title: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
author: Mitch Albom/ Twitter
published: Hachette Books (April 7, 2003)
first line: This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun.
rated: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.
Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.
One by one, Eddie’s five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.
In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you’ve ever thought about the afterlife–and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved Tuesdays with Morrie, will treasure.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of my daughter’s favorite books. After she read it in school she raved to me about it and insisted that I read it too. I read this one quickly and now I can also add it to my list of favorite books as well.
As I read I enjoyed Mitch Albom’s style of writing, I was instantly immersed in Eddie’s story. It is an interesting concept of the author’s that each of us meets five people in heaven that will teach us a life lesson to help us better understand. The main idea here is that all of our lives are intertwined and we all affect each other whether we realize it or not.
The book begins with Eddie dying. He felt as though he never really accomplished much in his life working as a carnival ride maintenance man, this weighs heavily on him. He had a poor relationship with his father and this affected his life and the path he chose to take. Eddie’s wife Marguerite was the love of his life and the one person who kept him going. I really can’t go into too much detail without giving too much away, but there were such sweet scenes between these two. Another scene that got to me was from when Eddie was in the army with his Captain. I’ll leave it at that.
Although at times this book gets borderline preachy, as Eddie learns a lesson from each of the five people he meets, like forgiveness and sacrifice, overall this was a moving story that I very much enjoyed. This one was a tear jerker and I recommend it.
“Life has to end,” she said. “Love doesn’t.”
p.173, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
about the author:
Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned author, screenwriter, playwright, nationally syndicated columnist, broadcaster and musician. He is the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers–including Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time–and his books have collectively sold more than thirty-five million copies in forty-five languages. Four of his books have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies. He has founded eight charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan. Learn more at www.mitchalbom.com and http://www.mitchalbomcharities.orgsour
Disclaimer: I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my copy of The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.