TO LIGHT A CANDLE: The Autobiography of Father James Keller by

TO LIGHT A CANDLE: The Autobiography of Father James Keller

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Next to Bishop Fulton Sheen, Father James Keller is probably the best known priest in the United States. His by-line has appeared in newspapers all over the country, and millions have read his Christopher News Notes. Millions more are familiar with his Christopher slogan ""It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness"". The remarkable man who founded the Christopher movement in 1946 describes how it all happened in To Light a Candle. The book traces his childhood in California, his life as a student in the diocesan seminary and later at Maryknoll, his various assignments as a Maryknoll priest, and his growing conviction that there must be a true missionary spirit of personal responsibility in all men if the free world is to survive. From this conviction sprang the Christopher movement which sees all men as ""Christ bearers"" doing their part to integrate the principles of the gospel into the whole of life. Father Keller laces his story with glimpses of the famous stars of stage, screen, radio and political life who have given their time and talents to furthering Christopher work. It is paradoxical that To Light a Candle tells more about the Christophers than it really does about Father Keller. But, one gathers, this is what Father Keller considers the most important part of his life.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday