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 teachera 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.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.23(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.62(d)|
About the Author
John Schlimm is a Harvard-trained educator, artist, and award-winning writer. He has traveled the country speaking about inspirational/motivational topics, cooking, entertaining, and public relations, including his "Embrace Compassion, Change the World" keynote address on Capitol Hill. He has appeared on such national media outlets as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, NPR, Martha Stewart Living's Everyday Food, The Splendid Table, QVC, and Fox & Friends. John also recently debuted his participatory art piece THE SMILE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (is yours) with installations in Canada and Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Finding Heaven on Earth vii
Prelude: On the Seventh Day 3
Chapter 1 In the Beginning 9
Chapter 2 Joys and Sorrows 24
Chapter 3 Patience 35
Chapter 4 Forget-Me-Not 45
Chapter 5 Lost and Found 59
Chapter 6 Tiny Crosses 73
Chapter 7 Joyful Mysteries 89
Chapter 8 God's Time 100
Chapter 9 Footsteps 115
Chapter 10 The First Noël 135
Chapter 11 New Year's Resolutions 149
Chapter 12 Amazing Grace 160
Chapter 13 Holy Thursday 169
Chapter 14 Our Lady of Love 183
Chapter 15 The Nativity Donkey 195
Chapter 16 The Book of Revelation 206
Chapter 17 Food for Thought 219
Chapter 18 Illuminatus 228
Chapter 19 Talk of the Town 231
Chapter 20 The Gift 246
Chapter 21 Borrowed Time 255
Chapter 22 Darkness 263
Chapter 23 Into the Light 266
Chapter 24 Reward 272
A Reader's Guide 277