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A Boyish God

A Boyish God

by Peter Alan Olsson

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The playground at Saint Thomas Moore School in Houston has become a terrifying place. When Sister Agnes hears young Will’s fiery funeral sermon for a dead bird, she must comfort a group of fearful students.

At the forceful insistence of his teachers, Will Powers reluctantly stops his explosive sermon. Will’s teacher thinks that his parents, and particularly his father, seem very troubled. The parents won’t return Sister Agnes’s phone calls about similar events involving Will.

School psychologist Sister Andrea Albright turns for help to a trusted psychiatrist friend, Dr. Tom Tolman. The ensuing therapy is seen from Will’s perspective and the “helpful” adults around him.

Those who would aid the boy instead reveal perspectives on psychotherapy’s ability to thwart the evil of malignant self-absorption. And along the path of Will’s therapy, Sister Andrea and her friend Tom find genuine love and romance.

A Boyish God is a troubling novel with deep insights. Says the author, “I was jolted to my core when I learned that a college friend’s son died at the Rev. Jim Jones’s side at Jonestown. Two books and over thirty years later, I am still searching for answers…especially about terror prevention.”

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940015963212
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 156
File size: 394 KB

About the Author

Peter Alan Olsson is a retired psychiatrist/psychoanalyst. His four published nonfiction books are Malignant Pied Pipers of Our Time: From the Rev. Jim Jones to Osama Bin Laden; The Cult of Osama: Psychoanalyzing Bin Laden and His Magnetism for Muslim Youths; If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Advice to a Young Psychotherapist; and Poems Behind a Psychiatrist’s Couch. Visit

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