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Author: James Martin Narrator: James Martin Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062421197

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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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  • “With wit and wisdom and elegant prose, Martin has written a powerfully moving novel.”

    - Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author
  • “More than a vivid portrait of a grieving mother, this tender novel shows us how, with simple words and acts, we ordinary, flawed human beings can help each other find our way to God.”

    - Kathleen Norris, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Martin brings his characteristic ease of personality into both the characters and the prose, quickly bringing readers comfortably into the story. He handles the most delicate and painful themes with a pastoral compassion that invites readers to find hope in their own struggles.”

    - Huffington Post
  • “Martin has penned another truly meaningful book. His characters and situations are incredibly realistic and will cause a great deal of contemplation by the reader. One warning: There is a bit of coarse language that may offend some, so be prepared. Overall, the story is touching, funny and beautiful.”

    - RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
  • “A wonderful story of love, loss and finding one’s place in religion lived out. I think we can all find ourselves in one of these characters, relating to their struggles.”

    - Catholic Newbie
  • “Martin turns to fiction in this warmly comforting tale…A simple story about complicated people whose lives need God for direction and healing.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “A sheer delight—funny, engaging, deep, and moving.”

    - Ron Hansen, author of Mariette in Ecstasy
  • “In this tender story, James Martin proves once more his adept and insightful ability as a writer. Prepare yourself for an uplifting and hopeful read when you enter The Abbey.”

    - Joyce Rupp, author of Praying Our Goodbyes
  • “With this beautiful, touching, and utterly believable novel, seekers will be gently invited to encounter the divine and believers be encouraged to deepen their relationships with God.”

    - Richard Rohr, author of Everything Belongs

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About the Author

Reverend James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor-at-large of America magazine, and the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Jesus. He 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, as well as in venues ranging from NPR’s Fresh Air, Fox’s O’Reilly Factor, and the PBS NewsHour to Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. Before entering the Jesuit order in 1988, he graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years.