Sunday, September 12, 2010

Why God Matters -- The Book Tour & Giveaway

I was pleased to accept an invitation from Tribute Books to review a new publication entitled, Why God Matters, by Karina Lumbert Fabian & Dcn. Steven Lumbert. I enjoy spiritual reading and often find inspiration in stories that relate a personal journey toward God. This is just that type of book.

Dcn. Steven and his daughter Karina offer the reader both a story of conversion and one of faith nurtured and developed with loving care from infancy to adulthood; each story speaks to the abiding faithfulness of God to bring every man to salvation. The reader will be inspired by Steven’s conversion to Catholicism -- from a life of relative indifference to one of deep love and commitment, even to the point of accepting a call to the permanent diaconate. Dcn. Steven was inspired through prayer, his own and those of his loving wife, Soccora, to put aside his anxieties, care and worries and embrace a change to both his temporal and spiritual reality.

This conversion slowly opened the door to raising his daughters in the light of the faith. Karina speaks to the generous and gentle influence of her family’s love of the Church and of their neighbor throughout her formative childhood years. She recants stories about how the witness of charity toward neighbor was influential in how she learned to be generous with her own time, talent and treasure for the needs of the Church.

Trust, forgiveness, and prayer are recurrent themes throughout the book and set a solid foundation for relating their stories in a real and relevant way. The reader will be able to easily relate to the situations, issues and experiences that have shaped and directed this father and daughter’s journey toward a life lived for the love of their God and Savior.

Why God Matters is a enjoyable and inspiring read, offering solid information supported by Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. There are pearls of wisdom in these pages for everyone at all stages of their spiritual journey.

Get your copy of Why God Matters today.

Don't forget to leave your comment to get in the drawing for the two free e-books.

Also, Karina has offered to answer any questions you may have for her in the comments. Feel free to ASK THE AUTHOR!


Mary said...

What a story! I would love to read it. I have enjoyed some of Karina's science fiction novels. Fabulous writer!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I love conversion stories.

Maybe someday I will try and write my own down.

Anonymous said...

Kathy, That is so cool were asked to review this book! Sign me up for drawing, is it an east read?

Good Bless,
Cherie Sherrier

Kathy said...

Moved this comment over from another post for Lynn:

Lynn Zimney said...

The book has piqued my interest and I am always amazed at others' stories about their faith journey.

For me, my faith has been a God send as it has always seemd so natural to me. As my life endured losses, I realized how truly blessed I am to have a deep faith.

I often wonder how people without faith manage through life. It seems impossible to me.

Thank you for sharing this book.

Cathy said...

Kathy, I enjoyed reading your book review very much. I am happy that Our Lord is opening avenues for use of your remarkable gift for making the faith come alive through stories of everyday life. God bless you in your ministry. ...Deacon Steven and Karina would make interesting guests on the EWTN show, hosted by Marcus Grodi, "The Journey Home." Kathy, your review has tantalized my interest! I would very much like to read the book! Please enter me in the drawing.

Melissa G said...

I love spiritual reading too. This sounds like an inspiring story. Did Karina ever witness her parents praying together? Did the family pray together? I have strong memories of my parents reading the Bible and praying together, and this influenced my faith tremendously. We try to implement family rosary/prayer time, but with little ones it isn't always easy! Any suggestions from the authors?

Karina Fabian said...

Dear Kathy,
Thank you so much for posting this review! My dad and I are honored by all the wonderful response.

Mary, you're so kind! I'm glad you like my fiction, too! (If anyone's interested, you can find a list of all my books at

dwinger, We have a spot on our website where we ask people to share fiath stories: If you get inspired, you're welcome to post about your conversion there.

Cherie, it is an easy and fast read, but the best way to read it (in our opinion and in the optinion of many reviewers) is to go slowly, reading a story then using the life lessons to strengthen your own relationship with God.

Lynn, I totally agree with you about faith helping you through hard times! I find my prayer life increases when things are tough, not only because I'm calling for help but because it sustains me so.

Cathy, we'd love to be on EWTN! We've done many interviews on radio and podcasts, in the meantime. We've knocked, but not had that EWTN door open yet. :)

Melissa, like I mention in the book, Dad didn't convert until my sister and I were adults. Faith was a casual part of our childhood. We prayed...sometimes. Went to church...sometimes. We had a lot of Bibles around, and crosses and pictures of Jesus. We knew the usual Bible stories. Faith was always there, though, and my parents were wonderful models of God's love.

As for suggestions: talk about our faith. Practice it. But most of all LIVE it--and don't make it seem a drudgery, but something wonderful and natural.

We never got the hang of family rosary time, but friends of mine that do say that you go slow with the little ones, be patient when they squirm, and don't worry if they fall asleep. One friend said we should be comfortable enough to fall asleep in our Spiritual Mother's arms. Hope that helps.

Tribute Books said...

Kathy - thank you for sharing 'Why God Matters' with your blog readers. We appreciate your support of the book and for letting people know it exists.

I look forward to reading Karina's responses to the questions posed by those leaving comments.

Best wishes,
Tribute Books

Karina Fabian said...
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Kathy said...


I did get to post your comment this afternoon. I'm sorry, I had to visit the doctor this morning to get treatment for a bad case of poison ivy --

Anyway, thank you so much for responding to my readers and for offer the links to your website and to your other written works. I will also post that information tomorrow when I reveal the winners of the e-book giveaway!



Karina Fabian said...

Hi, Kathy,
Hope everything went OK at the doctor's!

Yeah, I saw the notice that the post had to be approved after the second one. I missed it the first time.

I enjoyed answering your readers' comments and questions. Congrats to the winners and thanks again!