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“You are a wonderful host! Thank you for your warm welcome and for your many kindnesses. You made a memorable day for me and I thank you!” —Laura Bush, former first lady, on A Day Among Friends
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About the Author

Father Jim Sichko is a priest of the diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. He was ordained to the Ministerial Priesthood of Jesus Christ on May 23, 1998. He travels throughout the United States giving missions, retreats, and days of recollection. Known for his storytelling, Father Jim weaves everyday life experiences with the rooted messages that lie within the Gospel. He is booked for speaking engagements through 2015. Each engagement lasts a minimum of three days and averages three thousand people per night. Father Jim completed his undergraduate work at New England Conservatory of Music in vocal performance and received a master of divinity degree from Sacred Heart School of Theology.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1624672280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624672286
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mastin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
Father Jim Sichko is the kind of Catholic priest that even an Evangelical like me could love. First of all, he was raised in Texas; bonus points for that. But more importantly, he communicates in a good-natured, likable style that is welcoming, affirming, and God-honoring, remaining faithful to the Catholic church while not excluding others. In Among Friends: Stories from the Journey, Father Sichko uses his gift for story telling and self-deprecating humor to entertain and inspire.

He calls Among Friends his "Midrash," comparing it to the stories and reflections written by Jewish Rabbis to enlighten their flocks. Father Sichko is one of those guys to whom funny things seem to happen. Or at least he is one who finds humor in more things than most do. He tells stories of his lead foot, now well known among Kentucky state troopers. He tells of sleeping through his alarm and missing mass with the Pope. We read of his encounter with "The Weed Man."

But more than telling an amusing anecdote, Father Sichko draws lessons from the lighter side of life. He reminds us to take opportunities to do good, not to ask "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me," but to ask, "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" We should be open to miracles happening in our lives, and should certainly talk about them, but we must remember "that if we experience miracles in our lives, it's never for our own amusement. While he loves us, He wants us to see that miracles are meant to drive us to love others."

Sichko might not be evangelical enough for my Protestant and Evangelical brethren. He has a tendency to lean toward a style of positive thinking theology-lite.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cheree Ray Clark on March 27, 2014
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I first met Father Sichko at my Parish last year, when he spoke at a Mission. He made me laugh and cry with his storytelling. As much as I loved him then, after reading his book, I love him more. His storytelling will move you to laughter and to tears. He reminds us of God's love and presence with gentle statements of truth. He truly wants to reach all and share God's love. You can feel God's love and Father Sichko's love jumping off every page. Great book to help you reclaim your relationship with God.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Orlowsky on March 29, 2014
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Father Jim will make you stop and think about life in a different light. Wether looking at life with a religious view or just simply in a way that will make you a better person. Don't pass this book up. You'll walk away feeling different about yourself and every day events.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane Moyer on April 2, 2014
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Having experienced a mission given by Father Sichko, I became a fan. I have been looking forward to his book for months when I preordered it. I have not been disappointed. He writes as he speaks and with his common sense approach, it is hard to resist paying attention. One feels like a friend, or at least wishes to be included in his circle of friends, after reading his book.
I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Zoglio on April 2, 2014
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My only "con" to this book is I wanted more stories! I loved reading about his life experiences, some made me laugh out loud; I wish there were more to read about.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GMA on March 25, 2014
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After I received this book, I read it from cover to cover without putting it down. One learns a bit about God through the warm example of a priest who gives as Christ does. Fr. Jim shares the fruit of his ministry, family, and friendship. It's a pleasure to walk with him during his struggles and passions of his vocational calling. Along the way, one sees Grace evident in Fr. Jim's life and feels refreshed and humbled to share in his journey. From Bill Cosby to Mother Theresa, Fr. Jim passes those touching moments in his life in a very unselfish way. I am thankful for this work of his and look forward to any future projects.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Bovee on March 27, 2014
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I'm nearly finished with Fr. Jim's book. Inspiration, reflection laughter and profound hope. I have already ordered 5 additional copies to share! God bless Fr. Jim.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Galley Hunter on October 13, 2014
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Among Friends, by Father Jim Sichko, was an interesting and inspirational book. Father Jim provided some wonderful “God stories” and advice without being too preachy. I think this book would be a great way for a non-Christian to learn a little bit about Christianity while still being entertained by an amusing memoir. The book offers some insight into several well known bible verses and explores some basic tenets of Christianity. It's also a book that pretty much any Christian could easily learn from and appreciate. I enjoyed most of the stories Sichko told about some of the celebrities he met while doing fundraisers for his church. I also liked some of the more general stories he told.

One thing that bothered me about the book was the tone with which he told his stories. Just when I thought he was sounding really arrogant and pompous (and not at all what I imagine a clergyman should be like), he would reel himself in and start sounding very humble. Then, just when I was finally getting the idea that he was actually a humble guy, he would say something else that made me think he was a little too full of himself. This truly annoyed me to no end. I felt like I never actually got to know the “real” Father Jim.

I was also quite bothered by the fact that he got kicked out of seminary, but he (and we) never knew why. Did he really, truly never find out why? Even if those in charge never told him why (and that fact alone is difficult for me to believe), I still wonder...did he honestly not have a clue about why this happened? The whole thing is just so incredibly hard for me to believe. If he made a mistake, he should just own up to it and include it in the book. We are all human, and we all make mistakes. But if they really never told him why he was getting kicked out of seminary...
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