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Their Kingdom Come: Inside the Secret World of Opus Dei Paperback – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552154083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552154086
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,768,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A responsible piece of investigative reporting ... packed with meticulous detail"
--"Publishers Weekly" "[A] highly detailed account...a fluid read [that] blows away the mist." --"National Catholic Reporter" "Robert Hutchinson provides a thorough, highly entertaining guide to this sinister, self-important organisation and checks out claims of brainwashing, persecution of ex-members and financial dirty tricks." -- "Focus Magazine"

A responsible piece of investigative reporting ... packed with meticulous detail. "Publishers Weekly"

[A] highly detailed account...a fluid read [that] blows away the mist. "National Catholic Reporter"

Robert Hutchinson provides a thorough, highly entertaining guide to this sinister, self-important organisation and checks out claims of brainwashing, persecution of ex-members and financial dirty tricks. "Focus Magazine"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Inside the secret world of Opus Dei.

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It's clear from the title that this work is not going to endorse Opus Dei. This is not a book designed to get people queuing to join this organisation.

Still, the author does miss some points. Nobody is FORCED to join Opus Dei, any more than the Catholic Church forces people to attend its churches. Many of the manipulative techniques that this group uses are used by many religious and non-religious organisations and people. Didn't JFK attempt to manipulate his audience with the "Ask not what your country can do for you," speech? Don't ALL politicians use similar tricks? And what about adverts - don't they try and make you think that you need their product (when you KNOW you don't).

Further, one has to understand that Opus Dei is a CATHOLIC institution and the Catholic Church works within a state, the Vatican. Shouldn't you then EXPECT it to play in politics? Further, the organisation was established within one of the most Catholic countries in the world, Spain, at a time when religion was big issue - priests were being killed. Franco was very Catholic, apparently; though he only had one daughter! So much for not practicing birth-control. Perhaps he didn't like sex! Perhaps he preferred to hang out with his Falange friends!

Whatever the faults of Opus Dei, it couldn't succeed without the corruption of the governments within which its works - and some of the organisations, like the CIA. The question is: whom do you trust (or distrust) the most, Opus Dei or your own government which taxes you largely without your consent (unless you are very rich) and spends the money on whatever it wants?

The author also seems to neglect the fact that Opus Dei provides some very good services and some of its members are very hard-working.
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I've read Allen Jr book on Opus Dei and I find it immensely better written and easier to understand than this book. I'm no economist and that's probably why I did not understand very well all the machinations Hutchinson describes behind Opus Dei's economic power. I learnt quite a few things about Vatican Politics, but again the author's style makes reading very difficult.
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This is an excellent book - superbly researched and written. I would imagine that any previous negative reviews were submitted by Opus Dei sympathizers. That's fine, of course. Everyone has the right to their own opinion. It is therefore my opinion that anyone who is interested in the machinations of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church should buy this book and digest it thoroughly.
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This is an excellent book - superbly researched and written. I would imagine that any previous negative reviews were submitted by Opus Dei sympathizers. That's fine, of course. Everyone has the right to their own opinion. It is therefore my opinion that anyone who is interested in the machinations of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church should buy this book and digest it thoroughly.
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I was looking for a book to tell me about Opus Dei, but with such emotionally leading suggestions, this is not it. The book is very sensational and links very bizarre happenings together without substantial proof. Unfinished thoughts are left that way to suggest conspiracy where there is no proof. He speaks against Pope John Paul II and the Church's traditional views, but yet warns us of this great danger (Opus Dei) to the Church. If the author doesn't like the Church, why does he warn us about a group that wants to preserve it? It seems as though this book has been written to bring together all the old conspiracy myths with the addition of the anti-Islam message that he has formulated. Thank goodness so little of the book has factual support. The Church needs prayer, not non-Catholics' conspiracy theories.
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