I looked for this book because I had read The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays With Morrie. They were both really good books that seemed to hold something a little deeper in them than just another story. For One More Day is no exception. It brings forward thoughts that you never dared to entertain because they might be too painful.
Charley is a man that’s down on his luck in the worst way. He has driven away his family through alcohol abuse, and he lost his job. He basically has nothing in his life. Then, when he finds out that he’s not allowed to attend his daughter’ wedding, something in him snaps. He decides to end his own life.
He travels back to his hometown to do it. But he fails in his attempt. Somehow, he ends up back at his childhood home. And guess who is there? His mother. She opens the door and welcomes him home as if no time has passed. However, the reader learns that she died eight years before that. So what is going on? Charley gets a second chance to have an ordinary day with his mother. He learns quite a bit about her and the sacrifices she made. And she helps him in ways that no one else could.
I love the idea of this book because, if I had the chance, I would love to spend one more day with my little brother, Joshie. It would be amazing to hear his little laugh or to talk about his favorite things. I know that it’s basically a fantasy that would never happen, though. But it’s still interesting to think about.
This book shows you that it’s never too late to turn your life around. You may have lost almost everything, but there is always something to live for. It’s a good lesson for those who may be suffering in this life. If you get the chance, go ahead and read this book.