rememberthis1127, May 29, 2008 (view all comments by rememberthis1127)
I think that this book is very well written and made me think to myself how precious life really is to me. I read and watched The 5 People You Meet in Heaven and fell in love with it. I began to think about the 5 I would encouter. When I read For One More Day I began to think about the people that my mother would visit, if I were spending my "last" day with her. This book takes an occurence that people only dream about(reconnecting with a loved one after they have passed) and made it seem possible. I feel like Albom really took flight and portrayed the reality of others marks on our hearts and souls after they have left this world. The book really makes the reader realize that even in our darkest hours our loved ones are there taking us under their wing whether they are in person or only in our hearts and minds.
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Margie, January 18, 2007 (view all comments by Margie)
I enjoyed The Five People You Meet In Heaven, as there were kernals of truth found in that book on so many levels. It continues with this book. As a matter of fact, as a former Social Worker I found the divorced family dynamics described so true in many instances that this book should be required reading for every couple with children going through divorce, as well as children themselves who are old enough to read and understand the book. One never knows what the end results will be when you only act for yourself instead of thinking of the impact the action may have on someone else.
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remembertroopsyahoo.com, November 26, 2006 (view all comments by remembertroopsyahoo.com)
I first read 5 People you meet in heaven two years ago. I cried through most of it, but made me feel oddly comforted about what has happened to people who have passed on that I have cared deeply about and that at the end of my life- I might get the chance to meet my 5 people.It was a beautiful story, which was why I grabbed For One More Day when I saw it at the grocery store- when I read this- cried even harder. This work touches something in your spirit, something difficult to articulate, but something I think all of us feels about life and the mistakes and guilt we feel as we live them. There is something about the author's style that makes you feel as if you are not reading a story on a page, but having your dear friend sitting across from you in your living room, sitting in your favorite chairs and telling you about something you have been desperate to hear. All of it feels right, sounds right, maybe it is right. The story unfolds the way we all want OUR story to unfold- a second chance to fix the things we have broken, a sense of peace and closure that the living and the dead deserve equally. I loved this book and have decided those who are dearest to me are getting it for Christmas.
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Diana Tan, November 15, 2006 (view all comments by Diana Tan)
Bravo. Sweet. Endearing. I like this latest Albom offering. After feeling let down by his "Five People You Meet In Heaven", I was deciding if I should give this a miss. I am glad I did not.
I like Albom's style of writing. It is an easy read and some incidents he relates bring a smile to my face. I can resonate with the bickerings between husband and wife, between son and mother, between son and father.
Peppered amongst Chick Benetto's (the main character) story of despair, failed suicides and his encounter with his dead mother, we get snippets of Chick's past, his dealings with his parents, wife and daughter, his dreams, hopes and regrets.
Albom's narration of the times when Chick's mother stood up for him, and the times Chick failed to stand up for his mother, is superb. On a spiritual plane, it reminds me to be careful with my words and actions in my relationships.
Albom's keen observations of people and situations are wonderful. It is hilarious to read that because of the rain, Chick in a mummy disguise, arrived at one Halloween with toilet paper that is dissolving and drooping rags.
Chick's "This is the last face I will see on earth" suggests self-pity and I almost want to hug Chick and say, "It's all right. It's all right." On the other hand, Chick's defiance to spoil the mystery of Santa Claus for his younger sister calls for a smack in his face.
Chick's realization of how his mother had loved and cared for him makes him ashamed but that one "strange" encounter with his dead mother gave him the space to be nice and to say sorry. It's all so important to feel that you have been forgiven and that you have made amends. So let Chick's story be an inspiration for us all to get real nice and forgiving towards our loved ones. We may have never have that "one day" to make amends. Let us begin to be loving and nice, this day.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In this first novel from Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven author Albom, grief-stricken Charles 'Chick' Benetto goes into an alcoholic tailspin when his always-attentive mother, Pauline, dies. Framed as an 'as told to' story, Chick quickly narrates her funeral; his drink-fueled loss of savings, job ('sales') and family; and his descent into loneliness and isolation. After a suicide attempt, Chick encounters Pauline's ghost. Together, the two revisit Pauline's travails raising her children alone after his father abandons them: she braves the town's disapproval of her divorce and works at a beauty parlor, taking an extra job to put money aside for the children's education. Pauline cringes at the heartache Chick inflicted as a demanding child, obnoxious teen and brusque, oblivious adult chasing the will-o'-the-wisp of a baseball career. Through their story, Albom foregrounds family sanctity, maternal self-sacrifice and the destructive power of personal ambition and male self-involvement. He wields pathos as if it were a Louisville Slugger — shoveling dirt into Pauline's grave, Chick hears her spirit cry out, ' 'Oh, Charley. How could you?' ' — but Albom often strikes a nerve on his way to the heart. (Sept. 26)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A stunning new novel from the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
This stunning new novel from the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" is for anyone in a family. "Through Albom's inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, readers will newly appreciate those whom they love--and may have thought they'd lost--in their own lives.
This is the story of Charley, a child of divorce who is always forced to choose between his mother and his father. He grows into a man and starts a family of his own. But one fateful weekend, he leaves his mother to secretly be with his fatherand she dies while he is gone. This haunts him for years. It unravels his own young family. It leads him to depression and drunkenness. One night, he decides to take his life. But somewhere between this world and the next, he encounters his mother again, in their hometown, and gets to spend one last day with herthe day he missed and always wished hed had. He asks the questions many of us yearn to ask, the questions we never ask while our parents are alive. By the end of this magical day, Charley discovers how little he really knew about his mother, the secret of how her love saved their family, and how deeply he wants the second chance to save his own.
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