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review 2018-04-09 16:12
Have a Little Faith: a True Story
Have a Little Faith: a True Story - Mitch Albom
I knew that I would be crying by the time I finished this novel, it was the way that the author introduced his characters and the subject matter. I was certain just by those first few chapters, that a few things were definitely going to occur while reading this novel. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to put down this novel until I had finished it, tears would definitely be falling sometime while I read, and I knew that there would be times when I would have to stop reading and just reflect on the words that I had just read. This book definitely got me, Mitch spoke my language and I knew exactly what he was saying.
 
Mitch introduces us to two individuals: Reb and Henry. Reb was Mitch’s only rabbi. Mitch was a religious individual growing up. It wasn’t until he graduated college did he let God take a backseat. He felt as a sportswriter that he didn’t need anything from God and he didn’t have time for him so he parked God off to the side. When Mitch went back home, he went to his childhood church with his parents. He remembers Reb as being an exceptional man, one who made everyone feel special. Mitch said that when they listened to his sermon, “honestly, you exhaled when he finished, that’s how good he was.” As a child, I remember listening to individuals, behind the pulpit, who had this type of effect on me. The more that Mitch talked about Reb, the more I could remember having some of the same experiences growing up.
 
On one particular visit home, Reb asks Mitch to do his eulogy upon his death. Mitch hasn’t been around Reb in 25 years so after contemplating the idea, Mitch decides he will but he wants to know the entire Reb, not just the religious side.
 
Mitch spends time with Reb, visiting him in a variety of circumstances. This brings about stories, questions, laughs and other issues that otherwise might not have been discussed. Reb is worried about his second death and whether he will have one. Mitch sees the man, the rabbi, the individual that everyone looks up to, he realizes who the Reb really is. There was this peacefulness poise as this relationship transpired and as his eulogy was spoken, it was spoken from the heart.
 
Mitch meets Pastor Henry and I felt the Reb within him. Henry has had a difficult past. Religion has been a part of Henry’s life only when Henry wants it to be and when he chooses to listen to God’s responses, when he calls out to him for help. Now, a pastor of a crumbly church, Henry has a positive attitude and a nonexistent cash flow. Henry opens his church and home to the homeless and anyone who needs the churches assistance. The building just houses the people and it’s the people who God cares about, is what keeps Henry moving forward as his building falls apart around him. Mitch listens to his powerful sermons as water buckets catch the drips falling from the ceiling. Mitch writes about Pastor Henry and his viewers respond. I didn’t expect miracles from what Mitch had written and I didn’t want their lives to be changed overnight. Individuals responded honestly and heartedly. I was happy for anything that would help this struggling congregation get upright. Henry was giving of himself for his church and his ministry and he was pleased with how others responded to their need.
 
I cried, I really cried as I found myself drawn into this novel. It truly moved me. he ending was not how I expected but that is life. There was a lot to like about this novel. It truly was a great novel.

 

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review 2016-12-28 21:14
A great book for music lovers
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel - Mitch Albom

Music himself narrates this book. We learn that music visits newborns and tempts them to grab a bit of talent--or even a lot of talent. Frankie grabbed enough to be the best guitar player on the planet. He amazed everyone. Played with a lot of bands. Got famous. Got rich. But he was forever haunted about his past, the fact he knew nothing about his parents. This is a story told in flashbacks. I liked Frankie, though I suppose if he lived next door where he practiced his guitar 24/7, he would drive me nuts. He sacrifices a lot for his music, too much, perhaps, so there's heartbreak in this story along with love.

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review 2016-10-27 21:18
Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel - Mitch Albom

"All humans are musical. Why else would the Lord give you a beating heart?"

 

Since the dawn of time, people have used music for everything: a cry for battle; a victory after a battle; to sooth a crying baby; to uplift ones spirit; to showcase how much one loves another and so on and so forth. Music always has meaning. Even if it's just the sound of someone plucking an old guitar, there is meaning behind what we hear.

 

And to Frankie Presto, sound means more than what we hear.

 

Frankie Presto is a huge successful musician. Well, he was. Frankie just passed away in a weird unexplained death onstage at a concert. Interviews at the funeral of his friends, family and acquaintances about how they met Frankie and what part in their lives was touched by Frankie himself or of his music. Many believed that Frankie just had that touch. That gift of sliding from one note to the next with such fluid motion that only a few guitar players have.

 

What if it was more than that?

 

What if it wasn't just him playing the guitar?

 

What if the reason you are so touched by this, it's because there is more at play here than just one man?

 

Follow the interviews and follow Music as Music takes you through the life of Frankie

Presto and how he became the person everyone loved.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1475282598
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review 2016-09-03 16:45
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel - Mitch Albom

A beautiful story with gorgeous detail. My favorite Albom book yet. Mitch Albom weaves an incredible tale unlike anything I've read before. Brilliant! If you're a music fan, read this book. Better still, if you're a book lover, this is a must read.

 

 

*I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

 

 

 

 

**DOUBLE POSTINGS. What's up with this? Haven't been doing a lot of blog posts recently on BookLikes because I'm having so many viral issues. Double postings are annoying as hell, I get it. At first, the posts were doubling only on my Samsung tablet and I was still able to blog from my iPhone and Kindle. Now, it's doing it every post, from each device. Just one of several issues here. Therefore, I've limited my already limited posts. Until something changes, pleas excuse the double vision. 

 

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review 2016-08-21 21:02
Jak Ojciec Czas zatrzymał wszechświat - "Zaklinacz czasu" Mitcha Alboma
Czy zastanawialiście się kiedykolwiek, jak wyglądało życie, którego nie odmierzało się minutami czy godzinami? Jakie konsekwencje miało wynalezienie zegara? Skąd w ogóle pomysł, by mierzyć czas?
Mitch Albom proponuje nam podróż w czasie, do momentu, kiedy wszystko się zaczęło. Do chwili, gdy człowiek zapragnął wiedzieć. Tak właśnie Dor, pierwszy z bohaterów "Zaklinacza czasu", tłumaczy swoją potrzebę liczenia mijającego czasu i konstruowania przyrządów, które mają mu w tym pomóc. Całkowicie poświęca się tym czynnościom i bardzo długo zajmie mu uświadomienie sobie, co się tak naprawdę w życiu liczy.
Równolegle śledzimy losy dwóch osób żyjących w czasach współczesnych. To nastolatka Sarah Lemon i starszy mężczyzna Victor Delamonte. Sarah mieszka sama z matką. Odrzucona przez rówieśników, czuje się bardzo samotna. Jednak właśnie się zakochała i z wielką niecierpliwością odlicza chwile do spotkania z obiektem swych uczuć. Ethan wreszcie zwrócił na nią uwagę. Mimo że w szkole uważają ją za dziwną kujonkę, w dodatku zbyt grubą. Czy on może być tym jedynym?
 
Victor z kolei dowiaduje się, że jego dni są policzone, a walka z chorobą przegrana. On i jego żona zupełnie inaczej reagują na słowa wypowiedziane przez lekarza: "Niewiele możemy zrobić". Ona szczególnie o niego dba z nadzieją, że choć trochę wydłuży w ten sposób jego życie. On jednak nie jest człowiekiem, który potrafi tak po prostu pogodzić się z sytuacją. Ma własny plan. "Jeszcze jedno życie". Jako jeden z najbogatszych ludzi, dysponuje środkami na jego realizację. Czy uda mu się doprowadzić go do końca?
 
Co się stanie, jeśli Ojciec Czas zainterweniuje?
 
"Zaklinacz czasu" to prosta, ale jednocześnie niesamowita opowieść o życiu i o miłości. O czasie i jego przemijaniu. O strachu, że mamy go za mało. Że nie zdążymy go w pełni wykorzystać. O tym, jak człowiek próbuje oszukać śmierć i maksymalnie wydłużyć czas spędzany na ziemi. O pierwszym zauroczeniu. O odrzuceniu i samotności. A także o tym, że każde życie ma znaczenie. Że jedna osoba może zmienić cały świat. Że istnieje plan i to nie my decydujemy, jak długo będziemy żyć, ale Bóg, który wyznaczając kres naszemu istnieniu, nadaje mu znaczenie.
Polecam z całego serca!
Source: ogrodksiazek.blogspot.com/2016/08/jak-ojciec-czas-zatrzyma-wszechswiat.html
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