April 29, 2015

Five Years in Heaven – An Interview with Author John Schlimm

Five Years in Heaven – An Interview with Author John Schlimm

As I mentioned in my last post, I had the privilege of interviewing author John Schlimm about his new book Five Years in Heaven last week. The book hits the shelves on May 5th.

I received an advanced copy of the book for review purposes. I read it and I loved it. And today on episode 199 of The Catholic Foodie podcast I share with you my interview with John.

Also on the show… my friend Daniel “PodmanDan” Smrokowski, host of the Special Chronicles Podcast, leaves voice feedback about my book and falafel, and I share a special announcement with you…

Starting Monday (Star Wars Day – “May the 4th be with you!”) The Catholic Foodie will become a daily live radio show on Real Life Radio! Not only can you listen to it live (and call in!), but the show will also be released as a podcast daily!


To listen to the show, click the player below.


As I mentioned in my last post, Tuesday, May 5 is going to be an exciting day. In conjunction with the release of John Schlimm’s book Five Years in Heaven, Image Catholic Books designated May 5th as Thank a Nun Day.

Image Catholic Books is inviting social media users everywhere to join an unprecedented global movement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest called Thank A Nun Day.

Thank a Nun Day is an organized social media effort that invites participants of all ages from around the world to unite under the hashtag #ThankANun to share messages of gratitude to the Catholic nuns—past and present—who have made a difference in their lives.

Thank A Nun Day was inspired by the new spiritual memoir FIVE YEARS IN HEAVEN: THE UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP THAT ANSWERED LIFE’S GREATEST QUESTIONS (Image, May 5, 2015) by John Schlimm. In his book, John recounts the heartwarming story of his five-year friendship with a Catholic nun, Sister Augustine, who even into her nineties helped him discover the true meaning and purpose of his life.

“For as long as I live, Sister Augustine will be one of the most extraordinary people I’ll ever know,” John said. “For me, she was a light in the darkness. A mentor. A friend. I know many others feel the same way about the special nuns who have passed through their lives as well.”

Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #ThankANun in sharing written messages and photos all day May 5 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as a way to say “Thank You” to the Catholic Sisters who have dedicated their lives to serving, encouraging and inspiring others.

“It’s so exciting to join my neighbors across the U.S. and the globe in this effort to pay tribute to the thousands of nuns who have shared their wisdom, humor and grace with us,” John added. “Each one of them is a glimpse of Heaven right here on earth!”

The effort to celebrate the service and contribution of Catholic nuns is being jointly sponsored by Image, the Catholic division of Penguin Random House, and John Schlimm, author of Five Years in Heaven.

There are several ways to participate in Thank A Nun Day:

I can’t wait to read what you share on Thank a Nun Day! There are so many nuns that I want to thank… Nuns that have had such a powerful impact on my life… including Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta! So stay tuned – and get involved! – on May 5th!