Finding Forgiveness by Adrian SmithFinding Forgiveness by Adrian Smith

Finding Forgiveness

byAdrian Smith

Paperback | May 11, 2017

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Adrian Smith was raised in what seemed to be a very traditional, Roman Catholic upbringing. His father, Adrian Smith Sr, was very religious. He had studied to be a priest and left the seminary only 6 months before his ordination. After he left the seminary, Adrian Sr then worked for 30 years as a child psychologist for PEI's Department of Education. He died at the age of 58 from a brain tumor. A week later after his death, Adrian Jr discovered that his father had been living a lie and that he was homosexual; he had kept it hidden his whole life.

Adrian kept his father's sexuality a secret until his mother died. At that time, he decided to make a conscious effort to face his and his father's story. He ended up having travel away from PEI to get counselling to help him get over the lies of his past. He was finally making progress when allegations of sexual abuse against my father surfaced.

The book details a son's experience with coming to terms with the secrecy and betrayal. But it is also a story of redemption as after years of hard work Smith could finally find forgiveness.

Title:Finding ForgivenessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 11, 2017Publisher:Acorn PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927502810

ISBN - 13:9781927502815

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Fine Work---With Very Difficult Subject Matter When I saw reference to this book I promptly went to my local Chapters/Indigo retail outlet and purchased it. I knew personally the 'protagonist' of this memoir, having been a fellow parishioner, neighbor, and high school 'buddy' of his. I am impressed by the honesty and elegant expression of his son Adrian McNally Smith---who learned of his father's complex sexual life only after the man died. As a former teacher and guidance counsellor myself, I feel that this book deserves a wide reading public, over a large geographic area. There is so much angst & paranoia going down in the field of domestic sexual mores & morality, that some very sincere reflection is needed, and this book does it.
Date published: 2017-06-05