Mitch Albom is an American author, journalist and broadcaster who is most well-known for writing emotional works about death and time, usually with meaningful and uplifting messages about hope.
Mitch Albom is an important author in the 21st century. His stories bring hope out of things like death and illness, in that there is hope that there is a life after death and still lots of lessons to learn. Albom was born in 1953 in New Jersey, and spent most of his career as a journalist and sports broadcaster. His first book, the memoir Tuesdays with Morrie is probably his most well-known. It details special visits with Albom’s old professor Morrie who is dying of ALS, and the lessons Morrie wants Mitch to tell the world about how to live a meaningful life with the time that we have.
His second book, the novel The Five People You Meet in Heaven follows the journey of Eddie as he meets all of the people who make sense of the biggest questions he had about his life when he was alive. They all have important lessons to teach him, too, which can also be important lessons to use to live meaningful lives while we’re still here.
For One More Day follows Chick as he attempts suicide and is suddenly granted one more day with his mother who died eight years before. The Time Keeper is a novel about Father Time, and how he must save two people on earth—a teenager and a businessman—in order to regain his own freedom. The First Phone Call from Heaven details a phenomenon in a small town in Michigan where people begin to receive phone calls from their loved ones—who are deceased. While Albom’s novels all seem to have a supernatural element to their lessons, they generally leave the readers with something to contemplate about their own lives in a heartwarming and introspective way.
”Do the kinds of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for someone else’s things. On the contrary, you’ll be overwhelmed with what comes back.”
”Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”
”Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”