Shop smart, stay safe: Our latest response to COVID-19.

Five Years in Heaven : The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life's Greatest Questions

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
Walmart # 560492688
$15.75$15.75
Free
2-day delivery
on $35+ orders

Arrives by Mon, Jun 8

Free pickup Mon, Jun 8

Ships to San Leandro, 1919 Davis St

Sold & shipped byWalmart
<p><b>What is heaven on earth? The answer lies in this true story of one young man's journey to find hope and purpose with the help of an unlikely teacher--a compassionate and wise old nun, whom the world had long-forgotten.</b> </p> <p></p>By the time Harvard-educated John Schlimm turned 31 years old, he had worked with some of the biggest superstars in Nashville and served under the most powerful people in the White House. But something was missing. His life had come to a standstill, lost in a whirl of questions about belonging, faith, rejection, and purpose. He soon decides to return to his small-town roots in search of a new beginning. <p></p>Returning home, John meets 87-year-old Sister Augustine, the beguiling self-taught artist-in-residence at the ceramic shop on the sprawling grounds of the local 150-year-old convent. John is instantly bowled over by Sister's quiet grace and vision. Before long, his weekly visits to Sister's shop become a master's class in the meaning of life, love, humility, and second chances. As she directed him on the road to self-discovery and salvation, John returned the favor by putting Sister Augustine on the front page of newspapers and showing his friend that her life still had one very important and unexpected final chapter yet to go. <p></p>In <i>Five Years in Heaven</i>, John shares the wisdom, humor, grace, and inspiration he experienced during his hundreds of visits with Sister Augustine. <i>Five Years in Heaven</i> reminds us that we can find love and joy in the most unlikely of places, and that the building blocks of peace and happiness are always within our reach. <p></p>

About This Item

We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it.

What is heaven on earth? The answer lies in this true story of one young man's journey to find hope and purpose with the help of an unlikely teacher--a compassionate and wise old nun, whom the world had long-forgotten.

By the time Harvard-educated John Schlimm turned 31 years old, he had worked with some of the biggest superstars in Nashville and served under the most powerful people in the White House. But something was missing. His life had come to a standstill, lost in a whirl of questions about belonging, faith, rejection, and purpose. He soon decides to return to his small-town roots in search of a new beginning.

Returning home, John meets 87-year-old Sister Augustine, the beguiling self-taught artist-in-residence at the ceramic shop on the sprawling grounds of the local 150-year-old convent. John is instantly bowled over by Sister's quiet grace and vision. Before long, his weekly visits to Sister's shop become a master's class in the meaning of life, love, humility, and second chances. As she directed him on the road to self-discovery and salvation, John returned the favor by putting Sister Augustine on the front page of newspapers and showing his friend that her life still had one very important and unexpected final chapter yet to go.

In Five Years in Heaven, John shares the wisdom, humor, grace, and inspiration he experienced during his hundreds of visits with Sister Augustine. Five Years in Heaven reminds us that we can find love and joy in the most unlikely of places, and that the building blocks of peace and happiness are always within our reach.

What is heaven on earth? The answer lies in this true story of one young man's journey to find hope and purpose with the help of an unlikely teacher--a compassionate and wise old nun, whom the world had long-forgotten.
 
By the time Harvard-educated John Schlimm turned 31 years old, he had worked with some of the biggest superstars in Nashville and served under the most powerful people in the White House. But something was missing. His life had come to a standstill, lost in a whirl of questions about belonging, faith, rejection, and purpose. He soon decides to return to his small-town roots in search of a new beginning.

Returning home, John meets 87-year-old Sister Augustine, the beguiling self-taught artist-in-residence at the ceramic shop on the sprawling grounds of the local 150-year-old convent. John is instantly bowled over by Sister's quiet grace and vision. Before long, his weekly visits to Sister's shop become a master's class in the meaning of life, love, humility, and second chances. As she directed him on the road to self-discovery and salvation, John returned the favor by putting Sister Augustine on the front page of newspapers and showing his friend that her life still had one very important and unexpected final chapter yet to go.

In Five Years in Heaven, John shares the wisdom, humor, grace, and inspiration he experienced during his hundreds of visits with Sister Augustine. Five Years in Heaven reminds us that we can find love and joy in the most unlikely of places, and that the building blocks of peace and happiness are always within our reach.

Specifications

Publisher
The Crown Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
John Schlimm
ISBN-13
9780553446609
Publication Date
May, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.01 x 5.23 x 0.62 Inches
ISBN-10
0553446606

Customer Reviews

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
5 stars
0
4 stars
1
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

John is in his thirtie...

John is in his thirties and at a crossroads in his life. A chance encounter with an elderly nun, who's also a ceramic artist, leads him to seek answers to questions about God, life, forgiveness and other important questions. He returns to the Sister's workshop over a period of five years and the two form a friendship and a bond of teacher and student. I had such high expectations for this book. I read the glowing reviews, as well as the critical reviews and decided to make my own conclusions. As a child, I was raised a Catholic and the idea of a nun as a mentor, life coach and teacher was appealing to me. Yet, I found Five Years in Heaven somewhat tedious - for me, it fell short of what it could have been. John Schlimm's writing is overly and unnecessarily elaborate. Much of his descriptive passages could have been greatly simplified. Sentences like, "I felt another weight lifted from my shoulders. A fresh, toothsome breeze through the screen door baptized the moment," sounded false and contrived to me. In fact, I felt that much of the flowery prose weighed the book down needlessly. It would have been so much better if the author had allowed the wisdom of Sister Augustine's words speak for themselves. She came across as a wise and loving tutor and someone I would love to have met. And, speaking of Sister Augustine's words, throughout the book I wondered how the heck the author was able to recall years-old conversations word for word. Was he taking notes? Did he rush home after each "session" to jot things down? If not, then my concern is this leaves too much room for unintentional story embellishment after the fact. Then there were the endless cat anecdotes. The passages describing the adorable antics of Blitzen the cat went on for far too many pages. This was more fluff than substance and didn't seem to serve any real purpose. Five Years in Heaven wasn't a *bad* book. It depicts religion (specifically Catholicism), and having an optimistic attitude in general, in a positive light and that's always a good thing. The book's subtitle, "The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life's Greatest Questions", seemed a bit of a stretch. However, I feel that the wisdom and positivity shared by Sister Augustine make it worth reading this book.


Customer Q&A

Get specific details about this product from customers who own it.

Ask a question

If you would like to share feedback with us about pricing, delivery or other customer service issues, please contact customer service directly.

Policies & Plans

Pricing policy

About our prices
We're committed to providing low prices every day, on everything. So if you find a current lower price from an online retailer on an identical, in-stock product, tell us and we'll match it. See more details atOnline Price Match.

webapp branch
Electrode, Comp-389271307, DC-prod-cdc03, ENV-prod-a, PROF-PROD, VER-35.3.0, SHA-07c8200f8bec4e34b57e6f3462dad589f86cab05, CID-0fd13502-9fa-1727fee7ac8f37, Generated: Thu, 04 Jun 2020 15:23:55 GMT