The Time Keeper

Posted: July 21, 2013 in 4 Stars, Fiction
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The Time Keeper – Mitch Albom


In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time. The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world–now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began–and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.


I really enjoyed this book.  It is a very easy and short read with only 224 pages.  I found it very inspiring.  Anyone who lets time rule their world should read this.  Some of it can be a little confusing because it starts off thousands of years ago in “Dor’s” time and later he’s in the present but he remembers or is told things of the past.  It is not distracting though.

The theme of the book is seems very simple but Mitch Albom turns it into something that every single one of us has molded our lives around.  The story has 3 different characters lives that intertwine with each other and each character learns something from the others, even “Dor” who is Father Time has a lesson to learn.

Can you imagine if there was no such thing as time, if there were no counting minutes, hours or days.  How would you live if you had no measurement or concept of time passing?

I would recommend this to any age.


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