By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Bestselling author Mitch Albom made an appearance at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill to talk about his new novel, The Stranger in the Lifeboat. He went before the crowd and gave a brief synopsis of his new novel, claiming that help, and how we ask for help is what sparked the idea for this novel.
“How often do we ask for help? All the time if you really think about it,” said Albom. “It occurs to me that we often ask for help as if we’re ordering a sandwich from a deli; we expect it to look the way we want it, taste the way we want it and arrive in about five minutes and if it doesn’t come when we want it we’re disappointed, we feel like our prayers aren’t being answered, but I don’t believe God operates like a deli waiter.”
Albom also referenced Tuesdays with Morrie; specifically, his visits and how Professor Morrie Schwartz had no complaints about preparing to die even when things got worse for his physical body due to ALS. Albom also shared that he wrote that memoir only to help his former Professor with his medical bills that he acquired.
“I got this idea that maybe I could help him, and the only thing I knew how to do was write so I went around publishers in New York and every publisher said no,” Albom said. “I would’ve given up if it were just for me but since it wasn’t for me; we push harder for things when they’re not for ourselves.”
Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, his 2019 memoir, was also mentioned by Albom. He made a slide show full of videos and pictures of Chika the little girl who became a part of the Albom family and died at age seven.
“When Chika left us, I was convinced my prayers were turned down; the help I asked for did not come in the form that I wanted it, but time passes and in its own way it heals,” Albom said. “Chika’s very arrival in our lives even with a brain tumor in our eyes was the answer to an earlier prayer, one that my wife and I made when we got married is that we’d have children, and we would know the joy of a family.”
Once Albom concluded his presentation, he took a couple of questions from the audience and quickly moved to the common area where he signed books and greeted people who support his new novel.
Editor’s Note: Isaiah Showell just finished a successful run of the play, Tuesdays with Morrie, based on the Mitch Albom best seller at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake in Philadelphia. Isaiah played the role of Mitch Albom.
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