INTERVIEW WITH NAOMI RAGEN

An Unorthodox Match (Yaakov and Leah Book 1) Naomi Ragen St. Martin’s Press Sept.24, 2019 An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen has a basis for this novel, the insular world of the Jewish community; yet, any denomination can fit into this beautiful love story.  The powerful and moving plot considers how faith, love, forgiveness, and acceptance are all intertwined. Issues sensitively explored include hypocrisy, bigotry, family dysfunction, the stigma of mental illness, and the economic hardships confronting men who choose to be studious religiously, instead of earning a living. The story begins with Lola Howard, now called Leah, who...

THE DEVIL IN JERUSALEM by Naomi Ragan Reviewed

THE DEVIL IN JERUSALEM Naomi Ragen St. Martin’s Press October 13, 2015 THE DEVIL IN JERUSALEM by Naomi Ragen is an intense thriller. It explores the horrific issue of abuse, both emotional and physical, inflicted onto cult followers. Based upon a true event from the documents of a well-known Israeli court case, Ragen fictionalizes it to add depth to the plot. Although this story centers around an ultra-Orthodox self-proclaimed religious leader and his acolytes, they can easily be replaced by other religious psychopaths with Jim Jones and David Koresh coming to mind. The author noted, “This is not about the Ultra-Orthodox community. It is...