Controversial ‘Canaan Land’ Novel Builds Anticipation for Film Version’s Release

Actor and director Richard Rossi has written a controversial Christian novel that is the basis for a film coming out later this year inspired by personal experiences from his former life as a faith-healing evangelical minister.

Los Angeles, United States - August 24, 2020 /PressCable/

A Christian novel based on an upcoming film of the same name has been launched by American filmmaker, actor, writer, and former minister Richard Rossi.

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The novel Canaan Land is described as a 21st century telling of an “Elmer Gantryesque story,” narrating a love story between one Brother Billy Gantry and Sister Sara Sunday. Brother Billy is a charismatic con man and preacher, while Sara Sunday is a sincere Christian evangelist. The plot revolves around Sara Sunday’s attempts at redeeming Brother Billy, who has turned her online ministry into a growing “Tinseltown racket.”

The author explains that the plot seeks to contrast Brother Gantry’s focus on offerings with Sara Sunday’s genuine faith. He added that the intention is to show the authentic by first exposing the counterfeit. Mr. Rossi said,”Some religious people are upset about my novel and movie for exposing the fake preachers and miracles, but the truth shall set us free.”

Moreover, Canaan Land offers an unapologetic look at present-day religion and televangelism based on the author’s own experience as a former faith-healing evangelist.

The novel Canaan Land is available in paperback and on Kindle devices at It is also available as an audiobook on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Canaan Land is also the name of a motion picture, which was written and directed by Mr. Rossi. Proceeds from book sales will be used to finish and distribute the film version of the novel.

The film is directed by and stars Mr. Rossi as Brother Billy and singer and actress Rebecca Holden (Knight Rider, Magnum P.I.) as Sister Sara Sunday. The film is being produced by Eternal Grace Productions.

In 2016, Christianity Today reported that the film’s production office had received messages of support as well as opposition from groups wanting to stop the film owing to its subject matter.

Richard Rossi’s filmography includes a film about Canadian evangelist Sister Aimee titled Aimee Semple McPherson and Baseball’s Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories, a film about baseball superstar Roberto Clemente, in addition to other films.

On the film’s website, Mr. Rossi describes the film as his “coming out” as a former fundamentalist. He wrote: “My story is my repentance and the character I play repents.”

The highly anticipated film version of ‘Canaan Land’ is nearly complete and set for a release by year-end 2020 in time to qualify for film awards.

More information about Canaan Land is available by clicking the above link.

Contact Info:
Name: Richard Rossi
Email: Send Email
Organization: Canaan Land Company
Address: 5030 Whitsett Avenue #1, Los Angeles, CA 91607, United States
Phone: +1-818-221-5899

Source: PressCable

Release ID: 88973893

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