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,...

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...

Brenda rated it ★★★★☆

February 15, 2017

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

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...

Rian rated it ★★★☆☆

June 24, 2017

Intriguing, imaginative, and decidedly irreverent. The book title intrigued me - how did Roland Merullo bring out the essence of simplicity, the joys of shedding pretensions and embracing humility in life - but, in my limited perception, no significant enlightenment in this aspect could be gleaned...

Denise rated it ★★★★☆

April 24, 2017

The title is exactly right for men with such high status. I enjoyed this book but felt is was more like a road trip of marriage counseling for the Pope's faithful cousin. Put that aside what adventures they had & conversation were said was enjoyable and fun to imagine. And that is what books...

Jendi rated it ★★★☆☆

June 11, 2017

Beautiful writing, no dramatic tension, positive but sometimes shallow message, and unpleasant ableism about mental health and neurodiversity. Splitting the difference between the good and bad aspects, I would give it 2.5 stars. As a Christian married to a Buddhist, I could be considered the ideal...

Cindypbarnard rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 2017

I pretty much love all things Merullo. Very few of his books have not made my hit parade. And this is no exception. Took a few pages to become fully engaged and then......we were off. Couldn't put it down. Interesting juxtaposition having just finished reading "The Book of Joy" by Archbishop Desm...

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