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‘The Next Person You Meet in Heaven’ by Mitch Albom

“Finally, my deepest thanks to my readers, who continue to surprise, inspire me, motivate me, and bless me. For now, heaven may be a prayer and a guess. But I know, thanks to you, I have experienced some of it already.”

With that acknowledgement comes a personal note of thanks to his fans (of which there are many) from Mitch Albom, the author of the beloved Tuesdays with Morrie. He has just published his first sequel to his other most famous book  The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Albom’s Uncle Eddie originally had an image of the afterlife which Albom has captured quite captivatingly in both books. This book continues with the story of Annie whom Eddie Maintenance saves in the first book. This is not meant to be a theological study on what to expect when we die–suspend disbelief (or belief) and just enjoy the bits of wisdom floating around in the narrative. As with all of his books, he has a journalist’s jaunty writing style which is easy to read, thoughtful, uplifting, and entertaining.

Of course not everyone is a fan, and when I was researching I came across this review which was just too funny to not include… Apologies to Mitch though, I really do love your books…

‘the first phone call from heaven’ by Mitch Albom

the first phone call from heavenstarstarstarMitch Albom is a master at exploring humanity and the meaning of life using a little page-turner. He seems to enjoy the topic of heaven, but in tackling the afterlife, he actually ends up saying way more about belief (and doubt, hope, and skepticism) here on earth. Coldwater, Michigan, normally a sleepy little town, has become a chaotic item in the news of the world because people are receiving phone calls from family members who have died. Miracles are a good thing right? But isn’t faith believing without proof? I enjoyed the ending, it was well crafted and satisfying. As a bonus, the book also includes some interesting history of Alexander Graham Bell and the creation of the telephone.

tuesdays with MorriestarstarstarstarstarThe memoir Tuesdays with Morrie, is still one of my all time favourite books. Album writes about how he faithfully visited an ill college professor every Tuesday when he was a young journalist. Although he went to comfort, he turned out being comforted. The book is an unsentimental simple tale about an old man, a young man, and some of life’s  greatest lessons. I always seems to be scribbling down quotes from Albom’s books. I’ve included some at the end of this post.

There are three more of his books which I have read over the years and can tell you about since I still remember them, and the others you can discover on Albom’s website (Mitch Albom Website).

the five people you meet in heavenstarstarstarThe Five People you Meet in Heaven is my second favourite, a stunning fiction which features an old war veteran who thought his life never amounted to anything much. How wrong he was. The five people in heaven tell stories that illuminate the good that he did, and comfort him by showing how meaningful and important his life really was.

for one more daystarstarstarFor One More Day is a beautiful novel of a mother and son. Wouldn’t it be great to spend just one more day with someone who we have loved and lost? Albom puts a lot of himself even into his fiction, and this one is largely based on his mother’s story. Several incidents in the book are real ones from his childhood.

have a little faithstarstarstarHave a Little Faith is a true story about an older suburban rabbi and a young inter-city pastor. Moving between worlds that are far apart, Albom highlights things like doubt and forgiveness, and how to carry on when things in life get difficult. Albom shares a view of disparate worlds while underscoring the importance of faith in hard times.

“Sometimes what you miss the most is the way a loved one made you feel about yourself.” –Mitch Albom, the first phone call from heaven

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” –Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.” –Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

“You should be convinced of the authenticity of what you have, but you must also be humble enough to say that we don’t know everything. And since we don’t know everything, we must accept that another person may believe something else.” –Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith