Turbulent Souls:: A Catholic Son's Return To His Jewish Family Paperback – Bargain Price, October 1, 1999
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"I have never read a conversion story that was also a love story--I couldn't put it down." -- Jack Miles, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning God: A Biography
"In addition to being deeply moved by Turbulent Souls, I am full of admiration for Stephen J. Dubner's honesty, the complexity of his intelligence, his commitment to understanding his parent's history, and his refusal to oversimplify." -- Mary Gordon, author of The Shadow Man
About the Author
Stephen J. Dubner is the author of Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper and coauthor (with Steven D. Levitt) of New York Times bestseller Freakonomics. He is a former writer and editor at the New York Times Magazine, and he lives in New York City with his family.
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Paperback : 368 pages
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.83 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Avon Books (October 1, 1999)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000HXDKAM
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bravo Dubner. I wish I had read your book 20 years ago when it first came out.
I did find his descriptions of Christianity to be somewhat strange at times, however, especially considering he was supposed to be from a devout Catholic home. He mentions his impression of Jesus as having been defeated in his death - broken, wanting to get off the cross and escape his fate, but being overpowered finally. That was very strange for me to read, as I don't think it's the view most Christians hold of the crucifixion, especially those who are very firm in their belief or have been reared in the kind of home as the author describes. It was just something that seemed contradictory and puzzling in the book.
Nonetheless, this is an excellent read. Sensitive, sad, beautiful. I'm not sure the author ever gets a true answer to his questions of why his parents converted, but he does find an answer for his own searching for a spiritual home. His mother also shows incredible patience and tolerance for what must have been just as "turbulent" for her to relive as it was for her son. A multifaceted book that is well worth reading.
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It is in a way three books, a biography of his parents and description of their journey from the faith of their ancestors to becoming fervent Roman Catholics, a memoir of Dubner's childhood, and a description of his spiritual journey to a rather less fervent Judaism.
I commend the book as a good read whether the issues affect you or not.