One cannot be a new Catholic for very long before the name of Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR crops up. I have been meaning to buy some of his books for some time, and at the retreat a few weeks was able to pick up a used copy of the 1993 book “Healing the Original Wound”, for a cheap $2.00:D
The subtitles pretty much sum up the book. “Reflections on the full meaning of Salvation” and “How to experience Spiritual Freedom and enjoy God’s presence.”
But what made this book so special to me were the stories that Benedict inserts throughout the text, stories of life in New York’s slums. I identified with every one of them. I live in Torrance, but work in south-central LA. Same thing only different.
And my work in Alcoholics Anonymous also brings me into daily contact with the kind of people Father Benedict and his Monks try to serve each day. People broken on the wheel of alcoholism and drug addiction. And the unknown percentage who make it into recovery.
All in all, well worth the two dollars I spent.