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Brother Booker Ashe : “It’s amazing what the Lord can do,” by Willy Thorn. ISBN-13: 978-0-87462-091-7. ISBN-10: 0-87462-091-0. Paper. 195 pp. $20. Generously illustrated. Notes. Index.

Who is Brother Booker Ashe?

Milwaukee’s premier humanitarian … a beggar and a provider … a Mother Theresa type with no hidden agenda … a preacher and theatrical director… the Black Ghetto Santa Claus … a gambler and a chain smoker … a modern day Gandhi … an Ecclesastical pimp … a pimp for Christ … the black Friar Tuck … The Star of Walnut Street…a very Catholic Franciscan … a very Franciscan Catholic … America’s premier black monk … an inner city institution … the hood’s Robin Hood … a chef and artist …. a civil rights icon and proclaimer of love … A Black man clad in brown robes taking Christ’s teachings to the poor ... a big man with a hearty laugh and a twinkle in his eye that belies the seriousness that underlies his life … a man of effusive ebullient goodness … a humble black man with a compelling voice of love ... a sign of the revolution being accomplished in the Roman Catholic Church worldwide and in the Franciscan family.

About the author

Willy Thorn was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Capuchin-run St. Lawrence Seminary for high school, before earning degrees in Journalism & Mass Communications from Marquette University. He has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Bangkok, Thailand, Chicago, Minneapolis & St. Paul, Phoenix & St. Francis (SD) and has worked as an agate clerk & sports reporter, arts critic, Capitol Hill reporter, syndicated columnist, van driver & art therapist, international wire editor, radio dj & play-by-play announcer, copywriter & scriptwriter, photographer & painter, coach, teacher, & hobo. His writing has appeared in hundreds of advertisements, broadcasts, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, plays, poems, scripts, websites, & wire transmissions. His awards include: National Catholic Press Association writing awards for national reporting, news stories, & magazine feature writing; the Pete Axthelm Memorial Award for Sportswriting Excellence and the Minnesota State Gateway Trail Photography Contest. This is his first book.




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