I loved this book. I can't imagine a better book for giving to someone who thinks that their life doesn't matter. It will definitely change you and make you realize that " to someone you may be the world".
No matter what your personal belief of the after life is, you can still digest some moral and philosophical lessons contained within this short and easy to read book. "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" points out the inter-connectedness of people. Allowing us to look back on our actions and hopefully understand the domino effect of these actions.
This is a quick, easy read. Absolutely engrossing, about an ordinary man with an average, mundane life. He finds out after he goes to heaven how meaningful his life really was, as well as finding answers to questions that have haunted him all of his life. Fantastic introspect into an everyday average life and those who intersect with our lives affecting us in some way, sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. Great novel about the journey of our body & soul.
Not much to do with heaven exactly but more to do with the five people that had an impact on his life and the way he impacted theirs. It makes you wonder what people will remember you for , after your gone.
Another great book by Mr. Albom. I read "Tuesday's with Morrie" and just loved it. He didn't disappoint in writing this book. A fiction story that makes you realize how important your life is and doing little things for people can make a difference. Great one day read! Enjoy!
Surprisingly, my elder son (college age) who claims not to believe in heaven or God and knows my personal emotional tug of war with my mother on "church", gave me this book. That shows to me that this book can touch people of all ages and beliefs. What happens when we die? Where do we go? These are questions we all wonder about some time in our lives. I think that most important of all is the question - "did my life make a difference?" This is the question that this book talks about through the fictional life of an ordinary man who never achieved "great" things or lived up to his idea of potential. This book tries to convey that a life does have meaning far beyond what one might expect or imagine. We are all stepping stones in life's pathway or keys to a lock in time and not always to people we'd expect to affect. So I've taken the message to be one of everyone does matter and we are instrumental in many of the least expected ways. The book is very easy to read and takes very little time. It is well-written - almost like a play in many ways. It has no religious leanings. But it is VERY philosophical in a very sweet way. Most people will shed tears when they read this if they are open to the message the author tries to convey. But they are happy tears.
This was my first book by this author, but it won't be my last. I started it on Sat afternoon and finished it Sunday. Very easy to read and whether you agree with the theory or not, it certainly did make me think and look at my life a little different.
In this book we follow Eddie, an ordinary man, as he reflects on the impact his life had on the lives of many others, lives intersecting unknowingly, with help from five people he meets in heaven after his death. Much like 'Tuesdays with Morrie,' this book is filled with sentiment and life lessons, although I thought 'Tuesdays with Morrie' was much better. 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' is a quick, light read, a guilty pleasure if you will. I enjoyed reading it even though it is highly overrated. I understand why Mitch Albom is so popular, nonetheless, and I'm sure his books will be around for a long time.
A truly wonderful book! It makes you think of how we are capable of influencing and changing the course of life for others. It also makes one evaluate their life and see that no matter what we do, we are capable of touching others.
An EXCELLENT book full of spirituality and truth. Made me cry and laugh and is quite profound. It's about a man who, upon dying, meets up with 5 people on his journey into heaven (hence the title). It is surprising who he meets and what they have to show and tell him. Very deep and a bestseller for good reason!
This book is amazing, and it will make you read it cover to cover. It is a profound story and incredibly thought-provoking. It follows the death of a man who thought he was nothing. It shows you that everyone, and everything, is intricately connected in some way or form. It will definitely make you think, and may even bring a tear or two to your eyes. Definitely worth reading.
A light and easy read. The story moves quickly and you cannot wait to find what happens next. I thought it was a nice light story at first, but found it very positive minded and thought provoking. A great book for everyone!
In true Mitch Albom form, this book challenged me to think about what can be learned about life while in the process of living. Poor Eddie, the main character in this book, didn't learn about life until after he died. So, this book is not really about the afterlife. The moral of the story is to alive and aware while living.
Interesting story about the intertwining of lives, and the fact that each fact or action impacts far reaching events, as a pebble sending out ripples in a pond. I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it for a quick read.
An exceptional read. This book takes you through the main character's life replaying the things he has done (good and bad). Well written and very heart warming. However, I would caution you to read "Tuesdays with Maurey" first to fully apreciate this book.
I read this book in less than two hours, but it will stay with me for the rest of my life. What a wonderful story! I can only hope that there is truly a Heaven such as the one Mitch Albom writes of. I truly want to believe...
This book was truly amazing, a fast read but one that will stay with me for a long time to come. Captivating and eye opening it gave me a new perspective on nearly everything I thought I knew about heaven and my own life.
This was an excellent read - I was a bit worried going into it that the book would be one of those saccharin-sweet stories that are all fluff and no substance, but boy was I off-base. After the first couple chapters, I sat down and made some guesses about how I'd expect the story to end, but I was wrong about all of that, too.
This is a pretty quick read, but I hesitate to call it "light" because the material is pretty moving and definitely has some bittersweet moments. I think the best way to enjoy the book is to give it a whole day - read the book in the morning, and go out and do something fun with friends and family in the afternoon.
A short little book that really made an impact! This book makes you realize that trivial parts of your day can truly be life-changing for someone else. It helps you see that we all make a difference in the world around us!
If you have not read this book..take a chance it is a wonderful book with a sweet ending that makes you wonder about your daily life and just maybe a littl insite to the heavenly rewards..enjoyed it very much.
This book was really good, thought provoking and insightful. It reminded me of "It's a Wonderful Life" looking back at the impact our lives have had on others. Good read...have shared the book with friends. :)
This is an insperational book. I thought the first chapter started a little slow but from there on out, the book picked up and got a lot more interesting. Overall a very nice read. I really enjoyed the ending, and would recommend to others.
By far my favorite book of all time! I read it over and over. I have read it so many times. Sometimes I don't read it for months then pick up where I left off. Great lessons about how everything happens for a reason and why people come into our lives. I read it when I am feeling down or mad at God. This book has helped me through many hard times. Everyone should read it!
I don't even know what to say about this book, other than I'm sure glad I finally got around to reading it. If you've ever thought, even for a second, that your life had no meaning or wondered why you didn't do things differently, this book will make you realize how much of an impact you have on everyone around you every day, good or bad, whether you know it at the time or not. Kudos to the author for such an original, thought-provoking story.
I really liked this book. It is a quick read, but well done story. It begins with the death of the main character on his 83rd birthday, and it seems sad because he has lived a life of regrets. As he encounters the five people and what they have to teach him, he learns that his life had meaning.
My definition of a great book: one that leaves you thinking about it long after you're finished reading it. This is one of those books. You may not agree with Albom's definition of heaven or even believe in a heaven, but you can't dispute that there are important lessons to be learned from life. This book gives the reader a chance to step back and look at the meaning of life and realize there are always repercussions to our actions. It's so easy to get lost in the minutae of day-to-day living that it's nice to have this chance to sit back and wonder what it's all about. The fact that there are no answers doesn't take away from the importance of pondering the question.
Mitch Albom does a great job with this book. It makes you really think about heaven and whether there really could be an afterlife after all. Terrific book!!! This was a great way of looking at what you can expect when you get to heaven. Loved it!
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Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. As the park has changed over the years--from the Loop-the-Loop to the Pipeline Plunge, so, too, has Eddie changed from the otimistic youth to embittered old age. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.
Then on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. With his final breath, he feels two small hands in his -- and then nothing. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones ot distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.
One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to is stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life. Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a flimpse of heaven itself.
What a story to make you think that Heaven could be like this - a glimpse anyway. Really makes you realize that you really do have an affect on many people's lives whether you know it or not. This was written really well and held my attention - a different story than I was expecting but in a good way.
Very good, thought provoking fiction. An original story about five people "Eddie" meets in heaven. They explain the reasons certain events happened in his life and how their role changed his path forever. It is a touching and inspirational story.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I read Tuesday's with Morrie and i had to take breaks from it because it was heart-wrenching. this one is no different. Albom has a way of telling such human stories. towards the end of the book I found myself having to put it down every few minutes to compose myself, tough to explain how one can get so emotionally involved in a book, but i think most people will really enjoy this book, but have some tissues on hand.
Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. As the park has changed over the years - so has Eddie changed, from optimistic youth to embittered old age. Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people wwho were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant stangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever. A sweet, entertaining and wise book. It certainly held my attention throughout.
Very quick and enjoyable read... I read it in one afternoon, and really enjoyed myself. It was amazing the lessons that the author can teach you. Along the same principles of his other books, Mitch Albom has a knack for teaching morals.
This book touched me and really gave me something to think about. It made me much more conscious of how my actions might influence people - even strangers. And made me think about how the people I see around me have influenced my behavior and my thinking without my previously being aware of it...
This has got to be one of my most favorite books of all time! If you read this book without shedding a single tear.. I commend you! It has also been made into a movie by Hallmark several years ago.. that is excellent, and follows the book very well!
This book is so well written. Not a religious book in nature.. in my opinion any person of any religion can read and identify with this book.
A MUST READ, AND A BOOK I KEEP ON MY SHELF NEXT TO ALL MY OTHER CLASSICS that I will NEVER trade or get rid of!
I read this book and literally bawled throughout the whole novel. The story gives you a tremendous amount of things to think about. I had a rough time finishing because of how emotional I got. But, despite it's profoundness, it wasn't entertaining.
If you have depression, run away from this book quickly!
Outstanding short novel about coming to terms with the actions that we have taken in our lives, and the author's description of what things will be like in Heaven where you will learn all about life and your place in God's plan
Easy read that makes you think about life. In fact, I find it is more a story about life than death - what impact we each have and how our story is more than just ours. I didn't find it to be as great as the hype, but a good read none the less.
Loved this book. Makes you think about who you might meet in Heaven, how a complete stranger can alter your life, and the impact you make on others lives without even being aware. Definitely gives you some food for thought after finishing the last page.
I reviewed this book, but I'm not sure it went through...I read it because my friends were reading it and no matter what questions I asked about it, they confusingly could not answer them. For me, after the first two chapters, I think I would have quit if I hadn't been wondering what my friends were talking about. Hang in there, it gets better. It is a very quick read, kind of a feel good story with some nightmares inserted (for me!!) Spiritual, meaning of life kinds of things that you will already have been thinking about as you age. Not my favorite book by all means, but not a waste of time either. Read it and you decide....
There are five people you meet following death. A few you may trust with your life (pardon the pun), others you may not even recognize. But they've all had an impact on your life and all hold a reason to your living.
At least according to Mitch Albom, anyway. He sure makes it sound convincing, I must say.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven follows the death (and life recap) of war veteran and amusement park mechanic Eddie, who sacrifices himself to save a little girl from a falling park ride. The plot beginning at his death allows Albom to experiment with religiously-tinged visions and experiences in the afterlife, which he does so subtly and eloquently. The unfolding of Eddie's life through the people he meets is captivating and revealing of the character, though not giving away so much as to leave little for the imagination. The grief behind his war wounds and losses adds a sturdy underlay to his transitions between people, providing a vulnerability not originally found in the gruff, miserable old man.
Every other chapter ends in the question of whether Eddie saved the little girl from the falling ride, usually leaving it unanswered until the final chapter, during which the fifth and final person he meets reveals the truth behind one of his many war conquests and the girl's demise. If the main body of the story seems to run a little slow, the powerful punch packed into the final chapter makes it worth the trip to the end.
Albom's descriptions of the park and accounts of the times following Eddie's death are bittersweet because of their realism and are that much more influential because of it. Albom will have each and every reader, no matter what belief or religion, wishing that their afterlife is as revealing, emotional and inspiring as Eddie's was.
Although this book is a totally unorthodox view of looking at heaven, it is very thought-provoking and, at times, convicting. I enjoyed it - his writing style if very engaging. The author jumps around between times and perspectives and gives a neat view of one man's life and the lives that touched his. Very encouraging overall!
A very inspiring book about the things you do in this life on earth and how they effect other people. I loved every word of this book and could not put it down. My husband read it in one day and it is now making its rounds with our friends. HIGHLY recommend you put this book on your list.
The magic to Mitch Albom's approach is that he touches upon something that we all think about - What happens after we die? No one has definitively been able to answer the question and what Albom has done is to take the comforting reply to that question (we go to heaven), and add A Christmas Carol story-twist to it. Heaven isn't necessarily filled with rolling hills and bon-bons. It's about making sense out of your life and bringing it to its natural closure. And in many ways, Albom's way of dealing with death is quite comforting for me. I've always had a fear about dying. At one time in my life, it was about the act of dying. Would I be in a lot of pain? Would I be by myself? Would I die of natural causes? Would something horrible happen to me? Then, it proceeded to this helpless feeling of never being able to be again. I couldn't imagine not being. Not touching. Feeling. Hugging. Kissing. Smelling. Death - before, during, and after - is scary. Albom's approach isn't totally unique but it is therapeutic. He has a way of making sense of it all.
This was a very captivating book. I listened to it on audio book, so I don't know how fast it is to read, but I know I couldn't wait to drive somewhere and listen to it some more.
It keeps you interested in hearing the story, and wanting to know how all of these people are connected to the main character. I loved how descriptive it was, and how you could almost feel "the rubbery body of youth" then the change to the "hardened, tough body of an old man" as the book progressed. I highly recommend this to anyone, it has interesting views on what happens after death and how life doesn't just end, not do you just get transported straight to Heaven, you have a job to do for someone who affected your life.
To put it bluntly, the main character, Eddie, dies and meets five people in heaven as the title suggests. He is a combat veteran and maintenance worker who dies from attempting to save a girl's life. He then goes through an insightful journey in his heaven as he meets the five people.
I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter what your favorite genre or walk of life. For how short this book is, it covers a pretty good range of stories and enlightenment. Acceptance and appreciation of life, the plot covered it full circle.
Five out of five.
This is a must read for anyone who ponders why crazy things happen in our lives. I have always believed that everything happens for a reason...often, however, we cannot see what the reason is. "The Five People you Meet in Heaven" poignantly reveals the interconnectedness of us all while revealing some of those hidden reasons for things that happen.
THe author presents a very interesting look at one man's life after he has died. It is well done how he incorporates people the man knew and didn't knew. It is an interesting take on how our actions impact others although unknown to us.
This was a neat idea to show how people are all connected in some little way, but the actual story was a little strange. Was a short book. I think I decided to read it because it was one of those books that everyone seems to have read. Overall, just wasn't anything spectacular.
This book, for me was just okay. I liked it, but I didn't get a good happy feeling when I read it. The ending was great and I LOVED it, but the rest of the book, was a little bit of a downer. This book was a quick and easy read. It took me about 4 hours to read the whole thing, and I am happy that I read it, but it isn't something that I will read over and over again.
A quick little read that will make you really appreciate who you are, and the fact that our" little" lives affect others for good and bad. I loved this book. I thought I might actually make it through without crying, I was wrong. Make sure you have some tissues and be ready to reflect on your own life. I have lent out my copy many, many times.
I really enjoyed this book and found it so easy to read. It made me think a lot about life and death and how things are connected. I have found myself referencing lessons I took away from the book when in conversations with friends. I highly recommend the book.
Such a huge hit. Such a disappointment. Loved "Tuesdays with Morrie", hated this. Fantastical vision of someplace no one has ever seen: heaven. Sappy, predictable, heart retching (not a typo), cheesy, dumb, wishful thinking, completely without merit. That about covers it.
This was a great book and a surprising book in fact I got it for several others because I felt it was so good. It made me feel that maybe that is the way life works in the here after and it gave a sense of peace of sorts. I could not stop once I started reading it.
I remember that this was a quick read for me. The book was a charming read, that taught a nice lesson about how all our lives are intertwined and how small sacrifices, that may not mean a lot to you, can mean the world to another person.
I expected so much more from this book from all the hype when it was released. It was enjoyable read if you read alot. If you aren't a big reader, then I would say this isn't a book that should be on your "bucket list."
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I just received this book and devoured it within a couple hours. A great tale of what people feel are generalities of life. You begin to realize that actions that may seem small to you may have large impacts on someone else. I have made my wife read it and will post soon for another to enjoy.
I love this book! I have a list - my top 10 favorites of all time - and i've read over 4,000 books. This book is number 4. I started at 8 am and was done before my 9:30 class started, but I was late because I was crying too much to go straight to class!
This book started out very promising. Creative premise. Unfortunatly the writer couldn't pick up the pace enough to keep the story from dragging. This is probably better-suited to a short-story format. Not a bad book all in all, but I don't feel it delivered what it promised.
Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie's world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie's birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures from his life (a la A Christmas Carol). Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie's own in ways he never suspected. Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to theirs.
This was one of my favorite surprise books. I opened the cover not expecting to like it, but it grabbed my heart from page one. Quick read, but leaves you thinking back to everyone you remember meeing in your life and the role they played. Highly recommended.
Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at an amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, which he discovers is a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. Was his life a heroic success or a devastating failure?
On his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever. One by one, Eddie's five people illiminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. Excellent book!
While I did not like "Tuesdays With Morrie" I loved "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." My problem with Tuesdays was that there wasn't much to the story other than the people talking, I like action. Five brought together the philosophy aspect with a storyline. A wonderful read.
Mitch Albom gives us an astonishingly original story that will change everything you've ever thought about the afterlife--and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those you loved "Tuesdays with Morrie", will treasure.
A quick read which was hard to put down (it kept me up late at night)!
One thing I thought was weird was that it contained no religious references. God is never mentioned even though the entire book is about living, dying, and going to Heaven, yes, in this book the people die and go to Heaven but don't get greeted by God. I found that odd.
I enjoyed the book and it made me cry also. One lesson I thought it taught was that we know now how our lives intersect or affect others.
This book was not at all what i was expecting it to be and i was pleasantly surprised by that. It's not preachy or really even overly "Christian." It's a good, enthralling book that is well-written and a quick read.
This is one of my favorite books of all times. Without delving into the spiritual aspects of heaven, it gives you insight in what the afterlife may hold. A beautiful story, it never gets sappy or judgmental, just unwinds and you never guess what the author has in mind. Mitch Albom can weave a great tale. The movie was close to the book, but I always prefer the book.
A disappointment, maybe it was all the hype I heard prior to reading it, but I didn't care for it at all. Or, because I read Tuesdays with Morrie, I was expecting more, I don't know but like the other person who reviewed it, I read it and forgot it.
Very interesting, quick-read book. From the author of Tuesdays with Morrie. Eddie is a simple man who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. Then on his 83rd birthday Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife where he learns that heaven is not a lush garden of eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by 5 people who were part of your life, but now are in Heaven.
Having lost a very special person in my life, it helped me to deal with a lot of emotions.
I expected so much more from this one, based on the hype of when it was released. I kept waiting for this book to get good. Never happened. I thought maybe the movie would be better somehow. For those who want to see the tv adaptation, it was dead on with the book. Boring.
This was a great, quick read. Very different from all the other books I have read and I kept trying to figure out where the author was going with it. Very sweet. Have shared it with my whole family and now want to share it with others!
Sweet story of a man who finds out his purpose once he makes it to heaven, quick read... maybe slightly overrated, but I would still recommend it. It is surprisingly similiar to the movie, unlike many other books made into movies.
My husband recieved his book from my mother for Christmas and We didn't see him for a few hours... he read and read till the book was completely finished... He says it was Awesome... I am looking forward to reading it next!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the first I have read by this famous author, substantially because it is a novel unlike any other I've read. In many ways, it reminds me of the Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, except it's not as dark and deep-- it's romantic, but the relationships that people have and their interconnection between heaven and earth are pretty similar. The title tells you the storyline of the book, but it doesn't tell you of the sweet romance that is the centerpiece of the story, or about the stronghold that families of orgins have on people. There is a trite passage about forgiveness, without any accompanying discussion about what this means, that prevented me from giving this five stars. Otherwise, a flawless novel and a softhearted, uplifting ending.
Eddie has worked at Ruby Pier, an amusement park near the ocean, for his entire life, right after being in the armed forces during the war. Eddie is the maintenance man who takes care of the rides and making sure that they stay safe. There is an accident on one of the rides and Eddie loses his life.
Eddie is transported to heaven and there is where we start his journey meeting the five people who will make this story what it is.
Some of the people Eddie meets in heaven make absolute sense to me, but there was one that didn't and that was the last one. It made sense to have that person be there, but I really thought that person should have been numbered differently.
This book makes you wonder if some day you will enter the gates of heaven and meet your five people and who they might wind up being. Just thinking about that makes the book worth reading.