Trumbull, CT, August 18, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Jack Keogh , the author of "Driving Straight on Crooked Lines," says, "one could be forgiven for thinking that my story might just belong on the shelf in your local bookstore near Elizabeth Gilbert’s 'Eat, Pray, Love.' I decided to write my story," he explains, "when I was in Mexico City’s Izote restaurant, sipping mescal and listening to a tale about a monk who killed a cow."
But the book’s sub-title suggests a different take: “How an Irishman found his heart and nearly lost his mind.” First impressions can be deceiving, and when Keogh tells us in the book’s Prologue, “God writes straight on crooked lines”— we hope we will learn how to understand how adversity can bring out the best in us.
Dr. Ken Davis says, “Keogh’s memoir is a splendid example of Joseph Campbell's ‘hero's journey.’ By the time Keogh leaves his Dublin home and family to follow a dream—to change the world as a missionary with the Legionaries of Christ, he soon finds himself in a world of contradictions: the huts of Africa's poor and the homes of the United States' and Mexico's wealthiest families; his personal devotion and the politics of power; his vow of poverty and his superior's taste for luxury.”
The author ends up indeed playing a role in changing the world, and in the process, changing himself. By the time the tale is finished, readers have journeyed with him from Dublin to Rome, then to Salamanca in Spain and on to Mexico City. After a sojourn in Rome where the author experienced the inner workings at the headquarters of the Legionaries of Christ, we travel with him to New York. Aoife Rinaldi commented, “He describes the complicated structure of the Church in a way that is straightforward and interesting while also disclosing the ins and outs of everyday life in the Legionaries of Christ.”
By the time Keogh arrives in Gabon in Central West Africa, he has to confront his doubts, and his grief accepting that God might have different plans for his life. As the title suggests, the author needed to learn how to “drive straight on the crooked lines of life” in order to find his heart and happiness.
“For anyone interested in the developing world, in the Catholic Church, in organizational theory, or in intercultural communication, Driving Straight provides excellent object lessons--and takes readers on an exciting journey of their own,” says Davis.