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A native of Chicago, Reverend Andrew M. Greeley, is a priest,
distinguished sociologist and bestselling author. He is professor
of social sciences at the University of Chicago and the University
of Arizona, as well as Research Associate at the National Opinion
Research Center at the University of Chicago. His current
sociological research focuses on current issues facing the Catholic
Church-including celibacy of priests, ordination of women,
religious imagination, and sexual behavior of Catholics.
Father Greeley received the S.T.L. in 1954 from St. Mary of Lake Seminary. His graduate work was done at the University of Chicago, where he received the M.A. Degree in 1961 and the Ph.D. in 1962.
Father Greeley has written scores of books and hundreds of popular and scholarly articles on a variety of issues in sociology, education and religion. His column on political, church and social issues is carried by the carried by the "Chicago Sun Times" and may other newspapers. He stimulates discussion of neglected issues and often anticipates sociological trends. He is the author of more than thirty bestselling novels and an autobiography, "Furthermore!: Confessions of a Parish Priest."
On a flight into Chicago, millionaire media mogul Raymond Neenan is visited by his guardian angel. Michael informs Neenan that his life is almost over and that he needs to make amends for mistreating people in his profit-centered existence, among them his wife; his estranged offspring, who hate him; and numerous business associates. With Michael's careful orchestration, Neenan is able to resolve issues with this diverse group and even seems to enjoy his newfound attitude. While not great literature, Contract will keep demand high from fans of Father Greeley (An Occasion of Sin). Very capably read by Dick Hill, this is recommended for most public libraries.ÄDavid Scott, Southwestern Oklahoma State Univ., Weatherford Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"A witty and delightful inside-out Faust with angelic choirs, a
variety of loving, and an ending with a special twist. Greely has
fashioned a novel about learning to love and doing it well."--"San
Antonio Express-News" on "Contract with an Agel"
"Sit back and enjoy novel-writing Catholic priest Andrew M. Greely's little fantasy about a wealthy and powerful businessman who turns his life around--none too soon--after a visit from a Seraph."--"Dallas Morning News" on "Contract with an Agel"