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Cole was born on the outskirts of Sleepy Hollow. He attended Cathedral College Seminary in Douglaston Queens, New York. He graduated from Lehman college, in the Bronx with a BA in English in 1972. He is a highly accomplished auto executive, having spent 30 years honing his craft.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris; 1 edition (March 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738851175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738851174
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,996,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
CLOSER'S SONG is a special story and my response to it is deeply personal. It is a spiritual journey that begins when an autistic child realizes his view of the world is different than his peers'. Dyslexia conceals a gifted mind and he finds himself ignored by family, abandoned in classes for the mentally challenged, laughed at and ridiculed by his peers. He is isolated and lonely, and it is within this atmosphere that Jesus calls him to a special mission, one that will go unrecognized for forty years.
He spends that time searching for understanding, first with Francis, his alter-ego, a gregarious and popular teen who introduces him not only to friends and the beauty in the world, but also to drugs and a counterculture that leads to further alienation. He finds peace for a time within the serenity of the parish rectory, deals with his learning disability, and enters the seminary. Instead of finding God, he finds a road filled with potholes and detours that include anti-war demonstrations, pop culture, sex, money, power plays, and finally betrayal at the hands of someone he'd thought to enrich. Gerald's journey is my journey, the story of a million other people entering a new millennium...troubled souls looking for answers to age-old questions, searching for God, hoping the search will not be in vain.
Christopher Cole has overcome dyslexia and he has written a book. As a teacher I find that as inspiring as the journey he relates. The editing challenges were daunting; the few that remain are evidence of a courageous battle...waged and won.
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An excellent read, especially for those who grew up in the 60s/70s. This book takes you through a ride of life (and it does get bumpy at times) in search of the answer to "What Does It All Mean?" I was enthralled with the descriptive childhood struggles and the constant quest for truth and peace of mind as the book progressed. With just the right amount of well crafted twists and turns, you will be both surprised and captivated by this book.
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My cousin wrote this book. The Closer's Song brings back many memories from my childhood. All the ranges of emotions were captured from the best of times to the worst of times. Everyone I have asked to read The Closer's Song have all been in agreement that the way Christopher crafted this book lent itself to be a common blueprint of everyone's growing up. Christopher recognized that there was a need for all of us to take a deep breath and take a long, hard look at where we have been to appreciate what we have today. I am happy that The Closer's Song not only tells stories of glory that hit our hearts but relates the tragedy of life that touches our souls.
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This book is phenomenal. A true portrait of a turbulent time in America, replete with the trials and tribulations of a generation. Rife existential angst against the backdrop of raw human emotion. Fast paced and easy to read. Move over Salinger! What a great movie this book would make. A must read. A little biased? Not really, eventhough I did attend Woodstock with him over thirty years ago.
Sincerely, Maria
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The Closer's Song is a story that will take you deeper into the truths of divine spirituality and unconditional love. Christopher Cole has shared his amazing story of lessons learned from painful circumstances in his fascinating book which demonstrates that we are capable of attaining peace and harmony. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his personal experiences and relationships and was most impressed with what a truly exceptional job he accomplished in pulling together the threads of emotional intelligence based on the foundations of deep personal emotions. The Closer's Song is an excellent resource for others who have shared similar experiences and suffer the impact of unresolved trauma and grief, whether it involves abuse, addiction, or other psychological challenges to be met in every ordinary day and Other very extraordinary moments that each of us face in coming to terms with our own individual journey in life to find peace and happiness!
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By A Customer on May 14, 2001
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My nephew wrote this. The Closer's Song is a book that will touch many hearts. I grew up on the "Farm", and it is amazing how after so many years to read about this wonderful place. It was not a palace, but a home with a lot of love. Christopher put in writing a beautiful story about his family life and the struggle to do what he felt was right after all the tragedy of taking a turn down the wrong road. I am very proud of his accomplishments in life, and wish him much success in his future.
Read this book. You will not be disappointed.
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