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The Advocate, a novel

Timothy P. Munkeby



The Advocate, a must-read, is a fictional tale of Ryan Arenz, a retired middle-class widower. He volunteers for a program where he advocates for Wanda, a single mother living in poverty, and her young son Marshawn. Although out of his element, Ryan is tasked with ensuring ‘Marsh’ is prepared for school, feels he belongs, is on a level playing field with other kids, and has a fighting chance to succeed and stay in school.

Once a week, all the children in the pre-K daycare meet along with their parent(s) and the other advocates. What happens in this diverse group is surprising. Things don’t always go smoothly for Ryan, Wanda, and Marsh.

The story is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. This is an important novel at this time when we need to be brought together rather than further divided.

“The Advocate is an exciting adventure capturing the essence of cultural characteristics and sometimes invisible sources that define the lives of millions.”

-Randall Hanson, inner-city youth worker


About the Author

Tim has taught in Minnesota and Colombia S.A., directed plays, and coached sports. After founding a successful financial planning firm, Tim wrote “If I Had a Million Dollars: How to Achieve Financial Independence Before Your Parents Do “and lectured at colleges and universities on financial literacy for several years. In addition, he has published two novels: “Back to the Island” and “Will.” After 16 years in the Boundary Waters’ woods, he lives on Minnehaha Creek in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with his wife, Mary. They have five kids and 12 grands.


978-1-952976-77-3 paperback

978-1-952976-78-0 ebook

978-1-952976-79-7 hardcover


Books are non-refundable.

The Advocate, a novel by Timothy P. Munkeby

  • Books are non-refundable.

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