Pope Bob

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Date Published: November 29, 2010
Number of Pages: 332
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Pope Bob was a difficult story to get into. To me, the scenario was just not a believable situation. My brain did not accept it as ever being a possibility. But I kept reading…and the characters, one at a time, brought me into the story. Each character is so well developed and true to the meaning and soul of the story that they are easy to believe in and understand. Their relationship with each other brings the story to its full achievement.

Could a modern day, highly intelligent priest, educated in theology and philosophy, who has risen to the summit of the world’s oldest, strongest religion, possibly become lost on the streets of Seattle and end up on Skid Row? I don’t know. But that is the premise behind this book.


Each character brings something new in kindness, compassion and downright good nature to the storyline.  As the reader continues through the story, those are the feelings, the real rewards of reading this book.  How could down-and-out-people who have what the world describes as ‘nothing,’ give so much to each other?  Yes, there is also evil on the streets of the city, but life is lived to its fullest when all you have is your life.


I enjoyed the book for that reason alone. How the characters are real, and above humanity’s guidelines for goodness and kindness, and how they relate to each other, giving everything they possess for others. Not knowing what tomorrow might bring is a lesson we should all take to heart.

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ISBN-13: B004EEOHPM
Original Language: English
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Wanda J. (“Jody”) Rakis was born in Texas, and moved to Michigan with Ling-Temco-Vought Missile Corporation in the early 60’s. She was an executive secretary with the company with top secret clearance. Not too long after arriving in Michigan she met a tall, Greek, handsome salesman and they were married a year later. She was a stay-at-home mother for seven years. Jody returned to the work force after fire destroyed their new investment business. Because their three children being very young, and they lived in a log cabin on a cold, northern Michigan lake, Jody took a job with the school system, as secretary for the Superintendent and Board of Education. She later switched to elementary school secretary so that she could be with her children in the summers. During these years, Jody became more active in her parish and began teaching CCD classes at night. She has been fortunate to have many, wonderful, exciting, sometimes demanding, positions in her career. From school secretary, she managed a new travel agency that opened in her town. Another challenge, another great experience. From there Jody scrimped and saved and was eventually able to open her own business, a secretarial and office rental business with a conference room and three offices, located in the newest building of her small town. The business was very successful and expanded twice in two years, to eight offices and a waiting list of tenants. After herr children graduated from high school, Jody and her husband sold their respective businesses and moved to sunny Florida. One of their sons had also moved there with school friends, and their daughter came with them. Their oldest son was married and starting a family. During those years, Jody attended Barry University and completed required courses for her Paralegal Certificate. In Naples, Jody again became active in our parish, teaching CCD and also becoming sponsor for RCIA candidates. After ten years, the Rakis’ son and daughter moved back north and Jody and her husband missed being close to them and their new families. They moved to Cincinnati, where their daughter lives. Upon arrival, Jody’s husband worked for an appraisal company and Jody found employment with The Kroger Co. as legal secretary to the lead labor attorney for the company. She retired from Kroger in 2005. The Rakis’ parish is St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Delhi, suburb of Cincinnati. Jody am involved with the Christ Renews His Parish movement, prayer groups, and serves as a minister for the Divorce Support Group. Keeping active and staying mentally busy is one of God’s blessings for Jody. Because of some medical problems, she does spend down time, resting and rejuvenating her strength. By reading and reviewing, Jody hopes to continue to rejuvenate her mind as well.

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