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The Monk Downstairs by Tim Farrington
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Aug 09, 2009

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This is an unlikely, sweet, set-in-San Francisco love story about a single mom who rents her in-law unit to a man fresh out of the monastery after a 20-year love-hate relationship with contemplative life. Though the story sometimes threatens to dip into typical summer chick lit, the author manages to keep the former monk's struggle to reintegrate into life, and make sense of God, very real. It's touching to see him rediscover life after being released from the cloister. Perfect antidote if you've been reading too many serious spiritual search books. Note: one of Rilke's poems from his Book of Hours is quoted in the opening of Part III of the book.

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