Contemporary published November 18, 2014
The Story Plant
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off.
As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.
A story of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year, The Thursday Night Club will make you look at the holiday season in new ways.
If you are looking for a good inspirational Holiday read, look no further. This is a quick read, but there is no lacking for good content in this one. The story does just what it sets out to do and it's an emotional journey.
I'm not going to do a summary of the book because the synopsis does a wonderful job of that and the story it too short to add much without spoiling anything. This story is about what it truly means to have a generous heart and to do things with no expectation of anything in return. It also shows that one person can truly make a big difference in the world. These four friends make a huge difference in the lives of the people around them and make changes that will impact others for years to come and in doing so they are able to honor the friend that they lost.
This story is wonderful and while it's the perfect time of year for it, it should be something we all aspire to all year round. I loved it, as I do all of Steven's work. I love that it made me thing about what I could do to make a difference in someone else's life. I encourage everyone to pick this up and read it, it will only take an hour to read and it will be well worth it!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*