tuesdays with morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie

Quick Overview

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Monique Lammers, Mental Health Practitioner. Reviewed December 2015.

Book Title: Tuesdays with Morrie.

Author(s):

Mitch Albom, author of international bestseller and six other books. Nationally syndicated columnist for the Detroit Free Press.

Date published: 1997

Suitable for: Everybody – young and old. Basic reading level.

Problems addressed:  Grief – loss and acceptance.

Book Summary: 

This is a true account of the author Mitch meeting up with Morrie every Tuesday. Mitch is a very busy sports writer and learns of his old beloved professor Morrie’s diagnosis of ALS – a brutal and uncompromising neurological disease that will systematically attack his muscles and render item useless. Morrie, a professor and coach in the humanities wants to talk with Mitch about living and death and dying. In the process Mitch learns about the importance of loving others and being loved.

 Strengths and Weaknesses:

The strength of this book is it’s true account of Morrie’s philosophical views on living a good life and on what’s important. The relationship between the professor and his pupil is warm and loving and the reader is encouraged to be mindful of what they are focussed on in their lives. This book is simple to read and you can read a couple of pages and put it down and then pick it up easily – the chapters are short.

Recommendations:

I would recommend this book in the context of someone grieving the loss of a loved one, also for anyone who is wanting to reconsider what their values are in life. This book is funny, sad, and hopeful, and highlights the importance of loving relationships.

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