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The Delight of Being Ordinary
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The Delight of Being Ordinary


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
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages
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  • Rebecca Foster
    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...

  • Randal White
    Nov 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...

  • Bob H
    Mar 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 ...

  • Brenda Schneider
    Feb 15, 2017

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

  • Robin
    Feb 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...

  • Rian Nejar
    Feb 17, 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 l...

  • Denise
    Apr 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 adventure...

  • Jendi
    Jun 07, 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...

  • L.
    Apr 21, 2017

    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!! Continuation of Breakfast w/ Buddha, Lunch w/ Buddha & Dinner with Buddha....

  • Tina
    Mar 07, 2017

    Well this book is gonna get two reviews from me since this will actually be my daughter's who swiped iit from my room saying omg I gotta read this I loved breakfast with budda! She says it's one of th...