A compelling testimony to our capacity for total spiritual transformation in the face of overwhelming odds. McKenty's story is both inspirational and gut-wrenchingly honest. Highly recommended. -- Tom Harpur, Syndicated Columnist and Bestselling Author
Neil takes us on a journey to places we've always wondered about
but never had the nerve to ask our guide to describe. Even if you knew (or thought you knew) him well. Heaven or hell? Don't miss the chance to get firsthand directions. -- George Balcan, CJAD Radio, Montreal
People who suffer from depression will learn through this book's testimony that even when everything seems to be failing, hope should prevail. -- Pablo Cervantes, M.D., Director, Mood Disorders Clinic, Montreal General Hospital
The Inside Story is the gripping story of Neil McKenty's struggle with loneliness and despair, and how he overcame both. A spiritual journey that resonates with his honesty. -- June Callwood, Author and Broadcaster
Why would a successful author and radio broadcaster want to lay bare his journey "about toxic religion, sex and celibacy, drinking and depression"? "Because," answers McKenty, "the journey led me to a measure self-discovery and because I believe others will relate to my feelings along the way and perhaps be helped on their own journey toward wholeness."
This is an autobiography the "inside story" of Neil McKenty, and, while it may help others on their journey to become "real," to rid themselves of the need to wear a mask, it is uniquely McKenty's story. Much of what he describes about his early life as a Jesuit is seen through the lenses of his particular experiences as a child.
This, of course, is true for everyone's story. But not everyone will be as astute in recognizing the influences or as candid in describing them as is McKenty. For him the task was to change from disliking himself to liking himself, a process that he believes requires a crisis of some sort.
For him the crisis took the form of a severe and prolonged depression a depression that led him to the brink of suicide.
When the crisis dissolved, he says, "For the first time in my life the ball was hitting the glove, the arrow the target. I felt I was fitting, connecting in a way I never had before with myself, with other people, and with my understanding of God."
The Inside Story is, in June Caldwell's words, "a spiritual journey that resonates with his honesty." -- MTB, Prairie Messenger, September 1997