An incredible novel filled with a mixture of crime and war but also faith and dedication.
Written in an engaging and funny way I found it to be an easy read that taught me a lot about the war in Vietnam and what it is like to be a man dedicated to God. We see through Trimboli’s entire life as the book covers 50 years of his living. Seeing his life in such a full form completely sucked me into his life and what it would have been like to live in the conditions that he finds himself in. If you’re looking for a book that brings intrigue and teaches you something at the same time too, then this would be a good one to give a read. -Amazon Review
Enter the world of Father Steven Trimboli, an activist priest who fights for justice against immigrant discrimination and labor disputes in the 1960s. However, his struggle with the hierarchy leads to an insurmountable task – building a church in a remote area where he feels like a fish out of water. After surviving a fire, he finds comfort in a woman, but their moment of mutual passion has disastrous consequences.
As he seeks atonement, Father Trimboli becomes a chaplain in Vietnam, facing danger and struggling to maintain his faith in the face of adversity. Despite years of service and degradation, he finally receives the promotion he deserves – Monsignor and a parish of his own. However, his faith is tested once again when he confronts the darkest secrets of sexual abuse that bring him face-to-face with the devastating truth – that those children trust most, the church, can also betray them.
These Thy Gifts is a powerful and timely story that sheds light on the struggles Catholics face today. Join Father Trimboli on a journey through 50 years of his life – from the streets of Brooklyn to the jungles of Vietnam and beyond. Follow his unique perspective as an Army Chaplain and pastor, and be inspired by his unwavering fight for justice, faithfulness, and standing up for the oppressed.
These Thy Gifts will take you on a remarkable journey of resilience in love that goes beyond religion and glory days – a story that will inspire and move you.