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Woman of God Hardcover – September 26, 2016
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Bridget Fitzgerald had gone to the Sudan to help the refugees get medical treatment after being attacked by the rebels. She was running from her past where her childhood had not been the best, although there were many happy memories; with parents who were arguing and a Father who was cold and dismissive. In the hospital where she was working, she had made several wonderful friends and doctors. Working 24/7 made for deep exhaustion but when someone lived, it was worth it. However, the rebels overcome her hospital and she is evacuated after being shot. By the time she gets out of the hospital, she wonders if she will ever go back to being a doctor much less one in Africa. However, she can’t help but wonder about her friends. Now she is off to other adventures which will eventually lead her to America and then to the Vatican.
The trials that face Bridget are amazing and they make you continue to read and to believe that this is a real woman. The characters are very realistic and you feel you begin to know them. The book is long but difficult to put down. It is a wonderful book.
By the 3/4 mark, the main character has:
- Graduated from Harvard at 19
- Survived two heroin-addicted parents in Cambridge
- Has no idea who her genetic father is
- Sent herself to medical school, without debt, apparently
- Worked for Doctors Without Borders in Sudan
- Been from Sudan to Italy to Egypt to Israel to Germany to Boston
- Survived being: shot, stabbed, and car bombed
- Befriended an innocent priest accused of abusing a child and funded his defense, despite the objections of the Archdiocese of Boston who wanted him to settle (author getting a dig in there?)
- Gets married, after only a single kiss from a man twice her age
- The details of the consummation of the (Lutheran) marriage is skipped over, as well as the experience of child birth, but the violence around her is described in detail (particulars of surgery, wounded and dead people around her)
- Sedates herself with Valium and alcohol during the traumatic moments of her life
- Works for a rehabilitation clinic while actively using alcohol
The main character has visions in which she experiences God, and hears God's voice speaking to her. The author(s) missed the majority experience of people who do not have visions, who do not hear God, and who are called to lead the Church in faith. When you've had visions and heard audible voices, you don't really need faith, do you?
The main character is simply not believable. Too many details are missing, and the plot has major holes in it. As a Catholic, I wanted to get into the details of how a woman can become a priest to begin with, never mind be elected to the papacy. The main character is more Wonder Woman and superhero caricature than believable woman of God.
If you are looking for a detailed, well-written book on unlikely popes with a realistic plot line, read Ray Flynn's "The Unexpected Pope" instead.
The Accidental Pope: A Novel