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Overview In Goggins' novel, Father Jim Collins, a Jesuit with a severe drinking problem, is pulled from the abyss and eventually brings hundreds of others into the light with him. Cure after cure had been attempted, leaving Father Jim feeling like a failed human being and a flawed priest, but the Guest House run by Austin Ripley had a greater and more lasting impact than all the others. A reluctant member of Alcoholics Anonymous upon his return to his teaching college, Father Collins was soon convinced by a friend with a similar crisis to seek out those individuals in prisons and psychiatric hospitals who were most obviously in need of AA. When Father Collins dies, his brother arrives at his funeral, hoping fervently that a few of the priests will make an effort to attend. Instead, the wake is mobbed in the best Irish fashion, and the service must be moved to the largest church on campus to hold the hundreds of people who have felt the effect of Father Collins' apostolate.
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The Anonymous Disciple Apr 15, 2008
The Anonymous Disciple is for anyone struggling with an addiction of if they have a family member who is addicted. My brother has ALS and has been in AA for many many years. I taped this book for him including my laughter and my tears. He loved it and his care giver loved it. I want to thank the author for writing such a moving story of MAN.
Mary M. Shanks
Outstanding Tale of Spiritual Gratitude Mar 21, 2008
Excellent book, and though it stands alone, it may be best to read after reading "Father Fred and the Twelve Steps: A Primer for Recovery" since Father Jim followed fellow Jesuit Father Fred through the doors of AA recovery.
I found this book difficult to put down, as it started by introducing some "unknown" speaker at an AA meeting (Fr Jim) through the eyes of a "newbie" third party, and and then immediately took the reader back many years to a desperate Fr Jim in a near-hopeless situation. The book takes us through his struggle in recovery, Fr Jim's work among the "disposables" (institutionalized alcoholics and addicts) and how together they became healthy, both in mind and spirit. A really inspirational true tale.
You will not regret reading this book.
From a long term recovering alcoholic May 23, 2007
I have been in recovery for many years, and have always thought that sober alcoholics (and drug addicts) have much to offer. This book, "Anonymous Disciple," is a triumph of the human spirit. There is hope for even those who are near death with their disease (addiction). The book renews my faith in God and in humanity.
Life Changing May 6, 2007
My daughter gave Anonymous Disciple to me as a gift on my 12th sober birthday. Never in my life have I read a book that has had such a tremendous personal impact. This is much more than a book on recovery; it's a journey of one man's life, which was willing to be used for the benefit of others. This book will definitely create personal introspection, and cause the reader to think, "What is my commission, and how can I be used to help others?"
Anonymous Disciple is a special book Jan 15, 2007
This was really a beautiful book about a Jesuit priest (Father Jim) getting sober. I think anyone in recovery, regardless of their religious beliefs, would be touched by it. I had so much gratitude after reading it!