Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The Stranger in the Lifeboat

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  What would happen if we called on God for help and God actually appeared? In Mitch Albom’s profound new novel of hope and faith, a group of shipwrecked passengers pull a strange man from the sea. He claims to be “the Lord.” And he says he can only save them if they all believe in him.

Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, ten people struggle for survival at sea. Three days pass. Short on water, food, and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in.

“Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says.

“I am the Lord,” the man whispers.

So begins Mitch Albom’s most beguiling and inspiring novel yet.

Albom has written of heaven in the celebrated number one best sellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The First Phone Call from Heaven. Now, for the first time in his fiction, he ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God actually appeared before us? What might the Lord look, sound, and act like?

In The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Albom keeps us guessing until the end: Is this strange and quiet man really who he claims to be? What actually happened to cause the explosion? Are the survivors already in heaven, or are they in hell?

The story is narrated by Benji, one of the passengers, who recounts the events in a notebook that is later discovered — a year later — when the empty life raft washes up on the island of Montserrat.

It falls to the island’s chief inspector, Jarty LeFleur, a man battling his own demons, to solve the mystery of what really happened. 

A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, The Stranger in the Lifeboat suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  I LOVE Mitch Albom's books.  Unlike most people, Tuesdays with Morrie is NOT my favorite book. I have enjoyed all his books, but my favorite is The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.  The Stranger in the Lifeboat is challenging my favorite Mitch Album book. 

The Stranger in the Lifeboat is just an amazing story an such an unusual novel. It really made me think about what I would do in a similar situation.  So what can I say....a mind blowing read. Regardless of your faith, this book will have you asking yourself questions as you try to figure out the twists of the book. 

One bit of advice - start this book when you have time to read because you will not be able to put it down.  AMAZING, AMAZING book!  Need a last minute gift (even for yourself), purchase The Stranger in the Lifeboat and the person receiving it will be so thankful for the wonderful read! 

Back in the 2000's when authors traveled around to promote their books, I attended several book signings of Mitch's and was always impressed with interactions with his fans. 

Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned author, screenwriter, playwright, nationally syndicated columnist, broadcaster and musician. He is the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers--including Tuesdays with Morrie and his books have collectively sold more than thirty-five million copies in forty-five languages. Four of his books have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies. He has founded eight charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan. 

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