thursday night club book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Five college friends get together each Thursday evening to play cards, chat, and relax in the middle of their busy schedules as students. One evening they come up with a silly bet where the winner receives the prize of a handful of quarters. When one of them is struck by a car and killed, their worlds are rocked and they just don’t know how to move forward. As they are coming to terms with it all, they come up with the idea of honoring their friend’s life by betting a handful of quarters on who can do the best anonymous deed before Christmas. They decide to come back at Christmas and share their deeds and vote to see who wins.

Throughout the course of this short story, we are reminded that the best part of any act of kindness is not the reward or the thanks you receive after the fact, but the genuine joy and satisfaction you feel in knowing you’ve helped someone who couldn’t help themselves. A couple of the young students discover they wanted to do some acts of service and not even share with the group at all. They didn’t want the glory. They just wanted to do it because it was the right thing to do.

In the beginning of The Thursday Night Club, it was really hard to keep track of five major characters so rapidly shoved at us. However, the more the book went on, the less it became about the characters and more about what they were doing. There were aspects of the story that seemed a little odd in how they played out compared to real life, but the point of the story is to do what we can do to serve others. Step out of our comfort zones to see how we can honor someone else while finding joy in service, and then encourage others to pay it forward.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Steven Manchester. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.