Deacon Steve Lumbert thought all he would be writing was homilies, until he heard the words, “How would you like to write a book?” Those were the initial words from daughter, Karina Fabian, as she called to ask her father to author a book with her entitled, “Why God Matters.” Karina, a founding member of the Catholic Writer’s Guild and accomplished writer, received word that her publisher, Nicole Langan of Tribute Books, had an unexpected opening in her schedule. She thought it would be a fun endeavor with her father.
Steve shared with his daughter that he would need guidance and according to Steve, she assured him that she would be a tough critic. The book, characterized as a small, quick read that in 14 chapters gives glimpses of how God was leading each of them all along. It is arranged in alternating chapters between the two authors, followed by a life lesson that asks questions of readers and quotes from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Deacon Steve said he hoped “people would find a way to find God in their lives,” he said. “Also, the recognition that indeed God is present with us at all times.”
The book was released last May 15 and has received an overwhelmingly positive response. Both Steve and Karina have been surprised by its success. “I never expected it,” he said.Though published writers, they don’t claim to have all the spiritual answers on the journey of faith. Describing her spirituality as a roller coaster, Karina said, “I have my ups and downs; there are times I am clinging for dear life.” She tearfully shares that the last chapter was the hardest for her to write. The chapter details the struggle she has as a mother knowing that her oldest son, 17, does not believe in the faith.
We struggle all the time, even as a deacon I struggle,” he said. “The way I respond to that struggle is through prayer.” For Steve it is the death of his younger brother that served as a wake-up call for him. “It helped me to better realize what I needed to do,” he said.
The father-daughter team is considering writing again, even doing a sequel to Why God Matters. To purchase the book and read reviews of the book, please visit the book’s website: www.whygodmatters.com.