Monday, July 20, 2009

August Book Club Selection

Our August selection for the book club will be, The five people you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom!!!! I know several who have enjoyed this book and I especially did too. There is a also a movie that came out after the book and it is amazing as well. I want to tell you that this is a fictional novel purely for inspiration and reading pleasure. Here is what is on the book flap:

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in the toil of his father before him, fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. As the park has changed over the years - from the Loop-the-Loop to the Pipeline Plunge-so, too, has Eddie changed, from optimistic youth to embittered old age. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret. Then on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. With his final breath, he feels two small hands in his-and then nothing. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever. One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as magical and inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.

This book is 196 pages long with no study guide or discussion questions. I really want to be clear on this that there is no gospel present in this book. It is just an inspiring fictional novel that is a good read. Please keep this in mind when reading the selection and that none of us can truly know what heaven will be like in this earthly life. If you are interested in a Pre-order please contact Kathy. She will send out an e-mail with the information for a possible Pre-order soon. As always local libraries and bookstores have some copies available. Sometimes you can even find our monthly book at the $5.00 bookstore in the outlet mall but it's not a guarantee they will have it. Our July meeting is coming up on July 25th and our August meeting will be August 29th. Happy Reading!!

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