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Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church

3 Ratings: 3.3
A book by John L. Allen

For readers ofThe Da Vinci Code, John Allen's book on Opus Dei may be something of a revelation. One opens it expecting to find at the very least GPS coordinates pinpointing albino monk training camps. Or perhaps full disclosure of untold wealth flowing … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Catholic Church, Catholicism, Opus Dei
Author: John L. Allen
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
3 reviews about Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths...
review by . May 06, 2013
A fair, balanced and well written investigation into the history of Opus Dei.
Ever since Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code came into print and was then later brought to the big screen by Ron Howard, misconceptions immediately arose around Opus Dei and its beloved founder, Saint Josemaria Escriva. Sometimes deemed a cult with manipulative and unorthodox recruiting tactics, others see the lay Catholic organization as a divinely inspired miracle whose purpose it is is to evangelize a secularized and wounded society and culture, the latter being something closer to the truth. …
review by . June 18, 2006
I have never (to my knowledge) met a member of Opus Dei; I had no previous knowledge beyond the most superficial about this group. Allen's book starts off strongly and finishes in the same eager spirit, as he addresses Opus Dei with his own suggestions about how they could dispel the myths and be more straightforward with the rest of us about their mission, their indocrination, and their allegiances. Friends of mine knowing my own religious interests had been asking me what I knew about Opus Dei …
review by . December 19, 2005
It's a cliché by now to say that someone has "wrestled" with a difficult question, but to the extent it can ever be applied appropriately, I believe this book merits it. John L. Allen has tacked a large and complex topic -- one that is surrounded in myth and mystery, brings out strong feelings from critics and defenders alike, and involves questions of deep, even eternal, importance. He has done it remarkably well.      I've read, I believe, all of John …
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