Reviews of The Heart of a Priest
What others have to say about the book
ďAs Bishop of the Diocese that claimed Fr. Fred as one of its own, I read The Heart of a Priest with great interest and pride. The work paints a marvelous portrait of what can happen even today when a man turns his life over to God and strives to live authentically the gift of priesthood. Itís a wonderful story of how the Lord takes an ordinary man and leads him to a life of extraordinary love. While I know that the memory of Fr. Fred continues to challenge and encourage those who knew him, Iím thrilled that this fine biography will widen the circle of those acquainted with his inspiring story.Ē
Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop of Gaylord
"A fine and quite moving presentation of the story of a giant in the recent history of the Traverse City area. Paul LaPorte has produced a work which transcends the usual local history production, and moves Father Fred into the league where he belongs, and will be respected and admired for years to come. This is a story and a book not just about Traverse City, but about a man who turned challenge and adversity into triumph, both personally, and for the great good of his community. We just don't see books like this often enough."
Thomas R. Dilley
Grand Rapids Historical Society
Grand Rapids Historical Commission