There is something I’ve kept from you all.
A few nights ago, I came to the realization that I’ve been a terrible co-blogger. How could I, someone who raves to others about books, not share this crucial piece of information? Information that could potentially change your life
(or not… at least I think it will)? I’ve been selfish. But no more.
It’s time. It’s time I share with you all… my favorite author. He isn’t just any author, however, he is the author. The author who made me, a girl who cries maybe once a year (also called a miracle), cry like a baby for an entire week. The author who changed my career plans, who changed my perspective, and who above all, compels me to reread his books over and over again (resulting with the same amount of tears as the first time).
This author is Mitch Albom and below are three books I urge you to read in the year to come and hope, wholeheartedly, that you enjoy.
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.
Charley Benetto played for the New York Mets, but since he left the big leagues, he’s been drinking too much and rarely gets to see his daughter. Resolved to end his suffering, Charley plans to kill himself in the town where he grew up. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother, who died eight years earlier, is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.
What follows is the one “ordinary” day so many of us yearn for, a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets, and to seek forgiveness. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together.
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but an answer.
In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”
Have you read any of the three books? Would you be willing to give them a try?
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I’m Sara, a Colombian teenager with a never-ending enjoyment for reading. I’m a Netflix and Disney enthusiast and my monumental obsession is coffee.