Passport

Passport

by Christopher Blunt

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Overview

Passport is an engaging coming-of-age story about a young man's discovery of self-sacrificial love. It is told through the eyes of Stan Eigenbauer, who is living a generally upright --- but comfortable and self-satisfied --- bachelor's life with his dog and hobby cars. When a lapse in judgment brings consequences he hadn't anticipated, Stan must make a series of agonizing decisions about how to move forward. He struggles to rearrange his life, and finds himself increasingly attuned to the needs of others. As Stan grows more faithful to his commitments, and more committed to his faith, he discovers a depth of joy and happiness far beyond what he or we could have expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976659662
Publisher: Pelican Crossing Press
Publication date: 04/24/2008
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Passport 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First the good: It is a really good story that kept me engaged throughout the book. Now the bad: The author can't seem to decide if he is writing a novel or teaching a religion class. He makes sure that every cliche' of conserative Catholicism made it into the book at one place or another. The main character prefers the old church with classical lines to modern ones. His spiritual director is a young, cassock-wearing Opus Dei priest. Most of the main characters met at Catholic Youth Day in Denver. NFP is discussed. There is a family with quite a few young kids with a homeschooling SAHM. Of course they say the rosary as a family nightly. Moms all breastfeed and attachment parenting and slings are big. In several spots in the book the characters are discussing religion, but IMO it comes off as phony. What is the story? It is told through the eyes of a non-Cafeteria Catholic young man. It is mainly the story of his relationship with the mother of his child. It is also the story of his relationship with his best friend from college, who is now an organic farmer, married, with lots of kids. The friend's wife is the SAHM of course. Another main character is another college buddy who is your basic 'typical' guy of that age who is living with his girlfriend and not really growing up. It is the story of an overaged adolescent who had to grow up in a hurry--and did. It is a story of self-sacrificing love. In a lot of ways, I'm disappointed because this could have been a much better book with better editing. It almost seemed like the author had a list of points of doctrine or Catholic moral teachings that he wanted to include in the book, and after he outlined the story, he plugged them in. Some of the Catholic stuff seemed to be there just for the sake of putting it there--like when it mentioned that he always prayed for his parents as he passed the cemetery. That's nice, but so what? It really had nothing to do with the story, and there were plenty of other keys to his Catholic identity. I found many of the characters to be too good to be true. I found many of the faith elements of the book to be preachy and not well-integrated into the story. However, as mentioned earlier, it was a good story, and I recommend that Catholic readers give it a shot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After spending every waking moment trying to finagle more moments to read just one more page of this book, I finally finished it much to my regret. I wanted more. Passport is a difficult book to describe. It is a novel, yes. But what do you call a novel that makes you want to be a better person? That helps you see the sacrifices you've made aren't really that much, and you should do more? That turns your mind to your own selfishness and lays it bare? That makes you ask yourself if you're doing God's will in every little thing, and not just when His will and yours converge? This is an adult novel, and yet, it's not that kind of adult novel. It's adult because it deals with mature stuff. Not that kind of stuff, although that's in there, too, just not graphically enough to give it an 'R' rating. It's adult because the mature stuff is about sin. And sacrifice. And loving someone enough to give up everything for them. And the consequences of even a moment's lapse in judgment. And the love of Christ to help you walk through the darkness. There are many situations in Passport which are comparable to real life. I've talked with Catholic women who have conceived out of the usual order. Who have married in court because they didn't yet have an annulment. Who have children in their homes with two different last names and complex arrangements for parenting. Who have endured hardships in marriage due to mental health issues, physical health issues, lack of being on the same page with the Church issues. There are stories no one will ever hear. Stories of self-sacrifice and pain and days of quiet martyrdom that no one will ever know about in marriages all over the world. People who should be declared saints for what they go through people who silently offer up daily difficulties for the sake of their children, or their spouse, or someone else. This is a novel about a situation like that. A difficult situation. A very complex story about the complexities of sin, sacrifice, love, honor, chivalry, manliness and womanliness. It's a story about parenting, and families, and children, and faith, and hope. It's a story about a normal man, an average man, and a story about humans as we are. It's a story about how we try, and fail, and try again. I think the greatest virtue in this story is hope. The main character never seems to give up hope, even though the situation--brought about by his own sin-- seems so hopeless. I loved his circle of friends, the garage where they work on cars and talk about life, the community center where they volunteer. And even though the main character is often hopeful, he is real and human. He often fails, there, too, and tries to run from his sorrows and pain in ways many of us will recognize, because we've run like that, too. And although this story is told from the guy's point of view, I still liked it, and I could still relate to everything that was happening because it is a human story, and hope is something anyone can understand. The story is set in Chicago (mainly) and so I could really relate to that. When the author describes Evanston, or some Chicago neighborhood, I could picture it because I live here. I guess I could also relate because of being a parent and a spouse, and the story revolving around those states in life and issues relating to them. I don't know what an unmarried young adult or a grandparently adult would think of this book. But I suspect the emotions and situations are universal enough for most any adult to be able to find the story compelling, interesting, and even challenging. I recommend this book to any adult looking for some leisure or commuter-type reading. This book is easy to read. It's a page-turner because you want so badly for the situation to be resolved in a good way, and there are so many almost insurmountable obstacles in the way. You won't be uncomfortable reading it because it keeps itself modest, and yet, talks about subjects you might not tal
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although written from a Catholic perspective, the trials the main character Stan faces are not solely relegated to Catholics. The author shows us true love and forgiveness through the life of Stan, a man who gave into temptation and then had some difficult decisions to make. This real-life novel deals with the struggles that Stan faces as he now tries to reconcile his life to his beliefs, and that even though there is forgiveness, there are still consequences for one's actions. The portrayed struggle between one¿s desires and doing what one 'should' is a struggle we all face. The author's style is easy to read and makes the book difficult to put down. I strongly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tired of the same old thing in fiction novels? Put off by graphic sexuality or violence in what was otherwise a good story? You can rest assured that there is none of that nonsense in Christopher Blunt's novel 'Passport'. A story about a young man, Stan, who is much like many men of today, who makes an error in judgment, but unlike most men, actually thinks about what consequences his actions cause. I found the book to be both fun to read, and inspiring. The plot line is well developed, the story inspiring, I hope that young men like Stan are alive and well in our society, we need them. A lively tale of sin, consequence, love, friendship, integrity, honesty, and character. Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Passport is inspirational, instructional, educational and most of all enjoyable. Its message is driven home with a velvet hammer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Blunt's novel is equal parts heatwarming and heartbreaking. The great cost of sin is brilliantly displayed in the rise, fall and rebirth of its main character Stan. Dr. Blunt takes on a topic rarely covered in today's fiction works--the cost of doing the right thing is often marked by seemingly overwhelming burdens. His main character's struggle to return to this moral life whatever the cost is truly inspiring. Catholic readers will especially identify but this tale will inspire anyone who ever struggled back from their greatest failure.