Alan Michael Wilt
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I am a professional editor and writer and the author of "The Holy Family: A Novel," which explores a man's evolution from belief to unbelief. I have degrees in theater and theology and have worked for several publishing companies, both religious and secular, and as an independent contractor.
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I'm here to network and learn.
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Why you left your religion.
Short version: cognitive dissonance. Longer version: Read my novel for a very fictionalized answer to that question.
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Links on the web from various places.

The Holy Family: A Novel

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"The Holy Family is a rich and engrossing story, elegant and moving. Though it takes place on the epic stage of religious belief and disbelief, the drama itself is simple, humane, and ultimately devastating as the title’s twin meanings gradually come into focus. A unique and deeply satisfying read." —Dale McGowan, author, Parenting Beyond Belief and Atheism for Dummies (forthcoming)

"When I got a copy of Alan Michael Wilt's novel, The Holy Family, I wondered if I would be interested in reading it. At first I was merely intrigued by the title and the incongruous picture of a young girl's blonde French braid on the cover. But from the first page I knew I had stumbled into a jewel of a book. I found myself reading and re-reading and putting stars by exquisite passages that took my breath away. Wilt begins by describing Marty Halsey's battle with his Catholic faith--a religious upbringing that seemed to him to turn on dogma and rules versus the beauty and poetry of faith. The story follows Marty's religious odyssey alongside the tender and breathtakingly sensual descriptions of his 'courtship' and marriage to Justine Damont, the artist, the atheist, the loving and charming wife, and the devoted mother of their two daughters. Early on, you understand that Marty and Justine have suffered a horrible loss and are trying to 'hold it together' for each other. I found myself simultaneously wanting the details of their loss and yet dreading the details I knew I would be given. I was also afraid that a too-neat resolution would end this story and make me sorry I went for the ride. Instead, what I got was a pitch-perfect ending to a deeply moving and thought-provoking story of love and of faith in 'the beauty and poetry' of human emotions. Read the book, tell your friends; this novel deserves a wide audience." --Larry Baker, author, The Flamingo Rising




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Posted on November 17, 2012 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

One element of my novel The Holy Family, which explores the nature of religious belief and unbelief, is a controversial painting of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus. In the novel, the painting is the work of the…


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