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For One More Day Hardcover – Abridged, September 26, 2006
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The reader learns about all the times Chick's mom stood up for him and all the times he let her down. The writing is smooth and poignant, the memories both joyful and sad. If you have lost your own parents, the words will be doubly sad. But Chick has been given a very special gift: he learns that when someone is in your heart, they're never truly gone and they can come back to you, even at unlikely times. Chick has the unheard of luxury of being able to spend just one more day with his mother, having the chance to ask questions about things that have bothered him, finding out at last why his father left, and much more. How does it happen?Read more ›
The last line(s) I underlined at the end of the book were:
SHARING TALES OF THOSE WE'VE LOST IS HOW WE KEEP FROM REALLY LOSING THEM. ONE DAY SPENT WITH SOMEONE YOU LOVE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING.
And so...based on these lines...you can get a feel for how any one person will relate if they've ever lost a loved one. I, personally, liked his TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE book much better--but this is worthy of reading just to find the precious lines within. ;)
Read the book, and then call your mother....if possible....if not, make peace in your heart..this book will help you do that.
Chick Bennito's life has spun wildly out of control. He's lost everything, decides to end it all and finds himself in a surreal place where he and his mother get one more day.
Who would not ask for one more day--to understand, forgive, and make right what time and life has unraveled? I closed the book and did some thinking.
This small novel (do we still use the term novella?) presents the story of a life that gets sidetracked and how intervention of a spiritual nature can restore it to equilibrium. The plot concerns a former professional baseball player whose life scrapes bottom. His family leaves him, his career dries up, and he is left with the inadequate consolation one can find in a bottle. At the moment of crisis, he is visited by his dead mother, who takes him on a journey of discovery about his life, his parents' lives, and the lives of others whose story intersects with his story.
We may tend to raise an eyebrow at the idea of a visit from "beyond"; however, in this, the reader is reminded of those spirit visitors to Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol". In many ways, both that small classic and the film "It's a Wonderful Life" serve as counterpoint to this book.
It would be unfair to spoil the potential reader's enjoyment of the book by disclosing anything more of the plot, but suffice it to say that if entered into in this attitude, the reader may gain helpful points to ponder. Indeed, the book could very well serve as a springboard for discussion about the value of an individual's life to those around him or her, and the influence that people from our past can have on our thoughts and actions.
However, some of the concepts that are developed in the book may make it seem more a "new age" kind of a novel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I am a fan of Mitch Albom and he certainly doesn't disappoint the reader with this book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Brenda W. Ayerdis
Loved this book!! I believe God does send our loved ones to us at His appointed times to minister to us when needed. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Bonnie Boudreau
This ghost story makes me miss my mom. Restores my faith in the power of redemption. Family first always. Love.Published 22 days ago by Jdub
What a beautiful book. It made me want to go to my mom and never let her go. Amazing and so heart felt.Published 1 month ago by elena
I bought this book shortly after it came out and I have reread it many times, which is very rare for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Writer Gal