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Fallen Men by Brian O’Hare
Fallen Men Review – Digs deep into the Emotional life of Priests – Fascinating
I like books that move me emotionally and this in-depth story of Ray as he enters the priesthood takes one to unexpected storylines. The characters are real and give the reader insight into the real problems faced by Catholic priests.
The story carried me along effortlessly and I wanted to keep reading to see the result of Ray’s eventual future. It takes the reader inside the sacrifices and challenges a man must make to become a priest.
The story clearly shows that everyone is vulnerable and have depths in our personalities unknown by others. People judge so easily without true knowledge of a person’s inner struggles.
To me the book lays out an excellent case to allow priests to marry. Why condemn men to lonely lives without the support of a wife and family. The demands on a parish priest are hard enough without emotional support for themselves.
Another character Dan would benefit from a personal experience of being a married man when trying to help other married couples.
The book also shows the political side of religion and lengths institutions must lower their morals to keep the public from knowing the truth.
The Fallen Men gives the reader an insider’s look into the priesthood with an interesting and entertaining story. I will read more books by this author, decidedly recommend.