The first chapter in Love, Hate and Hope introduces a mystery: did the Bible – found fused to a molten girder in the rubble of the Twin Towers – belong to Donna, an ex-minister who disappeared that day?
This Bible, pictured at right, is on display at the September 11th Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, and was shown to Pope Francis during his September 2015 visit.
The novel asks if this the Bible belonged to Donna, a fictional character. If so, what was she doing at the World Trade Center just one day after being defrocked as a minister? The answers to these, and other questions, are revealed in the final chapter of Love, Hate and Hope.
Religion is a dangerous medicine: Too little can harm. Too much can kill. This theme is explored throughout the novel, as the characters explore Eastern and Western faiths in an effort to live a life of love. They wonder if it may be harmful to ignore the common wisdom – the Golden Rule – that is expressed in the sacred texts of many faith; or if it may be deadly to put too much faith on isolated passages that preaches judgement and violence.