Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Woman of God by James Patterson, An Intriguing Read About a Woman Priest


St. Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope. It's a turning point that could change the Catholic Church for ever, as one of the rumored candidates, Brigid Fitzgerald, would be the first female Pope in history. But Brigid has made a legion of powerful enemies and is a target for all those who fear that the Church has lost its way - dangerous adversaries who won't accept challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine her, Brigid must confront her enemies before she loses everything...including her life.

Bridget Mary's Response:

This book is a thrilling page turner.  It was hard to put down!
The main character, Brigid Fitzgerald, has a  a deep faith in God. She has conversations with God including some interesting mystical experiences. She survives the horrors of tribal warfare in the Sudan and underwent a series of tragedies that would shake most people's faith. 
I was delighted with the last section of the book the story of Brigid's vocation.  She married a priest who had served the Archdiocese of Boston and helped him develop inclusive communities where all were welcome. While not really explaining her reasons or preparation, a sympathetic male bishop appears and ordains her a priest. I see several parallels with our international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement including the threatening response of the hierarchy and our excommunication.  A woman pope? Oh my, it was a fun read!
 Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org
t. Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope. It's a turning point that could change the Catholic Church for ever, as one Brigid Fitzgerald, would be the first female Pope in history. But Brigid has made a legion of powerful enemies and is a target for all those who fear that the Church has lost its way - dangerous adversaries who won't accept challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine her, Brigid must confront her enemies before she loses everything...including her life.

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