Monthly book review time! Today’s review is on a book of which many of you will know the main character, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. The book is the recently released second edition written by his brother, Bob Dolan, entitled “Life Lessons, from my life with my brother Timothy Cardinal Dolan,” published by Tau Publishing. This second edition was written by Bob to include a chapter on the 2012 consistory in Rome and more photos as well.?
This book more than ever shows Cardinal Dolan for who he is, an ordinary man called to do extraordinary things for the faith. Bob Dolan shows his brother in a different light, telling stories from them together as children all the way up to stories that happened at the consistory. He alternates his chapters: one chapter tells stories about Cardinal Dolan and experiences of his throughout his life, usually centered around a turning point of some sort…whether it was his call to study in Rome or his coming to Milwaukee to be archbishop of the diocese. The next chapter is what Bob calls a “Life Lesson” chapter, in which they have a conversation relating to different matters of the faith, usually with Cardinal Dolan explaining to Bob (and to us) the teachings.
There are many points throughout this book that made me laugh, and also many that made me think about what Cardinal Dolan was saying, and how it made so much sense. It is written in a simple, straight-forward style that was enjoyable, and can be read by people of all ages. If you want to see a slightly more personal side to Cardinal Dolan, I highly recommend this book.?
“60 Minutes” calls Cardinal Dolan the American Pope. After reading this book, he is, in my view, as “All-American” as it can get, and that is not a bad thing.
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