Thursday, September 2, 2010

September Book Club Selection

Wow... our 2010 book club year is coming to a close. Two years of so many wonderful books and great conversation! I can't believe we are announcing the last official book for the year but can't wait to see what the year 2011 will hold for us. As you may remember, we read Jan-Sept and take Oct-Dec off for Holidays. I finally decided on the September Book after reading the recent edition of Homelife Magazine where they featured famous Christian Speakers/Authors and their favorite books. Our September book will be, For One More Day by Mitch Albom which also happens to be a favorite of this past month's author, Karen Kingsbury! This book is inspirational fiction. It is only 208 pages long. Here is a bit about the book from the author's site:

“Every family is a ghost story . . .Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss. For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one? As a child, Charley “Chick” 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 the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence. Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life. He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. 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. Albom has said his relationship with his own mother was largely behind the story of the book, and that several incidents in “For One More Day” are actual events from his childhood. (End quote)

I read the book a couple years ago and really enjoyed the "what if's" of the story. It really changes your perspective for the here and now, for the future of how you treat and respond to others and the assumptions we all make about our loved ones. You can find this book at your local library. Our September meeting will be Saturday September 25th at 8:30-10:00 in Swift's new building. Thanks so much for your participation!!! Remember I LOVE book suggestions and am here if you have any questions or need some other book ideas to read when you finish the monthly book. You can also check out the blog and see What other books I read and review as I try to find books for the club and for my own enjoyment.

Happy Reading!


Pat transplanted to MN said...

I will suggest this one to our Christian Book Club, it sounds like a good one and one I have not read..have flagged your blog to stay in touch with your selections too.

Rachel Lynn Warner said...

This is a great book! Mitch Albom has some great insight into relationships.