The Stranger in the Lifeboat - Mitch Albom

The Stranger in the Lifeboat

By Mitch Albom

  • Release Date: 2021-11-02
  • Genre: Religious Fiction
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,454 Ratings)


#1 New York Times Bestseller

What would happen if we called on God for help and God actually appeared? In Mitch Albom’s profound new novel of hope and faith, a group of shipwrecked passengers pull a strange man from the sea. He claims to be “the Lord.” And he says he can only save them if they all believe in him.

Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, ten people struggle for survival at sea. Three days pass. Short on water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in.

“Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says.

“I am the Lord,” the man whispers.

So begins Mitch Albom’s most beguiling novel yet.

Albom has written of heaven in the celebrated number one bestsellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The First Phone Call from Heaven. Now, for the first time in his fiction, he ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God actually appeared before us?

In The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Albom keeps us guessing until the end: Is this strange man really who he claims to be? What actually happened to cause the explosion? Are the survivors in heaven, or are they in hell? The story is narrated by Benji, one of the passengers, who recounts the events in a notebook that is discovered—a year later—when the empty life raft washes up on the island of Montserrat. It falls to the island’s chief inspector, Jarty LeFleur, a man battling his own demons, to solve the mystery of what really happened. 

A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, The Stranger in the Lifeboat suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.


  • The Stranger in the Lifeboat-Excellent!

    By enj0yl!f3
    Thought provoking and wonderfully written, it’s a Christian message without the preaching. This is a great book that I definitely recommend.
  • Amazing

    By Y1000
    This is an amazing story of how you can regain your faith after all is lost. Could not put it down once I started it.
  • The Stranger in the Lifeboat

    By danieluniss53
    Most of it was pretty good. A lot of unanswered questions and some answers were very aloof. Happy Reading!
  • Life Changing

    By Lettuce leak
    As I lay here, just finishing the last page.. I am in tears. What a beautiful story about God’s Grace, how small we sometimes make Him, and how He continues to make big moves, despite how small we make Him. This story has changed me, healed what has probably not been hurt yet, and given me tools to move on. Thank you, Mitch. For a beautiful beautiful story.
  • 5 stars

    By elpaosi
    One of the best books I’ve ever read. Highly recommend.
  • Ok

    By Rubydoo264538
    Life of Pi was a much better version of this type of story.
  • Lots of surprises!

    By MJM1
    It’s a true joy to read! Thanks!
  • Faith and love

    By Tennisbum143
    My faith and family helped me through many trying times. The feelings stirred through reading this emotional story only strengthened my beliefs. The Lord is always with us as are those we have loved and lost
  • Great storytelling

    By Tae Sing
    Book is solid - no long dialogues. Story keeps moving at a very steady pace.
  • Loved it

    By corn maze 2018
    Excellent book