Book Reviews

Reviews of Lessons from the Monk I Married:

"Lessons from the Monk I Married is more than a memoir, more than a love story—although it is both of these. It is an outpouring of Kathy's soul that will inspire you to get in touch with your heart and live from the wisdom, the courage, the strength, the peace and the purpose that reside there."
Wisdom a la Carte

"Jenkins’s writing is graceful and direct…in this gentle, earnest book" —Publishers Weekly

"Katherine Jenkins's beautiful memoir is a wonderful story of listening to one's heart through both hardships and joy alike."
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

"This gentle book is full of surprises. Part memoir, part spiritual journey, this is written in an accessible and conversational style that should appeal to a wide range of readers…" —Booklist

"Lessons from the Monk I Married is travel writing at its best. It takes us deep into another culture while documenting a profound inner journey." —Shambhala Sun

"Her memoir will speak to many who seek their own form of peace but as she remarks, her journey is not meant to be used as a guide, it is simply her own story and to find ours we must listen to our own hearts."—Lonely Planet Travel Guides


  1. I want to thank you for the beautiful book you have written. I just so happened to stumble upon it at my local library, and what a joy it has been to hear your journey and the truths you discovered along the way. Thank you for writing this book and being such an inspiration for so many. As a fiercely independent lady who is learning that sometimes it is okay to let go and trust that life will truly work itself out, your words could not have come in to my life at a better time. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  2. Thanks so much for reading my book! Your comment means a lot to me and makes me want to keep on writing and sharing. Thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to write them!

  3. Hi Katherine,

    Greetings from Singapore. I purchase your book from Amazon. I was firstly attracted to the title of the book and after reading it, I was really inspired how you fight the odds to find yourself. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring journey. :)

    1. Hi Elaine! Thanks for the beautiful words here. I'm so happy you were able to get the book in Singapore. The book will be available in Chinese soon. It will be translated by a Taiwanese publisher. I'm happy that you took the time to write this message. It made my day!