Diary of a Heretic

Diary of a Heretic Malcolm Tully the sensitive young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago only wanted an open mike night not a spiritual movement But when his shop hosts a Saturday night discussion group he fi
  • Title: Diary of a Heretic
  • Author: Kathleen Maher
  • ISBN: 0013
  • Page: 374
  • Format: ebook
  • Diary of a Heretic
    Malcolm Tully, the sensitive young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago, only wanted an open mike night, not a spiritual movement But when his shop hosts a Saturday night discussion group, he finds an audience hungry to learn life s meaning and ready to pay for it Seduced by his scheming pastry chef, Carlos, Malcolm becomes reluctant leader of a cult like businessMalcolm Tully, the sensitive young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago, only wanted an open mike night, not a spiritual movement But when his shop hosts a Saturday night discussion group, he finds an audience hungry to learn life s meaning and ready to pay for it Seduced by his scheming pastry chef, Carlos, Malcolm becomes reluctant leader of a cult like business enterprise that Carlos thinks will make them rich.Malcolm s diary chronicles their transformation as the outlandish venture grows beyond their wildest dreams His initial panic turns to pride as he gains confidence, but he falters when self doubt creeps in Carlos s sexual blandishments turn desperate as he becomes dependent on Malcolm to keep the money flowing in.Quirky, comic, erotic, and poignant, DIARY OF A HERETIC is a wild ride through the dark reaches of faith and desire.
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  • Kathleen Maher

    I write fiction that s fast and fun but doesn t belong to a genre Plot and character development run neck and neck at least that s the balance I m aiming for I love to write, and to rewrite, and strive for prose that s natural, rhythmic, and intimate.

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  • For hours after finishing Diary of a Heretic, I wondered how I, a mere reviewer, could do justice in review to the modern classic presented This is a deeply profound novel I wallowed in the bathtub and contemplated and then realized, like Malcolm, sometimes we just have to get on with it I loved this novel and Malcolm would never understand that You might ask, reading the description, why people would follow some average guy to raise him to the level to which Malcolm rises in this novel How can [...]


  • With tremendous insight and clarity Kathleen Maher probes the deepest levels of humanity, the complexities of emotion, and the forces that can drive people in an unexpected direction Diary of a Heretic 2013 is narrated by Malcolm, who becomes a great successful spiritual leader after he decides to host philosophical discussion meetings in his Chicago coffee shop.The coffee shop, located near Northwestern University, was blanketed in heavy snow following a winter storm Malcolm, a quiet deep think [...]


  • If you want to get rich, you start a religion L Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology That is the first thing I thought of when reading this delightfully quirky novel by Kathleen Maher People are always questioning their existence and purpose in life, and all too often there are those who will take advantage of this vulnerability Diary of a Heretic follows the insights of an ordinary man who inadvertently finds his new calling in life by manipulating the willing masses, and eventually is forced to [...]


  • If I may, I would like to reprint the review I wrote for this wonderful book on I read Diary of a Heretic in serial fashion on Kathleen Maher s blog her blog is also titled Diary of a Heretic , and the publication of each new chapter was a highlight of my week, the book is that good It s an unusual tale, the story of a rather unassuming young man who somehow, almost by accident, finds himself starting a new religion when all he really meant to do was to start a free form discussion group at his [...]


  • This is a book about cognitive dissonance, the ability to deeply hold two contrary beliefs simultaneously All its main characters succumb to a pull me, push you of their emotions as they realise their beliefs have feet of clay and yet still follow them And why wouldn t they, since those beliefs revolve around a religious cult Malcolm owns a coffee and pastry shop and is in mourning for his dead lover Colin He has a keen mind and desires to make his shop a centre for debating ideas a coffee klatc [...]


  • One night on New Year s Eve, Bakery owner Malcolm had a conversation with some customers to liven up the evening and things quickly spiral out of control Before he know what has happened, he has helped to spawn a whole new movement, first as the New College of Complexes, then later as a Religion Without Rules But instead of focusing on the outward effects of these endeavors, this diary focuses on the behind the scenes actions, maneuvers of Malcolm and his partner Carlos The concepts of the heavi [...]


  • This was such a unique book, and I admit I ended up liking it much than I anticipated I would I started off only intending to read the beginning one afternoon, but ended up reading the whole thing before dinner I love author Kathleen Maher s writing style Each page is full of personality and great word economy no endless descriptions or unnecessary prose here I found it to be really refreshing, and a nice change of pace Content wise I felt there was such enormous potential for this story to con [...]


  • Well, without a doubt this was one of the unusual books I ve read in a while, and I loved that it was on a subject matter and POV that I d never read about it The whole premise, setting, and characters screamed original and I was quite impressed with how the author just threw the rules for a typical novel right out the window and it totally worked I found myself quickly turning the pages wanting to read just a little bit for the evening and it was easy to do as the chapters are simply diary en [...]


  • This is a remarkable book Deeply funny and moving at the same time It s a quick read and I actually read it twice in succession first because the wild plot was pulling me along, and then again because I wanted to savor certain scenes and passages Like this one, where Malcolm, the narrator, has had than one aquavit too many the makers of aquavit liqueur should license this for an ad campaign One sip of aquavit and all discomfort, every ill or hurt fades into nothinge aquavit constitutes a realm [...]



  • Kathleen Maher writes a story of love, greed, manipulation, lonliness and much Diary of a Heretic is a humorous as well as a sobering story The story depicts the premise of people wanting to believe in something Malcolm, one of the protagonists, a gifted orator and charismatic, develops a following turning into a cult We following Malcolm s diary telling of the drastic changes he faces We see the greed, and destruction he experiences in his journey Maher has a solid writing style which makes th [...]


  • I ve read over half and I have absolutely no desire to keep going I tried, but it s not for me at all I don t care for any of the characters, I m not curious to see how it plays out I just don t care The writing was ok I won this from first reads.



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