Pat Hickey: Tahoe Boy

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What Unificationists say…

Tahoe Boy is a great read in and of itself…but, as a Unificationist, it is especially meaningful…and not just because a portion of the book is about a faith we share… no… much more than that. It is a story that each of us could tell if we were as talented (and honest) as Pat. Well, thank God Pat has written it and saved us from toiling for months over a manuscript…instead we get to enjoy this immensely readable, funny and thoroughly delightful book. It is the consummate “coming of age” anthem with all its hopes, disappointments, exhilarations, realizations, course corrections and reconciliations. Some, no doubt, will misread it as a trek toward apostasy…I see it rather, as a journey toward true ownership of what we believe.”

—Kevin McCarthy, author, The Master Plan


“A classic coming-of-age story…Local color, sparkling anecdotes, humor and the true read of a picturesque novel makes this book a must read.”

—Mose Durst, Ph.D., former President of the Unification Church


“Pat Hickey…breaks new ground in the genre by re-defining his membership in relationship to mainstream culture and, in fact, integrating his previous and present religious experiences with it.”

—Dr. Michael Mickler, Author,
40 years in America: An Intimate History of the Unification Movement


“I was riveted reading Pat Hickey’s Tahoe Boy about a young man who looks for God and bumps into a man who says he is the returning Christ. Pat’s journey reveals that it is much more difficult than expected and less about having one’s feet washed by Christ than about getting down on his own hands and knees and doing the washing…Bravo Mr. Hickey for making us drop our platitudes and think again about living the red letters of the New Testament.”

—Michael Smith


Tahoe Boy is a welcome counterpart to Reverend Moon’s own autobiography, a view of the movement from down in the trenches. It is a memoir of an American disciple who achieved what many of his colleagues intended to do but few of whom accomplished. Hickey rose through the ranks of church leadership for years and then quietly melted into his Nevada hometown where he became a celebrated opinion leader and an elected official—all without ever hiding or denying his church affiliation. At turns hilarious, romantic, and deeply wise, Tahoe Boy left me wanting more, more, more.”

—Douglas Burton, former Associate Editor, Insight on the News