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In the Wake of HHS Decision, New Trilogy Promotes the Culture of Life in an Unprecedented Way

2/9/2012 - 4:06 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

NECEDAH, WI--Catholic Word Publisher Group announced today that, because of the exceptional buzz generated by the Lily Trilogy, it is conducting an extraordinary, high profile campaign to raise awareness of the series' three titles, Until Lily, Wherever Lily Goes, and Life Entwined with Lily's. All have proven remarkably adept at spreading the pro-life message. The move comes on the heels of a recent decision by the Obama Administration requiring all employers, regardless of religious belief, to include in their employees' health plans sterilization and contraceptive drugs, including those that cause the abortion of an unborn child.

Since the Lily saga's release last year, the three books have heartened pro-life advocates with the subtle and entertaining way they reach those with opposite views. Much of the success of the series has to do with author Sherry Boas' skillful writing style, which is entertaining, compelling and often humorous. Many believe the newspaper woman-turned-novelist ranks among our age's finest authors.

The novels follow three generations of a family struggling with the fallout caused by the culture of death: abortion, euthanasia, sterilization, promiscuity, marital difficulties, and drug abuse. The thread that ties the series together is Lily, a lady with Down syndrome who is the catalyst for change in the lives of those who come to care for her.

In the first novel, Bev Greeley, a woman who never wanted children, reluctantly agrees to raise Lily when a death in the family leaves the girl with Down syndrome orphaned. Now at the end of her life, Bev realizes Lily is her only source of joy and must come to terms with all the ways she failed Lily throughout her life. The second novel finds Lily in the care of her sister Terry, who is disgruntled with her marriage and family life. Lily will come to change Terry in unimagined ways. In the final book, Terry's daughter Beth has an unspeakable secret that threatens to forever rob her of hope, until Lily's life becomes entwined with hers.

"These tender, gritty books deal with the struggles we all face: relationships, anxiety, tragedy, and the yearning for redemption," Boas says. "I wanted to show how we all have value, even if all we can do is love or be loved."

"Often we see well-intended books with a great message. However, they're less than subtle, and that sometimes turns off the very audiences we want to reach," says Carolyn Klika, president of Catholic Word. "That's not the case here. You can't classify the Lily novels as someone's well-intended but ultimately insignificant work. They are so compelling, you can't put them down. And I love how their message both informs and captures the interest of a broad variety of readers."

Catholic Word is a publisher group of over 25 Catholic publishers and record companies. A few of their best-selling authors include Jeff Cavins, Fr. Donald Calloway, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Matt Pinto, Fr. Robert Barron, and St. Faustina. For more information, call 800-932-3826 or go to

NOTE: Each book is softcover, 6x9, and retails for $12.95.


HHS decision, pro-life, culture of death, abortion, Obama Administration



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