Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

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If you're like some fortunate people, you have enjoyed the company of an older, wiser friend or mentor; someone who has guided you, listened to you, and provided you with wisdom beyond your years. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from sixteen years before.

Like Mitch, you may have lost track of this mentor as you made your way through the world, and as the insights faded, the world seemed somehow colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again and ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Would the questions you asked be similar to the ones you asked years ago, or have your struggles evolved over the years?

Mitch Albom had that second chance that many of us don't get. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life.

Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to do back when Mitch was in college. They rekindled their relationship and Morrie shared his insights again with Mitch, one final time.

I believe this book was so powerful, and so popular, because it hit home with so many people. We all seek wisdom as we make our way through this world. Morrie provided Mitch with something many of us never seem to get: a roadmap. And even if we get the rare opportunity to be guided by someone older and wiser, many times we don't accept the advice, or we dismiss it as "old fashioned" or irrelevant. The relationship that blossomed once again between Morrie and Mitch was beautifully portrayed in the pages of this book.

When he saw his old professor on Nightline,