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"Driving Straight On Crooked Lines:
How an Irishman found his heart and nearly lost his mind"

This memoir features the Legionaries of Christ, their founder Fr. Marcial Maciel, and the Vatican, but it is not about them. This is Jack Keogh's story. It is told with candor, a sparkle in the eye, and plenty of Irish good humor.

For anyone interested in the developing world, in the Catholic Church, in organizational theory, leadership or in intercultural communication, Driving Straight provides excellent object lessons--and takes readers on an exciting journey of their own.

The author/narrator leaves his Dublin home and family to follow a dream--to change the world as a missionary. He soon finds himself in a world of contradictions: the huts of Africa's poor and the homes of the United States' and Mexico's wealthiest families; his personal devotion and the politics of power; his vow of poverty and Maciel's taste for luxury.

He ends up indeed playing a role in changing the world, and in the process, changing himself. As a result of this change, he returns to build a new home and family.

Driving Straight On Crooked Lines is an inspiring adventure, covering the twenty years of an Irishman’s life from adolescence in Dublin, Ireland, to adulthood as a Catholic Priest in the Legion of Christ.

He eventually transitions to a new life as husband, father, and international management consultant.

Spanning global locations including Ireland, Spain, Mexico, Italy, the United States, and Gabon in Central West Africa, this memoir gives insight to the inner workings of the Legionaries of Christ, the leadership of the controversial Fr. Maciel, and to the inner thoughts of a former priest. It tells how an Irishman found his heart, and in doing so, nearly lost his mind. It is often moving, frequently funny, very entertaining, and always memorable. It is a splendid example of Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey."

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"Driving Straight on Crooked Lines" is available in softcover and Kindle editions, in English and Spanish on, Barnes and noble and anywhere fine books are sold.


Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: Iveagh Lodge Press (April 3, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0984522700
ISBN-13: 978-0984522705

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars


 The Spanish language edition was published on  September 15th., 2010.

It is called "Historia de un Legionario de Cristo Irlandés: De cómo encontró su corazón y casi perdió la razón."