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Author Mitch Albom’s New Novel Explores What It Means to Ask for Help

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The Stranger in the Lifeboat” asks many questions that individuals often ask God, and tries to make sense of how those prayers are or are not answered.

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Detroit Free Press columnist and author Mitch Albom has sold tens of millions of books since “Tuesdays with Morrie” was released in 1997. Now he has a new book that explores the question of what it means to ask for help.

People on Earth are always asking God, ‘why did you take my loved one?’ Maybe the better question is, ‘why did you give them to me?’” —Mitch Albom, author of the new book “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” 

In “The Stranger in the Lifeboat,” 10 survivors of an explosion are at sea, floating on a raft and hoping to be saved. Stranded, they come across a man in the water who claims to be the Lord. 


Listen: Albom explains what drove him to write about God.


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Mitch Albom is an author and Detroit Free Press columnist. His new #1 New York Times bestselling novel is “The Stranger in the Lifeboat.” He says he wrote the book after the death of his adopted child. Albom says he wanted his characters to ask larger questions people often direct toward divine-like figures. “People on Earth are always asking God, ‘why did you take my loved one?’ Maybe the better question is, ‘why did you give them to me?’”

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