Book Review: The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester

Title: The Thursday Night Club

Author: Steven Manchester

Publisher: The Story Plant

Released: November 18, 2014
About the Book:

Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must by anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off.

As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it if very clear there will be no losers.

A story of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year, The Thursday Night Club will make you look at the holiday season in new ways.

In keeping with his style Steven Manchester did not disappoint with The Thursday Night Club.  For me personally I felt the touch of the Christmas spirit more poignant in this book then any other novel. 5 friends, touched by tragedy are encouraged by a professor to not dwell on the tragedy, but rather celebrate the life that was lived.

I often find myself dwelling on my grandma’s passing, and how I wish I had more time to really spend with her. I think I took for granted the last few years of her life. After reading The Thursday Night Club I have tried to look more at how I’m living my life to honor her life. She was a hard worker. She loved many many. She held her ground when it came to issues important to her. Most of all, my grandma loved to give. She was a talented quilter, and often especially around Christmas she would take a bag of quilts to nursing homes.

Steven Manchester is a talented writer that delves into the depths of the soul with each book he writes. I cannot walk away from reading one of his books, and not want to change the way I look at things. In The Thursday Night Club, one of the conditions was that they could not spend money. AS the friends completed each of their acts of kindness, I realized just how easy and big an impact one can make without needing to be rich themselves.

Rating: 5 Stars. I Loved it!!
Content: Clean
Source: Review copy from Author
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  1. I thought this was an excellent review that really makes me want to read the book now. Your review was comprehensive and not just a rehash of the summary posted on Goodreads. I really appreciate this kind of review.

    • Sharon, I’m so glad you enjoyed my review! Books really touch lives in different ways for different people – so sharing the connection made I feel is important when reviewing.