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Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge Paperback – February 15, 2013
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The author takes time to develop the main characters and succeeds in engaging the reader in each vignette with eloquent and descriptive language. Jay brings you along on his journey almost as if the reader is his trusted companion and confidante. The story was thought provoking and it held my interest from chapter to chapter.
As with any well written story, it made me feel as though I didn't want the book to end and at the same time my wanting to know what happened to the characters after all of these years especially since it is based on true events.
As I read through it, I imagined it being made into a movie. But the movie usually never compares to the intimacy between a book and its reader.
I laughed, cried and felt anticipation as the story unfolded. It is a beautiful book and I recommend it highly.
Besides being a just plain good read, the book is thought provoking and moving on what the value and meaning of such cross cultural service experiences. A few weeks after graduation, Sullivan is in a demanding job teaching kids at a school in Jamaica. By grace and/or accident, he ends up helping out at a nearby orphanage. Soon he takes us residence there and becomes immersed in the realities of people very different from himself, but at the core all so human as is he.
Sullivan's stories of the orphans, the sisters who care for them, his fellow volunteers and his own growth as a young man are funny, fascinating, poignant and powerful. What sets this book apart from others in this genre is that fact that Sullivan has stayed in touch with those he met years ago and chronicles a bit what happned to them and to him and his own family over the years.
As a member of a religious order myself (I'm a Jesuit) his portrayal of Sr. Magdalene and religious life is one of the most accurate and moving I've ever read.
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One of the best books I have read in a while. Great author, even better stories!Published 5 months ago by Emily Wolfson
Jay Sullivan's personal wisdom and humanitarianism shines throughout the book. His wisdom as he reflects upon his experience is truly the "window of his soul. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Connie Edwards
After meeting and speaking with Jay on a flight I was intrigued to read his book. It was truly inspiring and reminded me of several friends first hand accounts of JV life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kailey Walker
Jay's inspiring is full of real people and emotions. I valued his candid thoughts and the details he provided. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eileen F. Quigley
This book is a great book it impacted me in a lot of ways and I encourage parents and students to read this book because it teaches you a lot about lifePublished 19 months ago by Subhodeep Chakrabarty
A very moving tribute to the boys of St. Alpha and the nuns who did everything possible to give them a loving home. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary C Burns