Five Years in Heaven {Book Review VIDEO}


Book Review, Books, faith / Monday, May 4th, 2015

Hey it’s been a little while since I’ve blogged – I’ve been busy reading up a storm and watching a few good movies . We also celebrated our son’s First Communion last weekend so it’s been a lot of fun around here lately!

After applying for a few different book review requests, the water gates opened and I’ve been flooded with books to review and I’m soaking it all up. So be prepared for a flood of book reviews in the next few weeks.

Today, I’ll start with Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life’s Greatest Questions by John Schlimm.

As part of my review, I got to literally “HangOut” with John Schlimm and chat about him and Sr. Augustine and hear more about his experience with her. It was so fun getting to meet him “in person” and we had a great conversation. Watch our time together here and learn more about him and Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life’s Greatest Questions.

Would you ever think a 31-year-old single guy would become great friends with an 87-year-old Benedictine Nun? Probably not – unless God was involved.

Thankfully for John Schlimm, God got very involved and guided John into the ceramic shop of a local Benedictine Monastery where he would meet Sr. Augustine – a simple “old nun” who would forever change his life.

For as long as I live, Sister Augustine will be one of the most extraordinary people I’ll ever know,” John said. “For me, she was a light in the darkness. A mentor. A friend. I know many others feel the same way about the special nuns who have passed through their lives as well.

John and Sr. Augustine in her Ceramic Shop

Five Years in Heaven is a beautiful memoir of how John Schlimm learned about the value of true friendship and trusting in God’s timing – especially when you have no clue when or how He’ll ever answer your prayers for direction. My favorite part about this book is that it showed a positive experience with a Nun and the Catholic Church instead of the usual negative extremes we often hear flayed around in the news.


As part of the release for Five Years in Heaven on Tuesday, May 5, John is inviting everyone to participate in #ThankANunDay May 5. See below for more info and I’ll come back tomorrow with my own ThankANun day post reminiscing about the cool “nuns” in my life and another little surprise to go along so stick around!

On May 5, we’re inviting social media users everywhere to join an unprecedented global movement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest called Thank A Nun Day.

Thank A Nun Day was inspired by the new spiritual memoir Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life’s Greatest Questions
by John Schlimm. In his book, John recounts the heartwarming story of his five-year friendship with a Catholic nun, Sister Augustine, who even into her nineties helped him discover the true meaning and purpose of his life.

Here are several ways to participate in Thank A Nun Day:
  • Join our Thunderclap: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/25019-thank-a-nun-day?locale=en
  • Visit our landing page:ImageCatholicBooks/ThankANun
  • Download the COLOR A NUN pages for kids to share–links to download the pages are at the bottom of this post
  • Start sharing now! Follow @ImageCatholic and @JohnSchlimm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest, and start sharing your pictures and stories about Catholic nuns who have inspired you!
  • Be sure to use the hashtag #ThankANun

 

(When you purchase Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life’s Greatest Questions through any of the affiliate links in this post, our family receives a cute wittle Amazon Gift Card, thank you!)

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