Book Review – For One More Day

Having recently lost my mom, Mitch Albom’s book, For One More Day really struck a chord with me as it asks: What if you could have one more day with someone you loved who had passed on? What would that day mean to you? How would it change your life? For One More Day is a beautifully haunting novel about the family we love and the opportunities we miss.

As a child, Charley "Chick” Benetto was told by his father, "You can be mama’s boy or daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” Although his mom was always there for him, he chooses his father, who abandons him on the verge of adolescence. The recurring theme is the "Times my mother stood up for me” and the "times I did NOT stand up for my mother”. Decades later, Charley becomes depressed after the death of his mother, the loss of his family, his dream of being a baseball star and his job. He turns to alcohol and hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. Sadly, Charley decides to take his own life rather than continue on the path he has chosen. He returns to his small hometown, finding himself in his childhood home with his mother who has been dead for years.

What follows is the one "ordinary" day so many of us yearn for, a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets, and to seek forgiveness. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. Charley is given the opportunity to try and put the crumbled pieces of his life back together with his mother’s tender guidance.

Through Albom’s inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, this book will make you appreciate who raised you in childhood, including all the things they did and didn’t do for you. If your parents are still alive, think about what you don’t understand about what they did when you were young. Ask them to tell you the answers so you may put it all into perspective, reflect on things in your own life and grow closer in the process.