My Read of the Month:

Title: For One More Day
Author: Mitch Albom
Published: 2006
Genre: Fictional/inspirational
Ratings: 4.4 out of 5 stars

After reading Mitch’s two earlier best-selling books, The Five people you meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie, I decided to give this book a chance. And I was not left disappointed.

The story of this book started off very slowly with the introduction of its main character Chick Benetto and I nearly wanted to quit reading. But once the story got off, I could not put it down. I finished the book within a week.

The story mainly drives at loving and appreciating your loved ones while they are alive, and the setting was that of a divorced family (something that I could identify). The author managed to tell this story in such a poetic manner that tugged many of my heart strings and left me sobbing. Yes I cried.

A homage to all mothers, Mitch does an awesome job with this book. Do pick this up if you are in some nostalgic mood. And don’t say I didn’t warn you, please have some tissue while reading.

Who should read it: Anyone who loves a good sentimental story.

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8 thoughts on “

  1. Committing suicide to spend time with the dead, even late parents is neither biblical, not something to encourage, especially the youth. I think there are better ways to teach how to appreciate your loved ones while they are alive.

    Ecc 9:4 Anyone who is among the living has hope–even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!


    http://bestsellers.about.com/od/fictionreviews/gr/one_more_day.htm

    When Chick tries to commit suicide, he wakes up in a world between life and death where he gets to spend one more day with his mother, who dies 8 years earlier. Chick was supposed to be with his mother the day she died, and he still harbors guilt over the fact that he wasn’t.

  2. joe:

    The book does not advocate what you had described. It is far from the facts.

    I would recommend that you read it if you want to have a better grasp on the contents before reviewing it.

  3. andrew,
    Even if the book does not advocate suicide, the concept of a purgatory(world betw life & death) is unbiblical! Didnt LORD Jesus come, died & resurrect for all, including those in paradise?

    Combining so called wholesome concepts of love & filial piety with strange afterlife concepts is as dangerous as mixing truth with error, flour with yeast.

    1Cr 5:7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast-as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

  4. joe:

    To the contrary of what you believe, you be surprise that the bible does state that there is an existence of a world between life & death. Not once, but many instances.

    Its a place the dead go before they are resurrected to paradise. But I must apologise that I do not have the references for the scriptures off my head now.

    If you like I can revert later on this 🙂

  5. andrew,
    Yes it’s called paradise or Abraham’s bosom, before Jesus came & resurrected. It’s empty now! but Hades/hell is getting fuller each day. Which place are you talking about?

    http://www.carm.org/questions/Jesus_go.htm
    Some theologians believe that during the three days between Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, He descended into Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:19-31), proclaimed to them the mystery of the gospel, and then led them into heaven to dwell with God.

    And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. luke16:22-23

  6. joe:

    Hey got the scriptural references of the place between life and death…

    That place is called Sheol in Hebrew. You can read more here- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheol

    The bible references for Sheol can be found in- Gen 37:35, Numbers 16:33, 1 Kings 2:6, Isa 14:9, Ps 9:17, Proverbs 15:24

    Sheol is described as a place where people are still conscious and have feeling. It is where the souls are kept before the resurrection of Christ.

    When Christ resurrected, the righteous souls were released to heaven.

    So it is kind of a place where souls head to before judgment. Kinda like a holding area.

  7. andrew:
    Good research, keep it up.

    As you have noticed, in the OT, sheol includes paradise(Abramham’s bosom) for the righteous souls & hades/hell for the rebellious ones.

    When Christ resurrected, the righteous souls who have died were released to heaven & those who die now go direct to heaven. So there is no more holding area in sheol for righteous souls, and instead, more space is given for the rebellious ones in hell.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosom_of_Abraham

    Among Christian writers, since the 1st century AD, “the Bosom of Abraham” has gradually ceased to designate a place of imperfect happiness, and it has generally become synonymous with Heaven itself…

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