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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.
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About the Author
REV. JAMES MARTIN, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and bestselling author of The Abbey, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Between Heaven and Mirth. Father Martin has written for many publications, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks and in venues as diverse as National Public Radio, FOX TV, Comedy Central, the BBC, the History channel, and Vatican Radio. Follow the author on Facebook (FrJamesMartin) and Twitter (@JamesMartinSJ).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Uplifting would be the right word i think.
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.
I really was touched by all the characters. I felt part of the story and that's what you want while reading Well done
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.
Loved it. Plan on reading it for the second time.
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.
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.