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Number one New York Times best seller

What 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 and inspiring novel yet.

Albom has written of heaven in the celebrated number one best sellers 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? What might the Lord look, sound, and act like?

In The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Albom keeps us guessing until the end: Is this strange and quiet man really who he claims to be? What actually happened to cause the explosion? Are the survivors already 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 later 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.

©2021 Mitch Albom (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Albom continues to amaze

Albom once again tackle spirituality in a whimsical and entertaining way while creating thought-provoking conversations.

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Good but not great

I generally love anything from Mitch Albom. I purchased this short book immediately. However just like the last book about the Covid pandemic, this book simply doesn't have the depth or meaningful foundation to make it essentially forgettable. The author reads well. I hope he can reclaim his lost magic.

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Good, but not great

I generally love anything from Mitch Albom. I was so excited for the book to be released & couldn't wait to listen to it. The author reads well, but this book didn't capture me the way that "For One More Day" , "The Timekeeper" or "The Five People You Meet in Heaven " did. I just couldn't get into the story.

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Powerful

Intense page turner. Brought me to tears many times and seemed to have answered some questions regarding my faith. Very beautiful story.

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Wonderful 4+ Hrs of listening

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I can bring forth so much in your life if you have faith and spirituality.
Life is a matter of perspective. I appreciate the thoughts this Book brought into my mind

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A must read!! (Or listen)

Most moving story I’ve heard in a long time! Mitch Albom does not disappoint!

Maybe his best effort to date

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Lacks creativity, no humor to speak of - not one of his best

If you read “Life of Pi” the ending will sound familiar to you. But unlike in Life of Pi the drama on the boat doesn’t live up to the potential. God joins them in the life boat, you would think that it would be riveting dialogue but it wasn’t. As far as the afterlife goes it wasn’t addressed and “the reincarnation Blues” does a much better job of telling that story. It just didn’t live up to the potential.

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Feel good story and a quick read

It's about despair, grief, forgiveness, surrendering, and surviving a harsh world where there still is joy in the day. Only good things come from God and he never leads your side, ever ...no matter what!

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Glad I finished

The book did not seem to start off correctly or in the possible detail that I had expected , but the slow finish was wonderful, historic, spot on.

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Mediocre read

I read a lot of Mitch Alboms books, and I was disappointed in the story.