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

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

by John Schlimm


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553446609
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 523,997
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

Part 1

Chapter 1 In the Beginning 9

Chapter 2 Joys and Sorrows 24

Chapter 3 Patience 35

Part 2

Chapter 4 Forget-Me-Not 45

Chapter 5 Lost and Found 59

Chapter 6 Tiny Crosses 73

Part 3

Chapter 7 Joyful Mysteries 89

Chapter 8 God's Time 100

Chapter 9 Footsteps 115

Chapter 10 The First Noël 135

Part 4

Chapter 11 New Year's Resolutions 149

Chapter 12 Amazing Grace 160

Chapter 13 Holy Thursday 169

Part 5

Chapter 14 Our Lady of Love 183

Chapter 15 The Nativity Donkey 195

Chapter 16 The Book of Revelation 206

Part 6

Chapter 17 Food for Thought 219

Chapter 18 Illuminatus 228

Chapter 19 Talk of the Town 231

Chapter 20 The Gift 246

Part 7

Chapter 21 Borrowed Time 255

Chapter 22 Darkness 263

Chapter 23 Into the Light 266

Chapter 24 Reward 272

Acknowledgments 274

A Reader's Guide 277

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