“Cry of Nineveh”

The latest novel by Joyce Coronel


I’d been writing for the newspaper for years, but when I stumbled on an amazing story of faith, I knew it was much bigger than just one article. That’s how an apostolate of building solidarity with the persecuted Christians of Iraq and my first novel, “A Martyr’s Crown” were born. “Cry of Nineveh,” a second novel, debuts Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s High School, 2525 N. Third St., Phoenix.

I hope you’ll join us! Here are the details:

Cry of Nineveh - bookcover_03.inddThe evening begins with a screening of “Marked,” a one-hour documentary about the persecuted Christians of Iraq. Tickets are FREE but you need register at Eventbrite. I’ll be signing copies of the new book, “Cry of Nineveh,” after the movie. Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cry-of-nineveh-movie-night-and-book-launch-tickets-27964003086

If you can’t make it to the movie, not to worry! You can get a sneak peek of the book on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral. A Holy Hour to pray for the Persecuted Church follows the 6:30 p.m. Mass and I’ll be signing copies of the book in the courtyard afterward and would love to meet you.

Joyce Coronel  is a proud member of the Catholic Speakers Bureau, CMG Booking.   Click here link to view her profile and book a speaking engagement.

As with “A Martyr’s Crown,” the new book is based on years of interviews with Christians who have fled the violence and persecution in their native Iraq.

While the world was initially shocked by the takeover of Mosul by ISIS, people have now turned their eyes to other issues. Whether it’s the upcoming presidential election, police shootings or the Olympics, the ongoing injustice against Christians has been largely forgotten.

There are still tens of thousands of Christians languishing in refugee camps in Erbil and Jordan.

So why another novel? Why not a non-fiction book that lays out the facts about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East?

It’s already been done. John Allen’s “The Global War on Christians” does a fine job in this regard.

Coronel’s aim is to move hearts and motivate readers to embrace their Christian faith with renewed vigor and sincerity. And then to take action, particularly on behalf of the beleaguered Christians of the Middle East.

“Think of what Hollywood has been able to accomplish with movies about hot-button topics. They pull you in with a story that moves your heart and have been able to shape public attitudes on a number of issues — for better or for worse,” Coronel said. “Why shouldn’t a Catholic author do the same thing?”

“Cry of Nineveh” movingly depicts the story of how the violent persecution of Christians in Mosul impacts one family. It’s also a close-up view of a man named Joe Campbell, an Iraq War combat veteran haunted by what he experienced in battle.

Here’s what some of those who have reviewed the book had to say about it:

Spectacular.  The characters of Cry of Nineveh are very believable and compelling.  Their stories tell the real, flesh and blood story of heroes and villains in our midst. They also help us go beyond, to see that our ultimate struggle is between the forces of darkness and Jesus Christ, the only One who can give us true peace.

–Father Charles Goraieb, Pastor, St. Timothy Catholic Church

Well done and inspiring! A real strength of the book is that the author brings the characters alive, that we see through their eyes the struggles of veterans, families and friends; that we see the real impacts of the ISIS takeover of Mosul and the impact on Christians in the war zone.

–Major General (Ret) John L. Scott, U.S. Army and Catholic deacon

A compelling, gripping story not very far from real events happening in Iraq, written with great attention to detail. An expertly executed novel that keeps you at the edge of your seat. 

— Maha George, who survived a shooting and fled Iraq in 1997