childhood, David Schickler has been torn between his intense desire to become a
Catholic priest and his equally fervent desire for the company of women.
Growing up in a family of staunch Catholics in upstate New York, Schickler
senses God along what he calls “the dark path,” a shadowy trail that winds
through the woods behind his childhood home. On this path he begins his
ongoing, frustratingly one-sided talks with God.
don’t get any clearer for Schickler at college, where he initiates serious
conversations about becoming a Jesuit just as he enters a passionate
relationship with a vivacious, agnostic young woman. He tries various
obsessions—karate, beer, writing fiction—attempting to duck the mystical God he
feels called to serve as a priest. His pursuits of these passions, and of the
young woman, take him from Germany to New York City and eventually to New
England, where he has a life-changing reckoning about whether he will end up
wearing the clerical collar or getting the girl.
and funny, lyrical and blunt, The Dark Path is an evocative portrayal of
one man’s struggle with faith and women, both of which he tries to love with
bold, bracing honesty. Download and start listening now!