Book Review – The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom.

So I read this book in 2 days (it’s not very long) and I was blown away by it. It’s also the only book I’ve read with strong religious themes. I’m not religious at all but I couldn’t be bothered to care because this book was much deeper than that. And the religious themes weren’t in your face or trying to convert you. It was all about wasting time and wanting more time and not having enough time and wanting time to go faster instead of just living in the moment and enjoying life in the now instead of worrying about a past you can’t change and a future you can’t predict. It really captures how we as a society have come to treat time and how we want to be free but are ruled by time.

It has 3 main characters: Dor who is trapped in time and has become “father time”; Sarah, a young high school girl, who doesn’t want any more time; and Victor who is sick and dying and wants more time. It follows their journey in learning to accept what they have and to learn to never lose hope.

Damn, that sounds like everything I normally hate with those stupid “inspirational” posts that pop up every so often on Facebook, but I can and will recommend this book to people. Some I know won’t like it, others will love it. It’s definitely one of those books, but it was also one with a great message. Love what you have, have hope for the future, and don’t forget to live in the present.

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