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Ronald C. Wendling

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Although I left the religious order of the Roman Catholic Church known as the Jesuits, I still regard the order and its spirituality as a "treasure," though one I found "unsuitable" to me. Hence the title of my memoir.

I graduated from a Jesuit high school in Buffalo, New York and entered the Jesuits when I was only seventeen, too young to make a decision about how to spend the rest of my life. I also had to grapple with my father's addiction to alcohol, from which he recovered when I was about twelve, and with the brute fact of his death when he was only forty-six, and I only nineteen.

It took me nine years in a Jesuit seminary to discover that a life requiring me to live out a vow of chastity was not for me. My story tells how I discove
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I will be answering questions and blogging in the near future--probably starting sometime in mid-September. Meantime you may wish to check out the two reviews I have written on Goodreads over the last month. They concern depression, addiction, post traumatic stress disorder, and the recent rise in the rate of suicides in the United States.

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At the center of this novel is a problem James began his literary career writing about. He also lived it out by eventually choosing England (and nearby Europe) over Puritan New England as his place of residence. But the conflict in James between res
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Davies navigates the rise of Enlightenment rationalism and the weakening hold it has had on our politics with remarkable clarity. He begins with the split Descartes established between the thinking subject and the body. The Cartesian body, with all
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