The Father And The Son: My Father's Journey Into The Monastic Life

By: Murray, Matthew J.

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"The year I turned thirteen, my father declared himself the patron saint of frustrated housewives from the time I started ninth grade I lived in constant danger of coming home from school to find a group of his disciples gathered in my living room."

So begins The Father and the Son, a funny, moving, and sometimes painful story about a son's rediscovery of his father and a father's discovery of a new life of faith as a monk and priest.

In this powerful work -- part memoir, part reportage--journalist Matt Murray explores the reasons his father, a middle-class homeowner and government worker, abandoned his life and moved to a rural monastery. The search takes the author back into his father's past, from his dirt-poor Depression-era childhood to his days as a struggling young writer in New York to his successful yet sometimes frustrated life as a husband and father. Murray recounts his mother's tragic death from cancer at the age of forty, and the difficult five years that followed for him, his farther, and his three siblings. He wrestles with the impact of his father's return to the Church at the age of fifty-two and subsequent decision to follow a life of faith, and the dramatic reshaping of his family that ensued.

As Murray tracks his father through his conversion and delves into his beliefs, he questions not only his father's faith, but his own, and offers, with stark honesty, profound reflections on the relationships between fathers and sons.

Title: The Father And The Son: My Father's Journey Into The Monastic Life

Author Name: Murray, Matthew J.

Categories: Biography,

Publisher: HarperCollins: 1999-11-01

ISBN Number: 0060187824

ISBN Number 13: 9780060187828

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good Jacket

Type: Hardcover

Size: 19 to 25 cm tall, Octavo, (8vo)

Seller ID: 188091