Since I already review my latest reads, I thought why not participate in Semi Colon’s Saturday Review of Books. This review will follow my usual policy and format if you’d like to check out more of my reviews click here.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Quotes from Five People You Meet in Heaven
“All endings are also beginnings. … We just don’t know it at the time.”
“Heaven can be found in the most unlikely corners.”
“Life has to end. Love doesn’t.”
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but an answer.
In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”
A very few self-help books actually move past my filtering at the bookstore but Five People did. I was so intrigued and compelled by the title that I picked it up and read it the same day and well – here I am giving away all the stars. Mitch Albom is the only self-help author that I haven’t prejudiced against and this book is the sole reason why.
The story is about an old man who works at an amusement park and losses his life on his birthday. The story takes the protagonist to heaven and later he learns about life and discovers so much more that he never did while he was alive. His questions are answered and qualms are eased by people he meets in the heaven, all of whom he knew at some point in his life. So many memories, so much of love, so much of quoting and well a bit of everything good had me all teared up and sobbing by the end.
This book is beautiful, the story is like no other and Albom tells it naturally making you live through each part and smile and sob along.
The book is for everyone, kids, and adults and would interest readers of all genre. Have you read Five People you Meet in Heaven? If yes, let me know your comments on the book. There’s also a movie but I haven’t watched it yet, will do it soon after Eid.
Buy Five People You Meet in Heaven!