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Product Details

  • Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Human Life International; 5 edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559220619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559220613
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


In the Catholic novel Fatherless, author Brian J. Gail takes dead aim at the pervasive denials and chronic weaknesses that afflict men of every age, but especially men of the post-Pill generation. I think the greatest contribution of Mr. Gail's book is the honest presentation of real-life scenarios of how much damage the Pill has caused men and their relationships with women. No one thinks that the Pill is a man's issue, but Gail shatters that denial with his insightful rendering of the accounts of woe that follow in the train of the poison Pill. All men, not just Christians, need to read this and weep (in repentance) and then get up and make a difference in the world by taking on themselves once again the role of the virtuous man, father and warrior. --Fr. Tom Euteneuer, President, Human Life International

Fatherless is an exciting, compelling and profound fictional account, but much more importantly, it's also an accurate and profound snapshot of the problems in the Church today, in the midst of a society steeped in contraception and abortion, and a cultural disregard for the sanctity of marriage and family life. This book is a must-read for all Catholics yearning for the end of the culture of death. --Judy Brown, President of American Life League

A gripping and deeply moving read that is, at the same time, a hauntingly beautiful exploration of man, God, morality, faith and the Church in our contemporary world. Masterfully done... --Roy Shoeman, Author, Salvation is from the Jews

About the Author

Brian J. Gail is a former college and semi-pro athlete; Madison Avenue ad-man; and Fortune 500 senior executive, entrepreneur, and CEO. He is currently an educator and author. Mr. Gail has served on numerous civic boards in his hometown of Philadelphia, including the National Adoption Center, the William Booth Society, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and the Regina Academies. He is a husband, father of seven, and grandfather of five.

Customer Reviews

We also see in the book the battles between good and evil in the world.
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Brian J. Gail's book entitled Fatherless is sure to become a Catholic Fiction classic.
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Without question, this was one of the best books which I have EVER read!!!
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery R. King on November 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I could write a few thousand words about why I like this book. I lost sleep because I couldn't put it down. Here's my recommendation: Christmas is coming soon so if you are leading a ministry team at your parish that doesn't seem to have enough zeal, get them this book. If you know priests who are burned-out, get them this book. If you have family members who seem to be questioning, get them this book. If your kids are aged 15-35, get them this book. If you know anyone who is thinking about leaving the Church, get them this book. If you want to change someone's opinion about the Catholic Church, get them this book. Finally, if you just want an exciting read that captures the state of the Catholic Church in the US over the last two generations, get this book!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Tevington on September 15, 2009
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Before I'd even started reading this book, I thumbed through the back pages at Mr. Gail's fabulous bibliography. I was delighted to see a number of works and/or authors with which I am very familiar:
* Archbishop Chaput's "Render unto Caesar"
* Dr. Chris Kahlenborn's "Breast Cancer : Its Link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill"
* Bogomir Kuhar, Pharm.D. - executive director of Pharmacists for Life
* William E. May, Ph.D.
* Leslie Woodcock Tentler's "Catholics and Contraception: An American History"
* George Weigel's "Witness to Hope"
* Christopher West (He has written and spoken extensively about Pope John Paul II's "The Theology of the Body." An updated translation of the late Holy Father's teaching has been released as "Man and Woman He Created Them.")

"Fatherless" is the tale of three Catholic families from a suburban Philadelphia parish, who turn to Father John Sweeney for spiritual guidance.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Webster, award-winning author VINE VOICE on February 6, 2010
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FATHERLESS is one of the best Catholic novels I have read in a long time. It focuses on the spiritual journey and personal purgation of Fr. John Sweeney--from being a "good" but mediocre priest to becoming the priest that God wants him to be. Along the way, Brian Gail interweaves the stories of several families in Fr. John's parish and--by doing so--captures what has happened to the Catholic Church in America since the 1960's and Vatican II.

If that sounds boring, I assure you, it ISN'T. Mr. Gail has a talent for bringing home the crises in American families through the description of their very personal battles...together with their failures and successes. The episodes that took place were so captivating that I found myself turning the pages quickly to find out what happened next--often well past my normal bedtime--thereby causing severe bouts of sleep deprivation.

FATHERLESS was not only thoroughly researched, it was a well-told tale that held my interest from the first page to its satisfying conclusion. Brian J. Gail is a very talented writer and an excellent story-teller. I hope to see more from his gifted pen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scoop on April 6, 2010
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Within this site there are a number of reviews that offer a great detail of information for both the story and for the facts that are shared with the reader. So I shall not reiterate much of what you find in those reviews. In summary, the book is outstanding.
The facts of using artifical birth control and its impact upon women is greatly documented. There is also a strong thread regarding the results that can logically (though subtley) occur when a person vacates their moral duty as they evaluate such decisions.
The author has obviously drawn upon substantial (and probably very painful) real life experience regarding the personal pain for a parent of a mentally ill child. Plus there is very believable portrayal of life in the fast lane of Madison Avenue, which again represents the experience(s) of the author. All of this lends credence and belief to the setting, the story and the facts contained therein.

You may be a person that does not agree with the information or of the moral responsibilities that the author clearly points to within his story. If you are however, an open-minded person of good will, then you will find this story compelling and the facts worthy of your consideration. In fact it may lead you to change your position on certain aspects of American life.
I greatly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the story, and the opportunity it provides to absorb important information within a compelling plot. I greatly recommend that you read this book.
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