The boyhood and youth of this man was spent in a quest for faith. Very early he participated in politics with his family in the Equal Rights party; this led to a deeper interest in social reform, which in turn led to a still deeper longing for the basic principles to be found only in religion. He became the friend of Brownson, Dana, Emerson, Thoreau and Alcott. He was a member of Brook Farm for a while, but finally joined the Catholic church. As a novice he had a struggle, but when he finally settled all the conflicts within his soul he became a great popular Catholic lecturer, and the founder and editor of the literary magazine The Catholic World. This book is very detailed, but a good revelation of a man's struggle for and growth in religion. Of general Catholic interest.