"Prisoner of God" is a revolutionary testimony against the Church and its methods, against the brainwashing to which many members are submitted, and the power and influence it exerts across a broad spectrum of society.
It is also an account of the mysterious world of the abbeys: the monks' everyday life and the way they deal with solitude, silence and sexuality.
A brilliant student with a promising career ahead of him as a biologist under the guidance of Nobel Prize-winner Jacques Monod, Michel Benoit decided at the age of twenty-two to follow the path of God and take on monastic orders as Brother Irenee.
But after twenty-two years of self-sacrifice and a fraught quest for God, Michel was "discharged" by the Church.
What happened? What mechanism led to the Catholic hierarchy rejecting one of its own?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 300 pages
- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 12/06/2008
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9781846880520
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Review by Johanna11
I thought this book very impressing. It makes you understand why someone not raised in the Christian tradition makes the choice to become a monk. In addition, it gives you insight in how the hierarchy of the Catholic church works. You get to know not only the author, but other people that are important to him as well, like his uncle (not his real uncle, but the man who has raised him) and brother Nicolas.