The Monk Downstairs

by Tim Farrington | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0732278872 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HI77 of Fort Myers, Florida USA on 5/18/2013
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by HI77 from Fort Myers, Florida USA on Saturday, May 18, 2013
Sometimes you need more than prayers
to live upon,

but buried dreams,
that grow

Journal Entry 2 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (5/22/2013 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

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This book has become part of the Tag Game!! :)

It looks like a fun one. Somehow, I always think monks to be fascinating! ha ha

Hope the book is as good as you want it to be! Have a good time reading it! :D

Journal Entry 3 by Dove-i-Libri at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Thursday, June 27, 2013
I had received this some time ago, but have had difficulty getting to the Book Crossing site, as my PC is dead, dead, DEAD, and I don't have access to Book Crossing from work. Thank you so much for the book. You're right, it does look like a fun read!

February 12, 2017: On the short list and then will be put aside to participate in Booklady331's Already Been Crossed Book Box (Link)

March 16, 2017: Finished reading this fun book! Enjoyed getting to know the characters, and feel as if I will not be seeing old friends now that I've finished it.

June 3, 2017: Saving this book for Booklady331's Already Been Crossed Book Box (Link). When it's claimed, it will be Sent along as part of Booklady331's "Keep Them Moving Challenge" (Link).

Released 3 wks ago (10/17/2019 UTC) at ~ Booklady331's ABC Virtual Book Box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Released as part of Booklady331's KTM Challenge (Link)

Claimed by BOOKWORMINUSALL from Booklady331's Already Book Crossed VBB!

☺ Happy Traveling, Book! ☺

Journal Entry 5 by wingBOOKWORMINUSALLwing at Mesa, Arizona USA on Friday, October 25, 2019
This book arrived safely during the last day or two, which have been a bit hectic and included another hospital visit for me today. The book cover of this copy is different than the one pictured above, so when I have a chance, I'll scan one into this Journal Entry I am just getting an opportunity to make. THANK YOU for sending it to me, Dove-i-Libri...I look forward to reading it. ; )

From Amazon...

Rebecca Martin is a single mother with an apartment to rent and a sense that she has used up her illusions. I had the romantic thing with my first husband, thank you very much, she tells a hapless suitor. I'm thirty-eight years old, and I've got a daughter learning to read and a job I don't quite like. I don't need the violin music. But when the new tenant in her in-law apartment turns out to be Michael Christopher, on the lam after twenty years in a monastery and smack dab in the middle of a dark night of the soul, Rebecca begins to suspect that she is not as thoroughly disillusioned as she had thought.

Her daughter, Mary Martha, is delighted with the new arrival, as is Rebecca's mother, Phoebe, a rollicking widow making a new life for herself among the spiritual eccentrics of the coastal town of Bolinas. Even Rebecca's best friend, Bonnie, once a confirmed cynic in matters of the heart, urges Rebecca on. But none of them, Rebecca feels, understands how complicated and dangerous love actually is.

As her unlikely friendship with the ex-monk grows toward something deeper, and Michael wrestles with his despair while adjusting to a second career flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, Rebecca struggles with her own temptation to hope. But it is not until she is brought up short by the realities of life and death that she begins to glimpse the real mystery of love, and the unfathomable depths of faith.

Beautifully written and playfully engaging, this novel. is about one man wrestling with his yearning for a life of contemplation and the need for a life of action in the world. But it's Rebecca's spirit, as well as her relationships with Mary Martha, Phoebe, her irresponsible surfer ex-husband Rory -- and, of course, the monk downstairs -- that makes this story shine.

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