Tuesdays with Morrie is an extremely spiritual book that generates exceptionally deep thoughts about life and death. Throughout the book, one will discover the true value of life through Morrie Schwartz’s lessons and aphorisms. This book will make one laugh, cry, and want to share it with the world.
This is a true story about Morrie Schwartz, a sociology professor at Brandeis University, and one of Schwartz’s favorite pupils, Mitch Albom. Mitch Albom, a sports news writer in Detroit, finds himself without a job when the Detroit Free Press goes on strike. Mr. Albom happens to catch an episode of Nightline featuring his ex-professor, Morrie Schwartz. Through the episode of Nightline, Mr. Albom discovers that Mr. Schwartz was dying of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Morrie Schwartz’s diagnosis and Mitch Albom’s love and admiration for him drew Albom to visit Schwartz 16 years after his graduation from Brandeis University and promise to keep in touch. During Albom’s first visit since college, they talked about life in general, and Schwartz concluded that Albom was unhappy with the way he had been living. Schwartz said, Dying is only one thing to be sad over; living unhappily is something else.”
After their overdue reunion, Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Albom flew to England for Wimbledon. Mitch Albom constantly thought of Morrie Schwartz, which prompted him to call and schedule another visit. Morrie Schwartz was pleased that Mitch Albom called and invited him to visit the following Tuesday.
Morrie Schwartz held his final class on how to live in his study overlooking a hibiscus plant shedding its flowers every Tuesday. We’re Tuesday people,” Morrie Schwartz said. Meeting every Tuesday was a tradition carried on from when Mitch Albom and Mr. Schwartz met while Mitch Albom was attending Brandeis University.
Throughout Mr. Albom’s final class with Mr. Schwartz, they discussed the meaning of life as seen through Mr. Schwartz’s experience. The topics they covered included the world, feeling sorry for yourself, regrets, death, family, emotions, the fear of aging, money, marriage, culture, forgiveness, and a perfect day. Mr. Schwartz often said, Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
Tuesdays with Morrie is an incredibly moving and emotional story told in a brilliant fashion. Each page glimmers with outstanding inspirational lessons for everyone. This book is written in a simple, easy-to-read style with no literary illusions to take the reader away from reality. Within this book are real-life lessons that will make one a better person. People these days take too many things for granted and need to live every day to the fullest. This book will help to open one’s eyes.