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The Abbey by James Martin, SJ

With trademark wit, wisdom, and elegant prose, James Martin has written a powerfully moving novel.


— Mary Karr, Author of Lit and The Art of Memoir

A divorced single mom, Anne can sometimes barely cope with life and struggles to make sense of the death of her young son. 

A former architect who had 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 how to best live a life that secludes him so thoroughly from the world. 

At a Pennsylvania abbey, this unlikely trio will discover the answers they seek—a miracle of hope and understanding that bears witness to the surprising power of God to bring healing and wholeness to our lives. 

In his debut novel, James Martin, SJ, provides a window into the spiritual journeys of three people seeking direction. As he did in his previous bestsellers—Jesus: A Pilgrimage, Between Heaven and Mirth, and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything—Martin once again crafts a book that incarnates deep spiritual wisdom while being accessible and full of humor and grace. Through the characters' struggles, we see firsthand how God uses our worries, questions, and even anger to help us become whole.

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James Martin, SJ, previews his debut novel, The Abbey.

In the tradition of the spiritual classics The Shack and The Screwtape Letters comes a captivating and poignant novel about how God works in our lives.

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