Zeiner releases historical novel, children’s book

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Just in time for Christmas, local author and pastor’s wife Joanna Zeiner, 70, has released her second of two books, “A Miracle for Angelo.” The first, a children’s book called “Little Pete’s Great Big Life Lesson,” debuted in September of 2019.

Zeiner is the wife of Ronald Zeiner, pastor of Bread of Life Christian Fellowship in Uvalde. They reside in Knippa.

Historical fiction, “Miracle” follows the story of a medieval sculptor named Angelo as he witnesses the first live nativity re-enactment put on by Francis of Assisi in A.D. 1223.

“This really isn’t a nativity story,” said Zeiner. “It’s actually the story of Angelo the stone sculptor.

“He was lost in his pain until he hit that first nativity and is confronted by what God did.”

During the process of getting the book published, Zeiner sought out readers who would endorse her book.

“Everything I wanted for this story was connected in little bits and pieces with my endorsers,” she said. “I felt like it hit its mark.”

The story centers on a personal tragedy that Angelo, the protagonist, must wrestle with until he can find peace again.

“The manger scene’s simple witness pierced Angelo’s heart,” reads the text at the climax.


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