Mitch Albom is an American book author, columnist, playwright and musician. Mitch Albom is an accidental book writer whose works have been acknowledged worldwide.
Mitch started his career as a sports journalist and went onto receiving appreciation for his sports writing. Albom writes inspirational stories and his books have been translated into more than 42 languages and has sold more than 40 million copies collectively. He has won hundreds of awards for his journalism, including seven awards for best feature writing from the Associated Press.
But did you know, Albom’s life changed in 1995 when he saw a Ted Koppel interview on ABC News? Why? Because that was what inspired him to write and made him a best-selling author. Mitch Albom writes inspirational stories with a primary focus on faith, humanity and kindness- all his stories will wrench your heart and will leave you teary-eyed.
BookArt101 will never let you miss any good books by the best in the field. So here is the list of best books by Mitch Albom. Enjoy!
Tuesdays with Morrie:
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom was published as early as 1997. The book was Mitch’s debut which put his face recognized nationally and internationally & was the non-sport book. Tuesdays with Morrie is a non-fiction book which states the events when Mitch was able to reconnect with his old professor Morrie Schwartz who was suffering from ALS and was nearing his end days. Tuesdays with Morrie reveals the weekly visits of Mitch Albom to reconnect with his profound professor every Tuesday in Morrie’s study.
In the book ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom, Morrie Schwartz reconnection taught Albom some life lessons which Albom has penned in the book. This book allows you to channel your thoughts through different perspectives. The book reflects on every topic which holds some value in our life. Even with the ordinary conversations, the book can touch you ever so deeply. It is like a treasure of wisdom.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven:
“In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it.”
Mitch Albom’s second book “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” was an extraordinary book which saw the light of commercial success. It appeared at the top of the New York Times bestsellers list and was later adapted on the big screen. The title suggests what the book is about. It talks about the deeper talks with a storyline which revolves around life after death. The book revolves around the uninspired life of a wounded war veteran – Eddie.
The story mostly opens up when Eddie dies (why and how he dies is for you to read) and is seen in Heaven where he meets five people. In his afterlife, Eddie looks at his life and reflects upon the different perspective of life and the true meaning of life. Mitch Albom has a gift for words and wisdom to make people reflect upon their life in abundance. The book is at times heart-breaking and in other times heart-warming, but both in equal measure. A must-read for reflection upon your life.
For One More Day:
“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”
Mitch Albom has created a career out of his non-fiction books with such conviction in his storytelling skills that you would be felt wanting for some of them to be true. For One More Day (2006) by Mitch Albom is also such a book. If I ask you, what would you do if you had one more day with the person you love? This book exactly encapsulates the feelings of Charlie Benetto – the protagonist gets to spend one more day with his mother. Mitch leaves you reeling that somehow what he has woven throughout this fictitious novel could have been true.
For One More Day by Mitch Albom speaks about sacrifice, love, the sacrifice your parents make for you and how important the affection is for them. It teaches you the importance of family, and the importance of moments. It will make you weep for you will realise the sacrifices of a mother, you will experience the purest form of love. The book will transform you silently but will also hit your deepest chords.
Have a Little Faith: a True Story:
“God sings, we hum along, and there are many melodies, but it’s all one song – one same, wonderful, human song.”
Apart from sports, Mitch Albom’s non-fiction, real-life inspired books are less in number. “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom is one such book in which he shares a story of eight years between two worlds–two men, two faiths, two communities. The story takes shape when Mitch is asked to write a eulogy for an 82-year old rabbi from his hometown. Mitch explains as he watches two worlds intersecting – Christian and Jewish, as to how similar things are as opposed to what we believe to be true.
In this true tale, Mitch dictates to inspire people. The book dwells to find the main purpose of religion, how our work, race, religion, social status does not matter to any kind of God. Mitch Albom inspires us to build a life where acceptance should be powered over anything else and how this could be the main reason for the survival of humanity. The book empowers and inspires readers.
The Time Keeper:
“We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.”
The first of its kind by Mitch Albom, “The Time Keeper” creates a world of magical realism where Mitch narrates the story of a man who has been since the beginning of the world and a teenage girl. The man is the inventor of the first clock who has been banished to a cave where he faces horror. In order to gain his freedom, he has to touch the lives of two people and make them understand the meaning of time.
In life, we all might have felt like time is running out, or at some point, we could have added more than 24 hours. We might have felt uninspired, we might have wanted for the earth to slow down a bit and the frequent pressures that time could bring. In this book, Mitch Albom creates a strikingly amazing and inspiring cord with amazing storytelling skills where he makes his readers times about the time they spend on earth and the importance of it. If you haven’t read any Mitch Albom books, this would be a good one to start with for this will satisfy you that there are more Mitch books to explore.
The First Phone Call From Heaven:
“Miracles happen quietly every day – in an operating room, on a stormy sea, in the sudden appearance of a roadside stranger. They are rarely tallied. No one keeps score.”
The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom belongs to the same premises like many other fiction novels written by the author – magical-believable fiction. The tale is a combination of science and mystery with the element of inspiration and wisdom. The story is based in a fictional town based in northern Michigan where all the residents get mysterious calls from the dead. Sully Harding is tempted to discover the truth behind these calls.
The book is an inspiring tale which will provoke you to think, whether or not you believe in heaven. Even though you might feel that not all of your questions have been answered by the end of the book but somehow it manages to make you think on your own. If seen in a wider perspective this book by Mitch Albom gives various perspectives and how every individual is different from another. You will come across various viewpoints, interesting characters and exceptional background.
Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family:
“You took a huge part of us with you, Chika, the best part, but it was yours to take, and I hope it will always be close to you.”
Finding Chika (2019) by Mitch Albom is unlike any other book that he has written. The book narrates an emotionally warming story of a girl – Chika from Haiti who Mitch and his wife, Janine, took into their own home in an attempt to find a cure for a deadly brain tumour. After “Tuesday with Morrie” this is another memoir of the author.
For the first time, the book is not about helping others or is not about helping them cope in times of difficulties. But is more about the rarely visible vulnerability of Mitch while going through difficult times. Finding Chika by Mitch Albom goes to places where no other place in your heart could have ventured. The book is his story, their story. The story is heartbreaking, yet is inspiring and tender which teaches you that love, life, pain can make you real.
Mitch Albom is sure to get into the deepest recesses of your mind. Every book that he has written adds meaning to life, and inspiration so strong that it lingers for a lifetime and lessons that can make you reflect!
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