The Thursday Night Club: A Tale of Christmas Spirit

The Thursday Night Club: A Tale of Christmas Spirit

by Steven Manchester

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ISBN-13: 9781936558766
Publisher: Fiction Studio Books
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 23,016
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months and The Rockin’ Chair and the novels Goodnight, Brian and Pressed Pennies. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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The Thursday Night Club: A Tale of Christmas Spirit 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
CMash More than 1 year ago
Five friends, in their senior year in college, meet every Thursday night, sitting on Izzy and Ava's porch playing cards, talking, teasing each other and making 25¢ bets. Then a fatal accident changes them forever. Jesse was always doing good deeds but never spoke of them. So to honor their friend, they make another 25¢ bet. By Christmas, each of the remaining four needs to complete the kindest deed in Jesse's memory. A touching story of friendship, love and the realization that altruistic acts will affect them as much, or more than the people they help. Heartwarming! A lesson for us all. Steve Manchester is the master at writing about emotions and feelings! I highly recommend this novella, not only at Christmas but year round!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great heartwarming story by Steven Manchester. Although someone has died,this story shows how his life lived on in the hearts and actions of his friends and how they continued his legacy helping others. It will give you ideas you can use....I now know what to do with my books,among other things. Another aspect that I like is Mr. Manchester writes how he came up with the ideas to put his thoughts to his books. He is such a great author that I will buy any book he writes. Guess by now you know......I highly recommend this book! cmj
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
Have you ever loved someone,admired them , but sort of took them for granted. Then when they unexpectedly pass away from life's grasp, you know you should have celebrated them every single day you knew them? It often happens that way and Steven Manchester wrote a story of five friends who experience a great of their little group. But it turns out this one individual had learned the true meaning of value and worth and had a giving heart. Manchester produced viable and lovable characters in this short story about giving of oneself. What these friends learned from the passing of their friend and determining what kind of life they would choose to "live" without him was heartwarming, and charming. Each of the remaining four friends paid tribute to their friend in seriously kind and generous deeds to their man. The story seemed realistic, flowed smoothly and took the college aged characters from the depths of despair to the heights of exhilaration. As I have found many of Manchester's stories to be, The Thursday Night Club is inspirational and a true blessing to read. May we all be fortunate to find our true purpose in life and give unto others as we would have done unto ourselves.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester Wanted to read this book as it's one I've yet to read by the author. All his other works I have totally enjoyed. Summary of the book makes me think I would join the club... 3 college boys and 2 girls and the guys have agreed to a bet, who is the funniest one there. Some of the pranks are great, took a lot of time and effort and some are tame-filling out job application for one of the other boys. When tragdy strikes they are reminscing with a professor and realize they have choices to commerate his life. At his death he won't be remembered for what he owned, but for what he contributed.. In honor of the boys good deeds the 4 remaining come up with another wager, whoever does the most good til christmas, wins the pot and it has to be done anonymously, as he had done with his charity work. Loved hearing of all the opportunities they are involved with-so many are ones I also have selected over the years. They still meet every Thursday to play cards and talk...the purpose. Other works by the author are summarized at the end. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Books2Mention1 More than 1 year ago
“The Thursday Night Club is an inspiring read that leaves a lasting touch on your heart.”   “The gifted author, Steven Manchester pens a poignant novella centered around five college friends, whose uniqueness makes each character interesting in this amazing story. It is a story that will draw readers down memory lane into their very own early adult experiences, whether it be college life or entering into the world of adulthood and becoming responsible for your life choices." “Izzy, Ava, Jessie, Randy, and Kevin are five senior college students who have a friendly ritual of meeting on Thursday’s, for a night of banter, food, drinks and much fun. On one particular night, Jessie recommends that the group of friends participate in a competition. The three guys agree to the rules and each places a quarter in the pot for the prize to be given to the winner.” “A tragedy strikes and takes the life of one of the friends. Leaving a void that prompts the remaining friends to embark on a journey to do an act of kindness individually, anonymously in the memory of their dear friend.” What begins as a way to pay homage to their friend leads each down a path that ultimately changes lives forever.” “Manchester once again uses his magic to craft a story that demonstrates the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. That the simple act of caring, sharing and giving to others will bring such a sense of fulfillment to those who choose to be a blessing to someone else.”  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a quick read and very touching story. You don't want to but it down.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A short novella that takes the reader on a great ride in just a few pages.  Five college friends are in their senior year and the boys decide that they will try to out prank each other.  In the middle of the game, a tragedy occurs and the friends must take the game in a new direction. Most books concentrate on one gender or another and if both genders are involved someone is in love - not so with this book, it was great to see a group of friends who were just friends and just enjoyed each other's company.  This book took me immediately back to my senior year of high school and that year where you are starting to change from a student to a full fledge adult and reminded me about the people that were there at that time.  
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful Christmas time read, and one that helps remind people that sometimes there are better gifts to give than something wrapped in a box.
AngRI More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book, like all of Manchester's work, has a beautiful message. Unfortunately, it was too brief for me to really find the connection with the characters that I usually enjoy. With that said, this short story combines not only the holiday spirit and gift of giving of ourselves but also a nice thread of comic relief. I really enjoyed this story and love the way it not only gives ideas for gifts that don't cost a thing but also how one person really can make an impact on those around us. It is a beautiful holiday tale. My Rating: Being a novella, the shortened time with the characters didn't allow for the connections that I am used to but there is still a fantastic message contained in the story. I give it a rating of Three Paws.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Steven Manchester is an author that every time I pick up one of his books I am sure that I will find a touching and loving story.  The Thursday Night Club is exactly that.   It is a great story of amazing friends that when faced with the loss of a friend steps up and make changes in their lives.   I cannot choose my favorite character as each was unique in their own way.    Each character had their own history and still manages to make it to college and succeed.  As each character makes their choices, or in most cases the choices chose them, on how to keep their friends spirit alive I could feel them come to terms with themselves and realize that there is more to life than having fun.   That by giving and helping others they can actually make themselves happier and make such a huge difference in stranger’s lives.    They even realized that, although it is a competition, being anonymous brings even more happiness to them.     Once again, Steven Manchester captured my attention and left me with a great feeling.  I will happily recommend this story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would Jesse do? Although there’s sadness, there’s also much beauty in this novella. I grew to love these friends and bagan to wish I were part of their Thursday night club. Then I realized I can be a part of the group, as you can also. You’ll figure out how as you are reading this story. Tissue Alert: You’d better have that box handy if you plan to make it to the end of this story. I’ve never read a book by Steven Manchester that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, but I think this story touched me the most. I would love to read more stories about this group of young people as they go out into life and struggle to continue what they’ve begun. Thank you so much, Mr. Manchester, for this heart warming and inspiring read. ***A special thank you to the author for providing a review copy.*** Submitted by sunny island breezes
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
When a terrible tragedy takes one member away from the Thursday Night Club, the remaining four college students are left asking why, even as they learn of the many kind deeds their friend always performed without fanfare. Through their grief, they begin to see who their friend was and how they could give meaning to their loss while honoring the generous spirit that has left this world. As part of the healing they make a bet, one quarter, winner take all in a contest to perform an act of kindness, of giving of themselves without spending a dime. What ensues is a coming of age and spirit of generosity that perhaps would have never become reality, as these students learn the value of love, giving and putting grief behind them while celebrating life. Once again, Steven Manchester puts into words the magic of giving, caring, sharing and love with The Thursday Night Club. Written with his usual from-the-heart style, this short read packs a solid punch to the soul, as a reminder that although the Christmas season is a time for giving, every day of the year is a good time to stay in practice.
LindaPynaker More than 1 year ago
Steven Manchester touches our hearts and souls with this delightful story about making a difference. His heartwarming characters will make you laugh and they may even make you cry. They will definitely inspire you to create change in someone’s life.
LifeSimplePleasures More than 1 year ago
This is the first novella of Steven’s that I’m reading. He really made a Keep It Short and Sweet story of it too, and one that takes place close to Christmastime, making it a perfect little read to be enjoyed with your loved ones. It centers around five very different friends from different walks of life who come together every Thursday to partake of joy, laughter, and a few games of cards over stories shared. But their faith and humanity are tested when the most giving of the lot has his life cut short and it’s up to the four remaining comrades to gather their strengths and their beliefs in their fallen friend to put their lives back in order. And it’s through a contest to honour their friend, that these four find themselves and which sets them on paths none of them had ever experienced or dreamt of being a part of. The goal: simply to do good. But not just good, to be the best amongst the four of them. And to do it anonymously. The prize: four quarters. But it’s what ensues that changes their lives forever. The Thursday Club is a story that can be read at any time of the year, rain or shine, night or day and it would still shine as bright. But having it set so close to Christmastime makes us sit back and cherish what we have, and what we can do with what we have been given in life. It makes us realise that miracles come in many shapes and sizes, and that we must never give up hope. And also to remember the impact that can come from a single good deed, if we’d just get up and try. A classic Steven Manchester tale, perfect to be shared or savoured, slowly. -written by Life's Simple Pleasures
Tristate More than 1 year ago
In The Thursday Night Club five college friends meet weekly for companionship and cards. Suddenly one member loses his life. The remaining four decide the best way to honor his life is to practice what he had –a generous spirit. They challenge each other to anonymously perform a kind deed without spending any money by Christmas. The kindest deed would win the pot - $1.  Each person pursues different routes to fulfill the challenge. Steven Manchester conveys some wise thoughts on the value of life through a moving story dealing with grief recovery. Some memorable examples are: when thinking of other people there is no time to dwell on your own troubles, people are remembered by what they gave, not by what they had, and everyone’s fighting some battle.  After reading this novella you may be asking yourself – what can I do to give back?
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Izzy and Ava host a weekly Thursday Night Club get-together with Jessie Cabral, Ava, Randy and Kevin.  They’re College Senior students who work hard at their studies and play just as hard, goofy friends who love nothing better than a good prank on each other, harmless fun that lightens their work load. Some have risen from poverty and are paying their tuition by the skin of their teeth but they don’t focus much on the hardship part of it all.  They are loyal to each other and beyond that focusing on meeting the directions of their various professors.  One professor in particular is a philosophy teacher who is highly demanding but how isn’t specified.  Jessie Cabral is probably the only remarkable student among them, preferring to be out on the streets doing something kind for someone in need but never flaunting it in anyone’s face.   We meet them one Thursday night when they bet $.75 each to see who can play the funniest prank, specifying that such a plan is not to cause harm or hurt anyone else’s feelings. The game is on and they all do a great job which the reader will be sure to chuckle at.  But the laughs are soon to end dramatically when a tragedy strikes one of their group.  It will change their lives forever and many, many other lives because of what follows! “Pay it forward” is a phrase that has been put into action over the last few years, but what this group agrees to do following the tragedy they are now living with will far exceed that temporary phase.  They will make another bet to see who can do the greatest good to another human being but they must remain anonymous.   What follows is inventive, spontaneous, and a true blessing to each recipient of the deeds these students initiate.  To tell all would be a spoiler unworthy of this Christmas gift given to us by Steven Manchester.  One little hint – would you donate part of your body to give life to another – while you are alive? The Thursday Night Read… is not only a perfect  holiday read but also one for every day of the year and years to follow.  A great read, may it inspire others to live a life with “purpose.” 
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Four college friends grieving over the loss of their friend. They decide to honor their friend's generous Christmas spirit through a contest. Each of the friends step out of their comfort zone by organizing book drive, setting up college scholarship, visiting shut ins, and campus neighborhood watch to fight crime. Can these friends continue to honor their friends memory? Your answers await you in The Thursday Night Club. What a wonderful story about the Spirit of Christmas that can last all year long. I was reminded of how the Spirit of Christmas isn't only for Christmas season. I love this story and characters. I will definitely continue reading this author's work in the future.