32 Days: A Story of Faith and Courage; published by Pauline Books & Media, Oct. 1, 2016.
How are the lives of a famous American bishop, Fulton J. Sheen and an eleven year old Chinese girl intertwined? In an interview, the Bishop explains what binds the two: devotion to the Holy Hour and Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In Pei's case, at the risk of her life. In this book of historical fiction, the time is 1949, right after the Communists took over China, a time of extreme poverty and upheaval. It depicts a child living out her faith in a culture of persecution. The story unfolds as the armed soldiers enter Pei's village. They terrorize the children and remove Pei's teacher, Sister Elizabeth, from the school. She is replaced by a strict, unyielding instructor who rules by fear and intimidation. The children must memorize the words of Mao Zedong and the tenets of Communism. Though she is virtually unknown, Pei is a hero who inspired others far beyond her time and place.