The Abbey: A Story of Discovery

The Abbey: A Story of Discovery

by James Martin


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062402134
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 581,691
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, having appeared on all the major networks, and in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report, NPR's Fresh Air, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.  Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business.

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The Abbey: A Story of Discovery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uplifting would be the right word i think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Father Martin's characters are so real from page one, I found myself really caring about them! A beautiful, very touching story of the mercy and love that God has for each of God's children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really was touched by all the characters. I felt part of the story and that's what you want while reading Well done
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emeraldisle More than 1 year ago
A simple yet enlightening story of three people who come to connect with God through everyday events and relationships. It is a beautiful and moving novel. James Martin somehow can share the understanding of faith and love in the same, simple way as Christ's parables.
2Bookworms More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Plan on reading it for the second time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. I love all of Fr. Jim's book, but this one was really special. Unfortunately, I don't read as many novels as I would like, but this one convinced me I should start. The characters were beautiful constructed, and I couldn't help but find myself in them. An honest, beautiful explanation of God's love, mercy and action in our own lives. I was moved by the explanations of God's love and hope people who feel distant from God will pick up The Abbey, which shows how much God loves us all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I empathized and connected with Anne, Mark and Paul. Father Martin's ability to show us the ebb and flow of one's faith and those who are searching for something more than themselves was reassuring and "unsermonizing" . It made me cry,smile and gave me comfort.