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Book Of Mychal, The: The Surprising Life And Heroic Death Of Father Mychal Judge

by Michael Daly
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
  • Publishing date: 02/09/2008
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780312301507
  • ISBN: 0312301502


His death certificate bears the number one. He was a devout priest with a gift for the gabgregarious yet humble, a healer with the ability to wipe away a widows tears and put a smile on a firemans face.On September 11, 2001, Father Mychal Judge rushed to the fires as quickly as those who fought them, losing his own life while tirelessly ministering to New Yorks bravest.Father Mikerecounts the colorful, astonishing, and at times, troubled life of a priest who was ironically ordained on September 11, 1961. Michael Daly retraces the footsteps of Father Mike as his vocation takes readers inside the firehouse, his friary, and his church, and highlights the chaos that often befalls New York.This is the story of a larger-than-life priest who, in death, became a symbol of how much we truly lost that day.

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  • A powerful and heartbreaking read
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    I wasn't sure about this book because I had heard so many things about Mychal Judge, he's gay, he's not, he's a closet case, he's a showboat, he's a saint. Despite some critical review I read, I found this book to be beautiful, credible and powerful. It answered a number of questions I had and some I had not asked. I not only learned about Mychal Judge, I learned about the firefighters he loved to serve and I will never again take for granted the risks they make on behalf of the public as a routine part of their day. There were times when reading when I wanted things to move along, but the wonderful prose and the detailed descriptions of anguish, hope, faith and love among the firefighters and their families is not to be missed. Nor is the person of Mychal Judge himself; a wise, caring, flawed and complex person, who's defects of character he overcome by sheer love for those about him. The author's access to Mychal's personal materials - diaries, journals, calendars - gives both detail and credibility to his conclusions and builds to a the tragic, yes somehow redmptive, conclusion. Maybe the best thing I can say about Mychal is that reading of his life made me want to be a better person, more giving, more charitable to the dissenter, more willing to see the hurt behind the anger.

  • Tortured soul
    From Amazon

    This book answers the question: What makes a man a man? Read the biography of a man who devoted his life to others and kept a part of himself secret, a secret that if revelaed may have isolated him from some of the very people he elected to help. How does one define a good man? Read the story of Mychal Judge and decide for yourself.

  • Insightful and Inspirational
    From Amazon

    This beautifully written book highlights Mychal Judge's ability to harness the power of human kindness and compassion, and reminds the reader of the frailty of human life. Despite being confronted with repeated tragedies as Fire Chaplain, Fr. Mychal Judge inspired others to appreciate even life's smallest miracles. This book offers an honest perspective on Mychal Judge, the man and priest, and reminds readers that the human spirit can triumph regardless of what life may have in store. An inspiring read.

  • Well Worth Reading
    From Amazon

    I found "The Book of Mychal" an interesting and informative book. In addition to that, it moved me. I felt that I understood probably to a small extent some of the situations in which firefighters find themselves. I also began to understand the connections that they feel. I think that Daly details the life of a chaplain also---at bedsides, with families, and with the church. It's one of the books that when I finished reading it, I felt, "I want to write the author and say 'good job'." In addition, I also wanted to say that to Mychal Judge.

  • Probably not the book you're expecting?
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    Daly is fairly.. lets call it, "imaginative", when it comes to writing about Fr. Judge - he spends an awful lot of time romanticizing about the man's hands, and a preposterous amount of time devoted to trying to develop a romantic subplot into Judge's life that stretches rather beyond believability. I feel I know a lot less about Fr. Judge and a whole lot more about Michael Daly (and his odd, almost fetishistic preference of Judge over any and every other clergyman referenced in the book, all of whom are considered rather unfavorably) - which isn't what I'd hoped for out of this book at all. I have no idea whether or not Judge was gay, but there's little evidence of it, even by this book's rather thin evidentiary standards. Daly as a narrator actually comes off as quite hostile to the Catholic Church underneath it all, and his reverence for Judge does little to reassure you about the veracity of the stories he's telling. They seem to be designed to admit only one possible (and hard-to-really-accept) notion about Mychal Judge: that he was a liberal gay activist and noble closet-case whose transcendental faith in Life (not Jesus?) was more important to him than the stuffy old Church he worked for and its silly, restrictive mysticism. If you already find that easy to believe, you'll love the Fr. Mychal Judge that Daly's invented. This is not the book on Judge you'll want to buy for your Catholic friends and family. This book really belongs more to the credulous among us, who like tabloid-sensational hero-stories about gay priests trapped in the so-called straight life, harbor some pretty deep-seated distortions about Catholic life and faith, or are otherwise into hyperbolic, revisionist narratives. "The Book of Mychal" reads like a "dramatic re-enactment" of some gay ghost story a la A&E, moreso than a careful, balanced biography of a guy who may get declared a saint sooner or later. Weird stuff gets published all the time - if you really need to buy this, it belongs on your "homosexual priest fantasy-hagiography" shelf. There are better books out there on the guy, and some of them are actually biographical.

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