Publishing Date: September 4, 2012
In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time. The inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
He returns to our world - now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began - and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old business man who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.
Mitch Albom is a master storyteller. I love reading his work and when I saw this was out, I couldn't wait to read it! I really didn't know too much about it, but knew it would be great. This book teaches readers so many lessons about the importance of living in the moment and not worrying about what time it is, or what will happen next. One of my favorite parts of the book is this quote:
"There is a reason God limits our days."
"To make each one precious."
I think this is a perfect summary of the book. I'm not a religious person, but I still think this quote is amazing. We need to remember that each day is a gift, and we aren't guaranteed tomorrow. We should concentrate on today and being with those we love. I highly recommend this book to everyone (: