Requiem for the Innocents
Lisa J. Lickel
Original title, Innocents Pray, Released September 1, 2016
Fox Ridge Publications
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Print ISBN 13: 978-0-9904281-0-7
ISBN 10: 0-9904281-0-9
6 by 9 inches, 340 pp
Ebook ISBN-10: 0-9904281-1-7
From the Back of the Book:
What is wrong with trying to cure cancer? Brother Able, hospice chaplain, asks himself that question every day. His boss, Dr. Rich Bernard, performs closet genetic experiments at Paradise House. He blackmails Able into keeping his secret. When a grieving husband asks Able to pray for his dying wife, Able finally breaks his silence.
Libby Davis might be prepared to accept death, to sacrifice herself for Rich’s greater cause but fails to comprehend the love of a husband who cannot let her go and the son who’s a whisper from the edge of reason. Brother Able wades into battle for those innocents in her life. If he wins, it won’t be only Libby’s family he saves.
Discussion Guide **Please note that these questions contain spoilers
Interview with the Author (in progress)
Every now and then you run across a book that affects you to your very core. It was that way with me when I read Lisa Lickel’s book, Requiem for the Innocents.
Requiem for the Innocents is a very intriguing book. I kept reading, trying to decide if Libby was going to succumb to the cancer invading her body. Would Vic, her husband ever realize that keeping his home and family together was important rather than jetting off to who knows where to install medical equipment for the company he works for? Not that his job isn’t important, but doesn’t God also desire for one to keep his family together? How were Libby and Vic missing the vital issues that their son Jordan was struggling through and why were they passing it off as just everyday things a teenager goes through? What part did Nona, Libby’s companion and nurse serve in all this? And how was Brother Abel connected?
--Shelley Wilburn, author of Walking Healed
A complex group of protagonists, a sinister plot, and a curvy road of twists and turns. Lickel knows how to bring to life an issue from today’s world, and a illness that perhaps most men-kind dread. Add to that the choices being made, and you will have a book that will open your eyes and keep you thinking long after you finish it.
Deeply researched, interesting, and intense: Well worth your time to read this excellent book. Great job, Ms. Lickel.
--Carole Brown, author of the Award-winning The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, and several mystery/suspense series
Once I started reading Lisa Lickel’s Requiem for the Innocents, I truly could not put it down. And after I’d finished reading, I couldn’t quit thinking about the book. Each narrating character has a distinctive voice, resulting in a powerful story, most intriguingly told. I loved the subtle interplay of good and evil, along with the author’s insightful exploration of relationships and loss. Brava!
Lisa Lickel consistently delivers Christian fiction that goes beyond the surface to deal with real life issues, yet she does it in a sensitive and tasteful way. I look forward to each of her new releases – not even kidding!
--Tracy Krauss, award-winning and best-selling author