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Five Years in Heaven

Five Years in Heaven

The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life's Greatest Questions

by John Schlimm

"This is an inspiring memoir of the miracle of friendship. We can all learn much from this book's simple and profound wisdom."- Deepak Chopra, New York Times Best Selling Author of "The Path to Love"

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

John Schlimm shares the wisdom, humor, grace, and inspiration he experienced during his hundreds of visits with Sister Augustine.

Lasting Impression: How an 87-Year-Old Nun Changed a Life

Lasting Impression: How an 87-Year-Old Nun Changed a Life

"Our unlikely friendship taught me that you are never too old or too young to be both a teacher and a student."

Praise for Five Years in Heaven

Praise for Five Years in Heaven

"What can an 87-year-old Benedictine sister teach a world-weary 31-year-old self-described 'lost and disoriented' man? More than he could have imagined." ~ James Martin, SJ, New York Times Best Selling Author of "A Jesuit's Guide to Almost Everything"

Read an Excerpt From Five Years in Heaven

Read an Excerpt From Five Years in Heaven

"I felt an instant connection with the old woman. As if we had always known each other. I would soon learn that’s one of the beauties of true friendship: the feeling of always."

#ThankaNunDay

#ThankaNunDay

May 5 is a day to show appreciation to Catholic Sisters who have dedicated their lives to serving, encouraging, and inspiring others. Learn how you can participate.

The Wit and Wisdom of Sister Augustine

The Wit and Wisdom of Sister Augustine

"God sees all, so we don't have to be the ones to judge."

John Schlimm: Teacher, Artist, Author, and Chef

John Schlimm: Teacher, Artist, Author, and Chef

John Schlimm is a Harvard-trained educator, activist, artist, businessman, and award-winning author of sixteen books on cooking/entertaining, activism, history, how-to, and fiction. Stay connected with him here.

A Q&A with John Schlimm

A Q&A with John Schlimm

Pete Socks

"Ultimately, Sister Augustine gave me a glimpse of Heaven right here on earth, and it was way too good to keep all to myself!" John Schlimm talks with Catholic blogger Pete Socks for the Catholic Blogger Bookshelf.

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The Power of Forgiveness

The Power of Forgiveness

Pete Socks

What you read in this book are the life lessons provided by 87-year-old Sister Augustine to 31-year-old John. They are wise and time-tested, and one particularly struck me: her words about forgiveness.

Love Lessons from a Nun

Love Lessons from a Nun

Kathy Schiffer

Five Years in Heaven is a testimony to God’s love, which manifests itself in the love and the friendship that we share with others on our path.

Holy Friendship

Holy Friendship

Lisa Mladinich

This memoir is valuable, not just for the lessons that John Schlimm learned during his visits to Sister Augustine’s studio, but in the way the story illuminates the mutual give and take of a holy friendship.

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By Author and Artist John Schlimm

John Schlimm on Five Years in Heaven: A Patheos Q&A

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