The idea of a Pope who is an alcoholic is one not often entertained. It's so hard, as a Catholic, to imagine priests, bishops, cardinals, and yes, even the Pope, experiencing this kind of problem. Cradle Catholics who were educated by nuns in Catholic schools are pre-conditioned to believe this could never happen, as students were taught that a Priest is Christ's representative on earth. This book is more about the man, but the fact that he is also the Pope is what brings high interest and drama into the book. It's a story for everyone who ever had a problem with alcoholism, drugs, and just struggling with right and wrong. The writer created believable characters who I came to care so much about. A hopeful book that begins with a Pope hardly in control of his own life, let alone the life of the Catholic Church, that moves on to his life on the streets, where a recovering alcoholic, also a priest, tries to help him. I loved the surprise ending and am looking forward to his next book, and plan on buying his "The World's Funniest Athiest". Reading his books will always be an adventure and I look forward to it.