Praise for In Due Season. "Paul Wilkes's memoir is a love story—and also a story of a struggle with the lover, in his case, God. The son of an immigrant, Wilkes felt that he was called to a priestly vocation, indeed a Trappist vocation. God sent him many signals that this was not his calling. So Paul had to settle for what he thought to be a second-best vocation—a very successful writer. God heaved a sigh of relief. Paul had finally 'got it.' He has written a memoir of the century.". —Andrew Greeley, author, The Catholic Imagination. "Paul Wilkes is that rarest of people—a deeply spiritual man who is also an absolutely exquisite writer. His absorbing new memoir reveals the wonderful things that can happen when you allow God to lead you along life's often bumpy path—whether or not you know where the journey will lead. This is a beautifully written, frequently haunting, and always fascinating story of seeking and finding, serving and loving, and—ultimately—dying and rising. Highly recommended.". —James Martin, SJ, author, My Life with the Saints. "Paul Wilkes's biography takes us through Paul's life, but through the stages of our own lives as well. As a result, at the end of it we can see how we, too, have become more than we ever thought we could be. Wilkes is a great writer–he has a refreshing style, a direct voice, and a stark and unfurbished honesty, even about himself. In Due Season has all the marks of Augustine's Confessions or Merton's Seven Storey Mountain. It gives the rest of us, whatever we've done, wherever we've been, hope. It helps us see the forest of our lives despite the trees. Read this book. It can put the seasons of your own life into better, broader perspective.". —Joan Chittister, author, Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir. Paul Wilkes' In Due Season takes the reader on a moving journey through an extraordinar
In Due Season: A Catholic Life
By Desmond Daly - March 19, 2009
A courageous man shares the truth of his life of faith. Yet again, a stunning example of how God's ways are not ours. The bitter sweetness of an individual's search for life's purpose. Wilkes' writing style is a joy to read.
Right up there with Merton
By book lover - March 19, 2009
I started reading this book one evening and could not put it down. Needless to say, I was up all night reading. Having read most of Thomas Merton's writings I find this certainly as thought provoking. I ordered this book after reading a preview. I am so glad I went ahead and ordered. It is outstanding.
A pachinko machine...
By Jill Meyer - February 1, 2010
Paul Wilkes is a very good writer. I would give him five stars for that. His life, on the other hand, three stars. So, I'm giving his book four stars.
Another reviewer of this book wrote that Wilkes' life was like a pinball, ricocheting between holiness and hedonism. I couldn't agree more, but saw it more as a ball released in a pachinko machine. Wilkes, product of a working class Slav family in Cleveland, was the first of his family to go to college. He calls himself a "cradle Catholic" and has worshiped as a Catholic all his life, except for the years of his first marriage, when he became a tee-totaling Methodist. His road back to Catholic practice bounced between paring his life completely and working in a Brooklyn street front with the poorest of the poor to hedonistic days in the '70's when he was a well known writer, dabbling in drugs and sex. He also spent time in various monasteries and other Catholic religious houses, trying to find the inspiration to lead a... read more
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