The Father's Son - a Novel

By Jim Sano
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The Father's Son is a novel being released on August 15, 2019 by Full Quiver Publishing.  I believe you will find the story deeply engaging, thought-provoking, funny and personally moving.  The plot has many unpredictable twists and turns as you become attached the story's characters and where the story will lead.  If you are looking for a story that is both entertaining and will make you think about life, faith, family, friendship, love, and truth, this may prove to be one that will profoundly impact how you look at your life.

For those that might be interested in checking the story out, three sample chapters are below (click on tab). The book will be available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble and Ingram. There are book discussion questions on the tab below for discussion groups (spoiler alert).  Enjoy and look forward to your feedback and comments.

The story is about a successful 39 year old sales executive, David Kelly, who has built a life of achievement, material success, and professional respect in business that has protected him from confronting a tragic event from his past and the impact it has had on his relationships in life.   David begins an emotional journey as the book opens with the burial of his mother in her hometown in Maine.  The catalyst for the journey comes in the form of a man named Tom Fitzpatrick, whose friendship helps David to navigate the many unexpected twists in the road ahead of him. 


More and more baptized Catholics are walking away from the Church. Many have simply never been evangelized. Many have simply never been given a proper opportunity to encounter Jesus. Many have simply been hurt in their lives, some even by the Church. If we are serious about evangelizing them we will need to fully embrace Pope Saint John Paul II's call for a new evangelization: "new in ardor, methods, and expressions." The Father's Son is a beautiful example of answering that call. For those of you who are striving to evangelize baptized Catholics - especially men - I would recommend getting this book into their hands. It is a story that will resonate with those who are dealing with wounds in their lives and might be what they need to set them on the path towards happiness, which ultimately will lead them into a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

Michael M. Lavigne -Assistant Cabinet Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship, Secretariat for Evangelization and Discipleship, Archdiocese of Boston

 I admit that I am a bit of a sucker for an engaging conversion story, but Jim Sano provided not only a book that I had to exercise great discipline to put down, but into the story of this young executive’s journey of faith he weaved a clear, relevant and attractive description of the Catholic Faith and its power to transform.  Today it seems all too easy to drift away from the Faith that had perhaps once been ours, and then to suffer the consequences of that neglect.  Here is a book that leaves its reader not only longing for more of the story, but wondering if the same hope and healing might be possible for them too.  Read this book, and get it into the hands of somebody you know who might need to remember what it means to be a son or daughter of a good father.

Ron Bolster -Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of Catechetics at Franciscan University

 Jim Sano's The Father's Son weaves a wonderful story around childhood misconceptions that lead to misshaped adult values, and how providence can lead people into our lives to set things straight. In this case, God leads sales executive David Kelly to Tom Fitzpatrick, who becomes both a friend and spiritual mentor, which in turn takes David on a journey that unravels the truth of his past and restores the faith he had abandoned. Definitely a book you'll want to share with anyone who needs gentle nudging toward putting faith in God.

Michelle Buckman, author of CALA winner Rachel's Contrition

 Questions galore filled my head as I kept reading with anticipation each chapter of The Father’s Son. Because David seems so together in most areas of his life, it kept gnawing at me. Why can he not commit? Why is there a chill running through the family's relationships? It did not seem to fit. Tom is the catalyst who brings out David's best, and worst, too!

This novel "makes you laugh, makes you cry, and keeps you waiting." Now, that's a good book.

Florence Henderson

The Father's Son delves deep into the life and mind of its main character, David, a seemingly successful Bostonian, whose dissatisfaction with his life is laid bare by his encounter with a new friend whom he meets regularly on the basketball court.

Catholic apologetics and psychology are grounded in one man's story of self-discovery, healing, and redemption. Like all good stories, The Father's Son is marked by hope. Regardless of the circumstances of our youth or the decisions we make, the call to holiness is universal and, with God's grace, attainable.

Carolyn Astfalk/Catholic Author

Enlightening and Educational! This book is a must read for anyone no matter where they are on their journey in their relationship with God. It is also a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the Catholic Church. Through the character of Tom, the author presents answers to difficult questions facing Catholics and non-Catholics as well. A wide range of topics are explored with surprising depth, and the author writes in such a manner as to offer the reader the opportunity to absorb the subject matter in great or small amounts in each reading.

The book is about forgiveness, friendship, trust, and faith. As I read the book, I often had to stop and reflect on my own life and my own relationship with God. I was moved to tears as the character Tom reminded me of God’s unlimited love for us. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!