In Due Season: A Catholic Life / Edition 1by Paul Wilkes
Pub. Date: 03/16/2009
Praise for In Due Season
"Paul Wilkes's memoir is a love story—and also a story of a struggle with the lover, in his case, God. The son of an immigrant, Wilkes felt that he was called to a priestly vocation, indeed a Trappist vocation. God sent him many signals that this was not his calling. So Paul had to settle for what he thought to be a/b>/i>
Praise for In Due Season
"Paul Wilkes's memoir is a love story—and also a story of a struggle with the lover, in his case, God. The son of an immigrant, Wilkes felt that he was called to a priestly vocation, indeed a Trappist vocation. God sent him many signals that this was not his calling. So Paul had to settle for what he thought to be a second-best vocation—a very successful writer. God heaved a sigh of relief. Paul had finally 'got it.' He has written a memoir of the century."
—Andrew Greeley, author, The Catholic Imagination
"Paul Wilkes is that rarest of people—a deeply spiritual man who is also an absolutely exquisite writer. His absorbing new memoir reveals the wonderful things that can happen when you allow God to lead you along life's often bumpy path—whether or not you know where the journey will lead. This is a beautifully written, frequently haunting, and always fascinating story of seeking and finding, serving and loving, and—ultimately—dying and rising. Highly recommended."
—James Martin, SJ, author, My Life with the Saints
"Paul Wilkes's biography takes us through Paul's life, but through the stages of our own lives as well. As a result, at the end of it we can see how we, too, have become more than we ever thought we could be. Wilkes is a great writer–he has a refreshing style, a direct voice, and a stark and unfurbished honesty, even about himself. In Due Season has all the marks of Augustine's Confessions or Merton's Seven Storey Mountain. It gives the rest of us, whatever we've done, wherever we've been, hope. It helps us see the forest of our lives despite the trees.
Read this book. It can put the seasons of your own life into better, broader perspective."
—Joan Chittister, author, Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir
Paul Wilkes' In Due Season takes the reader on a moving journey through an extraordinary era's thickets of American Catholic life and belief—opening at last into wisdom, affirmation, and hope.
—James Carroll, author, Practicing Catholic and An American Requiem, winner of the National Book Award
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Table of Contents
1. The Seventh Child.
2. A Vision.
3. High School: The Man in the Ten-Way Suit.
4. Coming Home, Leaving Home.
5. College: Red Arrow Park.
6. At Sea.
7. One Hot Day . . . and Night.
8. A Young Reporter.
9. The Big Time, More or Less.
10. Home, Again.
11. On the Streets.
12. CHIPS Days.
14. The Pilgrimage.
15. Not Present.
16. The Sofa.
17. 80 Winthrop.
18. The Scent of a Woman.
As Good as It Gets?
19. On the Playing Fields of the Hamptons.
20. The Perfect Girl for You.
22. The Hermit.
24. A Place to Park.
25. Father Greer.
26. The Writing Life.
27. A Monk, at Last.
28. Why? Why Not?
30. Worthy or Not.
31. Return to St. Peter's.
32. A Light in the Window.
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If you are the product of a Catholic household and have struggled with being human ... not being perfect ... failing to live up to the demands of the Religious Order personnel who have suggested that a life can be lived with perfection and, you're not doing it - absorb this book. We are all on a journey. What a journey Paul Wilkes has lived ... one in which he delivers to our hearts and heads in spades. I could not put this book down. Mr. Wilkes writes with honesty and candor ... humble in his delivery. It is not an overstatement to say the book is brilliant. What a good man ... he who has shared himself with us. I laughed and cried. I have purchased this book many times for friends. It is unlike any I have ever read.
I think so... I've never done this before, how do we start? -CC
Is this the right book? <p>-Cyptor