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by Denise Roy

  • ISBN: 0829416870
  • Category: Christian Books
  • Author: Denise Roy
  • Subcategory: Christian Living
  • Other formats: lrf mbr docx lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Loyola Press; First Printing (by the Numbers) edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Pages: 236 pages
  • FB2 size: 1436 kb
  • EPUB size: 1938 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 193
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My Monastery Is a Minivan Where the Daily Is Divine and the Routine Becomes Prayer.

My Monastery Is a Minivan Where the Daily Is Divine and the Routine Becomes Prayer.

My Monastery is a Minivan" is one of those books. Although not as profound as the Tao or as complex as "Time Being", this book immediately pulled me into a calm, contemplative place. It's the kind of book I'd keep at the bedside and read slowly

My Monastery is a Minivan" is one of those books. It's the kind of book I'd keep at the bedside and read slowly. Unfortunately for that plan, I sped though it in a day. I was caught up in Ms Roy's blend of humor and frustration, the profound with the mundane.

From My Monastery Is a Minivan I was thrilled to discover a soul sister in. .

From My Monastery Is a Minivan I was thrilled to discover a soul sister in Denise Roy. This book will be a wonderful companion to any parent, whatever their faith tradition. She received her master of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

Автор: Roy Denise Название: My Monastery is a Minivan: Where the Daily is Divine and the Routine .

Описание: One person's car pool is another person's pilgrimage In "My Monastery Is a Minivan," Denise Roy offers thirty-five entertaining and touching stories that show how family moments can bring the greatest spiritual rewards.

One person's car pool is another person's pilgrimage In My Monastery Is a Minivan, Denise Roy offers thirty-five entertaining and touching stories that show how family moments can bring the greatest spiritual rewards. We find everything we need for spiritual growth as we picnic with the children, go to the grocery store, and pick up the morning paper.

My Monastery Is a Minivan book. This book is all about finding the divine in our everyday lives. In My Monastery Is a Minivan, Denise Roy offers thirty-five entertaining and touching stories that show how family moments can bring the greatest spiritual rewards. Denise’s intimate approach invites us to recognize the grace that exists within our own lives.

The result is My Monastery is a Minivan: Where the Daily is Divine and the Routine Becomes Prayer, a collection of 35 funny and touching stories about the messy and joyful aspects of family life. Spirituality is about life, Roy reminds us, not a retreat from life. Read the Full Article.

My Monastery Is a Minivan. by. Denise Roy. Publication date.

But where are all the Catholic father books? While some of the marketing materials for these mom books mention that non-moms can enjoy them too, I worry when.

She received her master of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. She and her family live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spends a good deal of time in her minivan.

One person’s car pool is another person’s pilgrimage
Reviews about My Monastery Is a Minivan: Where the Daily Is Divine and the Routine Becomes Prayer (7):
Auau
Oh, it is such a joy to tuck into bed at night with this book. I feel validated, inspired, comforted and amused by Denise Roy's wit and wisdom. It's a good reminder after a full day with 2 small children that something divine is unfolding in the ordinary and repetitive things I do for my tots.
Thank you, Denise, for giving voice to some of the gritty truths of motherhood with humor and compassion, and for acknowledging the living sacrament of parenting!
Clonanau
When you threw the book out, I wish you'd thrown it to me. I'd love to be able to afford to send this book to all of the moms in my acquaintance. Full of life, wit, wisdom, it tells us that our holy place is inside, that God is present in all we do, that there is grace and spirituality in each everyday thing we do. How much more Catholic can you get. The wisdom of Denise Roy is the same wisdom of Saint Teresa. Seek to do everyday things in a loving, worshipful way. There is great beauty in that. Amen
Oso
I found this book uninspiring. I read the whole thing, just to make sure I had an honest opinion of it, but it really didn't make me think or reflect often at all. There are multiple stories that do not jive with Church teaching (i.e. the author advocates ordaining women and has a story about trading Good Friday for "Duck Day" where a family starts a tradition of picnicking and feeding ducks at a pond instead of attending Good Friday services. I am not opposed to feeding ducks; there are just plenty of other, more appropriate days for this kind of family bonding.
Jediathain
This book is one I have been carrying around with me and reading in snippets, which is how it is designed to be read. It is a lovely book that speaks deeply to my experience. It is not smarmy, and has a strong spiritual reality. There is humor and challenge and faith, and it is a great companion for those of us caught up in the welter of modern day parenting.
Brakora
Great
Risa
I have read a lot of 'spirituality for moms' type books, and I wasn't sure about this one, because the description seemed to indicate it was targeted to Catholics (I am not religious affiliated, but tend towards Buddhism and Eastern religions.) However, I really liked this book, because it is spiritual, funny and honest. Although the author's primary religious affiliation is Catholicism, and she has a Master of Divinity (along with being a psychotherapist), the spirituality she expresses in this book is more along the lines of universal themes, and I think would appeal to people of most faiths. She does use the word 'God', so if that bothers you, maybe you wouldn't like it, but that's the only caveat I would add along those lines.

The book is really a collection of memoir type essays, some with spiritual-teaching type themes, but it is not overly pedantic. Many are very funny - the scene where she describes trying to practice Thich Nhat Hanh's 'take a breath before you answer the phone' meditation is hilarious, as are many others. She is honest about how parenting triggers us - one of my favorite quotes is from Fay Weldon, that the author starts a chapter with - "The greatest advantage of not having children must be that you can continue to think you are a nice person. Once you have children, you realize how wars start." Most of the book is much more upbeat about parenting than this chapter, but I'm so glad she included it and told the truth - many spiritual parenting type books don't. In fact, she views the difficulties of parenting as being part of why it is such a wonderful monastery - it forces us to confront ourselves and grow.

Much of the book centers on this theme of how real life, parenting life, life outside the monastery, is rich spiritually. Other chapters include contemplations and anecdotes on family rituals, children's imaginary friends, the nature of faith, raising men (she has 3 sons and a daughter), the spiritual power of nature, and the like.

Lovely and funny, highly recommend!
Maximilianishe
Some books, like the Tao Te Ching or Annie Dillard's "For the Time Being", are best read in chapters. Each chapter invites reflection. "My Monastery is a Minivan" is one of those books. Although not as profound as the Tao or as complex as "Time Being", this book immediately pulled me into a calm, contemplative place. It's the kind of book I'd keep at the bedside and read slowly. Unfortunately for that plan, I sped though it in a day. I was caught up in Ms Roy's blend of humor and frustration, the profound with the mundane. Having read my copy, I came back to Amazon.com to send copies to two friends, and finding no review, wrote this for you. As a note of caution, I should say that before reading you should have 1) changed diapers, 2) tried to hold an intellectual conversation with a 2-year old, and 3) been vexed by a teenager. If you haven't done all three (and don't want to), stick with the Tao and Ms Dillard. If you're in (or could join) the minivan set, enjoy.
A great book for mothers (and fathers) that are spiritual (not necessarily religious). Short, insightful, and occasionally funny stories, perfect for a hectic life.

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