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The books are presented below in Chronological order. They may be read in any order to the reader’s benefit. Each will stand on its own. However, the body of work is a development in phenomenological discovery expressed through the flow of ideas over time.

The books are under my first and last name, Walter Adams.

Emerson is my middle name, and I use Walter Emerson as my online persona.

Both, then, are my “real” name.


Journey to Christendom: The Freedom Dance

This is the second edition. Substantive edits to the first edition, published in 2009, clarify the text for easier reading. There is no additional material.

Journey to Christendom is the story of one man's wonder-filled spiritual exodus out of the Dark Forest and into a land of freedom and joy on a path called the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed of Roman Catholicism. This book leads the reader on a spiritual journey with the Virgin Mary, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. Joan of Arc, and other saints of the Church. You will dance out of the Dark Forest of the modern materialistic culture, across the dangerous Bridge of Reason, through stormy valleys of mental and physical suffering, and, finally, to the magnificent land of destiny to meet the King, Jesus Christ, Savior of humanity. Journey to Christendom is a testimony about finding peace, joy, and life-giving meaning through the Catholic Faith.


Seek First the Kingdom: The March of Hope

This is the second edition. Substantive edits to the first edition, published in 2009, clarify the text for easier reading. There is no additional material.

This book is about Hope, the March of Hope, which I call, more specifically, The March of Joan of Arc. St. Joan of Arc and my saintly sister Thérèse of Lisieux have been true Godsends in my life. They have led me more deeply into the mystery of True Devotion to Mary as prescribed by St. Louis de Montfort. This place of destiny is the mysterious land beyond the great gateway into Catholicism, about which I cannot wait to speak to you.

Seek First the Kingdom is a testimonial to the influence of St. Joan and St. Thérèse on my life. The reader searching for the story of St. Joan or St. Thérèse will not find it. This book reflects my personal spiritual journey under the influence of these saintly sisters.


The Dove and Rose: Personal reflections on devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux 

This is the fourth edition. Substantive edits from the first three editions clarify the text. Chapters were removed from the earlier editions to keep The Dove and Rose focused on its objective: inspiring devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. St. Joan is the Dove. St. Thérèse is the Rose.

The Dove and Rose is a series of descriptive reflections on the impact of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux on my life. A lifelong devotee to St. Thérèse, her poetry and plays introduced me to St. Joan through an extraordinary inspiration. I began writing about what that inspiration meant. Soon, St. Joan of Arc became the most significant influence on my life after Jesus and Mary. A journey had begun, with St. Joan guiding me and St. Thérèse at my side. St. Joan and St. Thérèse brought me from the Dark Forest of the contemporary world to a brightly lit path I call The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed.

The reader searching for the story of St. Joan of Arc or St. Thérèse of Lisieux will not find it. This is a personal reflection on how devotion to them transformed my life. I encourage the reader to contemplate and journal as they walk along The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with our saintly sisters. The reader’s story with St. Joan and St. Thérèse remains to be written.


Le Royaume: My Devotion to Traditional French Catholicism and the Renaissance of Catholic France

"Seek the Kingdom, Love the Kingdom, Defend the Kingdom!"

This book is a testimony to how St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux authenticated my life. It is devoted to Traditional French Catholicism through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the combined spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Le Royaume offers a program with personal reflections designed to cultivate devotion to these two great saints, the Mother of God and the Renaissance of Catholic France, for the glory of Jesus Christ the King. This effort aims to inspire others to follow St. Joan and St. Thérèse on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed to “Le Royaume,” the mystical Kingdom of Catholic France, in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Le Royaume inspires souls to seek, grow, and persevere in sanctifying grace through True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the beautiful combined spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and the noble counterrevolutionary pedagogy of Traditional French Catholicism.


Philosophical Foundations of Le Royaume: The Model, Method, and Process of Devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux

In this segment of my life's project, The Kingdom Blessed of St. Joan and St. Thérèse, I am explaining the model, method, and process that brought about the comprehension of this Kingdom through devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Using St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein, as my philosophical mentor, and her "step-by-step" methodology, I am putting down what will prove to be an abysmally inadequate model. But a model it is. Others have asked questions that led me to wonder if there is a universal way to follow the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse as I have or if it is simply my subjective perception. I am making my case for the former.


The Dove and Rose II: A phenomenological expression of Jehannian-Thérèsian French Catholic Spirituality.

This book can never be finished. That is why I am publishing it as the first edition. The text will no doubt continue to develop, and I will release future substantive increments as new editions to the same title.

The Dove and Rose II is purposely named to reflect an association with The Dove and Rose published over a decade past. The original was a devotional collection of reflections on the combined hearts of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. It has developed phenomenologically over the years into a much more mature expression that I call The Dove and Rose II. This book is an outline of my journey into the heart of St. Joan of Arc through the hermeneutics of St. Thérèse. Its phenomenology is influenced by the philosophical insights of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as St. Edith Stein.

The reader looking for the stories of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse will not find them. This book reveals my own spiritual journey with these two saintly sisters. The interpretations, conclusions, and assertions are my own. However, what the reader might uncover with some imagination and contemplative reflection is the appearance of a story appearing out of the mist of one’s own spiritual life which has universal meaning. There is no prescriptive formula in this book, only a series of points of light along a pathway through the dark night of faith. It is a journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse to the mystical Kingdom of Catholic and Royal France in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These points of light beckon the reader to develop their own meaningful expression of friendship with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse. That story - your story - remains to be written.


The French Catholic Diaspora.

“So it is that the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the Church, this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods.” (CCC 955)[

The Starting point for this manuscript is a moment in the Fall of 2008. Through contemplating the plays and poetry of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, I experienced a profound, instantaneous psychic metanoia around the person of St. Joan of Arc. The search for the meaning of this encounter propelled me forward in Catholic faith, hope, and love. At the same time, Our Lady removed me from the corporate world where, for many years, I had been a highly paid executive leading a well-known global brand and, before that position, a Park Avenue executive consultant. I set that aside to teach part-time at various local colleges and universities, which allowed me the freedom to devote my life to St. Joan and St. Thérèse and the moment of “unreflective certainty,” a phrase I borrowed from the philosophy of St. Edith Stein. A story emerged that confirmed the authority of the Holy Catholic Church as the absolute bedrock of mankind’s order on earth and the only means of eternal salvation for the human race.

A more precise story appeared through the mist of a magnificent contemplative panorama. France, Catholic and Royal, is truly the Eldest Daughter of the Church and must be restored on earth congruent to its form in Heaven as the lily of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. The Church and France must be restored to their Catholic splendor if humanity and Western Civilization, respectively, are to be saved. Those called to this special mission are the mystical French Catholic Diaspora worldwide.

This book is a brief but essential companion for those called to the French Catholic Diaspora through the hearts of St. Joan and St. Thérèse.


The House of New Bethany: Holy Devotion to St. Mary Magdalene

This brief book of reflections distills the essence of what I have been writing for over fifteen years. Despite the shortness of the book, the reader might take a lifetime to finish it. Behind every sentence are years of contemplation, Eucharistic adoration, reading, and writing. What remains hidden behind the glimpse of Holy Devotion to St. Mary Magdalene expressed here is a shimmering Kingdom circumscribed by the light of the combined hearts and St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. The Kingdom is a form in the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. St. Mary Magdalene embodies this Kingdom and holy devotion to her through the Virgin Mary leads us to the feet of Christ in Bethany, the foot of the Cross, the tomb of the resurrection, and, finally, to Mystical France on the shores of Provence. May the reader find Catholic spiritual nourishment here and life in the Mystical Kingdom of Catholic and Royal France for eternity.


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