Another Advance Review!

The following review was written Mike Seagriff, a fellow lay Dominican.  Mike answered my plea for another lay Dominican to review Don’t You Forget About Me for the eLumen, the newsletter for the Fraternities of St. Dominic, St. Joseph Province (eastern US).

I met my Lay Dominican sister, the author of the soon to be released mystery thriller, Don’t You Forget About Me, at a recent Catholic Writers’ Guild Conference – what a joyful, gifted and vibrant sister of St. Dominic! When she invited me to write a brief review of her book, I jumped at the chance.

But I have to be blunt: Darn you, Erin McCole Cupp!

Shame on you for taking your lay Dominican vocation seriously and for using your gifts as an author to uniquely share the fruits of your contemplation (and enormous creativity) in an arena Catholics have too long feared to tread – contemporary fiction.

How dare you incorporate so many of today’s hot button issues in this novel – like the culture of death, individual and corporate greed, sexual promiscuity – ones that divide not only Catholics but larger segments of our society and to do so in a manner we can understand and to which we can relate?

But… but…you should have put a bold warning on the cover of your book especially for those of us suffering from sleep disorders– “Once you open this book do not plan on sleeping until you have read it in its entirety!”

I could not put the book down! What a fast-paced, intriguing, captivating story line – full of surprises! The characters are so very real; many of them (Mary Catherine, Staz, and Sister Thomas Marie just to name a few) mirror some of the personalities who populated my younger days.

Yes, I must concur with others who have commented on this work – it is “addictive,” “compelling,” “quirky,” “exciting,” “cozy,” “lively” and “fun.”

Do yourself a favor. Set some time aside after you have completed your daily spiritual reading and reflection, and crack open your copy of Don’t You Forget About Me. You will be glad that you did.

Michael Seagriff

October 4, 2013

Yes, I feel the shame, Mike!  I also feel immense gratitude for your kind review.  As I told Mike over email, his review came just at a time when I’ve been questioning the validity of the calling I feel to live my life as a lay Dominican.  I wasn’t even pestering Jesus for an answer but have been giving out an uncharacteristically (for me) peaceful fiat.  I should find out within the next month or so if I am permitted to make my permanent promises this December.  While I don’t know what the future may hold, I am grateful for what I am hearing now through my brother Dominican, Mike–not just the ego-boost on the book, mind you, but the confirmation that writing fiction can be “duc in altum,” if we lay it all down for God’s glory and not our own.

Mike blogs over at Harvesting the Fruits of Contemplation.

Do check out his work!

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