Study Guide

Tuesdays With Morrie Spirituality

By Mitch Albom

Spirituality

What happens when we die? Is there something out there greater than we are? Does a part of us last forever?

We don't really get a clear definition of spirituality in Tuesdays with Morrie. Although Morrie is a spiritual person, he doesn't have a specific religion; instead he takes ideas from different beliefs and adopts them to his own way of thinking. His focus throughout the book seems to be on learning how to live, rather than worrying about whatever the next step is. And to this end, he entertains various spiritual ideas instead of picking, say, one unified religion to follow. Because of course Morrie finds his own way through—it's kind of his thing.

Questions About Spirituality

  1. What is Morrie's definition of spirituality? Is it different from religion? Why or why not?
  2. Without saying so directly, how is Morrie a spiritual person?
  3. Does Morrie have any type of spiritual transformation from the beginning to the end of the story? Do his ideas evolve over time?

Chew on This

In his meetings with Mitch, Morrie chooses to focus on how to live life, rather than uncover what lies beyond it.

Morrie takes ideas from different religions himself. It's possible that he believes that spirituality is an individual matter, so he doesn't want to make up Mitch's mind for him.