Father and Son: Finding Freedom

Walter Wangerin has written many beloved books, but perhaps none more affecting than this one. It’s a very personal story, wracked with love and regret for his son Matthew. He has shared some of the writing with Matthew himself.

Here’s how painful their story is: Several years ago at Christmas, Walt was diagnosed with lung cancer. With his grown children all gathered around, he assured them that whatever the outcome, this illness would be his “best adventure.” But the hardest part may have been telling 35-year-old Matthew, who was belatedly building an adult life. They had just begun to find their way back to each other.


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