Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review: Tuesdays With Morrie

                      Today's review is on Tuesdays With Morrie

A wonderful and touching story, Tuesdays With Morrie is a true account of the last weeks of Morrie Schwartz's life. Once a strong and life-loving man, Morrie is struck down with ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

As a professor at Brandeis University in Newton Mass., Morrie has always tried to teach his students to not only think "out of the box", but to learn the simple values of life like love and friendships. And now that he is facing his own death, those lessons become all the more poignant for one of his favorite students, Mitch Albom.

While in college, Mitch takes every class that Morrie teaches. And during that time, the two become more than just teacher and student, they become friends. And each Tuesday, they would meet for lunch and conversation. Their bond is so strong that upon Mitch's graduation, Morrie shed a few tears and asked that Mitch "keep in touch."

Not following through with his promise, Mitch spends the next sixteen years being one of the many rats in the rat race. He has the big income, he has the big house and fancy car, and he even has a beautiful and talented wife. But at what cost?

One evening while at home, Mitch hears his old friends name on TV, and hence the road to his "life's thesis" begins. Each Tuesday Mitch visits with Morrie, and it is through these visits that Mitch really understands the final lessons Morrie is teaching him. Lessons that change Mitch's life exponentially.

Tuesday's with Morrie is a fantastic lesson for us all. A lesson on life, friendship, love, compassion, forgiveness, and much much more. A lesson that humans world wide should learn. Perhaps if we did, the world wouldn't be in such a mess as it is. One can only hope.

5 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon

Book Description: via Amazon

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.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

It’s been ten years since Mitch Albom first shared the wisdom of Morrie Schwartz with the world. Now–twelve million copies later–in a new afterword, Mitch Albom reflects again on the meaning of Morrie’s life lessons and the gentle, irrevocable impact of their Tuesday sessions all those years ago. 


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