Book review: The five people you meet in heaven

Title: The five people you meet in heaven

Author: Mitch Albom

Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks

This book is about the 5 people Eddie, the lead character, met when he died. These 5 people were in some way connected with his life on earth, and each had a lesson for him. For example one of the lessons Eddie learnt was forgiveness – to forgive his father who was harsh towards him. Since a boy, Eddie longed for his father’s affection. But he hardly received it. In fact their relationship later got so strained that they eventually did not speak to each other. Through some supernatural vision, Eddie saw certain events that took place without his knowing, and Eddie learnt he needed to forgive his father to move on. As we flipped the pages, there were also flashbacks on Eddie’s life. In a way the 5 people were also filing the gaps for Eddie’s memories, and explaining to Eddie his life on earth, eg Eddie finally understood his leg was sacrificed in exchange for saving his life.

I find this book interesting because it takes the end of a life to begin the story, a reminder that death is not the end but a fresh start in heaven. I think the main point the author wants to convey though this book is that all of us are interconnected, and what we do will affect someone now or in the future. For example, in the story many people were able to have happy childhood memories of the amusement park because Eddie was diligent in maintaining the machines, ensuring their safety. So we ought to be careful of what we say or do, because it will affect someone, somewhere.

PS: I got this book from a book swap activity. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.


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