The Stranger in the Lifeboat
Books | Fiction / Christian / Historical
#1 New York Times BestsellerWhat would happen if we called on God for help and God actually appeared? In Mitch Albom’s profound new novel of hope and faith, a group of shipwrecked passengers pull a strange man from the sea. He claims to be “the Lord.” And he says he can only save them if they all believe in him.Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, ten people struggle for survival at sea. Three days pass. Short on water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in.“Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says.“I am the Lord,” the man whispers.So begins Mitch Albom’s most beguiling novel yet.Albom has written of heaven in the celebrated number one bestsellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The First Phone Call from Heaven. Now, for the first time in his fiction, he ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God actually appeared before us?In The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Albom keeps us guessing until the end: Is this strange man really who he claims to be? What actually happened to cause the explosion? Are the survivors in heaven, or are they in hell? The story is narrated by Benji, one of the passengers, who recounts the events in a notebook that is discovered—a year later—when the empty life raft washes up on the island of Montserrat. It falls to the island’s chief inspector, Jarty LeFleur, a man battling his own demons, to solve the mystery of what really happened. A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, The Stranger in the Lifeboat suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.
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"Mitch Albom for me has always been an insta buy author and books like this one is why. What do you do when you’re faced with practically the worst experience of your life and you find the one you’ve been calling to for help all along with you? Faith is a tricky thing, we all claim to have it, yet when we are being tested 9/10 we fail at showing it. Such is humanity however, we must suffer and feel pain in order to see we were never alone in it, and better is yet to come. Albom as always, is thought provoking and inspiring. This book provides the HEA in a strange sad way. That is that sometimes we think we know what we want and what is good for us, when in reality sometimes we just have to remember there is more chartered for us than we can imagine."
"Short book, easy read, yet left me wanting a conversation with someone to discuss it. Very engaging. I enjoyed it immensely. "
"It felt quite slow but the ending was interesting- 3/5. Loved the Christian aspect as well! "
"Really interesting book that makes you think. Loved the Christian aspects "
"Like how this book present faith and religion, but leaves the reader to decide its point. Poignant. #BingeWorthy #BookMustRead"