SKU (ISBN): 9781629958668
Binding: Trade Paper
Publisher: P & R Publishing
Marvin Olasky played catch with his father, Eli, only once–it didn’t end well. Eli never laughed, rarely spoke with his son, and was periodically lambasted by his wife for his lack of ambition. How had a Harvard graduate failed to achieve all that he had once hoped for? Author Frederick Buechner confessed, “I dealt with the sad parts of my life by forgetting them.” Seeing a danger in this, Olasky draws on his investigative journalist skills to uncover his father’s past–facing Eli’s pain and his own in order to understand and forgive. He follows Eli’s story from his Orthodox Jewish childhood in Boston to his days as a commuter student at Harvard to his untold experiences in Germany following World War II to his embrace of Reconstructionist Judaism, describing a “spiritual and psychological death by one thousand cuts”–and discovering what he owes to his parents.
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