Church Sweet Home: A Renovation to Warm the Soul

Church Sweet Home: A Renovation to Warm the Soul

by Monica Lee


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After buying an old Methodist church to renovate into their home, a plucky fifty-something couple who gets excited by reclaimed wood and deals on Craigslist goes to work, undaunted by risks to their marital relationship, creaky bodies and bank account.

The 126-year-old structure has been stripped of pews, the altar, even the kitchen sink. The wiring is a Frankenstein mix of early 20th century knobs and tubes, copper wire and modern Romex. And the seller discloses the 40-foot bell tower is "rooted," which the intrepid homebuyers Tyler and Monica take to mean as "rotted." Friends wonder if there are bats in their belfry, literally and metaphorically, as the pair spends months juggling contractors of varying dependability, wandering around a thousand home improvement stores and sanding miles of wood floors, laboring to prove the doubters wrong.

Based on the real-time memoir Monica blogged by night, Church Sweet Home chronicles the amusing, exhausting and ultimately satisfying fixer-upper follies of turning a derelict community treasure into a dream home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986194337
Publisher: Monica Lee
Publication date: 04/25/2020
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Monica Lee is a personal historian, blogger and author of three books, including The Percussionist’s Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime & Betrayal and a piece of autobiographic fiction, Truth, Dare Double Dare, Promise or Repeat: On Finding the Meaning of “Like” in 1982. A native of Minnesota, she spends winters in Austin, Texas, and her summers in converted church in southern Wisconsin. Follow news of her writing projects at

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