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For One More Day
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This kind and generous book is a mini version of The Five People You Meet in Heaven for revisiting your life to develop another perspective on it. In this case, Charley Benetto comes to see his mother through different eyes. A self-sacrificing woman, Pauline (Posey), had shielded Charley from all of the challenges their little family had faced. All that Charley knew was that his beloved Dad had moved out when Charley was young and didn't reappear in his life until his college years.

The set-up is pretty extreme. Charley goes to pieces after his mother dies. He drinks too much. He loses his money. He drives away his wife and daughter. He loses all his desire to live. Hitting bottom, Charley decides to kill himself. He heads back towards his old home town . . . and finds many surprises . . . including another day with his deceased mother.

The core of the book's appeal is the deft way that Mr. Albom captures the ambiguity many sons have towards the support they receive from their Mothers, while the Mothers are acting like the saints they often are. A good secondary appeal is the gradual exposure of deeply buried family secrets.

It's that latter point that I would like to address a little more. Families keep secrets from children for all kinds of good reasons. But children do become adults, and somewhere along the way the relationships will be improved if the secrets are revealed. You cannot hope to believe in Santa Claus all of your life in the same way you did as a five-year-old. If your parents are still alive (and I hope they will be for many years to come), think about what you don't understand about what they did when you were young. Ask them to tell you the answers. You'll all grow closer in the process.

Having found myself saying the eulogy over my father's coffin after an unexpected death, I also encourage you to be sure that you would feel at peace with yourself if your parents died today. If you wouldn't feel that way, take steps to improve that situation now. You can't be sure you'll be given a second chance like Charlie was.

Mr. Albom's book is a quick and pleasant read. He's a good story teller. But don't expect a book that's nearly as good as The Five People You Meet in Heaven. For One More Day is well below that standard in concept and execution. But it's a book that's well worth reading . . . even if it only makes you more sensitive to your Mother's needs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this book (which I read in two sittings yesterday). I loved "Tuesdays with Morrie", but didn't think the author could come up with another story as good as that so had not read anything else by Mitch Albom. "One More Day" is about a mother's unconditional love, the kind of love we are not likely to find again. It's about people that are still in our hearts long after they have disappeared from our lives, and what it would be like to be able to be with each of them for one more day. It made me want to contact each of my old friends before one of us dies to sort through the misunderstandings, pain and regrets, to relive the happy memories, tell them that I still think of them, that I never stopped loving them, etc. I have done some of that over the last few years and it's amazing how differently each of us has thought about the same situations. Opening oneself up to some old wounds can help to lay down burdens as the passage of time reveals additional aspects, considerations, understandings. I wish I had written this little BIG book. It's an INSPIRATION.
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on July 31, 2007
'For One More Day' is a sentimental book, and it is similar in its reverie for the after-life to his other book 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven'; however, this is the better of the two. 'For One More Day' encourages introspection about situations and people in your own life, and there is the underlying spiritual/real world crossover, which is intriguing (and a little creepy), if not only for a moment. It is a story of a man facing a crisis and coming to terms with some of his "demons" while trying to repair his life. He gets to revisit things that have troubled him in his life, while facing his mortality, and he rectifies things with his mother he didn't even know needed rectifying. In 'For One More Day' you realize that Mitch Albom just seems to "get" people. He imbues his books with softness and light, and he seems to cherish even the smallest of human interactions. In the final chapter of 'For One More Day', there is enough cleverness to give you food for thought and appreciate a sweet book by a good author and some time well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2009
This book makes you think of life and the appreciations for everyone around you. It makes us realize that life is important and death does not solve problems, but perhaps creates more problems for the ones you love. It's quite an inspirational book and makes people value their family a lot more.
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on March 24, 2007
As with all Mitch Albom books, they're somewhat about examining your life and those lives around you. Such is the case with FOR ONE MORE DAY. The basis of the book is that the main character, Charley, falls apart after his mother dies. What to do. He decides to drown his troubles in drink, loses all his money, and drives his wife away. Sounds like a formula, no? But it's not in the hands of Albom who makes this story sad and funny, and in the end, quite insightful. While I enjoyed the novels THE DA VINCI CODE for its rollercoaster antics and the book TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE for its quirky take on relationships and time travel (highly recommended by the way), I found FOR ONE MORE DAY to be the most touching. VERY Highly Recommended!
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on August 11, 2015
An eye opening read. We need to be reminded of what good things we have.
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on July 5, 2014
excellent
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