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The stranger in the lifeboat

Author: Mitch Albom

Novel: The stranger in the lifeboat

These days my love for spiritual books are still going strong. My list of to reads is over a mile long, easily. It’s no exception as to whether or not they are nonfictional or fictional these books will still make my to be read list.

When best selling author, Mitch Albom, released his newest fictional book it trumped a few hundred books on my to be read list. I can’t really say that I am sad about it!

I highly recommend to you his new book, ‘The stranger in the lifeboat’. I want so badly to tell you all about it but I of course do not want to be the book spoiler.

As always with his books this book is well written, entertaining, and very insightful. You can’t help but to look inside of yourself when reading one of his books and question your own faith.

If you enjoy a quick and easy read filled with heartfelt messages this book is for you. Warning, this is one of those books that you start and don’t put down until it is complete.

We are reminded within this book that no amount of fortune or fame will save your life. Our ability to love others and be loved is a gift; sometimes we take that gift for granted.


The following is some quotes from the book to help get you excited:

“But I believe in you,” the Lord said.

‘I believed. And in believing, I was saved.’

“Then why don’t people come back to Earth after they die?” The stranger smiled. “Why would they want to?”

“Despair has its own voice. It is a prayer unlike any other.”

“Yes with science, you have explained away the sun. You have explained away the stars I put in the filament. You have explained away all the creatures, large and small with which I populated the earth. You have even explained my greatest creation.” “What’s that?” I asked. “You.”

“We all need to hold on to something, Benji,” she said. “Hold on to me.”


Other must reads from Mitch Album include:

The five people you meet in heaven

Tuesdays with Morrie

The next person you meet in heaven

Have a little faith: A true story

The first phone call from heaven

Happy Reading!


The back cover reads:

#1 New York Times Bestseller

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 bestsellers 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.

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