Pillar of Fire

I’m delighted to announce the publication of my historical novel, Pillar of Fire.

In an age of intolerance, compassion can be dangerous. Pillar of Fire captures the stunning witness of the medieval mystics known as Beguines. Amid the intrigues of kings and knights, against a panorama of church corruption, Crusader campaigns, and Inquisition trials, these bold women broke all the rules. They offer a model of courageous hope in an era much like our own.

Pillar of Fire is a page-turner filled with history, humor, and beauty.” —Lydia Wylie-Kellermann, editor, Geez magazine  

“Joyce Hollyday weaves a fabric of adventure that gallops across Europe to Sinai and back. Retelling the gospel story in a feminist key, Pillar of Fire is a compelling mirror for our own times and consciences.” —Elaine Enns and Ched Myers, authors, Healing Haunted Histories  

“This profound epic tale will move you to tears, incite your righteous anger, and inspire you to create authentic community. Readingitis like taking a deep spiritual journey.” —Nancy Rue, author, The Reluctant Prophet Trilogy 

“This beautifully written story will make you weep, but will also certainly make you cheer. This book should be on every woman’s shelf right next to Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children books and Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games series.”—Lynne Hinton, author, The Divine Private Detective Agency Series

More details, endorsements, and ordering information can be found at https://wipfandstock.com/pillar-of-fire.html

8 thoughts on “Pillar of Fire

  1. that’s wonderful, Joyce, congratulations — can’t wait to read it! I’m hard at work on a memoir, working title Loving Your Enemy and Other Outlandish Pursuits. I hope someday I can announce its publicaiton. You inspire me ~ I’m living in Hillsborough NC now near my fantastic son Luke, twin sister Bonnie, and mother. Retired from church and urban ministry. Sitting on a screen porch watching deer travel through my little patch of land on the Eno River. Blessed. Are you still in the mountains? would love to see you when the world opens back up, Angie

    Angie Wright


    • Thank you, Angie. So great to hear from you — and wonderful that you’re writing a memoir! Lots of work, but well worth it. I look forward to reading it. Love the image of the deer passing by the screen porch. Bill & I moved about a year and a half ago to Vermont. We sit on our deck and hear the barred owls singing to one another in the birches and maples, now shedding the last of their brilliant
      gold and red leaves. Sorry I’m no longer just down the road, but I hope our paths will cross again — here or there. All the best with the writing!


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