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We All Need a Morrie

  • Jul 25, 2010
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We all need a Morrie, an inspirational teacher, a mentor, someone who knows how to be a child again. Maybe it's your grandparent, a teacher, someone who is old and wise either way.  When I began to read this book I was reminded of a Morrie in my life. A gentleman who shared the importance of making a difference in peoples lives and being remembered for this, not what you have built up materialistically.

A sports writer named Mitch Albom takes on a personal challenge to revisit the college professor he had some  20yrs previously. After seeing him being interviewed  by Ted Koppel on Nightline he decides to pay him a visit. Mitch tells us a true story of Morrie Schwartz  and his weekly visits on Tuesdays. These visits begin to change the authors life as he sees Morrie deteriorate physically from the ALS disease. This in some ways forces him to reevaluate the things he thinks are most important. Yet through his Tuesday visits the time he spends with his own family and loved ones, the time he invests in his job and the meaning of life takes a significantly different role. He begins to see things different.

Although sad at times watching the tale unfold it's also uplifting and inspirational to see how if one has learned to accept death as a part of living, then and only then do we begin to live. This was Mitch's last class lesson from Morrie.

The book is small, easy to digest and if you do then you will learn to face life with less fear and begin to live your life around the things that are most important to you. Not what you think others want of you. For in the end we all want the same thing, to love and be loved like any child. It's more than just about life and death it's about living. It's about understanding that death is a part of life.    

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August 02, 2010
Great review, Jaxsn! I've heard some wonderful things about this book, I'll definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!
 
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review by . October 24, 2010
For the sole purpose of making this review worth something as a stand-alone essay, I'll assume that you, the reader, like me, are one of the few people who didn't know what TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE was all about.      Twenty years before the actual events of the book, Mitch Albom had the privilege of struggling through a university sociology course under the tutelage of a special and very talented teacher, Morrie Schwartz. Despite progressing well beyond a mere student/professor …
review by . June 15, 2010
Tuesdays with Morrie is an inspirational, motivational, thought provoking novel. It is a short and easy read, but carries so much depth. I would say that it is one of my all time favorite books. Mitch Albom's approach is unique but extremely suitable for the situation he presents. He combines his memories of classes in college that were taught by Morrie with his experiences with Morrie in Morrie's last weeks. I thought that beginning each chapter with a lesson from Morrie's class added …
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
really enjoyable
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
what great philosophy
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Before you read this book, ask yourself "What would you do if today you knew you were going to die soon?" Then, read this book and see if you've changed your mind!
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
Sad; pleasant.
review by . April 24, 2009
I was encouraged by several of my friends to read this book.  Though I found it a good quick read, it did not live up to its hype.  It is basically a "self-help" book that has the theme that even when we know we are going to die, we never stop learning new things about the world and ourselves.   The book chronicles a dying schoolteacher (Morrie), who has Lou Gehrig's disease.  Morrie wants to spend his last days meeting with friends and having philosophical discussions.  …
review by . December 18, 2008
Phenomenal. Breakdown of the story: Morrie is Mitch's college professor. When Morrie's uncle died, he had not come to terms w/ the fact that his uncle may die and just assumed he still had "time to live." When Morrie is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease,  Mitch comes to term this and begins to visit Morrie every Tuesday for sessions to discuss life and anything about life.    Through their visits, Mitch learns a lot about perspective and aspects of life you don't really …
review by . June 05, 2006
'tuesdays with Morrie' is a short, simple book that proves a work doesn't need to be long or bloated to touch the soul or sell. Renowned sportswriter Mitch Albom reconnects with his professor from college after hearing the sad news that his beloved teacher is dying from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). What originally was supposed to be a visit inexplicably turned into the non-fiction book that never was meant to be, as Morrie decided that with his final time on this earth he had one more class to teach.  &nbs …
review by . June 05, 2006
'tuesdays with Morrie' is a short, simple book that proves a work doesn't need to be long or bloated to touch the soul or sell. Renowned sportswriter Mitch Albom reconnects with his professor from college after hearing the sad news that his beloved teacher is dying from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). What originally was supposed to be a visit inexplicably turned into the non-fiction book that never was meant to be, as Morrie decided that with his final time on this earth he had one more class to teach.  &nbs …
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This true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil has soared to the bestseller list for many reasons. For starters: it reminds us of the affection and gratitude that many of us still feel for the significant mentors of our past. It also plays out a fantasy many of us have entertained: what would it be like to look those people up again, tell them how much they meant to us, maybe even resume the mentorship? Plus, we meet Morrie Schwartz--a one of a kind professor, whom the author describes as looking like a cross between a biblical prophet and Christmas elf. And finally we are privy to intimate moments of Morrie's final days as he lies dying from a terminal illness. Even on his deathbed, this twinkling-eyed mensch manages to teach us all about living robustly and fully. Kudos to author and acclaimed sports columnist Mitch Albom for telling this universally touching story with such grace and humility.--Gail Hudson
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ISBN-10: 076790592X
ISBN-13: 978-0767905923
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Mind & Body, Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Broadway
Date Published: October 8, 2002
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