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Starred Review. The church of the title is not a formal organization but a concept—the church of choice for recovering perfectionists, Roche writes in a powerful little book that's part memoir, part inspirational handbook. You can be 80 percent sincere 100 percent of the time, or 100 percent sincere 80 percent of the time. It's in that 20 percent area where you get some slack and you can be yourself. For Roche (now in his 60s), being himself has meant coming to terms with a face so severely disfigured by a benign congenital tumor that he's been spat at and called a monster. He was rejected from a seminary because, he was told, his appearance meant people would not respect you as a priest. The loss of the fathers of the Holy Cross is the general public's gain. A performer and motivational speaker, Roche is frank and witty and incapable of resorting to sentimental pap. He's used to people staring at him, and he admits he's been tempted to respond to pestering, obnoxious boys by saying, Well, my face is like this because when I was a little boy like you, I touched my wee-wee. He's well aware that people find him inspiring, but he doesn't try to hide his flaws, and that makes him more inspiring. (Feb.)
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Starred Review. A powerful little book that's part memoir, part inspirational handbook. A severely disfigured motivational speaker, Roche is frank and witty and incapable of resorting to sentimental pap. He's well aware that people find him inspiring, but he doesn't try to hide his flaws, and that makes him more inspiring. 
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"The church of the title is not a formal organization but a concept-"the church of choice for recovering perfectionists," Roche writes in a powerful little book that's part memoir, part inspirational handbook. "You can be 80 percent sincere 100 percent of the time, or 100 percent sincere 80 percent of the time. It's in that 20 percent area where you get some slack and you can be yourself." For Roche (now in his 60s), being himself has meant coming to terms with a face so severely disfigured by a benign congenital tumor that he's been spat at and called a monster. He was rejected from a seminary because, he was told, his appearance meant "people would not respect you as a priest." The loss of the fathers of the Holy Cross is the general public's gain. A performer and motivational speaker, Roche is frank and witty and incapable of resorting to sentimental pap. He's used to people staring at him, and he admits he's been tempted to respond to pestering, obnoxious boys by saying, "Well, my face is like this because when I was a little boy like you, I touched my wee-wee." He's well aware that people find him inspiring, but he doesn't try to hide his flaws, and that makes him more inspiring."
--"Publishers Weekly"

The church of the title is not a formal organization but a conceptthe church of choice for recovering perfectionists, Roche writes in a powerful little book thats part memoir, part inspirational handbook. You can be 80 percent sincere 100 percent of the time, or 100 percent sincere 80 percent of the time. Its in that 20 percent area where you get some slack and you can be yourself. For Roche (now in his 60s), being himself has meant coming to terms with a face so severely disfigured by a benign congenital tumor that hes been spat at and called a monster. He was rejected from a seminary because, he was told, his appearance meant people would not respect you as a priest. The loss of the fathers of the Holy Cross is the general publics gain. A performer and motivational speaker, Roche is frank and witty and incapable of resorting to sentimental pap. Hes used to people staring at him, and he admits hes been tempted to respond to pestering, obnoxious boys by saying, Well, my face is like this because when I was a little boy like you, I touched my wee-wee. Hes well aware that people find him inspiring, but he doesnt try to hide his flaws, and that makes him more inspiring.
--"Publishers Weekly"

aThe church of the title is not a formal organization but a conceptaathe church of choice for recovering perfectionists, a Roche writes in a powerful little book thatas part memoir, part inspirational handbook. aYou can be 80 percent sincere 100 percent of the time, or 100 percent sincere 80 percent of the time. Itas in that 20 percent area where you get some slack and you can be yourself.a For Roche (now in his 60s), being himself has meant coming to terms with a face so severely disfigured by a benign congenital tumor that heas been spat at and called a monster. He was rejected from a seminary because, he was told, his appearance meant apeople would not respect you as a priest.a The loss of the fathers of the Holy Cross is the general publicas gain. A performer and motivational speaker, Roche is frank and witty and incapable of resorting to sentimental pap. Heas used to people staring at him, and he admits heas been tempted to respond to pestering, obnoxious boys by saying, aWell, my face is like this because when I was a little boy like you, I touched my wee-wee.a Heas well aware that people find him inspiring, but he doesnat try to hide his flaws, and that makes him more inspiring.a
--"Publishers Weekly"

?The church of the title is not a formal organization but a concept the church of choice for recovering perfectionists, ? Roche writes in a powerful little book that's part memoir, part inspirational handbook. ?You can be 80 percent sincere 100 percent of the time, or 100 percent sincere 80 percent of the time. It's in that 20 percent area where you get some slack and you can be yourself.? For Roche (now in his 60s), being himself has meant coming to terms with a face so severely disfigured by a benign congenital tumor that he's been spat at and called a monster. He was rejected from a seminary because, he was told, his appearance meant ?people would not respect you as a priest.? The loss of the fathers of the Holy Cross is the general public's gain. A performer and motivational speaker, Roche is frank and witty and incapable of resorting to sentimental pap. He's used to people staring at him, and he admits he's been tempted to respond to pestering, obnoxious boys by saying, ?Well, my
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: David Roche (April 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985279605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985279608
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I met David Roche when he spoke at my church last Easter Sunday. The audience laughed and wept at his talk which was filled with humor and pathos. Mr. Roche, who has had a severe facial disfiguration since birth, has spent his life making sense of his own "monstrous" appearance. The result has been the development of a one man show, a work of performance art, that he calls "The Church of 80% Sincerity." He has now written a memoir and philosophy book titled the same name as his show.

Mr Roche tells his story in a non-linear fashion with chapters on miracles and prayer and cruelties. He tells of his early love for Jesus via the Catholic Church which severely disappointed him when he sought to follow God. He tells of moments of grace as well as cruelty at the hands of strangers. He tells of his loves and careers and family.

This slim book feels light but it is actually quite weighty and it feels, suddenly, very very important. Mr. Roche writes that he was given a gift in having to wear his deformity on his face. He has been forced to understand it and deal with it in ways that the rest of us do not. Most of us have to uncover our defects because they are buried deep inside.

This book will appeal to anyone who loves books on spirituality, good memoirs or simply just a lovely honest story about the unfairness of life and the ability to find peace within that life.

I highly recommend The Church of 80% Sincerity.
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My wife, Wilene, and I saw David Roche perform THE CHURCH OF 80% SINCERITY on stage in 1996. It had rocked us with laughter and moved us to silence. When we finally spoke, I said to her, "He should write a book!" Now that didn't qualify me to be a prophet in his church, but it did make me a proud parishioner, because now that his message is out in print, everyone has access to Reverend Dave's gospel. And, that is a blessing!

David was born facially disfigured and I will say no more about that, because whatever I could possibly write, it would pale before David's words as he chronicles his life in this magnificent little book. I have known David for about fifteen years and what I love about the CHURCH OF 80% SINCERITY is the very thing that I love about him. It is about the place where he lives, the intersection of pathos wisdom and humor. When reading it, one is never a sentence or two away from the integration of these three forces.

Another potent and enchanting aspect of his writing lies in his ability to pilot the reader down the same road he is travelling. As David allows us to examine the grief,anger,love,and joy of his life, we are simultaneously compelled to examine and reexperience our own. Ultimately, what the book reveals is that David's journey has been been an alchemical one. We become very clear that he turns lead into gold, and there in lies the gospel; the good news that we can do the same. -- at least eighty percent of the time! -- I can't recommend it enough!
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The Church of 80% Sincerity shares the moving, laugh out loud funny, and sometimes heartbreaking stories of motivational speaker David Roche's life. Told through antidotes and life lessons you see his life from shame to self-acceptance. Born with a severe facial deformity, David has traveled through life with grace, humor and ok, a wee bit of sarcasm. Over time and with the love of his life, he has learned to accept his gifts as well as his flaws.

Being unable to live up to the rules of the Catholic Church that he was raised in David decided to make up a church that is quite real to him. In the Church of 80% Sincerity, 80% is as good as it gets. You can be 80% Sincere 100% of the time or 100% Sincere 80% of the time. It's in the 20% area that you can get some slack and be yourself. There are no ideals. You do not try to change people by having them conform. Try to accept people as they are and adjust beliefs and practices to conform to the reality of being human.

I rarely call a book a gem, but this truly, to me, is one. There are so many wonderful lines and stories that each time you go back and reread it you get something different. Very much a keeper.
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David Roche has traveled a unique and interesting path to bring us this fascinating book. If one's eyes are a window to their soul, then David has provided us insight into a world that will make you laugh, cry and be better off to face our lives.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am David's youger brother. In reading his book I discovered new gems that brought me greater awareness. Not only of David, but of the individuals I encounter in my daily journey. I am a better man for having him as a brother, and a stronger man for reading his book.

Be ready to touch a chord within yourselves when you read this inspirational book!

Patrick Roche
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Whether you suffer from the heartbreak of freckles, or you just need some encouragement to espouse your views in front of a busload of strangers, you need this book. David's wit is sharp but never cutting, and his story is touching without being at all maudlin. Rather than withdrawing into himself, he has taken his experiences and made them relevant to the world at large. A unique and healing voice indeed.
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