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What would happen if we called on God for help and God actually appeared? In Mitch Albom’s profound new novel of hope and faith, a group of shipwrecked passengers pull a strange man from the sea. He claims to be “the Lord.” And he says he can only save them if they all believe in him.
Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, ten people struggle for survival at sea. Three days pass. Short on water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in.
“Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says.
“I am the Lord,” the man whispers.
So begins Mitch Albom’s most beguiling and inspiring novel yet.
Albom has written of heaven in the celebrated number one bestsellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The First Phone Call from Heaven. Now, for the first time in his fiction, he ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God actually appeared before us? What might the Lord look, sound and act like?
In The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Albom keeps us guessing until the end: Is this strange and quiet man really who he claims to be? What actually happened to cause the explosion? Are the survivors already in heaven, or are they in hell?
The story is narrated by Benji, one of the passengers, who recounts the events in a notebook that is later discovered—a year later—when the empty life raft washes up on the island of Montserrat.
It falls to the island’s chief inspector, Jarty LeFleur, a man battling his own demons, to solve the mystery of what really happened.
A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, The Stranger in the Lifeboat suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This intense, soul-searching novel from beloved author Mitch Albom explores what it might be like if God responded to your prayers in person. Rich jerk Jason Lambert’s luxury yacht has gone down in the North Atlantic, leaving just a handful of survivors adrift on a life raft, including Jason and his deckhand Benji, who diligently documents the experience in his journal. Then the group finds a man inexplicably floating in the sea—who claims to be the Lord himself. Albom expertly jumps between three timelines—before, during, and after the watery saga—and uses smart, naturalistic dialogue to explore big questions of faith and morality. His no-nonsense narration pairs just right with the story’s fascinating mix of suspenseful pacing and thought-provoking spiritual concepts. If you’re intrigued by the idea of a story that’s part Hitchcockian thriller, part inspirational parable, don’t pass up The Stranger in the Lifeboat.
The stranger in the raft
An interesting story that leaves you with a good feeling. Very clear narration
Flat Earth God Returns to Make Us Yawn
A flat and overly didactic novel that essentially goes nowhere. The least creative version of a monotheistic God returning to earth.