The Delight of Being Ordinary by Roland Merullo

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Read The Delight of Being Ordinary Online Free - Roland Merullo's playful, eloquent, and life-affirming novel finds the Pope and the Dalai Lama teaming up for an unsanctioned road trip through the Italian countryside to rediscover the everyday joys of life that can seem, even for the two holiest men in the world, unattainable.

What happens when the Pope and the Dalai Lama decide they need an undercover vacation? During a highly publicized official visit at the Vatican, the Pope suggests an adventure so unexpected and appealing that neither man can resist. Before dawn, two of the most beloved and famous people on the planet don disguises, slip into a waiting car, and experience the countryside as regular people. Along for the ride are the Pope's overwhelmed cousin Paolo and his estranged wife Rosa, an eccentric hairdresser with a lust for life who cannot resist the call to adventure—or the fun.

Against a landscape of good humor, exploration and spiritual delight, not to mention the sublime rolling hills of Italy, The Delight of Being Ordinary showcases the charming sensibilities of Roland Merullo (whose bestselling Breakfast with Buddha has sold over 200,000 copies), in a novel that makes us laugh as well as think about the demands of ordinary life, spiritual life, and the identities by which we all define ourselves.

Title : The Delight of Being Ordinary
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ISBN : 0385540922
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

May 29, 2017

This has the air of a whimsical religious fable. Narrated by the Pope’s cousin and first assistant, Paolo dePadova, it’s about how the Pope and the Dalai Lama manage to sneak away from the Vatican for a five-day Italian vacation. Paolo is a former travel agent and his ex-wife and co-conspirator,...

Marjorie rated it ★★★★☆

December 02, 2017

What a spot Paolo has been put in. His cousin, none other than the Pope himself, has asked Paolo to smuggle him and his visitor, the Dalai Lama, out of the Vatican so they can spend some time being ordinary men. That means getting past all of their security guards and disguising their much-too-we...

Bam rated it ★★★★☆

December 14, 2017

During an historic meeting between the Pope and the Dalai Lama in Rome, the two holy men decide to break away and travel incognito around the Italian countryside. The Pope enlists the help of his cousin, Paolo, with his estranged wife, Rosa, a hairstylist who provides the make-up and disguises to...

Randal rated it ★★★★★

November 28, 2016

Blew My Mind! Imagine if the Pope and the Dalai Lama, together, escaped their entourages and embarked on a tour of the Italian countryside. No minders, no press, completely incognito. That is the very interesting premise of this book. Their experiences range from the ordinary to the extraordinary...

Roger rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 05, 2017

Ecumenical Whimsy I am thinking of starting a new bookshelf, labeled "whimsy." It would contain The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, quite possibly The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and quite a few books by Alexander McCa...

Bob rated it ★★★★★

March 03, 2017

So, the Pope and the Dalai Lama sneak out of the Vatican and take a drive, incognito, across contemporary Italy. It sounds like the setup to a silly joke, but is the premise of a road-trip novel that is by turns comic, introspective, philosophical, and profound. It's fiction, but follows a believ...

Celia rated it ★★★★☆

January 22, 2018

This book is a follow-up to Breakfast with Buddha, also by Roland Merullo. The two books have much in common. Both have road trips. Both are spiritual with concepts for the reader to learn. In the Delight of Being Ordinary, the road trip is taken by Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama. The purpose of...

Brenda rated it ★★★★☆

February 15, 2017

A wonderfully fun read. I really enjoyed it. I won this book through Goodreads.

Lynn rated it ★★★★★

December 27, 2017

I truly enjoyed this book. the end, “religion” is immaterial. What really matters is how you treat people day in and day out: with respect, acceptance, appreciation, kindness and generosity. That is all we really have control over and that is all that really matters. At least in my opinio...

Robin rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2017

The Delight of Being Ordinary is the reason I read books. How else to take yourself out of the darkness of the headlines, the political controversies, the hate filled rhetoric of our elected officials and government than to read a novel with the Pope and the Dalai Lama as two central characters t...

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