Wednesday, March 3, 2010

'The Five People you meet in Heaven' - A review

Hey everyone,

Hope you've had a great week thus far.

On Tuesday I visited my local used bookstore and found some great reads. Seriously people these places are like the library, only you pay a small fee for the books. Yet, the amount of great books I found there was amazing. I got three, one of which is entitled The Five People you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

The story is centered on the life of Edward a.k.a Eddie, an amusement park maintenance worker. His death at the park one day sends him on a journey to heaven where he is trying to understand his life on earth. To help him do that, he meets five people from his past, all of which have their own lessons to share with him. Eddie re-traces key moments in his life most of which occurred on his birthday and in or around the amusement park.

The story is a great testimony to the notion that every one of us has a purpose in life, even though it may not be spelled out or when we feel like we don't have one. It also reminded me that everything in live is connected or rather interconnected and what you do can affect someone else.

Honestly the book got me thinking a lot about heaven and whether I had five people there waiting to help me understand my life on earth. Its one of those thought provoking pieces that are usually categorized as spiritual in the bookstore. The difference with this book is that Ablom created a great story full of different twists and turns. I tried to predict how some of the scenarios would unfold but Albom was able to insert a lot of suspense in his stories and that worked throughout the book.

In some instances I could identify with Eddie. He lived a simple life but mostly it was out of consequence. The author really made you feel like Eddie didn't have a choice in the life he lived. He had to follow in his father's footstep because it was necessary at the time. Yet, Albom also incorporates the notion that everything he did served a particular purpose.

Off course there were lots of great quotes in this book however I can’t list all of them so here are my top favs:

"But all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it all the time." pg 1

"There are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind." pg 48

"Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to." pg 93

"All parents damage their children.......Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair." pg 104

"Which was worse when left unexplained: a life, or a death?" pg140

After reading this book i feel kinda philosophical now. Is that possible? Anyway this week i have to prepare for my club's next book discussion and then am going to get started on my next great find – Midwives by Chris Bohjalian.

See you guys soon.

Your partner in reading,


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