Finding Chika by Mitch Albom

Finding Chika

" Mitch Albom has done it again with this moving memoir of love and loss. You can’t help but fall for Chika. A page-turner that will no doubt become a classic.” --Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club and The Art of Memoir From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie comes Mitch Albom’s most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orp...

Details Finding Chika

TitleFinding Chika
Release DateNov 5th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook, Adult, Inspirational, Biography Memoir, Parenting, Adoption, Christian, Medical

Reviews Finding Chika

  • Elyse Walters
    Don't even get me started on why I wasn't going to read this book -- but as I told my friend Ceecee -- I was a turd...a snob - a turd...I was wrong! I listend to the Audibook...(highly suggest the audiobook -Mitch does things that are not in the physical book) The mind can fight all it wants to -- be righteous -- be a snob -- but the heart doesn't lie!!!ANYONE who listens to this Audiobook and feels 'nothing' has a heart made of tin.I was wrong!!...
  • Julie
    Reading Road Trip 2020Current location: MichiganChildren are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.--Dr. John TrainerAh, children. They wake us, they make us, they break us.Some of us ruin our bodies, our marriages and our minds in the effort to have kids. Some of us aren't even the least bit inspired to have them.Others, like Mitch Albom, fall somewhere in between.Mr. Albom, a long-time Michigander and the ...
  • Cheri
    ”Hopelessness can be contagious. But hope can be, too, and there is no medicine to match it. Chika’s believing in us helped us believe in ourselves.” In the late 90s, a friend gave me a copy of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie,” and when I saw that he had another new memoir coming out, I knew I wanted to read this one, and put my name on the list at my library.The lessons he learned with Morrie, an old professor, are very different...
  • Linden
    Author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine run an orphanage in Haiti, and they received a call that one of their favorite children, 5 year old Chika, had something very wrong. The only MRI machine in Haiti identified a brain mass, so they brought Chika to Michigan to see if they could get treatment for her. She had a rare incurable brain tumor which attacks young children, but they tried everything, including extended stays in Germany for an experime...
  • Candie
    This is a heartbreaking and beautiful story about family and making sure to stop and enjoy life, because we sometimes forget how fragile and precious it really is. It really highlights the beauty and importance of all of those very simple everyday moments. How to value those moments and live in them. It can be hard sometimes, it's nice to be reminded how special they are. I really loved the writing style; it was soft, heartfelt and unadorned. Be ...
  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    There was a time when I thought Mitch Albom was losing his magic touch because it seemed like after reading Tuesdays with Morrie, every single book he released next seemed to pale in comparison until Finding Chika and I’m so glad I decided to pick this up.I doubt it's easy to write about your own philanthropy but then again Mr.Albom wasn't really writing about his good deeds. He was writing about Chika and I could only imagine the courage and s...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    I read this labor of love in one sitting and cried all the way through. Mitch Albom and his wife, Janine are incredibly special, and as lucky as Chika was to have them, this precious spitfire little girl gave this generous couple the beautiful gift of family. It is a must read....full review to come on Book Nation by Jen. I read this labor of love in one sitting and cried all the way through. Mitch Albom and his wife...
  • Ann-Marie
    If you read this book I recommend the audio book version, read by the author Mitch Albom. I guarantee you will experience every joy, every sorrow, every hope and every moment of faith right along with him. This is his account of how he and his wife came to bring a delightful Haitian orphan home to Michigan from an orphanage they help to run in Haiti to get treatment for a dangerous brain tumor. The little girl, Chika, taught them what it is like ...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    “What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” ~Mitch AlbomIn Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well-known author of Tuesdays With Morrie, shares his life-changing experience of caring for Chika, a young Haitian orphan. She was born a few days before the devastating 2010 earthquake into a poverty-stricken family. When her mother died after giving birth to her baby ...
  • Kim Fox
    So many feelings about this book. I knew after the first chapter that I would not be able to put it down. I finished it in just under six hours. The way @mitchalbom tells a story ,is what propelled me through this book. And this one will resonate with everyone! I don't like to write a synopsis in my reviews, so I will just say this... You will learn something about yourself when you read this book. It will touch your heart and yes, have tissues r...
  • Rich Paz
    Well done, Mr. Albom. I would have given this book 6 stars. This is the best book you've written so far and I love all your books. And this book really tells me who you are, sincere and authentic. I can't wait for your next book. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
  • Gina
    Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors so it's no surprise this little book got 5 stars.This is the story of Chika, a newborn when the horrific earthquake all but destroyed her native country of Haiti. Although she and her mother both survive, and without divulging spoilers, Chika does end up at an orphanage that Albom and his wife were running. It is there that they meet for the first time. A toddler and the people who would love her with all...
  • Sharon Huether
    Chika Jeune was born a few days before the earthquake in Haiti. After her mother died she is taken to an orphanage in Port au Prince.Mitch Albon and his wife Janie were caretakers at the orphanage. Chika made such a impression to the couple who had no children of their own. When it was discovered Chika had a physical problem; they took her back to Detroit Michigan to see a doctor there to find a cure for her condition. There was not a cure, but t...
  • Carrie
    Update: I listened to the audiobook from the library after reading this book. The audiobook is amazing with snippets of Chika's voice. If you are going to read this, I recommend the audiobook. Original Review:This sentimental story is important and should be read, but this is not one of my favorite books by Mitch Albom. This just seems to lack the magic that I feel when I read his other books. Books by Albom that I loved (5 Stars):The Five People...
  • Laurene
    A beautiful heartbreaking novel. Mitch Albom puts his whole heart on display for his readers to experience the relationship he and his wife had with their daughter, Chika. Thank you, Chika, your story needed to be told. "The most precious thing you can give someone is your time because you can never get it back. When you don't think about getting it back, you've given it in love." "One of the best things a child can do for an adult is to draw the...
  • ☮Karen
    4.5 starsOh boy, this is a sad one. Prior to borrowing it, I guess I didn't read the synopsis, because all I need to know is that if Mitch Albom wrote it, I want to read it. I didn't know he was telling the true story of when he and his wife brought a little Haitian girl back to America and into his Detroit home to pay for her medical bills for treatments she could not get at the orphanage in Haiti. An orphanage that he himself operates, followi...
  • Aura
    Why? Why do children die? The thought of children with terminal illnesses is unbearable to me. Mitch Albom has written a book that is somewhat comforting because he lived the nightmare of the death of a child and the blessing of her life and joy. While they are here, we must be present. We must love each other. We must not take our time for granted. I thought this book was about an adoption of a little girl from Haiti. It was but it is also about...
  • Marilyn
    I have read several of the books that were written by Mitch Albom but none of them touched me as deeply as Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven were my favorite books of his until I read this one. I actually listened to Finding Chika on audible. It was read by Mitch Albom. My respect and admiration for Mitch Albom, author and person, soared to even gre...
  • Lonni
    I listened to this book, which I highly recommend. Mitch reads it himself and there are clips of Chicka talking, singing or laughing throughout. I think it’s is beautifully written. His description of being a parent and what it can do for you and your spouse is great. Plus having had a child who had severe medical issues he nailed so much how we felt through all of that process. I love when authors articulate the feelings I have or have had so ...
  • Jill Jackman
    I was privileged enough to have been part of Chika’s love and life. Mitch, and his narrative allowed me to relive those years with both laughter and tears.❤️
  • Leah
    From the author that brought you Tuesday's with Morrie you will also enjoy this book Finding Chika. Has the same sentimental life values and life lessons that go along with both books. Finding Chika was interesting, sweet, and sad. It's about cherishing those that you love, valuing innocence, not giving up hope, and fighting.Mitch and his wife Janine created an orphanage center in Haiti after the tragic earthquake because so many children were le...
  • C.J. Pacheco
    A heartbreaking story that everyone should read, specially those who have, plan to or care for our precious little children. Chika was someone special to Albom and changed his life the same way they change our lives.
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    From the time I read "Tuesdays with Morrie" I have been a Mitch Albom fan. I was happy to see this memoir, his first since Tuesdays. In Finding Chika, Albom tells of his and his wife's relationship with a young girl, Chika Jeune, whom he met at the Have Faith Haiti Mission and Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, which Albom directs and visits regularly. Chika, born only days after the 2010 Haitian earthquake, was brought to the orphanage when she was th...
  • Ryan Hancox
    I do not review books often. It honestly makes me feel pretentious. But this book was awful for several reasons. To clear the air, the child featured in this piece is clearly brave and endearing. Her strength throughout a terminal diagnosis is truly noteworthy and the audiobook voice clips of her joy are truly heart warming/wrenching. But there are several reasons I hated this book. The author kept this poor girl alive for his own selfishness and...
  • Jim Puskas
    Readers familiar with Mitch Albom, especially those who have read For One More Day or The Five People You Meet in Heaven will be prepared for his particular brand of magical realism. If that puts you off, it's unfortunate, because in all other respects this is a very fine book, one of his best. This is of course a deeply emotional story — I defy anyone to read it with a dry eye to the end — but it's also tremendously insightful, as expressed ...
  • Cindy Eliza
    Mitch Albom never disappoints. I love this book so so so much. I think it is probably the best he has ever written. I had a tough time reading the ending few chapters as it reminded me so much of my late papa and what we went through together. This is a solid 5 stars from me.
  • Linda
    My heart is full as are my eyes.
  • Denise Chojnacki
    One of the other reviews said to have kleenex ready and she was right! It was a heartbreaking read but it was also filled with good feels and joy. The way this couple opened up their lives to hurting children, especially Chika, was amazingly beautiful. What I loved was the way Mitch Ablom wrote so candidly. He left his heart wide open on the pages for all to see and what a beautiful heart it is; one that is still hurting having been touched so de...
  • Alicia
    Heartwarming true story about the author and his wife caring for Chika, a Haitian orphan, when she had a brain tumor. Very touching, especially as I thought of my childhood with siblings adopted from Mexico. The audio book had touching audio clips of Chika talking.Listened on Overdrive.