Author : Mitch Albom
ISBN : 9781401308582
Publisher : Hyperion
Genre : Non-fiction
Pages : 196
Source : Self
Rating : 5 stars
Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie” is one of my all time favorite books and as expected “The Five People you meet in heaven” was another soul stirring experience.
Albom has created his own idea of heaven where there are no gods but your own people, people who had mattered in your life and played an important part to turn up your life the way it turned out to be.
Eddie, an old widowed Maintenance in charge of an amusement park, dies while saving a girl. In heaven, he meets 5 people. Some of them are family, others are strangers. But there is one thing common amongst all- They have either played an important role in his life or they know a story which Eddie was unaware of when he was alive but the information holds an extreme importance for him.
The beginning of the book is a tragic one. It begins with the horrifying death of Eddie, and the death, or end is only the beginning to his afterlife and the entry to heaven. The book has extremely new perspectives on life and gives you knowledge of how to live life to the fullest. The quotes in the book are amazing.
“Holding anger is a poison…It eats you from inside…We think that by hating someone we hurt them…But hatred is a curved blade…and the harm we do to others…we also do to ourselves…”
Along with the story, they also have a lesson and explanation for major and minor incidents in life and the role they played in shaping up his entire life story.
A beautiful quote from the book:
“Lost love is still love, Eddie. It just takes a different form, that’s all. You can’t hold their hand… You can’t tousle their hair… But when those senses weaken another one comes to life… Memory… Memory becomes your partner. You hold it… you dance with it… Life has to end, Eddie… Love doesn’t.”
The five people you meet in heaven is a well-written book. It has a handful of good quotes, and is overall an inspiring and personal take on one’s idea of the moment between death and the afterlife. I rather enjoyed it. Mitch Albom has a gift of words.
A short and must read!