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Beyond the Threshold A Life in Opus Dei: The True, Unfinished Story Paperback – July 1, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
The personal experiences described by the former Opus Dei member- Maria del Carmen-Tapia- are shaking and frightening. When reading through the pages I consulted a manual on sects, considering the overall methods used in OD. I think, provided that del Carmen-Tapia's descriptions are accurate, one can define OD as a certain kind of sect with brain-washing, degradation of personality, very excessive cult of the guru (read Msgr. Escriva) and diminishing of personal freedom among certain class of members- the numeraries. Everything that of course is done under disguise or sacrifice for the sake of the organisation, the higher truths and goals it claims to fulfill. This organisation seem also to be very secret with well defined security levels. Someone referred to Opus Dei as catholic freemasonry. I do not think this kind of comparision is qualifying. Nevertheless information from upper levels is portioned out down according to certain criteria. Secrecy is also kept laterally. Everything that is fine, every organisation must have certain levels of integrity and "business" secrets. The problem seem to be that these secrets are mostly futile things, not worth keeping a secretive attitude toward.Read more ›
Although this book didn't tell me in great detail about the whole history of Opus Dei, i.e., why and how it was established..etc., it did provide me with insight into the organization's functions, its many contradictions, its view of and treatment of Opus Dei women (compared to Opus Dei men) during its formation period, the type of people it sought to recruit, the founder's view of the Catholic Church...etc.
I gave it 4 stars since there aren't many books on Opus Dei women (correct me if I'm wrong) and I appreciate the author's effort in writing this book. Also, it's the first book I've read on Opus Dei and therefore, I cannot really say anything negative about the information contained in the book since I still do not know enough about the Founder, his principles (the Way), what inspired him to begin this organization, what the organization really stands for and the good it has done/produced, if any, to be able to make a proper evaluation of its content. It lacks the 5th star because some of the information was repetitive. Also, the book made references to Christian terms, practices...etc which would make it hard for someone who is not familiar with the religion, its practices and prayers...etc. to comprehend, although the lack of comprehension of such references does not take away from the information the author intended to provide. Further, the book makes several references to Spanish history during the author's time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Obviously, this is a controversial work, and thus one which is difficult to evaluate. I am giving it five stars here not because I can personally verify everything in this book,... Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Jammarc
Ms. Tapia's story is completely believable, because not at all
sensational-sounding. Pretty much all the negative stuff you
hear about Opus Dei sounds like it's true:... Read more
This book is a harmful twisting of the truth, it does not uncover truth but distorts it, confusing the reader and possibly leading them to believe things that are not true. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Lolita
The story was corrected by the own author, Tapia, after the canonization of San Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei. Read morePublished on September 15, 2008 by M M. Doval Avendaño
The motivation of people who hoarsely criticize their previous religious organization is already well-known by science. Read morePublished on July 15, 2005 by Sayanz
This is an excellent book if you have some experience of opus dei. I think it necessitates a certain knowledge of the organisation to fully understand some of the author's points. Read morePublished on April 18, 2005 by Atheist Andy
Bravo to Maria del Carmen Tapia for being a trailblazer for all those who have been hurt by Opus Dei. Read morePublished on April 17, 2002 by Cultural Wasteland
This is a book that really tells the truth of what Opus Dei is. I hope, that everyone involved in this movement would read this book. Read morePublished on November 24, 2000 by Ben Lytz
Let me start by telling you that I was in service to the opus dei for 3 years, in short this means I was a slave not only in body but in mind, I was brainwashed, they made me... Read morePublished on September 4, 2000 by Rogelio M.