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About the Author

As the Managing Partner of Exec|Comm, LLC, Jay Sullivan oversees a team of fifty experts who help business professionals, including lawyers, accountants, bankers and others, improve their communication skills through group classes and one-on-one executive coaching. Before joining Exec|Comm, 15 years ago, Jay practiced law, first as in-house counsel at Covenant House, representing homeless teenagers, and later in the private sector. In between receiving a degree in English at Boston College in 1984, and receiving a law degree from Fordham University, Jay lived in Kingston, Jamaica where he taught English and helped care for the boys at Alpha Boys School. Jay lives in Pleasantville, New York, with his wife and four children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Apprentice House (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934074810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934074817
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Curtin on March 6, 2013
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Sullivan’s soulful memoir of the two years he spent in Jamaica’s gritty capital at a bare-bones orphanage for boys is told with truthfulness and grace. As an altruistic man in his early twenties, he wrestles with questions of his own motivation and usefulness at the orphanage yet remains prayerful (his beloved Prayer of St. Francis) and patiently open to the slow emergence of answers and meaning. Writing years after the fact, with children of his own, Sullivan has the increased clarity, wisdom, and perspective to fully understand all of the contours of the experience. His dialogue-rich, lyrical retelling is an extended reflection on the greatness of small moments and small acts of human compassion. While the orphan boys Sullivan portrays tug at our heart, we also root for the spirited, resourceful Sisters of Mercy who devote their lives to bettering the disadvantaged boys’ chances in life.
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I was so moved emotionally and spiritually by Raising Gentle Men that it inspired me to want to write this review and share the experience with friends and colleagues by purchasing the book for them.

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.
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This book moves beyond a mere journal of Jay's experiences in Jamaica as it provides a thoughtful context for the work he did with the kids and the profound impact they had on him. Especially compelling are his accounts of the sisters who run the orphanage. These nuns have business skills that any CEO would envy! There is much to learn from this book and much to be hopeful about what we all can contribute in some small way to address some of the wrongs in this damaged world.
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Superlative reflection on his experience as a long term volunteer in a Jesuit based Boston College post grad service program in the 1980s.

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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I had to read Raising Gentle Men for a class and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jay's story held me captivated throughout the book and I became invested in the stories of the boys at Alpha. The book really speaks to the growth one is capable of and the journey of making a path for yourself as a young person. Definitely recommend this book to anyone considering a year of service after college.
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I had to read this book for my class as I am preparing to go on a mission trip. I am not going to Jamaica, but this book makes me want to have the same experiences that Jay was able to have on his trip. I couldn't put the book down, and wish I could continue reading about what happened after Jay left. Definitely a must-read for anyone considering a service trip.
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A very touching and inspiring story about the unique volunteer experience of a young college graduate, The author writes in an engaging, honest style; it really connects you to the people and events in this story. The book reaches deep - I found myself laughing and crying all within the same chapter. Readers will learn a lot from this heartfelt book; it reinforces the idea that by giving in our own ways - big or small - we can all make a difference in this world. I highly recommend this memoir.
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It is an excellent book written with insight and compassion. The book speaks about difficult situations of boys from 3rd world ghettoes and does it with a great deal of sensitivity. I highly recommend the book to all.
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