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Publication Date: 2009
"Paul Wilkes's memoir is a love story—and also a story ofa struggle with the lover, in his case, God. The son of animmigrant, Wilkes felt that he was called to a priestly vocation,indeed a Trappist vocation. God sent him many signals that this wasnot his calling. So Paul had to settle for what he thought to be asecond-best vocation—a very successful writer. God heaved asigh of relief. Paul had finally 'got it.' He has written a memoirof the century."
—Andrew Greeley, author, The Catholic Imagination
"Paul Wilkes is that rarest of people—a deeply spiritualman who is also an absolutely exquisite writer. His absorbing newmemoir reveals the wonderful things that can happen when you allowGod to lead you along life's often bumpy path—whether or notyou know where the journey will lead. This is a beautifullywritten, frequently haunting, and always fascinating story ofseeking and finding, serving and loving,and—ultimately—dying and rising. Highlyrecommended."
—James Martin, SJ, author, My Life with the Saints
"Paul Wilkes's biography takes us through Paul's life, butthrough the stages of our own lives as well. As a result, at theend of it we can see how we, too, have become more than we everthought we could be. Wilkes is a great writer–he has arefreshing style, a direct voice, and a stark and unfurbishedhonesty, even about himself. In Due Season has all the marksof Augustine's Confessions or Merton's Seven Storey Mountain. Itgives the rest of us, whatever we've done, wherever we've been,hope. It helps us see the forest of our lives despite thetrees.
Read this book. It can put the seasons of your own life intobetter, broader perspective."
—Joan Chittister, author, Called to Question: A SpiritualMemoir
Paul Wilkes' In Due Season takes the reader on a movingjourney through an extraordinary era's thickets of AmericanCatholic life and belief—opening at last into wisdom,affirmation, and hope.
—James Carroll, author, Practicing Catholic and AnAmerican Requiem, winner of the National Book Award
In an exquisite memoir that often reads like a novel, writerWilkes (In Mysterious Ways: The Death and Life of a ParishPriest) recounts and reflects upon his life as a Catholic.Although his journey includes a decade as a Protestant and ongoingdiscomfort with certain aspects of Catholicism, Wilkes deftly minesits imagery and its figures, particularly the Trappist monk ThomasMerton, a major and recurring influence. As Wilkes meanders througha life that begins in a working-class Cleveland neighborhood, hecandidly relates his passages of sin and saintliness, including aconversion-in-reverse when he gains fame as a writer and aninterlude following the end of his first marriage in which he livesamong the poor, caring for society's castoffs. Readers willexperience his confusion, the "decaying smell of [his] dying soul"and his triumphs as they wonder if the "it" he seeks will find himand whether he will marry again or become a monk. This is fine,engrossing reading for all who appreciate the struggle inherent inthe spiritual quest. (Publishers Weekly, January 2009)
"Paul Wilkes has written the first 21st-century Christianclassic. His In Due Season: A Catholic Life will rankalongside, not run second to, Thomas Merton's The Seven StoreyMountain. It is its companion volume. ? The bridge betweenideals that Wilkes builds with this book carries the AmericanCatholic story from the ghetto, through war, through Vatican II,through the hedonistic 1970s, through a changing church, throughthe ravages of affluence and easy money, to the questioning oftoday. ? In Due Season ranks alongside Merton's best becauseWilkes absorbed Merton, then moved forward with him, and ultimatelybeyond him."
--National Catholic Reporter, reviewed by Arthur Jones, publishedMarch 6, 2009.
"Paul Wilkes has written an honest and revealing memoir in whichnothing is held back....In Due Season excels on many levels.Wilkes is a felicitous writer who can be read for the simplepleasure of connecting with a prose artist."
--The Boston Globe (June 2009)
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