- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Pelican Crossing Press (May 9, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976659662
- ISBN-13: 978-0976659662
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,850,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Passport is a real page-turner.... [O]ne of those rare books you will still be thinking about several months after finishing. -- Stony Creek Digest, 16 May 2008
[A] joy to read such an uplifting story ... Blunt's portrayal of family life is especially real, down-to-earth and believable. -- Catholic Media Review, 11 June 2008
[A]n uplifting story... .[H]ighly recommend Passport as easy-to-read, well-written, and the characters are rich and well-developed. -- Catholic Fire, 14 May 2008
[W]ell-paced ... extraordinary story ... challenges the reader to consider their own commitments. We need more novels like this. -- Ars Catholica, 5 June 2008
A passport is what's needed to pass into new lands freely, and they are not always easy to get. "Passport" is the story of Stan Eigenbauer and his search for happiness. He thinks he finally has it, but fate has it in for him, and he soon faces a decision which could either make or ruin his life. Using the passport as a symbol, "Passport" is a tale of choices, love, and doing what's best for others and oneself. Highly recommended reading. --Midwest Book Review, March 2009
Fascinating to read ...throughout Passport, there is the thread of a man who's made a mistake and tries to right the wrong. And even if it takes sacrificing the rest of his life, he's willing to keep trying, making him a modern hero. -- Gilbert Magazine
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Passport was awarded a bronze medal in the Best Religious Fiction category of the 2009 Independent Publisher ("IPPY") Book Awards.
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While the book comes with a novel's typical disclaimer about all names, characters, etc. being "either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously," I can see a few parallels between Mr. Blunt and his fictitious protagonist; not just the Catholic faith, but the love for "The Simpsons" and classic cars (particularly Fiats). However, unlike Chris, Stan is a University of Illinois grad...but the Unveristy of Northwestern campus--Chris's real-life alma mater--still features prominently in the novel. (And if you've ever lived in or near Chicago, or at least spent a substantial amount of time visitnig there, you'll be able to relate well to the various locations in the novel.)
I highly recommend "Passport" to all of my Catholic friends (as wel as my non-Catholic friends who are even remotely considering the possibility of a conversion), as it is an inspiring story of spiritual journey. Dominus vobiscum.
The book's protagonist, Stan, is a likable fellow, but one who lacks direction and drive in his life. He is an average guy who is trying to live out his Catholic faith but who has not yet found a lifetime mate. After a lapse in judgment, Stan finds himself in the difficult and agonizing position of being torn between two women: one he cannot marry (but who needs him) and one who would be the ideal Catholic wife. Throughout the rest of the novel, we journey with Stan as he struggles to make selfless, albeit difficult and painful, choices.
Passport shows the growth of a man who strives to do the right thing, and shows that the struggle to live chastity does not end with marriage; it is simply lived out in a different way.
I most strongly recommend this book to Catholics in their twenties and thirties, although all people would find the story compelling. There are some romantic elements in the book, but this is decidedly not a romance novel in any traditional sense. As a woman, I enjoyed reading a story from a man's perspective, especially the inner workings of a man's mind regarding chastity and natural family planning. The author does an excellent job of incorporating teachings on both the indissolubility of marriage and natural family planning without being preachy. Blunt's portrayal of family life is especially real, down to earth and believable as he describes attachment parenting, self-sufficient farming and home schooling.
Passport is an extraordinarily fine book and I highly recommend it. It is easy to read, engaging, well-written and the characters are rich and well-developed. It was a joy to read such an uplifting story.
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