Wednesday, March 19, 2014


The Lord surprises His team at Joseph Karl Publishing by delivering His twin books on Friday, March 14, 2014. 

The two eagerly anticipated books conceived in the loving heart of our Lord took the Catholic missionary publishing team by surprise in the second half of 2013, and very rapidly progressed through the publication process with the goal of releasing both books this Lent. 

Tony and Michele at their home parish of 
Ss. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church 3/16/14.

The first editions of Conversion! by Anthony Yanik and Meditating on Christ's Passion by Michele Bondi Bottesi with Father John Simoneau arrived last Friday, and were delivered straight to Ss. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church Sterling Heights, Michigan, U.S.A. in the Archdiocese of Detroit, which hosted book signings through its regular and generous schedule of weekend Holy Masses beginning Saturday evening following the Tridentine Holy Mass and concluding after the 8:30 p.m. Holy Mass on Sunday.

One more book signing is scheduled at the profoundly Catholic parish for this Friday evening, March 21, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. during the annual Lenten Fish Fry.

In between Holy Masses on Sunday.

Award-winning authors Tony and Michele were absolutely delighted with the warm and welcoming response of so many parishioners and also Catholics from other parishes who attended one of the many weekend Holy Masses regularly offered at the parish.  Both are so grateful to the pastor, Father Benjamin Kosnáč, and the entire parish team of staff, volunteers, and parishioners who were incredibly kind and helpful throughout.

Tony and Michele with both new books.

Eternal thanks to the entire team of loving people who helped bring both books to fruition, including Father John Simoneau who wrote the Foreward and Conclusion for Meditating on Christ's Passion; Roseann Nieman for designing both beautiful book covers; Erin Howarth for book layout and design; John Mangano for his invaluable assistance photographing the cover of Conversion!; the parish of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church (, where the images for both covers were taken, for its ongoing collaboration; and the many others who helped in so many various ways.  God is at work in you!

To learn more about both books, Tony's fifth and Michele's eighth, visit Joseph Karl Publishing's Books for All Ages Page. 

Tony is already writing his sixth book, a collection of Catholic stories.

Michele is currently editing the manuscript of the sequel to Meditating on Christ's Passion, titled The Majesty of Holy Mass, and expects to have the second book in the Divine Intimacy Trilogy available by Advent 2014.  The third book in the series, lessons on the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), will follow in 2015.

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at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, 
and they pass by themselves without wondering." 
 ~ Saint Augustine

Images taken at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church
in Sterling Heights, Michigan, U.S.A. 
Parish Website 
and on location at the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan
in western Michigan, U.S.A.  

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