Friday, January 20, 2012

Book review: 'The Unlikely Priest'

From Florida-

Father J. Perry Smith, former vicar at Historic St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in St. Augustine, and now Canon for Pastoral Care at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jacksonville, admits that finally, “I’m just who I want to be.”

The 67-year-old priest was ordained in 2002 after decades of soul-seeking and adventure, according to his book, “The Unlikely Priest.”

It was Halloween in 1954 — a night that changed the path of life for a 10-year-old. While trick or treating near his home in rural West Virginia, Perry Smith and his brother David knocked on the door of a recluse who was reputed to be the richest woman in Logan County. The woman opened the door and before giving out treats asked the boys their names. She then inquired, “Which of you is the oldest?” Perry volunteered that he was 10 and his brother was 8.

“Oh you’re the adopted one,” she informed Perry.

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