Review: The Thursday Night Club

Title: The Thursday Night Club: A Tale of Christmas Spirit
Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Published: November 18, 2014
Genre: Fiction
Source: Author

Goodreads Summary:
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 be 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 is very clear there will be no losers.

My Thoughts:
I know that the title suggests that this is a Christmas book, but it's really a book that you could read any time of the year. Because the message of the book transcends beyond Christmas. It's a story about hope, generosity, and serving others who are in need. 

The story is about a group of college friends. They meet every Thursday night to play cards and talk about life. It had been a tradition of their's for years. However after one of their friends is tragically killed, the group decides they need to do something to honor their friend's memory. So they make a wager to see who can pull off the kindest deed. They have until Christmas night to complete their task.

Anyone that has ever lost anyone tragically knows the emotions that follow. Especially when someone who is so young dies. Often the question of "Why?" is asked. It's the same for the characters in this book. They feel lost after their friend dies, but instead of wallowing in self pity, they decide to do something about it. This is a heart-warming story that will have you examining your own heart. 

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