|Signing copies of Father Ed after my talk at Sacred Heart Parish, Roslindale, MA, October 7, 2023.|
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Sunday, November 26, 2023
|I had the pleasure of autographing a copy of Father Ed for Keaton Douglas (right) of the Center of Addiction & Faith when she came to my talk at St. Cecilia's in Rockaway, NJ, on October 19, 2023.|
The response to Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.'s Spiritual Sponsor, my biography of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson's dear friend and advisor Father Edward Dowling, SJ, has been overwhelming, and I couldn't be more grateful. As I write, Father Ed is in its second printing and has won a 2023 Christopher Award as a work that "affirms the highest values of the human spirit."
I've decided to create a running list of Father Ed media mentions here on The Dawn Patrol and update it each time another one appears. The date of this entry will change as I update it, so that it may remain uppermost or near-uppermost. I realize there are surely some items missing from this list; if you notice an omission, please drop me a line (see my email at the bottom of my Bio page).
James K. Hanna reviewed Father Ed on his Substack: "Father Ed is a biography and much more - this is a book about relationships, the essence of humanity - and whether you have an interest in A.A. or not, I highly recommend it as a users guide to living life on life’s terms."
Lindsay Weishar reviewed Father Ed for the Diocese of Peoria's Catholic Post: "One of the lovely things about Goldstein’s biography is that it not only highlights Father Ed’s life, but also the ways in which his life was deeply affected by those to whom he ministered."
Mark Tarnacki wrote a review of my talk on Father Ed at St. Michael's College in Vermont, including photos: "Goldstein told her warmly welcoming Saint Michael's audience of about 50, including several Edmundites and area friends of the AA fellowship, that Bill and Dr. Bob’s Vermont connection made this talk particularly meaningful for her."
Wes Cipolla of The Boston Pilot interviewed me in advance of my giving a Boston-area talk on Father Ed.
Parabola magazine featured an excerpt from Father Ed on Father Edward Dowling's first meeting with Bill W.
Veronica Valli interviewed me on Father Ed for her Soberful podcast, calling him "The First Sponsor."
Matt Kappadakunnel reviewed Father Ed for US Catholic: "Thanks to Goldstein, we meet a saint who teaches us that God can transform our weaknesses to transmit grace."
TL Putnam interviewed on Father Ed for his podcast "Outside the Walls."
A Journey Through NYC Religion ran a two-part interview with me. The first part is above; click here to view part two.
Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga interviewed me for her podcast Beyond the Headlines.
Alessandra Harris reviewed Father Ed for the National Catholic Reporter: "Father Ed is an uplifting witness of a priest whose mission was to minister to people suffering on the margins of society and share Christ's healing love with them."
Notre Dame's Church Life Journal published an excerpt from Father Ed.
Patricia Lawler Kenet reviewed Father Ed in America magazine: "[In Father Ed,] we encounter a remarkable individual whose intellect, enthusiasm and humility helped Alcoholics Anonymous burgeon into a worldwide haven for spiritual growth for those struggling with addiction."
Valerie Schultz reviewed Father Ed for The Californian: "Father Ed seemed to embody a human bridge between Ignatian spirituality and AA."
Msgr. Richard Antall reviewed Father Ed for Angelus: “Goldstein’s book is a portrait of a creative priest who also intersected with an important chunk of American Catholic history.”Ruthie Gledhill reviewed Father Ed in The Tablet (UK): "[Goldstein's] thoroughly researched and profoundly moving biography of this remarkable man will be of interest to people involved with the 12-step programme, as well as to those who are curious about the pre-Vatican II priestly formation of Jesuits.
January 2023Sarah Negri reviewed Father Ed for the Acton Institute Blog: "With depth and style, Goldstein unveils the figure of Dowling and honors his tireless devotion to helping 'people with problems,' thereby offering inspiration and hope to modern readers on their own healing journey."
Daniel Amiri reviewed Father Ed for Where Peter Is: "I found Dawn Eden Goldstein’s book, Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.’s Spiritual Sponsor, to present an inspiring model."
Prof. John W. Martens interviewed me on his podcast "What Matters Most."
James P. Pinkerton reviewed Father Ed in The American Conservative: "In [Goldstein's] scholarly hands, Dowling comes to life as a man with a mission—and actually, many missions, practical and spiritual. For all his close association with Wilson, Goldstein writes that Dowling’s 'true purpose went well beyond sobering up drunks.'"
Tony Rossi interviewed me on Father Ed for a print article and podcast on Light One Candle—The Blog of the Christophers.
PBS affiliate New Jersey Spotlight News featured an interview with me on Father Ed.
Publishers Weekly reviewed Father Ed: "This is a powerful take on an often overlooked spiritual influence on Alcoholics Anonymous."
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Recently Ave Maria Press took my 2012 book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints out of print after eleven years. During that time, the book sold more than 14,000 copies in English and had been translated into Spanish, French, Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, and Italian. The rights to it have now reverted to me.
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Saturday, December 24, 2022
I received a wonderful early Christmas present yesterday in the form of a review of my new biography of Father Edward Dowling, SJ, Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.'s Spiritual Sponsor, in my favorite opinion website, Where Peter Is. Whereas I had seen Dowling as a model for the priesthood, reviewer Dan Amiri sees a model for all men, writing,
Goldstein effectively captures the powerful working of God’s grace in a man who accomplished much but who thought of himself very little. One could reasonably argue that Fr. Dowling’s example is the antidote to much of what modern Catholic manhood “experts” stand for. In his life story, we see what is possible for men when we die to self and allow God’s will to reign in our lives.
Amiri also is impressed with what I have uncovered regarding Father Ed's influence upon Alcoholics Anonymous, whose co-founder Bill W. called Dowling his "spiritual sponsor":
Goldstein's book convincingly argues that without Dowling and his early partnership with Bill W., AA would not be the organization that it is today – if it existed at all. Dowling not only provided moral and practical support to Bill W. during his bouts of severe depression and discouragement at critical junctures for AA, but he was also instrumental in the spread of the organization in its earliest stages.
I'm really touched to receive this beautiful review in addition to the other reviews of Father Ed that have come in, all of which have been warmly positive thus far. It says a lot about Father Ed's greatness that my biography of him has won praise not only in Where Peter Is, which seeks to help readers better understand and appreciate Pope Francis's pontificate, and in The American Conservative, which is not known for publishing pro-Francis articles. People today are as moved as people were during his lifetime to learn of his trailblazing efforts to help those suffering from alcoholism, mental illness, and any other kind of problem.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
|A photo of Dowling graces James P. Pinkerton's review of Father Ed|
To read Father Ed is to be carried back to a different era, when Catholic influence was at a peak, when Hollywood made church-centric films such as Boys Town, The Song of Bernadette, Going My Way, and The Bells of St. Mary’s, and when Dowling’s St. Louis was a major hub viz. another movie of that era, Meet Me in St. Louis. Figures such as Charles Lindbergh, Gerald P. Nye, Kennesaw Mountain Landis, Judy Garland, and Fulton Sheen make appearances, ably contextualized. We even meet the descendants of Dred Scott, whom Dowling befriended and aided, and Father William Bowdern, the priest who inspired William Peter Blatty’s novel-turned-movie The Exorcist.Read the entire review at The American Conservative.
Robert Ellsberg, my editor and publisher at Orbis Books (and son of Daniel Ellsberg) wryly remarked to me that having a review in The American Conservative was "an Orbis first"! That made me very happy—not because I am a regular reader of that magazine (the post-Trump era has left me more politically homeless than ever) but because Father Ed's message is too important to be confined to any particular camp. I want readers of every culture and faith, and of every political stripe, to discover him and be touched by his life as I have been.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
|The first sentences of Publishers Weekly's review of Father Ed. Click the image to read the entire review.|
A warmly positive review of my biography of Father Edward Dowling, SJ, Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.'s Spiritual Sponsor recently appeared in Publishers Weekly. The reviewer writes,
This thorough biography of Fr. Edward Dowling by former journalist Goldstein (Sunday Will Never Be the Same) homes in on the priest’s friendship with Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson. ... Meticulous research (Goldstein notes that, contrary to Wilson’s account of the night he met Dowling, weather reports indicate there was no precipitation) and fluid prose capture the nuances of this friendship. This is a powerful take on an often overlooked spiritual influence on Alcoholics Anonymous.