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October 14, 2014 - 8:45 PDT


Overland Park, KS (October 14, 2014) - Some events are beyond human comprehension.

Inspired by a true story, Robert Pascuzzi says a calling from God compelled him to search for answers after a close friend inexplicably murdered his wife and son, before taking his own life. The life-changing event led Pascuzzi (a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Overland Park, Kan.) to question his beliefs, but in the end, a chance encounter with a gifted person helped him and his wife discover a profound meaning.

Motivated to share his journey and help others with similar challenges,
Pascuzzi created THE RAVINE: a Novel of Evil, Hope and the Afterlife. Released nationally today through Midpoint Trade Books, THE RAVINE is available online and wherever books are sold in the greater Kansas City metropolitan region including Lawrence, Topeka and St. Joseph.

"People desire a deeper understanding of how they shift from a place of tragedy to hope," Pascuzzi says. "THE RAVINE invites the reader to embark on a path of personal discovery, one that will challenge what you already think you know about forgiveness."

"My wife and I were shattered. These were our best friends and suddenly they were gone. We had so many questions. As we sought answers, we learned more about how such terrible things like this can happen. We felt an obligation, through God's calling to finish this project. And, we learned something about ourselves and our beliefs. It is my hope this book can help others who are embarking on similar journeys."

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The book's message has been so well received that Pascuzzi has been asked to speak to a wide range of groups on the subject of faith, hope and redemption. He has not only spoken to church groups and civic clubs, but also to offenders at federal and state penitentiaries, where the message has resonated on a personal level. In conjunction with the book's release, he will be extending the speaking tour.

"From the beginning, I felt compelled to share our experience about the book because the feedback from the pre-release was so strong," Pascuzzi said.

Pascuzzi hopes people will have similar discussions through the book's website (, Twitter ( and Facebook ( Those interested in arranging media events with Pascuzzi can contact him at or Jeff Bollig at
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What people are saying about THE RAVINE: a Novel of Evil, Hope and the Afterlife --
"I love this book. Fiction it may be, but truth always resonates. Read this amazing story with an open mind and you too will find the key to peace in your own heart through the healing power of what is revealed here to be the only true forgiveness."
Colin C. Tipping
Author, Radical Forgiveness

"The story is gripping. The events are shocking. The ending is uplifting. Read THE RAVINE and you'll be entertained, but more than that, you'll be inspired!"
Drew Pittman
Founding Partner, 360 Sports

"An unbelievable, thought-provoking read, THE RAVINE allows for no escape. Its riveting story line draws you in and brings you face to face with your own convictions about evil, hope and forgiveness. No matter what perspective you bring, you cannot deny the depth of what Robert Pascuzzi presents here. He masterfully implores the reader to ask the big questions of life and consider that which lies beyond the physical world which is readily seen."
Duke Preston
Retired OL, NFL (Buffalo Bills & Dallas Cowboys)
Dallas Theological Seminary Graduate; Director of Player Development, University of Notre Dame Football

"THE RAVINE is a 'message inside of a bottle.' Hidden inside this cover is an inspiring message that will fill a heartfelt need in every family that reads it!"
Joe White
President, Kanakuk Ministries

"This book is so inspiring! It grabs you from the very beginning and gets better and better as you go! It's a HUGE BLESSING that will impact everyone in such a powerful way! Anyone who has been through difficult times in their life definitely needs to read THE RAVINE."
Kevin Seitzer
Major League Baseball hitting coach, Toronto Blue Jays

"I couldn't put this book down! If you liked The Shack, you're going to love THE RAVINE! I was hooked from the first page. The message of love, faith and forgiveness will stay with you for years to come. Robert Pascuzzi has written a classic!"
David J. Pollay
Author of the international bestseller, The Law of the Garbage Truck

"THE RAVINE is the most gripping novel I've ever read ... period! This book is captivating from beginning to end. You'll go on a journey of intrigue, shock, forgiveness, healing and faith. Fasten your seat-belt and prepare yourself for an exceptional ride through each and every page."
Peggy McColl
New York Times Best-Selling Author

"This is a book every criminal should read. It shows how powerful forgiveness can be, how holding on to resentments can destroy you, how crime affects everyone, that we can change if we want to and what can happen if we don't."
Quincy Brown

About Robert Pascuzzi:
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Robert Pascuzzi is a graduate of Briar Cliff University and moved to the Kansas City area in 1989. He is Vice President of Corporate Retirement Plans at Creative Planning, Inc. The company was recently ranked first by Barron's among the nation's Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors. He and his family live in Olathe, Kan., and are members of Ascension Catholic Church in Overland Park, Kan. Visit to learn more about Pascuzzi and this journey.


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