Promoting My Book on Catholic Ireland: The Gentle Tradionalist

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  1. Roger Buck

    Roger Buck Angels

    I pray it will not be seen as "spam" if I promote my own book here, The Gentle Traditionalist, which has just come out from Angelico Press in America.

    Please forgive me if I err ...

    For despite the fact that I am an American living in Ireland and this book is published in America, it is a book about Catholic Ireland and my love for Ireland. It is also relevant to much that is being said here at this forum regarding the current situation here in Ireland.

    Moreover, I truly hope and pray that, by the Grace of God, the book can do something about that situation - help just a little.

    As Mary Kenny, author of Goodbye to Catholic Ireland etc said in her review:

    "This is one of the most unusual books I’ve ever read. It’s a spiritual journey, a romance and a quest; a reflection on history and a discourse on faith and tradition . . . written throughout with passion and engagement, with a touching and deep-seated love for Ireland and for the sweetness and humanity that have been embedded in Irish country values.

    Some readers will want to argue with the text. Others will be stimulated to ponder the question whether in the course of modernisation globalised Ireland has lost the essence that was its soul."

    Her full review and other reviews can be found here at my site:

    My site has also has some extracts from the book.:

    Here are the key ones. Note that the book ranges a lot in both content and style. Some of it is straight narrative for example, but more of it is in dialogue format about issues in the Church and secular society as it is in Ireland today.

    Also some of it is satire, some of it is very serious etc..

    First Chapter

    Entire first chapter now here with more about the book.][/URL]

    At the Sign of the Gentle Traditionalist

    Short more whimsical extract from second chapter:][/URL]

    Famished for Christendom

    Short but KEY extract to what the whole book is about:][/URL]
    This is my favourite short post on the book. Love the pictures I found for it too!

    The Gentle Traditionalist on the Superiority Complex of the 1960s

    Speaks for itself:][/URL]

    The Gentle Traditionalist meets the Man with No Name

    Slightly silly - satire on the New Age but with a deeper undercurrent:][/URL]

    Catholic Counter-Revolution and the Counter-Revolutionary Mind

    Features a small extract contained within a longer post:][/URL]

    Secularism is the Air that We Breathe …

    Same as above. Short extract incorporated into longer post.][/URL]

    And these extracts and a few other posts about the book can be found in this archive of posts here:][/URL]

    1916 is also a theme in the book and I will be posting an extract about that in time, as well as others.

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  2. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    Good luck and much success on your work here!
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  3. Roger Buck

    Roger Buck Angels

    My belated but sincere thanks for this, Beth B. I should have said so earlier - but am run off my feet at present and stretched too thinly over too many places on the internet.

    I will also say here that I got - and most grateful for - the most extraordinary recommendation from Dom Mark Kirby of Silverstream Priory who wrote on his blog he read book twice in three days.

    From Dom Kirby's blog:

    "The Gentle Traditionalist by Roger Buck will brighten the mind and warm the heart during these dark, cold Irish December days and long nights. I received a copy from the author three days ago and have already read the book twice, savouring it and delighting in it both times. I recommend The Gentle Traditionalist to the Oblates and friends of Silverstream Priory, as well as to all the readers of Vultus Christi. It is a book to own and to share."

    Link (with just a little bit more) here:
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  4. Mac

    Mac "To Jesus, through Mary"

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  5. Pray4peace

    Pray4peace Ave Maria

    Can't wait to read it! Sounds very interesting!
    And I like the cover design. It's traditional with slightly whimsical lettering.
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  6. sunburst

    sunburst Powers

    I hope your book will spread like wildfire!:)[​IMG]
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  7. Roger Buck

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    First, Mac - thank you so much for your kindness in notifying me of this. I had found out already - but it is sweet of you to take this effort.

    And thank you sunburst and Pray4peace for your enthusiasm. I am warmed indeed :)

    I will just mention that some may think it is not unsurprising that a very traditional site like Rorate Caeli would take notice of my (gently) traditionalist book! However, I am very gratified that the book appears to have a much broader appeal than just traditionalists.

    Thus the CATHOLIC HERALD in the UK did just two articles on the book - one a review, the other an interview piece with me. For anyone who is interested, you can find both these pieces at the Herald here …

    I will also give thanks to God here for the book's success - far greater than I imagined. As I write, it is currently the No 1. Best Seller in Catholic books at Amazon UK! I think Irish sales must have something to do with that and I am particularly, particularly grateful to the Irish if that is true. The book was written with my deep love for this country

    At the American Amazon, it is not quite so stunning, but still very, very good.

    So I hope and pray the book does have a much broader appeal than simply traditionalists, gentle or otherwise;)
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  8. garabandal

    garabandal Powers

    Roger - when I began to read your conversion story on your website and I had an image of the woman at the well.

    --and then further down was the story of the woman at the well.

    Our God is so good to draw you into the comfort of His magnificent Sacred Heart.

    God Bless you and all whom you love.
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  9. Roger Buck

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    Wow, Garabandal! Very interesting - as is the kind of spiritual and visionary sensitivity you find in so many Irish, including people at this forum.

    Thank you for telling me this and for your warmth ...

    On an entirely different note, I can't resist saying that although, as I said above, I was Number One Best Seller in the Catholic books at Amazon UK for a couple of days.

    I've now been knocked down to Number Two - because of the Pope's new book!

    So I can now say "Pipped at the Post by the Pope!" : - )

    Something to remember! And I'm not complaining. The book is selling just as well, it's just that Pope Francis is doing better …
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  10. garabandal

    garabandal Powers

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  11. Roger Buck

    Roger Buck Angels

    Well, thank you Garabandal. I did not know about that link - and do very much appreciate you (and Mac) for letting me know these things!
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  12. Roger Buck

    Roger Buck Angels

    Would just like to let anyone interested here know that my book is now also available in a cheaper edition on Kindle.

    You can find both it and the paper edition at Amazon here:

    Also, I just posted in another thread about my truly amazing - and heartwarming, vitalising - time with the Legion of Mary in Dublin.

    Despite the darkness of our times, there are so many great Catholics and groups still present in this beautiful country. And although I haven't been active at this forum for awhile, I see ample evidence of the same in the people here.

    I pray we can all find a way forward together. Ireland needs all hands on board.
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