''The Sign of the Grail'' Gets Five Star Review from Midwest Book Review

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The Midwest Book Review released an October online review of The Sign of the Grail (five stars, Amazon) and other works by author C.J.S. Hayward. Seven-volume series offers words of wit and wisdom: whirlwind tours of life and loveliness, legends and lore.

Picture taken at Wheaton College's Marion E. Wade Center.

C.J.S. Hayward is a National Merit Scholar, has won over 200 web awards, holds master's degrees in math (UIUC) and theology (Cambridge, England), ranked 7th nationwide in a math contest, and has studied over a dozen languages.

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The Midwest Book Review released an October online review of The Sign of the Grail (five stars, Amazon) and other works by author C.J.S. Hayward. This seven-volume series offers words of wit and wisdom: whirlwind tours of life and loveliness, legends and lore.

    Down through the centuries, the Legend of King Arthur has been used as an icon for so many literary works in the western world. ''The Sign of the Grail'' is a collection of memorable literary works by CJS Hayward centering around the Holy Grail and what it means to orthodox religion, as well as those who follow those teachings. Tackling diverse subjects such as iconography and an earthly paradise, he pulls no punches when dealing with many of the topics laid out through the legends. ''The Sign of the Grail'' is a unique, scholarly, and thorough examination of the Grail mythos, granting it a top recommendation for academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in these subjects. Also very highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library collections are CJS Hayward's other deftly written and original literary works, essays, and commentaries compilations and anthologies: ''Yonder'' (9780615202174, $40.00); ''Firestorm 2034'' (9780615202167, $40.00), ''A Cord of Seven Strands'' (9780615202174, $40.00), ''The Steel Orb'' (9780615193618, $40.00), ''The Christmas Tales'' (9780615193632, $40.00), and ''Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary'' (9780615193625, $40.00).

    John Burroughs
    Reviewer
    The Midwest Book Review

''Yonder'' is a look at men, women, and the world that we share. Yonder looks at the issues from different angles, ending with a perspective that unveils a beauty in our life together that is difficult not to take for granted.

''Firestorm 2034'' looks at issues and experience related to giftedness, and ends with the tale of a brilliant medieval wayfarer brought to the near future and the chaos that he causes.

''A Cord of Seven Strands'' includes many of C.J.S. Hayward's older gems, from a print form of a poster to dreamlike vision to a look at the problems when religion emulates television.

''The Steel Orb'' is a collection of creative writing exploring life and Eastern Orthodoxy, and includes works of spirituality and story building up to a fantasy novella whose setting is based on the patristic Greek East rather than the medieval Latin West.

''The Christmas Tales'' offers treasures Eastern Christian mystical theology for the Western reader, from symbol to desert wisdom to fairy tale.

''Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary'' treats culture as technical people may view it, ending with a satirical dictionary in the tradition of Ambrose Bierce.

''The Sign of the Grail'' is the capstone of the series and is named for a novella in which a young man's life begins to open up when discovers a book of Arthurian legends. ''The Sign of the Grail'' deepens the Arthuriad, weaving it into the book's web of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology.

The entire collection is available from the author's official site at CJSHayward.com. The works are available online for free reading (no registration required), as well as for purchase.

Each book in this seven volume series is an anthology, with several shorter works and one longer work, arranged roughly from shortest to longest. They cover an interconnected web of mystical theology and living philosophy, science fiction and fantasy, dreamlike vision and Socratic dialogue, legend and life. The collection might be called, ''Eastern Orthodoxy meets Western literature in a spellbinding dance.'' As The Midwest Book Review attests, they are ''very highly reccommended for personal, academic, and community collections... deftly written and original.''

About author C.J.S. Hayward:
"C.J.S. Hayward is a National Merit Scholar, has won over 200 web awards, holds master's degrees in math (UIUC) and theology (Cambridge, England), ranked 7th nationwide in a math contest, and has studied over a dozen languages." He has overcome daunting and at times shocking obstacles and now works in web development alongside his writing. He is available for interview. Read C.J.S. Hayward's full author biography.

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