Book Notes 720 x 340 dark gold outline and medium blue pen _ Notes light blueWould you ever think a 31-year-old single guy would become great friends with an 87-year-old Benedictine Nun? Probably not - unless God was involved.

Thankfully for John Schlimm, God got very involved and guided John into the ceramic shop of a local Benedictine Monastery where he would meet Sr. Augustine - a simple "old nun" who would forever change his life.

Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life's Greatest Questions, is a beautiful memoir of how John Schlimm learned about the value of true friendship and trusting in God's timing - especially when you have no clue when or how He'll ever answer your prayers for direction. contributing writer Erika Marie had the chance to "HangOut" with author John Schlimm, and chat about him and his Five Years in Heaven. Check out their time together here:

As part of the release for Five Years in Heaven on Tuesday, May 5, John is inviting everyone to participate in #ThankANun on May 5. You can read more about it here. Be sure to take a few moments to thank God for all of our religious consecrated sisters, brothers, priests, and all those who work hard to serve the Church. Head on over to Erika's Simplemama blog on May 5 for a special giveaway!

Do you or have you ever had a "Sr. Augustine" in your life?

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