A former alcoholic turned Minister’s- Critically acclaimed memoir’s underscores the transformative power of faith, hope meaning, goodwill and second chances


Rev. Dr. Gordon Postill





Rev. Dr. Gordon Postill is an author and retired minister who has helped thousands of people.

He was ordained by the United Church of Canada in May 1980 and served congregations in Nova Scotia and Ontario before spending the last 24 years of his ministry providing spiritual care to hospice patients and their families in FL and MA. He retired in 2015 to care for his beloved, now late wife Robin who had become afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Postill holds a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University, Sudbury, a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College, Toronto, and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University.

With his advanced clinical training, he became Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and served four years as the APC State Representative of Massachusetts.  He has extensive expertise in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and end-of-life health care ethics.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he led a CISM team from Naples, Florida to New York City to provide support for NYPD personnel.  He also served a decade as the Ethics Committee Chair of the Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts and offered end-of-life ethics workshops throughout MA.

Prior to becoming an ordained minister, Postill’s life felt meaningless and he aimlessly drifted from such jobs as nickel miner and security guard. A college dropout in his 20’s, he battled addictions to alcohol and Valium, frequently took LSD and smoked marijuana, and had two run-ins with the law before an astonishing call to the ministry and the bountiful blessings which quickly followed gave him a desperately-needed second chance and saved his life.

Rev. Dr. Gordon Postill resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Please visit www.gordonpostill.com to learn more.

“Postill reflects on his journey from a life of dissipation to one of spiritual purpose in this debut memoir…as an account of a journey from self-indulgence to religious meaning, it is impressive and inspiring…He relates his remembrance, dotted with black-and-white photos of himself and loved ones, with admirable, confessional candor in a breezily anecdotal style… an engaging personal reflection on a transformed life.”

–Kirkus Reviews


“This book is real, instructive, encouraging, and empowering. One wild life in the thrall and call of God.”

–The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair