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My intensive three month love affair with the writings of Paul Hendrickson came to a crossroads of sorts at the beginning of 2012 when I, on his advice, began tackling his personal memoir written almost thirty years ago describing his time served in the Holy Trinity Alabama cells of a Thomas Judge seminary. Entering the somewhat and serious monastic life at the unripe age of fourteen and studying there for seven years until he found the strength to leave it, Paul Hendrickson weaves a web of stor ...more
I was surprised by the personal nature of this book as Hendrickson goes through the Roman Catholic Seminary in Alabama and later Virginia. The book reveals his personal struggle with his faith, his commitment to the priesthood, the expectations of his family and the impact of worldly events on his faith. It has many memories about his fellow classmates and shows how "human" these boys were. As Robert Coles writes for the New Republic, "A gifted writer's look inward at a soul's reasons, a sou;'s ...more