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  1 The Abbey: A Story of Discovery
Author: Martin, James
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Class: Fiction
Age: Adult
Language: English
LC: PS3613.A
ISBN-13: 9780062401861
LCCN: 2015009852
Imprint: HarperOne
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub Date: 10/13/2015
Availability: Available
List: $24.99
Physical Description: 212 pages ; 22 cm H 8.25", W 5.5", D 0.81", 0.83 lbs.
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Brodart Sources: Brodart's Christian Fiction Picks
Brodart's Christian Fiction TIPS Selections
Brodart's Insight Catalog: Adult
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TIPS Subjects: Christian Fiction
BISAC Subjects: RELIGION / Spirituality
FICTION / Religious
RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth
LC Subjects: Christian fiction
FICTION / Religious
RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
RELIGION / Spirituality
Self-actualization (Psychology), Fiction
Self-realization, Fiction
SEARS Subjects: Christian fiction
Self-realization, Fiction
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ONIX annotations | 04/18/2017
In the tradition of the spiritual classics The Shack and The Screwtape Letters comes a captivating and poignant debut novel from the revered Jesuit priest and New York Times bestselling author of Jesus and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. A divorced single mom, Anne can barely cope with life and struggles to make sense of the death of her young son. A former architect with a promising career, Mark works as a handyman and wonders how his life got off track. The abbot of the Abbey of Saints Philip and James, Father Paul sometimes questions whether he made the right decision in secluding himself so thoroughly from the world. At this Pennsylvania abbey, this unlikely trio will discover the answers they seek-a miracle of hope and understanding that bears witness to the power of God to bring healing and wholeness to our lives. Written with the compassion, insight, and warmth of his previous bestsellers-Jesus, Between Heaven and Mirth, and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything -Father James Martin's debut novel is infused with deep spiritual wisdom, wry humor, and loving grace. Through his characters' struggles, questions, and crises, we see firsthand how God uses our worries, anger, doubts, prayers, failures, and longings to help us complete ourselves and feel wholly loved.
Journal Reviews
Publishers Weekly | 08/10/2015
Popular Jesuit author (Jesus: A Pilgrimage) and media commentator Martin turns to fiction in this warmly comforting tale of a grieving mother who owns a building but has no day-to-day job, a dissatisfied handyman, and an abbot, whose lives come to intersect and are gently changed. Three years after the death of her teenage son in an accident, Anne is stuck in grief. Her tenant Mark works as handyman at an abbey, feeling underemployed and lonely. Father Paul heads the abbey and wonders if he should be an abbot. Anne, whose father once worked for the abbey, is drawn to it after a car breakdown brings her back to the place she visited when a child. Martin offers a simple story about complicated people whose lives need God for direction and healing. His skill as a novelist is fair; the plot is thin but the characters are well drawn. His real strength is his pastoral sensibility--his compassion shines through the character of Father Paul. Like his fellow Jesuit Pope Francis, Martin is a persuasive evangelizer for a God, and church, of mercy. (Oct.). 224p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2015.