy Gabriella, angel or not, is determined to keep him alive as a terrifying web of intrigue closes around him. Pursued by a very real and present danger, Sean Desmond will question his own sanity and his deepest beliefs, as he experiences what cannot be rationalized away as anything other than a powerful, radiant, and transcendent love.

. . one that will test him as a man too long afraid of human and divine fires within himself!A wonderful, electrifying novel, Angel Fire, will delight readers with the storytelling magic that Andrew Greeley does best. Again he has created a tale rich with suspense, breathless entertainment, compelling ideas--and fascinating charaters we love, cherish, and never forget.

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Angel Light

Greeley, Andrew M. 1995

"I do not want ten million dollars. I do not want to visit Ireland. I do not want to end a Tobin family feud. And, above all, I do not want to court my eighth cousin, once removed." Even as he says the words, "Toby" Tobin, Irish-American computer hacker, knows it's useless to resist.

His late great-uncle's will must be obeyed, and his family is determined to make him respectable by his twenty-fifth birthday.Encouraged by a photo of his cousin, Sara Anne Elizabeth Tobin, with her gorgeous black hair, blue eyes, and pale skin, Toby checks his computer for travel arrangements to Ireland.

He finds himself chatting with an unusual travel agent, Raphaella, a very modern angel, who's been surfing the net for someone to look after.Raphaella gives him a new passport and first-class plane tickets out of O'Hare, and the encouragement and good humor he'll need on his quest for a living grail--the beautiful, mysterious, troubled, young Sara Tobin.

He must marry Sara within the month (and solve an ancient mystery and elude a threatening thug) in order to claim his inheritance.Angel Light is based on the Book of Tobis in the Old Testament, one of the sweetest love stories ever told.

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Contract with an Angel

Greeley, Andrew M. 1998

Millionaire media mogul Raymond Neenan can't believe his ears--or his eyes. the seat next to him, empty for the whole flight, now barely contains a huge man who looks a lot like Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan.In fact, the "man" is the Archangel Michael ("Not Mike, not Mikey, but Michael.

you got a problem with that?), and he's looking to make a deal for Neenan's immortal soul.Neenan isn't interested in his soul or anyone else's unless there is money in it, but a little well-timed turbulence that sends the plane hurtling earthward caused him to reconsider.

If he doesn't believe in it, what could it hurt to sign?But for a man like Neenan,making amends is no easy task. Though he never knew it, he's damaged a lot of lives, including his own. He's hated or feared by his parents, his ex-wife, his children, and practically everyone he's ever met.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Magic Cup

Greeley, Andrew M. 1979

A Quest for the Holy GrailIn this novel of legendary Ireland, Andrew Greeley takes you back into a long-ago time of mists and magic, faith and love. Here you will meet Cormac MacDermot, the young king destined to lead Ireland out of paganism to Christianity; his aged father, now on the throne, and the seductive witch-queen who holds the country in thrall.

Here also is the lovely slave girl Brigid. As light-footed as an Irish pixie, she will help Cormac seek the magic cup that will confirm his right to be High King of Ireland.Over mountain and river they will journey, beset by perils. But when their enemies capture Brigid, and Cormac strives to save her, he will see that the little slave girl is a great deal more than she seems.

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Death in April

Greeley, Andrew M. 1980
Jim O'Neill regrets breaking off his relationship with Lynnie when he was a young man and decides, hearing of her husband's death, to try and recapture the past Read More

The Cardinal Sins

Greeley, Andrew 1981

The Cardinal Sins ignited a worldwide sensation when it first appeared nearly thirty years ago. Selling more than three million copies, it launched Andrew M. Greeley's career as one of America's most popular storytellers. Back in print at last, this powerful saga of ambition, temptation, and love both spiritual and carnal is as timely and provocative as ever.

Lifelong friends and occasional rivals, Kevin Brennan and Patrick Donahue enter seminary together, but their lives soon diverge dramatically. Intellectual and independent, Kevin achieves success as a scholar but often finds himself at odds with his superiors in the Church.

And his unwavering principles threaten to cut him off from those closest to him―including the former sweetheart he has never forgotten.By contrast, the ambitious Patrick rises steadily through the Church hierarchy, only to fall prey to the temptations of lust and power.

As hidden scandals and Patrick's inner demons threaten to destroy the lives of everyone around him, it's up to his oldest friend to save him from himself―and foil a conspiracy that could change the very future of the Papacy!

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God Game

Greeley, Andrew M. 1986

Andrew M. Greeley, the phenomenally popular novelist and priest, is best known -- and loved -- for his understated Catholic morality and compassionate understanding of human foibles. In The God Game, now available in a brand-new trade paperback edition, Father Greeley takes a new and fascinating twist on an old cliche: What if -- by using a sophisticated computer game with a healthy dose of heavenly intervention -- you really could play God? What if you actually had the power to control other people's lives?This is the dilemma that faces our hero, who quickly finds that being given the kingdom, the power, and the glory is dangerous -- but addictive.

The troubles of the people he sees flashing on his computer screen are all too real -- and his troubles are just beginning. . .

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The Final Planet

Greeley, Andrew M. 1987
In hopes of establishing a permanent monastery, Seamus O'Neill and his crewmates land on the planet Zylong, but their long pilgrimage has worn their ship, the Iona, and Zylong may be their last stop Read More

All About Women

Greeley, Andrew M. 1989

You're in for an unforgettable experience when America's master storyteller turns his enormous narrative gifts to the passionate, haunting subject of the American woman, searching for--and often finding--love and faith... in Andrew M. Greeley's All About Women.

There's teenaged Rosemarie, coming to grips with the evil of the twentieth century--or is it the evil in the human heart?Peggy, whose widowhood plunges her into the cold of loneliness.Rita, whose marriage is rich and fulfilling--except at its core.Laura, torn between three lovers, one of them a seminarian.

Julie, haunted by something that happened long ago.Sionna Marie, an imp diving passionately into adulthood.And Patricia, caught in a web she may not have the power to break.

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Fall from Grace

Greeley, Andrew M. 1993
Kathleen Leary Donahue lives the perfect life in Chicago with her husband, Brian, a senatorial candidate, her three beautiful children, and her own successful career, until a phone call from her husband's male lover brings her face to face with an unpleasant reality. Reprint. Read More

White Smoke

Greeley, Andrew M. 1996

The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church have gathered in Rome for the papal election following the death of the incumbent pope. Torn by internal conflict and with many of its members alienated, the Church faces one of the most serious crises in its history.

A coalition of cardinals favors a more moderate and pluralistic style of papal governance, but must contend with shadowy Vatican forces that oppose change and loss of their own power. These forces are determined to destory the coalition's candidate, a gentle and brilliant Spanish scholar.

The leader of the coalition is Chicago's wily Sean Cardinal Cronin, aided by his patently indispensable sidekick, Bishop John Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan.A lone assassin stalks the Vatican, his crazed mission: to destroy the next pope as soon as the traditional white smoke issues from the cardinals' meeting room--the Sistine Chapel--followed by the ancient words Habemus papam.

Can politics--Chicago style--turn the Catholic Church around? What will happen when the next pope must be chosen? Only Andrew M. Greeley, priest, bestselling novelist, and respected sociologist could have written this blockbuster tale of the forces actually ripping the Church apart, and of the next papal election, when the fate of the entire Catholic Church itself may well hang in the balance.

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Star Bright!

Greeley, Andrew M. 1997

It's beginning to look a lot like an American Christmas: unpleasant relatives, miserable travel, a slobbering dog-and one "harmless American of Irish origins," Jack Flanigan, who is reluctantly falling in love with a young Russian woman studying at Harvard.

She's spending Christmas alone in a foreign country, so he invites the dark-eyed beauty home to Chicago for the holiday. Even though it isn't Christmas in the Russian Orthodox calendar, she accepts!What happens when she gets to Chicago and caught in the maelstrom of commercialized Yuletide? Enough to say, there's a tree, and a feast, and midnight Mass, and a gaggle of contentious Flanigans of all ages-who have the merriest Christmas ever-and nothing will ever be quite the same for any of them.

Especially for Jack.

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The Priestly Sins

Greeley, Andrew M. 2004

Not since his runaway bestseller, The Cardinal Sins, has Father Andrew Greeley written such a searing and topical novel about the state of the Catholic Church.The Priestly Sins tells the story of Father Herman Hoffman, a gifted and innocent young man from the distant prairies of the Great Plains.

In the summer of his first parish appointment, Hoffman is swept up in the Crisis after witnessing child abuse in the parish rectory. He tells the pastor, the father of the victim, and the local police but is rebuffed by the archbishop. Soon he is vilified for denouncing a priest who has been "cleared" by the police and learns the harsh fate of the whistleblower in the contemporary Catholic church: he is locked up in a mental-health center and then sent into exile to do graduate study.

In Chicago to study immigrant history, he encounters the local "Vicar for Extern Priests," the legendary monsignor Blackie Ryan, who helps him regain his confidence. Hoffman returns home to demand a parish of his own from the archbishop. Reluctantly, the church hierarchy assigns him to a dying parish, but by his zeal and charm he revives the local church.

His brief idyll is shattered by a subpoena to testify in a court hearing. If he speaks, he will have to take on the "downtown" establishment that is determined to destroy him and many of his fellow priests who want to be rid of this painful reminder of a sinful past.

He faces exile not only from his parish but from the priesthood itself.Written from the author's fifty years of experience as a priest, The Priestly Sins will be criticized by some but embraced by most for this all-too-candid story of all-too-human priests.

The Priestly Sins is Father Greeley's most electrifying novel in three decades.

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The Senator and the Priest

Greeley, Andrew M. 2006

One of America's most beloved storytellers, Father Andrew Greeley returns with an explosive novel about the corrosive political culture tearing apart America--and one man's family.Tommy Moran, an Irish Catholic kid from the West Side of Chicago, fights for the underprivileged on the floor of the United States Senate.

Swearing off negative attack ads, Moran is determined to restore civility and compassion to American politics. But his opponents don't share his scruples. Almost from the beginning, Tommy and his family find themselves besieged by vicious personal attacks, false rumors…and attempts at assassination!As a freshman senator, Tommy must also cope with the temptations--both political and carnal--regularly thrown his way.

The job takes its toll on him, but at least he has the support and love of his devoted wife, a daughter of Chicago's raucous O'Malley family.But the opposition that hits home the hardest comes from an unlikely source: his own brother.Father Tony Moran, a conservative Catholic priest, has never approved of Tommy's senatorial career, much to Tommy's dismay.

So when Father Tony sides with Tommy's political enemies, it may be more than one man can bear.Can anything heal the rift between…the Senator and the Priest?

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Home for Christmas

Greeley, Andrew 2009

Petey Pat Kane and Mariana Pia Pelligrino have been in love with each other their whole lives. But on a night that is supposed to be one of the best of their lives, Peter makes a choice that forces him to leave Chicago―and Mariana―behind. Guilt leads him into the Army, where he becomes Captain Kane, war hero.

But nothing can make him forget his love for Mariana.On his third deployment in Iraq, Peter is injured and finds himself both alive and dead on a wondrous spiritual journey where he is given a second chance at life from God Himself. With Christmas approaching, time is running out for Peter to complete the most important mission of his life: convincing himself that he and Mariana were meant to share a special message of love with the world.

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Publication Order of Poetry Collections

The Sense of Love

Greeley, Andrew 1992

Andrew M. Greeley, a priest ordained in the diocese of Chicago nearly four decades ago, has been a noted scholar for many years (a professor of social science at the University of Chicago and the author of scores of books in sociology) and has been a constant best-selling fiction writer since the publication of his first novel, The Cardinal Sins.

He has also extended his fiction to include science fiction and detective stories. His mystery solver, Father Blacky, is reminiscent of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown. With his first major collection of poetry, Andrew M. Greeley takes his place among the priest poets of the Anglo/Roman tradition.

Herein Father Greeley examines the sense of love (on all levels--sexual, social, and spiritual) from a variety of perspectives. He is satirical, spiritual, whimsical, surreal, tender with a capacity for love and friendship in the most profound sense of the Christian tradition, and at times even priestly.

Above all, he is an Irish wit out of the tradition of the City of Big Shoulders. Essentially a formalist in style, he most often works in the sonnet form (as did many of his priest poet forebears--e.g., John Donne, George Herbert, and Gerard Manley Hopkins), though he is sometimes given to more open forms and even the haiku on occasion.

Readers of these poems will find most particularly a celebration of the joy and absurdity of life, the gifts and quirks given to men and women, and the gifts they give to one another and to God. Above all, he celebrates the love relationship between God and his creatures on the levels of eros, philos, and agape.

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Letters to Nancy

Andrew M. Greeley 1967

The Jesus Myth

Greeley, Andrew M. 1971
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The Making of the Popes 1978

Greeley, Andrew M. 1979
Reconstructs the final days of Paul VI and offers behind-the-scenes views of the election and brief tenure of John Paul I and the surprising selection of John Paul II Read More

Religion as Poetry

Greeley, Andrew M. 1995

Religion as Poetry continues in the grand tradition of the sociology of religion pioneered by Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Talcott Parsons, among other giants in intellectual history. Too many present-day sociologists either ignore or disparage religious currents.

In this provocative book, Andrew M. Greeley argues that various religions have endured for thousands of years as poetic rituals and stories. Religion as Poetry proposes a theoretical framework for understanding religion that emphasizes insights derived from religious stories.

By virtue of his own rare abilities as a novelist as well as sociologist, Greeley is uniquely qualified for this task.Greeley first considers classical theories of the sociology of religion, and then, drawing upon them, he explicates his own interpretation.

He critically examines the viewpoint that society is becoming more secular, and that religion is declining. He observes that this theory stands in the way of persuading sociologists that religion is still worth studying. In contrast, Greeley is interested in why religions persist despite secular trends and alongside them.

He argues that it is poetic elements that touch the human soul. Greeley then sets out to test this viewpoint.Greeley maintains that his theory is not the only, or necessarily even the best approach to study religion. Rather, it is his contention that it uniquely provides sociologists with perspectives on religion that other theories too often overlook or disregard.

Religion as Poetry, an original and intriguing study by a distinguished social scientist and major novelist, will be enjoyed and evaluated by sociologists, ' theologians, and philosophers alike.

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When Life Hurts: Healing Themes from the Gospels

Greeley, Andrew M. 1995

Andrew M. Greeley, one of the most renowned authors and lecturers of our day, here turns his attention to a variety of the trials and frustrations that we all too often encounter in these hectic, pressure-filled times. These essays on nearly fifty themes address our fears, hang-ups, and worries, providing commonsense advice, consolation, and encouragement.

In his inimitable fashion, Greeley blends the wisdom of the Scriptures with his own down-to-earth and uplifting insights. Anyone involved in the frequently harried and painful business of living—indeed, everyone—will find their true solace for those moments when life hurts.

“I can heartily endorse this wo . . . Greeley deals not only with sorrow, but offers truly comforting reflections of other troubled moments, for our frustration, our physical and mental pain, for our hopelessness and despair.”—Morton Kelsey

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The Book of Love

Greeley, Andrew M. 2002

Bestselling author Andrew M. Greeley and his sister Doctor Mary G. Durkin present an inspirational volume celebrating the greatest of all virtues: love.The ability to love wisely and well is the most important trait parents can pass on to their children.

As we grow, the longing to share this love as well as receive it in turn remains throughout our lives. But where does this love come from?Love emerged in humankind not as a result of our being human, but as the supreme gift from one who loved us before we were even created: God.

As a result of this one common bond that unites all races and creeds, the first family emerged, which lead to the creation of communities, civilizations, and all of the accomplishments therein--for nothing is impossible when love is involved.Through a grand treasury of essays, poems, and stories, Andrew M.

Greeley and Doctor Mary G. Durkin portray the limitlessness of the human spirit's capacity to care for one another as a result of the greatest virtue ever bestowed upon members of all nations and faiths: love.

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Religion in Europe at the End of the Second Millenium

Greely, Andrew M. 2002

Most sociologists of religion describe a general decline in religious faith and practice in Europe over the last two centuries. The secularizing forces of the Enlightenment, science, industrialization, the influence of Freud and Marx, and urbanization are all felt to have diminished the power of the churches and demystified the human condition.

In Andrew Greeley's view, such overarching theories and frameworks do not begin to accommodate a wide variety of contrasting and contrary social phenomena. Religion at the End of the Second Millenium, engages the complexities of contemporary Europe to present a nuanced picture of religious faith rising, declining, or remaining stable.

While challenging the secularization model, Greeley's approach is not polemical. He examines belief in God and in life after death, belief in superstition and magic, convictions about the relations between church and state, attitudes toward religion and science, and the effect of religion on the everyday lives of people.

Drawing upon statistical and empirical data spanning twenty years, Greeley shows that while religion has increased in some countries (most notably the former communist countries and especially Russia) in others it has declined (Britain, the Netherlands, and France).

In some countries it is relatively unchanged (primarily the traditional Catholic countries), and in still others (some of the social democratic countries) it has both declined and increased. In terms of individuals, Greeley finds that religion becomes more important to people as they age.

He observes that surveys showing less religion among the young ignore the possibility that the age correlation is a life cycle matter and not a sign of social change.Patently, religion in Europe changed enormously between the end of the first millenium and the end of the second.

In Greeley's judgment, the change has been an improvement, not because superstition has been eliminated (it has not), but because freedom to exercise religious belief has replaced compulsion.

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The Great Mysteries: Experiencing the Catholic Faith from the Inside Out

Greeley, Andrew M. 2003

The Great Mysteries responds with passion and skill to the growing concerns of spiritual seekers and teachers of the Catholic faith. In radical, refreshing fashion, Greeley explores 12 essential questions of faith and grounds them in human experience.

With the skill of a master storyteller and the passion of a deep believer, Greeley contemplates questions at the heart of human life―is there any purpose in my life? Are there any grounds for hope? Why is there evil in the world?―and reveals how the symbols, rituals, teachings and mysteries of Catholicism both shape and respond to these profound uncertainties.

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Furthermore!: Memories of a Parish Priest

Greeley, Andrew M. 2004
The beloved author and sociologist recalls his prior life as a parish priest with his customery wit and candor, in an insightful memoir that also explores the controversial recent history of the Catholic Church. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. Read More

The Catholic Revolution: New Wine, Old Wineskins and the Second Vatican Council

Greeley, Andrew 2004

How, a mere generation after Vatican Council II initiated the biggest reform since the Reformation, can the Catholic Church be in such deep trouble? The question resonates through this new book by Andrew Greeley, the most recognized, respected, and influential commentator on American Catholic life.

A timely and much-needed review of forty years of Church history, The Catholic Revolution offers a genuinely new interpretation of the complex and radical shift in American Catholic attitudes since the second Vatican Council (1962-1965).Drawing on a wealth of data collected over the last thirty years, Greeley points to a rift between the higher and lower orders in the Church that began in the wake of Vatican Council II—when bishops, euphoric in their (temporary) freedom from the obstructions of the Roman Curia, introduced modest changes that nonetheless proved too much for still-rigid structures of Catholicism: the "new wine" burst the "old wineskins.

" As the Church leadership tried to reimpose the old order, clergy and the laity, newly persuaded that "unchangeable" Catholicism could in fact change, began to make their own reforms, sweeping away the old "rules" that no longer made sense. The revolution that Greeley describes brought about changes that continue to reverberate—in a chasm between leadership and laity, and in a whole generation of Catholics who have become Catholic on their own terms.

Coming at a time of crisis and doubt for the Catholic Church, this richly detailed, deeply thoughtful analysis brings light and clarity to the years of turmoil that have shaken the foundations, if not the faith, of American Catholics.

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Priests: A Calling in Crisis

Greeley, Andrew M. 2004

For several years now, the Roman Catholic Church and the institution of the priesthood itself have been at the center of a firestorm of controversy. While many of the criticisms lodged against the recent actions of the Church—and a small number of its priests—are justified, the majority of these criticisms are not.

Hyperbolic and misleading coverage of recent scandals has created a public image of American priests that bears little relation to reality, and Andrew Greeley's Priests skewers this image with a systematic inside look at American priests today.No stranger to controversy himself, Greeley here challenges those analysts and the media who parrot them in placing the blame for recent Church scandals on the mandate of celibacy or a clerical culture that supports homosexuality.

Drawing upon reliable national survey samples of priests, Greeley demolishes current stereotypes about the percentage of homosexual priests, the level of personal and professional happiness among priests, the role of celibacy in their lives, and many other issues.

His findings are more than surprising: they reveal, among other things, that priests report higher levels of personal and professional satisfaction than doctors, lawyers, or faculty members; that they would overwhelmingly choose to become priests again; and that younger priests are far more conservative than their older brethren.

While the picture Greeley paints should radically reorient the public perception of priests, he does not hesitate to criticize the Church's significant shortcomings. Most priests, for example, do not think the sexual abuse problems are serious, and they do not think that poor preaching or liturgy is a problem, though the laity give them very low marks on their ministerial skills.

Priests do not listen to the laity, bishops do not listen to priests, and the Vatican does not listen to any of them. With Greeley's statistical evidence and provocative recommendations for change—including a national "Priest Corps" that would offer young men a limited term of service in the Church—Priests offers a new vision for American Catholics, one based on real problems and solutions rather than on images of a depraved, immature, and frustrated priesthood.

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The Making of the Pope 2005

Greeley, Father Andrew M. 2005
Father Andrew Greeley recounts the dramatic unfolding of the centuries-old conclave of cardinals in this firstshand account of the papal election of 2005. 16-page insert. Read More

Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories

Greeley, Andrew M. 2007

"We must begin our story of Jesus by granting him permission to surprise us endlessly...." ---from the IntroductionJesus of Galilee taught through stories, which even today contain the power to startle us out of our prejudices and preconceptions. Now Father Andrew M.

Greeley, one of America's most beloved storytellers, examines the parables told by Jesus in search of a fuller understanding of the man and his message.This engaging and informal collection of homilies reveals a Jesus whose simple parables carry profound lessons about the Kingdom of Heaven.

Along the way, Father Greeley touches on such provocative topics as the significance of Jesus's Jewish roots, his deep and revolutionary relationship with women, The Da Vinci Code, and The Passion of the Christ. He also singles out the four greatest parables, which best illustrate the infinite love and mercy of the God whose kingdom began with Jesus and continues even today.

As a storyteller, Jesus often surprised his listeners with unexpected twists that challenged them to see the world in a whole new light. Father Greeley's insightful tour of the Gospels provides a fresh look at the parables that strips away centuries of false and mistaken interpretations to get at the essential truth of who Jesus really was and what he believed.

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A Stupid, Unjust and Criminal War: Iraq 2001-2007

Greeley, Andrew M. 2007
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Chicago Catholics and the Struggles Within Their Church

Greeley, Andrew M. 2010

What might one expect to learn from a probability sample study of the Archdiocese of Chicago? Can one form a national portrait of Catholics in the United States from data about Chicago? Certainly, Chicago is unique in its judgments about its clergy. As the eminent Catholic sociologist Andrew M.

Greeley argues, it is this very difference that makes rigorous comparisons between Chicago Catholics and other Catholic subpopulations possible. He suggests that history and geography provide a basis for understanding the development of the Catholic Church not just in this specific area, but also in the entire United States.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago it composed of two counties, Lake and Cook. At the same time the Catholic population has been pushed up against the boundary of DuPage County by racial change in the city, so that much of the west and south side Catholic population of the city has moved into the southern and western suburbs.

In this research area, half of the Catholics have attended college and half of those have attended graduate school. Thus, the conventional image of Chicago as a mix of ethnic immigrant neighborhoods has to be modified―although there are still many new immigrants attending special immigrant parishes.

Greeley argues that the official church in Chicago, and by inference elsewhere, has not recognized the community structures that permeate the neighborhoods, that it does not grasp the religious stories that shape its peoples' identity, and it does not understand the intense, if selective, loyalty of the archdiocese to its leadership.

As part of this argument, Greeley includes transcriptions of in-depth interviews with former Catholics. This study provides a fascinating window into the world of Catholicism in twenty-first century urban America.

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Publication Order of Anthologies

Sacred Visions

Greeley, Andrew M. 1991
Presents a collection of science fiction stories, including eight classics and four especially commissioned for this volume, that explore Catholic themes Read More

Sacred Visions

Greeley, Andrew M. 1991
Presents a collection of science fiction stories, including eight classics and four especially commissioned for this volume, that explore Catholic themes Read More

Emerald Magic

Greeley, Andrew M. 2000

Though the Emerald Isle is no stranger to tales of the fantastic (everything from the Hound Cuchlain to Darby O'Gill and his leprachaun friends), most of the fantasy works dealing with Ireland have limited themselves to either ancient history/Celtic legends and lore, sentimental tales of wee folk, or ghostly tales of hauntings in old deserted castles.

Needless to say, there is more to the history and culture of Ireland than the sort of entertainment fare popularized each year around March 17th.Fantastic Irish Tales will present the entire cavalcade of Eire from its earliest beginnings right up to the current climate that has begotten such popular phenomenons as the rock band U2 and the novels of Roddy Doyle as the backdrop for a collection of all new stories of the fantastic.

Given the huge success of such books as How the Irish Saved Civilization, and Irish themed novels by such authors as Leon Uris, Roddy Doyle, and Thomas Flanagan, there is no doubt to the widespread appeal of this book.Ideal to any fan of Irish books and perfectly timed for the Saint Patrick's Day season, Fantastic Irish Tales will be a collection to be treasured and enjoyed.

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