If you’re looking for a feel good read–here you go. This book is full of warm, funny stories about Albom’s childhood rabbi, who asks him to give his eulogy at his funeral. Not that he’s dying of any major illness, that’s just the kind of guy he was. Just know’s it’s coming and wants to be prepared.
I liked the Reb, as Albom calls him throughout the book. He would be a difficult man not to like, and throughout the book, you feel like you’re getting to know him too. How lucky of Albom to not only have had one amazing teacher in his lifetime (Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays with Morrie), but two. Luckier to have had the chance to REALLY get to know them before they died.
One thing that bothers me about his writing style is his method of writing dialogues. He puts quotes around what other people say, but not what he himself is saying to that person. For example:
Do you believe in God?
“Yes, I do.”
I scribbled that on my pad.
Do you ever speak to God?
“On a regular basis.”
What do you say?
It goes on like that for a while. The Reb in quotes, Albom not. Which isn’t terribly confusing as long as they are volleying back and forth but add in a few actions, like scribbling on the pad and it can start get confusing. Even more so when Albom starts adding in what he is thinking, and not speaking out loud. Add quotes please, so that I can tell what you are speaking!
Still, that’s a pretty minor peeve in a pleasant book about faith. Even though it follows the Jewish religion (I mean, after all, he IS a rabbi), I think people of all religions can relate to this book–it’s about believing in something, and why that is so important. How we communicate those beliefs to others, how we feel when those beliefs are questioned, etc. I would say an easy book to read, not necessarily an easy one to process afterwards. But definitely one to pick up!