Christians throughout the ages have discovered that the Kingdom of God is within. O’Donnell’s precise and unpretentious style makes his personal voyage of discovery terrifically compelling. The book is half spiritual autobiography, half demotic theologizing, and O’Donnell switches between halves remarkably comfortably. The autobiographical component limns a fairly faithful modern Catholic. Whacked by grade-school-teaching nuns, challenged by high-school-teaching priests, O’Donnell turned to theology and study in Rome before dropping out because of an epiphany he calls “the Deal.” He met his end of the Deal by making enough in business by age 40 to retire and resume theology—for whose sake he would find out. He’d never really given theology up, of course, as chapters on all the major theological questions attest. His views won’t surprise those who know of the breadth of Christian theology. Many will be dismayed by his critique of the church, though it isn’t harsh or strident, and some may think that what he has become is a Quaker on low-dose steroids. Unusually congenial and individualistic popular Christian theology. --Ray Olson
From the difference of spirituality and religion, the role of rules in faith, spiritual evolution, and more, "A View from the Back Pew" is a must for any faithful yet inquisitive mind.
--Midwest Book Review
O'Donnell's precise and unpretentious style makes his personal voyage of discovery terrifically compelling. Unusually congenial and individualistic popular Christian theology. Booklist, January 1, 2011
"Entertaining and enlightening, Tim O'Donnell's timely work presents us with a rare opportunity to delve deeply into the real issues of faith and personal spirituality. Powerful, poignant and refreshing." Patricia Spadaro, Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving
People need to connect and for many, religion isn't working. This spiritual longing is getting projected onto human relationships as people are looking for God in "other before seeing "his" presence inside. This book is a beacon of light for those on this journey. Cindy Stanberry, Psychotherapist