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The Father's Son

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Despite a traumatic and difficult childhood, 39-year-old Boston sales executive, David Kelly, seems to have it all. While building a life of achievement, material success, and professional respect, an unexpected friendship with Tom Fitzpatrick starts him on an emotional and courageous journey that allows him to confront the truth of his past and the impact it has had on th ...more
Kindle Edition, 441 pages
Published August 7th 2019
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Carolyn
The Father's Son delves deep into the life and mind of its main character, David, a seemingly successful Bostonian, whose dissatisfaction with his life is laid bare by his encounter with a new friend whom he meets regularly on the basketball court.

Catholic apologetics and psychology are grounded in one man's story of self-discovery, healing, and redemption. Like all good stories, The Father's Son is marked by hope. Regardless of the circumstances of our youth or the decisions we make, the call t
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Cathy Parsloe
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enlightening and Educational!

This book is a must read for anyone no matter where they are on their journey in their relationship with God. It is also a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the Catholic Church. Through the character of Tom, the author presents answers to difficult questions facing Catholics and non-Catholics as well. A wide range of topics are explored with surprising depth, and the author writes in such a manner as to offer the reader the opportunity to absorb the subjec
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Michelle Buckman
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We often look at people and judge them without truly knowing who they are and what they've been through. David, the main character in this new novel by Jim Sano, is that kind of person--you think you know him based on first impressions, but behind David's rich lifestyle is a man carrying a lot of baggage from his youth, the kind of trials that changed his worldview and affected his relationship with the people he most loved. The reader walks with David on a journey of discovery, unlocking the hi ...more
NRohde
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is very thought provoking and reflective. I find myself searching for my own truths to answer the questions that are asked throughout the story. The setting is perfect for today’s working environments where it is so easy to just get lost in your career and forget about the important things in life such as faith. Miracles happen every day and this reminds me of that when I too get lost in the day to day. I highly recommend this book and love the author’s prose to weave such a wonderful ...more
L.Eliz
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will admit to reading the last few chapters with tears in my eyes. Tears of joy and tears of sorrow - at the same time!

I did not read it all at once as the theological elements gave me pause to think and reflect on my own life, my own journey and my own relationship with God. That said, the story of such an unlikely friendship, mutual respect, and the slowly building trust between the two main characters is inspirational and filled with hope.

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Barb
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
In Boston just after the clergy sex-abuse scandals broke in 2002, a successful businessman works through his own childhood abandonment issues and marital failure with the help of a priest. A lot of moral instruction and apologetics was built into the novel, which clocks in at 441 pages, and that seemed to slow down the advancement of the plot and add an element that was didactic, if not preachy. Recommended for readers struggling with the abuse scandals and Church teaching on marriage.
Joanne
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tale of friendship and self discovery intertwined with mystery and intrigue. The characters are well developed and the plot is full of twists and turns. It made me think about my relationship with God and the power that can be found in letting go of past hurts.
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