Books That Inspire 2006

Tuesdays With Morrie
Mitch Albom

This is a deeply moving account of the true story of Morrie Schwartz’ role as Mitch Albom’s teacher in coping with illness and death while exploring the meaning of life. After being reconnected with his former college professor, Mitch rediscovers their friendship through weekly visits to Morrie’s bedside. Morrie taught Mitch during his college years from 1976-1979. Mitch, now a writer for the Detroit Free Press and a regular on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters,” chronicles their Tuesday visits where Morrie shares his wisdom and insights about love, happiness, courage, fear and many other of life’s complexities. In 1994, Morrie was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a brutal, incurable illness of the neurological system. After fourteen visits to Morrie’s last classroom, Mitch tells the story of “an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson.” I was inspired by the passion and beauty of this book. As a college coach, it gave me many lessons to teach to my student-athletes. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Mark Williams
Head Men’s Gymnastics Coach