John Richard Sack


John Richard Sack was born in Springfield, Ohio. He earned a BA in English from Yale University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.

As a young man, John spent two years as a Trappist monk under the tutelage of Thomas Merton, his novice master at Our Lady of Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky. In the 1970s, he trained in a Hindu ashram in Ganeshpuri, India. Spiritual transformation is a common theme in both his fiction and nonfiction books.

He is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel: "The Franciscan Conspiracy" and a companion work, "Angel's Passage." "The Wolf in Winter" is a fictional tale of the early career of Francis of Assisi. His nonfiction "Yearning for the Father" and "Mystic Mountain" are guides to contemplative prayer, the culmination of years of research and reflection and his exploration of numerous spiritual traditions. "Trappist Tales" is a collection of short stories loosely based on his years at Gethsemane Abbey.

He now lives in southern Oregon with his wife, Christin Lore Weber, author of many books related to spiritual growth. Their blended family includes Bjorn Kristian, Jeff & Karen, and Bryana & Patrick.

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The Whirlpool
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A short story. The human condition leaves many swirling at the fringes of a maelstrom that threatens to suck them downward until they are left prostrate at its epicenter. Often, it is one traumatic and overwhelming event that plunges people into the vortex. Can Willi Peyer survive the death of his infant son and free himself from the whirlpool’s powerful grasp before it utterly destroys him?
Trappist Tales
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,880. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Christian » Historical
In 1955, a group of Trappist monks set out from their motherhouse in Kentucky to found a new abbey in Missouri. These stories predate the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, but take place during a time when Jim Crow still flourished and where, in the Bible Belt, Roman Catholicism was viewed with deep distrust
Bloodbrother Bear: A Short Story
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
“Bloodbrother Bear” is set in northern California in the late 1940s. A mountain man, hired by a natural history museum to collect specimens, encounters a “rogue” bear, a former camp raider relocated from a national park. The bear has no fear of humans, and in fact feels an affinity for them. The man feels empathy with the bear as well, until their joined fates become a duel for survival.
Great Blues: A Short Story
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Following a painful divorce, Frank Palmer has the blues. He is struggling to recover "the he that was" before his marriage, until he enlists the help of the Great Blue Heron in his quest.
Yearning for the Father: The Lord's Prayer and the Mystic Journey
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 65,210. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Comparative Religion
"Yearning for the Father" is a warm and personal analysis of the hidden depths of the Lord's Prayer. This fine book offers a new level of understanding by tapping the insights of Christian, Sufi and Jewish mystics, Zen Buddhism, the twilight speech of poetry, and years of contemplative study and meditation. It also traces the prayer's Aramaic roots.
Angel's Passage
Series: The Duecento Novels, Book 2. Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 135,190. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » General
Angelo Lorenzini bears the mark of the wolf, but what is the reason for the curse — why was he singled out? His search leads him on a long and tortuous spiritual pilgrimage. For a time, he destroys everything and everyone he touches, including the two women he truly loves. "Angel's Passage" is a companion novel to "The Franciscan Conspiracy."
The Wolf in Winter: A Story of Francis of Assisi
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 24,810. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This story describes the first steps of Francis of Assisi's career, before he had any followers. He had renounced his wealth and family, and was wandering penniless on the road, but had yet to discover his true vocation. This story has been a favorite of children and adults seeking to know more about Francis and the world in which he lived. Includes the tale of Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio.
The Franciscan Conspiracy
Series: The Duecento Novels, Book 1. Price: $14.99 USD. Words: 150,130. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Historical » General
"The Franciscan Conspiracy," a history mystery set in medieval Italy, has been published in 16 languages and has been a long-time top-10 bestseller in Brazil and throughout Europe. The young friar Conrad is asked by his mentor to unravel the puzzling events that followed the death of St. Francis of Assisi. The novel is set against the chaotic backdrop of the Duecento, 13th-century Italy.

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