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Guide 4 Pilgrims

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 "If you take one book to Rome, take this one!
If you want one book to help you through Rome and the Vatican, this is it.
Loaded with information from a spiritual and historical point of view.
Especially excellent for Catholic pilgrims. Full of pictures, facts,
detailed and pertinent information. It is in my pack on every trip."
Steve Ray
Catholic Convert, Apologist and Pilgrimage Leader 

Twelve convenient walking tours, with detailed maps.
More than 100 important pilgrim sites.
Almost 800 inspiring images.
Thousands of interesting Christian facts.

Experience the grandeur of Rome's art, architecture, history and -- above all -- faith. For the pilgrim, Rome bears witness to twenty tumultuous centuries of Christian history, like no other place. The Eternal City's abundance of sacred treasures can overwhelm, however, especially when so many tourist guides fail to focus on the faith. This is the indispensable Guide 4 Pilgrims on Rome and the Vatican. Whether traveling there or simply enjoying it from an armchair, pilgrims can experience the human drama that has always defined the Eternal City: from ancient emperors and martyrs, to Renaissance popes and artists, to the enduring legacy of Rome's architects and saints. Christianity has always demanded Rome's attention, just as the Eternal City has commanded the world's. Regardless of the passing of brutal emperors and empires, however, Rome confirms that the gates of Hell have not and shall not prevail against Christ's Church. 

"This book is at the top of my list
as one of the most comprehensive Catholic travel guides to Rome.
I especially love the stunning images, interesting facts about the saints
and our Catholic faith, as well as all of the travel tips included in this book.
I am taking this book with me on all 4 of my pilgrimages to Rome this year."
Teresa Tomeo
Catholic Radio & Television Host
Pilgrimage Leader to Rome & The Vatican for over 10 Years

Kenneth E. and Elizabeth H. Nowell
“Today, as a professional travel writer, I may have read more guidebooks than the Holy See has had popes. I can honestly say that this [book] goes above and beyond the call of guidebook duty. I wish it existed when I was in Rome….   Rome and the Vatican – Guide 4 Pilgrims is an essential companion. It could also easily be used creatively in history or religion classes, since the authors go back to the beginning, covering the major players in church history and notable places in Rome with the photographs to go with them…. [W]ith this book, you will see what most tourists miss and learn aspects of your faith you never knew.”
Luke Armstrong


Excellent guide
ByAmazon Customer
Very handy and loaded with information I recommend to anyone going to Rome and the Vatican. A must have for your trip

Visual appeal, informative and useful
ByJ. Cannon
This book will be useful for pilgrims traveling to Rome to see both the city and the Vatican. The book has tremendous visual appeal and the authors are adept at presenting information in chunks. I enjoyed the walking tours, maps, tips, and trivia. When I return to Rome and the Vatican, this book will be in my backpack!

Fun to read and informative, too!
ByLyn M. Mettler
...It's not your typical travel book in its layout or tone, which makes it an interesting read. It provides background on the Christian history of Rome and has many practical tips throughout that are often written with a touch of whimsy. Inside are detailed walking tours for pilgrims and many interesting sites off-the-beaten path that are important to Christianity, which I did not know about. There are also all the practical things you would need for your trip like maps, transportation schedules, hours of key sites, important holidays and more. I highly recommend this for anyone traveling to Rome or even those, like me, who just dream of going there!

More than a Guidebook
ByP. Armstrong
...I love [Rome's] history, religion, and geography. The Rome and Vatican Guide 4 Pilgrims is about all of that. The gorgeous photos are a travel log themselves. Kenneth and Elizabeth Nowell start by laying out the beginning of Christianity. They include background of the apostles and Christian persecutors; the Popes, good and bad; papal trivial; the early saints that shaped Christianity; the artists who created lasting Church treasures, and the various churches and their histories.... This book is unique for all it entails and is far, far more than just a book for travelers. It would make history, religion, art, and geography classes come alive. The book closes with a Scriptural and historical guide on the establishment of the Papacy and the Catholic Church—yes, even apologetics too.

Include this in your suitcase.
ByCheryl Prather
...This is a must have for anyone going to Rome.

Great for pilgrims and those who love historical facts!
ByLiz Lantigua
"ROME and the VATICAN" is not only a great paperback guide for tourists but for those like me who love to learn quick facts about Catholic pilgrimages and the life of saints! It has pictures, recommendations, condensed historical facts and great tips. For example, if you want to visit St. Cecilia's place of birth in Trastevere, the book advises you that the church is tricky to spot because pilgrims must pass through an outer façade before entering the church's courtyard. The book contains pictures of the façade, the church and the places inside so you will spot it easily. Few books have so much information on this early saint that died around 230 AD that's why I was fascinated to read about her life and some of the people who she converted. "ROME and the VATICAN" has information on basic Italian so you can fend yourself while on your trip. It also gives you broad information of life in Rome: their dress codes, how to avoid the crowds, the country's national holidays, the famous piazzas, best restaurants, must see Vatican gardens and Roman architectural curiosities! Just reading it makes you want to book your flight to Italy and go, as the Italians would say... subito!

Beautiful pictures - Great Insight
ByD. Appel
This is a great book to learn more about Rome and the Vatican. From the beautiful pictures, helpful color maps and thoughtfully laid out walking tours, this book guides you through one of the most richly historic cities in all the world. The authors weave in an insightful connection to history and religion which can't be overlooked in any discussion of this region. Whether you're preparing for a trip to Rome or just curious to learn more, this book is a must-have.

The Trials and Triumph Trilogy:

Puppet masters control governments.
Tech titans control privacy.
Scientists control human life.
The dawn of the Shining Darkness has been foretold through saints...
along with God's climactic plan 
to end the evil
and reward the good.

A bizarre monastery death sets the world's political, 
economic and Spiritual forces on a collision course, 
careening to the climactic end of the Age.

The Rise is Book One of The Trials and Triumph Trilogy, 
epic thrillers that race around the world, 
through the tumultuous centuries of Christian history. 
This riveting fictional account was written in 2009, 
but reads like global news reports, 
ripped from the front pages of today's major newspapers.

Highly researched,
The Trials and Triumph trilogy is based on 
true but little-known prophecies of saints.


Jean S. Varnes reviewed The Rebellion
A Must Read 
Absolutely wonderful, right on. Every one should read this book. It hold's your interest till the end. A must read.!!!!

Joan E Holman reviewed The Return
Great read
This trilogy is fast-paced, exciting and most of all believable. I could not wait for the third book in the series and I am sorry that it's over! Good Job!

elle4pets reviewed The Rebellion
Great story using many facts
Smooth writing! Hard to put down! Had to read the whole series of three, wishing there were more books! Loved it

Monica reviewed The Return
This is the third book of a trilogy and was even better than the preceding two books. There is a twist near the end that I never anticipated but should have. Truly a trilogy that everyone should read!

Music lover "tom" reviewed The Rebellion [EDITED FOR LENGTH]
A Prophet of Our Times - A must read 
"The Rebellion" is Kenneth Nowell's second of three fictional novels that incredibly reads as if it is taken directly from today's world headlines....

For those of you seeking answers to what is happening to this world, who feel that something is definitely out of place... for those of you who read and follow Spiritdaily, Trunews or have enjoyed Mark Mallet's blogs, Michael O'Brien's novel "Father Elijah" or Compasse's epic Dominion 7 novel series; then this is a must have for every Christian out there!!!

This novel is truly inspired by the Holy Spirit and will be a reference guide for all of us to understand the social, political and moral battles that are taking place right now. It is a book ultimately of hope and demonstrates that even in these most challenging of times, unsuspecting heroes and great acts of valor and love will emerge to confront the darkness we all now face.

I pray and beg of you to support this writer who I believe will one day be seen as important as C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. It is a page turner and both provokes and inspires you at every turn. I cannot wait for the third and final novel set for release this late summer of 2012!

debbie pryor reviewed The Return (The Trials and Triumph Trilogy) (Kindle Edition) 
Loved the series because it was catholic..and very well written..I have told many friends about this!! EXCELLENT catholic teaching for change.

B. Bowen (Arkansas) - reviewed The Rise (The Trials and Triumph Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)
Well worth reading 

I so enjoyed this book and plan on buying the other 2 in the series. Almost read the exact same thing happening in the news. I loved how there was tagged footnotes where you could go back and forth to them and then back to reading. If you like a thriller with a modern mystery and like the Left Behind series, then you really need to read this series as well.

Miriambird reviewed The Return [EDITED FOR LENGTH]
I smiled and grabbed my "Rosaly"...(read it and you'll understand) 
Sometimes one experiences a sense of loss or sadness after having completed a particularly good or meaningful book. Not with this one. Finishing this trilogy, for me, was just the beginning of a renewed interest in the Old Testament, Revelation, and the Biblical roots of the Universal Church....

There are two reasons the end of this Trilogy is a beginning for me. Though I did look to the footnotes throughout, it was really more of a cursory glance. Now, I have a hunger to return to The Rise and read the Trilogy straight through with a more exhaustive look at the footnotes, most of which are the Bible. Some of the footnotes are works by modern authors, and I also intend to get some of those books.

I guess I could say more, but really I think the best thing about this book was this: I read the last few pages with a smile on my face, as if I was reading a bit of incredibly good news. After putting it down, I immediately grabbed my Rosary and have prayed it daily since.

Thomas B. Forbes "tbfhimself" reviewed The Return
End Times thriller  
One of the few times I've read straight through a trilogy. This one comes at the End Times from a Catholic perspective. The first book of the trilogy builds at a steady pace with one surprise following another. All the plot lines hang together and build on each other. All the major private revelations play a part. This is the first novel with footnotes that are worth reading too.

I did feel the third book had perhaps too much happening but great action. And there is no Rapture! I always thought no one gets out Scott free at the End! This is a great, hopeful read and of course the Good Guys win! How could it be otherwise.

BGH reviewed The Return
A believable and chilling read!
Ken Nowell has written another fast moving mystery that combines the little known prophecies of century old saints while staying true to end time Bible prophecies. This third book in the trilogy comes together with all the evil of the times and it is spine chilling and imaginative and makes the future a horrific atmosphere for Satan to triumph. Nowell offers a real glimpse into heaven and into hell. To see the great end of the Return is to see Hope. It is more than you can imagine. We will all have to choose. The Return will beg the question.

Joan E Holman reviewed The Rise
I love this book and I immediately downloaded the second in the trilogy. Now, where is the third???? I absolutely cannot wait and I check daily for the release. It is fast-paced and relevant and packed with the most intriguing characters.

Andrea reviewed The Rise
Couldn't put it down! 
This was one of the best books I have ever read. A great read, and I enjoyed all the footnotes. I read the Return and can't wait for the final book. I highly recommend.

Nancy M. Borisov  reviewed The Rise
Could not put it down!!!!
I was amazed at the amount of research that Mr. Nowell put into this book! It seems so real and made me think about our world today- how this could happen . Great story. Can't wait for the next two!!!!!

Jody Rakis reviewed The Rise [EDITED FOR LENGTH]
The Rise will raise your interest! 
Kenneth E. Nowell writes a very compelling story. It is strong, and follows the story line of good vs. evil....

The author does an excellent job with footnotes and references, which makes it easy to check on text that you might want to understand more fully or learn more about. Yet this in no way takes away from the flow of the story. I felt the book was very well written. Areas that were beyond my technical knowledge were detailed, yet very understandable and believable. I was inspired by, and enjoyed, the words of the apostle John and how they were so well chosen for the situation.

A great deal of the book is about faith in God and how we live our lives.... The sins of power and ambition are very strong as demonstrated by several characters.... The suspense part of the book, the underlying story, is very cleverly written and evil is almost detailed as much as good. The writer does an excellent job with incorporating content that is faith-based and inspirational, and then also does an excellent job of writing about the power of sin and its influence in the world. It's almost two different extremes.

BGH reviewed The Rise
A Rare Read
Be prepared if you start The Rise that you have time to finish is my advice. Once I began I could not put down the book and this is rare for me. It is suspenseful and a mystery. Ken Nowell uses a weaving of time and characters that creates a dramatic read. For you Bible scholars that are familiar with the book of Revelations you will be amazed at how quickly and easily our world slips into the abyss of the changes foretold.

The bizarre prophecies become alive, explainable and commonplace in the sinister world and anti-social characters that jump off the pages of this book. However, conversely there is also hope and this is one of the surprises of the book that I will not share. You will have to read the book yourself. The Rise will not disappoint.

Nancy M. Borisov  reviewed The Rebellion
Prophet in the making???!!!
Such realism and an intriguing and highly thought-provoking book. This book made me want to learn more about End of Times prophesies. However, Mr. Nowell pretty much covers them all. CAN NOT WAIT FOR "The Return."

Jody Rakis reviewed The Rebellion [EDITED FOR LENGTH]
The Rebellion - so true in today's world!
The author writes a very suspenseful story of evil and the rebellion that we read about in the paper every day. His events could be real and going on without us realizing it, like in the book. He leads us through Satan's plan to corrupt the world, each one of us, and how he is able to do that even though we know better. His characters are real, good vs. evil. There is the story of love that is real, hate and evil that are very strong, and faith that is everlasting. And while, in this second book, evil is getting ahead of the good, the good are there keeping their faith, leading and using all of God's blessings and miracles to keep going. Book three is a "must read"!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, every page, every footnote. Actually, I think I looked at every footnote in the book and there are many of them. But they correlate so well with the action in the story that it almost takes away the fiction. Some prophecies I had not heard, and they added to the suspense of the story and to my thought on life. Read and enjoy!

S. Ficks reviewed The Rebellion
Fun read
A catholic novel of the end times with a number of interesting twists. Very enjoyable, fun read. The footnote section adds to the novel by providing some background for the book. read the first two novels, hope the third is soon.

ministryvalues reviewed The Rebellion
Immediately Entertaining
book/author has a great engine. fearless and ambitious when it comes to taking on big concepts. Author keeps the suspense moving.. Book had me turning pages anxious to see what happens when the three days of darkness comes.

It is a fast paced trip around the world with surprises and shocks all along the way. I like the jet setting.. the books takes the reader around the world and back -in a hurry.

Hugo reviewed The Rise
This sets the bar height for Catholic fiction
Finding good Catholic fiction is the proverbial "needle in the haystack", but this book is a gem. What a great combination of current events, solid mysticism, orthodox Catholicism and suspense. The story lines are fresh and parallel to christian concern in this country today. The author's theology is of the eternal Church and this is not a flaky new age "I love my crystal" type. I highly anticipate the next two books.