[I sent this e-mail out to about a fourth of the list before the "new" e-mail system started giving me trouble, and in the end proved to be a failure. So I got a "newer" system, MailChimp, and tested it out. I thought the best thing to do would be to send the e-mail again with updated information. My apologies for the inconvenience].
October 23, 2014
I really must apologize for my long silence.It was partly due to my being unable to send mass e-mails from the e-mail address I was using. More about that below.
But my real reason for writing is several bits of good news!
A new revised edition of my book of the writings of Pope John Paul I, A Passionate Adventure: Living the Catholic Faith Today, was just published, along with the e-book. It has a revised Foreword and a new preface by Justin Cardinal Rigali. It is on sale on our site for just $15 throughout October and November.
Then on November 1, the new print edition of The Greatest of These is Love: the Life of St. Elizabeth of Hungary will be available at last! This is the book for which I've had most requests to get it back in print. I have the proofs, which look great, By the time you get this e-mail, it should be available for pre-sales on Amazon. It is already available as an e-book. It would make a great gift for anyone named after Elizabeth on their saint's name day November 17. And it would be a great Christmas gift!
My next project will be to bring out a new version of A Woman for Our Time, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, with a full set of subtitles in various languages, and also to make it available for streaming on Amazon Instant Video. So look at that sometime next year.
I'm also starting serious work on a biography of St. Rose of Viterbo, a popular Franciscan tertiary saint of the 13th century. It looks like the people of Viterbo are serious about getting a formal canonization for her - amazingly, she has been venerated for more than seven centuries without one! The projected title is: The Peace of the Cross: The Life and Mission of St. Rose of Viterbo.
Last, but certainly not least, I am also adding another new feature: posts on Franciscan saints, in which I will write about them from my own research, which will sometimes uncover some surprising details about them. My first post, which will be ready in a day or two, will be on our newest Franciscan saint: Pope John XXIII, who was a Secular Franciscan. You will be able to read what he thought about his own life as a Secular Franciscan. All these posts will be available on a Franciscan saint calendar on the site.
Now about the e-mail issues. A few months back, my address was blocked from sending to a large list of people. Since repeated efforts to rectify this with the internet service provider failed, and attempts with another new system failed, I have signed up for MailChimp and tested it. It seems to be a good system. You can subscribe to the e-mails on our site, and unsubscribe and manage your preferences through the links on the bottom of the e-mail newsletters. (If you received this e-mail, you are already subscribed).
The preferences include whether you want to receive posts on books and media, saints, or both. Everyone is now signed up for both, but you can change this. My plans for sending full HTML e-mails are still largely for the future, but you can choose whether you want the HTML or plain text now. For now, everyone is signed up for HTML.
While there is a new address for e-mails, please continue to address all other e-mail correspondence (on orders, questions, suggestions) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully this will avoid confusion and make things easier to manage.