Saving Erasmus

Saving Erasmus: The Tale of a Reluctant Prophet


I did not expect to meet the Angel of Death while he was extricating himself from a washing machine. Actually I wasn’t really expecting to meet the Angel of Death at all. Not this soon. Not in this place.

When fresh seminary graduate, Andrew Benoit, is sent to the tiny parish of Erasmus, he soon encounters the Angel of Death who threatens to destroy the town. What ensues is both deadly fun and deadly serious.

Along the way, Andrew follows many paths of inquiry, discovering the history of the American cinema, encounters with medieval saints, fear of the apocalypse, the Angel of Death, and conversations with a curious group of mystics who meet at the Instant Coffee Cup.

This modern-day Jonah tries desperately to save a small town only to discover that he himself is the one who needs saving.


Saving Erasmus had me hooked from the front page. Clever, witty, and profound, everything a good book should be.
– Philip Gulley, author of the Harmony series

You know when a book starts out with the Angel of Death emerging from a washing machine it is going to blur the lines of reality. And you hope it will have a sense of humor while doing it or there is no way it will work. Steve Cleavers “Saving Erasmus” is a success on several fronts. It tells a charming tale of a man and a town that need each other for their salvation in ways they cannot begin to anticipate. It is also laugh out loud funny.

Andrew Benoit is personally troubled but earnest in his commitment to save the town of Erasmus. The townspeople are appropriately quirky and the story operates at all times on several levels. It is a simple story that has tremendous symbolism and uses a variety of historical and cultural touchstones to add depth and nuance to the events in Erasmus. The only disappointment in Saving Erasmus was when I realized I had reached the end.
-Reader Catz

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