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Walking With Arthur: Finding God on My Way to New York

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A book by James O'Donnell

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Author: James O'Donnell
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Northfield Publishing
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Charmed, I'm Sure.

  • Dec 15, 2005
WALKING WITH ARTHUR is a short biography and spiritual memoir of James O'Donnell. The book isn't a detailed biography, but it does contain biographical elements. These elements of biography, found mostly in the beginning, but scattered throughout the book serve to give the reader an understanding of what O'Donnell was like before he met his friend Arthur.

However, the central focus of the book is an explanation of how the author became a Christian and how his friendship with Arthur helped change his life. Unlike many "conversion" tales that are hyped-up and propogated by the marketing forces of many churches, James O'Donnell's conversion was nothing spectacular. He wasn't a harden criminal whose behavior changed overnight. There were no angels singing in our realm when he made the choice. There was no lights in the sky. It was a simple matter brought about by a simple choice.

Arthur is a key person in the story because it is through O'Donnell's friendship with Arthur that he is able to first, consider his decision and then make it. Arthur becomes a kind of mentor to O'Donnell, despite feeling that he himself is really being mentored to by O'Donnell.

There aren't a whole lot of deep theological issues in the book. It is a rather simple tale full of warmth and charm. It's also a fairly short book that can be read in a few hours. It may not be a must read, but WALKING WITH ARTHUR isn't a waste of time, either.

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