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Albom also works as a columnist and broadcaster and has founded eight charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.
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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, and 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. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Mitch visited Morrie 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.
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
Praise for Tuesdays with Morrie:
'This is a true story that shines and leaves you forever warmed by its afterglow' Amy Tan
'A moving tribute to embracing life' Glasgow Herald
'An extraordinary contribution to the literature of death' Boston Globe
'A beautifully written book of great clarity and wisdom that lovingly captures the simplicity beyond life's complexities' M Scott Peck
The first novel in the Heaven series from the internationally bestselling author, Mitch Albom.
THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN is a wonderfully moving fable that addresses the meaning of life, and life after death, in the poignant way that made TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE such an astonishing book.
The novel's protagonist is an elderly amusement park maintenance worker named Eddie who, while operating a ride called the 'Free Fall', dies while trying to save a young girl who gets in the way of a falling cart that hurtles to earth. Eddie goes to heaven, where he meets five people who were unexpectedly instrumental in some way in his life. While each guide takes him through heaven, Eddie learns a little bit more about what his time on earth meant, what he was supposed to have learned, and what his true purpose on earth was.
Throughout there are dramatic flashbacks where we see scenes from his troubled childhood, his years in the army in the Philippines jungle, and with his first and only love, his wife Marguerite.
THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN is the perfect book to follow TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE. Its compellingly affecting themes and lyrical writing will fascinate Mitch Albom's huge readership.
Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch and his wife, Janine operate.
Chika's arrival made a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delighted the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika was suddenly diagnosed with a terminal disease that no doctor in Haiti could help with.
Mitch and Janine took Chika to America, hoping that treatment there would enable her to go back home. Instead, Chika became a permanent part of their lives, as they embarked on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika's boundless optimism and humour taught Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learnt that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
This is Mitch Albom at his most poignant, powerful and personal. Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed - a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.
Banished for centuries, as punishment for trying to measure time, the inventor of the world's first clock is finally granted his freedom, along with a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two people the true meaning of time.
He returns to our world and embarks on a journey with two unlikely partners: a teenage girl who is about to give up on life and a wealthy, ageing businessman who wants to live for ever. To save himself, he must save them both.
Gripping, and filled with deep human truth, this unforgettable story will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time and just how precious it truly is.
One last chance.
What would you say?
When the residents of a small town on Lake Michigan start receiving phone calls from the afterlife, they all become the subject of widespread attention. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. This is a story about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul.
The internationally bestselling and inspirational author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, returns with his most moving, surprising and compelling novel yet. The perfect introduction, or re-introduction, to the masterful storytelling of one of the best-loved writers of our time.
A moving story from the internationally bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie that will 'make you smile . . . make you wistful [and] . . . make you blink back tears of nostalgia' (James McBride)
As a child, Charley Benetto was told by his father, 'You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both.' So he chooses his father, only to see him disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.
Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been destroyed by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits rock bottom after discovering he won't be invited to his only daughter's wedding. And he decides to take his own life. Charley makes a midnight ride to his small hometown: his final journey. But as he staggers into his old house, he makes an astonishing discovery. His mother - who died eight years earlier - is there and welcomes Charley home as if nothing had ever happened.
What follows is the one seemingly 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.
At nine years old, Frankie Presto is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings.
But Frankie's talent is unique, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carole King and even KISS.
Frankie becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But his gift is also his burden, as he realises, through his music, he can actually affect people's futures -- with one string turning blue whenever a life is altered.
At the height of his popularity, Frankie Presto vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later does he reappear, to change one last life . . .
Will you do my eulogy?
With those words, Mitch Albom begins his long-awaited return to non-fiction. His journey to honour the last request of a beloved clergyman ultimately leads him to rekindle his own long-ignored faith.
Albom spends years exploring churches and synagogues, the suburbs and the city, the "us" versus "them" of religion.
Slowly, he gravitates to an inner-city pastor of a crumbling church that houses the homeless, and is stunned at how similar belief can be. As his own beloved cleric slowly lets go, Albom writes his final farewell, having learned that a faithful heart comes in many forms and places.
Un libro muy original, con toques de espiritualidad, nos cuenta la historia de Eddie un hombre de 83 años que trabaja en el parque de atracciones de una pequeña ciudad de provincias norteamericana. Su vida acaba de forma trágica. Eddie se encuentra ahora... en el Cielo. El Paraíso aparece como el lugar donde, por fin, entendemos el sentido de nuestra vida en la Tierra. Así se encuentra con las cinco personas que más han influido en su vida, de forma directa pero también indirecta, sin que él, en muchas ocasiones, se diera cuenta.
El nuevo relato inspirador de Mitch Abom, el autor que cambió la vida a millones de personas con Martes con mi viejo profesor, ha vendido 800.000 ejemplares en Estado Unidos.
Una hermosa fábula sobre el verdadero significado de nuestro tiempo. (Novela espiritual)
Sarah es una adolescente de diecisiete años que apenas tiene amigos, se lleva mal con su madre y sufre su primer fracaso amoroso. Víctor es un empresario adinerado que sufre una enfermedad terminal. Sarah y Víctor tienen una cosa en común: no están conformes con la cantidad de tiempo que les queda de vida. Ella quiere poner fin a su vida y él que la vida no acabe nunca. El Padre Tiempo, que fue el primer medidor de tiempo de la humanidad, lleva desde épocas inmemoriales escuchando peticiones como las de Sarah y Víctor, como castigo por querer controlar el paso de las horas y los días.
Finalmente, el Padre Tiempo consigue una misión, tiene la posibilidad de redimirse mostrando a Sarah y a Víctor el verdadero sentido del tiempo. Para salvarse debe salvarlos a los dos. Y para ello debe bajar a la Tierra.
«Este cuento de hadas para adultos inspirará y satisfará a los lectores que busquen una aproximación a la existencia más pausada en un mundo vertiginoso.» —The Irish Independent
«Una vez más, Albom crea, partiendo de un concepto muy simple, una historia que nos invita a considerar el tiempo desde otro punto de vista. Un final que desafía nuestra concepción del tiempo y cómo lo utilizamos.» —Publishers Weekly
«Un escritor con alma.» —Los Angeles Times
«La convicción inamovible de Mitch Albom de que nuestras vidas tienen sentido resulta reconfortante.» —People
El autor que ha vendido más de 40 millones de ejemplares en todo el mundo y ha sido traducido a 42 idiomas.
Un libro sencillo e intenso que encierra profundas verdades. Conversaciones entre Mitch y su antiguo profesor de la universidad todos los martes. Una historia real para un libro de culto. El libro que ha cambiado la vida a millones de personas.
Millones de libros vendidos, millones de corazones conmovidos por una historia profundamente humana.
Una historia real para un libro de culto.