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'Time Keeper,' inspiring book

By Khrystyna Halatyma
Executive In-Depth Editor|
Mitch Albom takes on a task many religions and beliefs strive to understand, “Why are our days limited?” Where religions and sciences fail or become too complicated to understand, Albom succeeds.
This is a novel about the first man on who counted time. He kept track of the moon, night and day. He is the man who became Father Time. Many believe he is a fable or a product of an overactive imagination; this is not true.
In Mitch Albom’s most recent novel Father Time is punished by God and put into a cave, forced to listen to listen to millions of cries asking, begging for more of his innocent hobby– time. Finally, when Father Times soul is shattered from grief, God grants him a chance.
To go to modern day society and find one person who wants to end their life and one who wants to live forever, and teach them the meaning of time.
“Everything man does today to be efficient, to fill the hour? It does not satisfy. It only makes him hungry to do more. Man wants to own his existence. But no one owns time. When you are measuring life, you are not living it.” -Mitch Albom
Albom is known for his inspirational novels, teaching life lessons and this one is no different. Short chapters and easy to grasp concepts make for an easy read, I finished it in one evening. With the last sentence of his last chapter Albom reveals why it is that mans days are limited, and it’s best answer I have ever heard.
I walked away feeling inspired, as always with Albom’s novels. Along with the focus of time, Albom also slides in a few lessons about love, mortality and interconnectedness. Highly recommended to anyone who loves reading– and if you don’t, maybe this will change that.

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