Andrew M. Greeley Books

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Andrew Greeley was an American Catholic priest. But he also wrote novels and newspaper articles. Born in 1928 in Oak Park, Illinois, Greeley attended St. Angela Elementary School in the Austin neighborhood, Chicago, Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary (AB Degree).

Order of Passover Series

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1 Thy Brother's Wife 1982 Description / Buy
2 Ascent Into Hell 1983 Description / Buy
3 Lord of the Dance 1984 Description / Buy

Order of Blackie Ryan Series

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1 Happy Are the Meek 1985 Description / Buy
2 Happy Are the Clean of Heart 1986 Description / Buy
3 Happy Are Those Who Thirst for Justice 1987 Description / Buy
4 Happy Are the Merciful 1992 Description / Buy
5 Happy Are the Peace Makers 1993 Description / Buy
6 Happy Are the Poor in Spirit 1994 Description / Buy
7 Happy Are Those Who Mourn 1995 Description / Buy
8 Happy Are the Oppressed 1996 Description / Buy
9 The Bishop at Sea 1997 Description / Buy
10 The Bishop and the Three Kings 1998 Description / Buy
11 The Bishop and the Missing L Train 2000 Description / Buy
12 The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain 2001 Description / Buy
13 The Bishop in the West Wing 2002 Description / Buy
14 The Bishop Goes to the University 2003 Description / Buy
15 The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood 2005 Description / Buy
16 The Bishop at the Lake 2007 Description / Buy
17 The Archbishop in Andalusia 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Time Between The Stars Series

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1 Virgin and Martyr 1985 Description / Buy
2 Angels of September 1986 Description / Buy
3 Patience of a Saint 1987 Description / Buy
4 Rite of Spring 1987 Description / Buy
5 Love Song 1988 Description / Buy
6 St. Valentine's Night 1989 Description / Buy
7 Wages of Sin (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy

Order of World Of Maggie Ward Series

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1 The Cardinal Virtues 1990 Description / Buy
2 An Occasion of Sin 1991 Description / Buy
3 The Search for Maggie Ward 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Nuala Anne McGrail Series

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1 Irish Gold 1994 Description / Buy
2 Irish Lace 1996 Description / Buy
3 Irish Whiskey 1998 Description / Buy
4 Irish Mist 1999 Description / Buy
5 Irish Eyes 2000 Description / Buy
6 Irish Love 2001 Description / Buy
7 Irish Stew! 2002 Description / Buy
8 Irish Cream 2005 Description / Buy
9 Irish Crystal 2006 Description / Buy
10 Irish Linen 2007 Description / Buy
11 Irish Tiger 2008 Description / Buy
12 Irish Tweed 2009 Description / Buy

Order of O'Malley's (Family Saga) Series

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1 Summer at the Lake 1997 Description / Buy
2 A Midwinter's Tale 1998 Description / Buy
3 Younger Than Springtime 1999 Description / Buy
4 A Christmas Wedding 2000 Description / Buy
5 September Song 2001 Description / Buy
6 Second Spring 2003 Description / Buy
7 Golden Years 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Angel Fire Series

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1 Angel Fire 1988 Description / Buy
2 Angel Light 1995 Description / Buy
3 Contract with an Angel 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Andrew M. Greeley Standalone Novels

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1 The Magic Cup 1979 Description / Buy
2 Death in April 1980 Description / Buy
3 The Cardinal Sins 1981 Description / Buy
4 God Game 1986 Description / Buy
5 The Final Planet 1987 Description / Buy
6 All About Women 1989 Description / Buy
7 Fall from Grace (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
8 White Smoke 1996 Description / Buy
9 Star Bright! 1997 Description / Buy
10 The Priestly Sins 2004 Description / Buy
11 The Senator and the Priest 2006 Description / Buy
12 Home for Christmas 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Andrew M. Greeley Poetry Collections

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1 The Sense of Love (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Andrew M. Greeley Non-Fiction

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1 Letters to Nancy 1967 Description / Buy
2 The Jesus Myth 1971 Description / Buy
3 The Making of the Popes 1978 1979 Description / Buy
4 Faithful Attraction 1991 Description / Buy
5 Religion as Poetry 1995 Description / Buy
6 When Life Hurts: Healing Themes from the Gospels 1995 Description / Buy
7 Religion in Europe at the End of the Second Millenium 2002 Description / Buy
8 The Book of Love 2002 Description / Buy
9 The Great Mysteries: Experiencing the Catholic Faith from the Inside Out 2003 Description / Buy
10 Furthermore!: Memories of a Parish Priest 2004 Description / Buy
11 The Catholic Revolution: New Wine, Old Wineskins and the Second Vatican Council 2004 Description / Buy
12 Priests: A Calling in Crisis 2004 Description / Buy
13 The Making of the Pope 2005 2005 Description / Buy
14 Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories 2007 Description / Buy
15 A Stupid, Unjust and Criminal War: Iraq 2001-2007 2007 Description / Buy
16 Chicago Catholics and the Struggles Within Their Church 2010 Description / Buy

Andrew M. Greeley Anthologies

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1 Kingdom of Fear: The World of Stephen King 1986 Description / Buy
2 Sacred Visions 1991 Description / Buy
3 Emerald Magic 2000 Description / Buy
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The child of a sizable Irish Catholic family, he had a Bachelor and Licentiate of Sacred Theology. Greeley was ten years old when he decided to become a priest, and he did everything in his power to achieve his dreams.

After a decade as an assistant pastor, Greeley published his first book (The Church in the Suburbs). At the same time, he pursued a Sociology MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Some of his readers probably attended the Universities of Arizona and Illinois-Chicago during his brief teaching stints at the institutions.

In the years that followed, the priest published more than eighty nonfiction works, some of which explored the role and positions of the church. People were fascinated by Greeley because he was somewhat contradictory.

He held both liberal and conservative positions. For instance, he opposed the Catholic Church’s prohibition of birth control. However, he defended priestly celibacy.

When the US Bishop’s Council asked him to gauge the morale of the Catholic Clergy, he clashed with his superiors when he reported that morale among the Catholic clergy in the country was dangerously low and that the church hierarchy was at fault.

The bishops prevented Greeley’s report from seeing the light of day. Though, he stuck to his conclusions. The priest’s foray into fiction began with ‘The Magic Cup’ in 1975. Greeley’s relationship with Cardinal John Cody had soured.

The author blamed Cody for suppressing the findings of his investigation into the morale among the Catholic clergy in the US. Cody made things worse by denying Greeley his own parish. When the author’s attempts to secure tenure at the University of Chicago failed to bear fruit, he turned to fiction.

Greeley’s novels made him a wealthy man. He noted on one occasion that most people would remember him, not for his politics, sociology, or priestly works, but his fiction.

The author gave most of his earnings away. He donated to the church, injected money into charities, started scholarships, supported inner-city schools, and more.

Greeley did not permit his wealth to distract him. He maintained his loyalty to the catholic church. In a Chicago Tribune article (1992), the author said that he was a priest before all else. Everything he did, from his research to the novels and newspaper columns he wrote, was designed to bolster his work as a priest.

Ever since he decided to become a priest at the age of ten, he never wavered, no matter how much money he made. The author died in 2013. People blamed his death on an accident he suffered in 2008.

As a taxi pulled away, Greeley realized too late that his clothing was caught on the door. The incident left the priest with skull fractures. He never fully recovered.

Best Andrew M. Greeley Books

The author was routinely criticized by Catholics who hated the sexual content in his novels. But from his point of view, sex was a good thing, and his stories showed as much. Greeley’s best books include:

The Cardinal Sins: Kevin and Patrick were lifelong friends. They entered seminary together. But their lives took different turns. Kevin was a successful scholar, but his superiors in the church kept opposing him.

On the other hand, Patrick rose quickly through the Church ranks. But it wasn’t long before the temptations of lust and power trapped him. Now, Patrick is looking to Kevin for a lifeline.

Irish Mist: Dermot Michael was a lucky man. Nuala, a woman more beautiful than any Dermot had ever seen, had finally agreed to marry him. But Nuala’s psychic spells wouldn’t let them be.

The visions began shortly after they tied the knot. She saw a burning castle, a police officer, and a wild woman. She knew they were all connected, but she wasn’t sure how.

Now, Dermot is reaching into the past to figure out the details surrounding the death of Kevin O’Higgins. He thinks they are close to the answer because someone is going through a lot of trouble to inhibit their investigation.

When Does The Next Andrew M. Greeley book come out?

Andrew M. Greeley doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Faithful Attraction and was released on January, 8th 2019. It is the newest book in the Andrew M. Greeley Non-Fiction.

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