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The Keys of the Kingdom (Loyola Classics)
by A. J. Cronin

Published: 2006-08-01
Paperback : 480 pages
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A magnificent story of the great adventure of individual goodness.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Cronin is a first-rate literary craftsman with an honest love of simple humanity.”
Time magazine
“Full of life and people and color.”
Harper’s Magazine Francis ...
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A magnificent story of the great adventure of individual goodness.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Cronin is a first-rate literary craftsman with an honest love of simple humanity.”
Time magazine

“Full of life and people and color.”
Harper’s Magazine
 
Francis Chisholm is a compassionate and humble priest whose individuality and directness make him unpopular with other clergy. Considered a failure by his superiors, he is sent to China to maintain a mission amid desperate poverty, civil war, plague, and the hostility of his superiors. In the face of this constant danger and hardship, Father Chisholm finds the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Recognized as A. J. Cronin’s best novel, The Keys of the Kingdom is an enthralling, fast-moving, colorful tale of a deeply spiritual man called to do good in an imperfect world.
 

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Which characters, if any, do you feel inherited the "keys to the kingdom"?
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  "For Religious Freethinkers"by bspourch (see profile) 03/26/15

This provocative, well-written novel examines the question of who will receive eternal salvation. Although it was first published in 1941, the ideas that are expressed are just as relevant today--maybe... (read more)

 
  "A mission in China opens up the heart of a man"by kfoulks (see profile) 04/20/09

I loved this book... it told the story of Father Chisolm and his journey to China (through other parishes) as well as his trials while there. I found his gentle spirit uplifting, and a model of Christianity.... (read more)

 
  "This is the story of a very loving, kind, and humble priest sent to China to start a mission. His life is extraordinary and exciting even though he is a simple man believing tolerence for all people."by abbeyonekanobe (see profile) 04/17/09

At first I didn't want to read this book because it was so old having been written in 1944. However, I am so glad that I did. The writing was remarkable. I loved the humbleness and kindness of this... (read more)

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