24 January 2007

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

Fiction. Paperback from Time Warner Books. Published in 2003. 210 pages. Purchased at Waterstone's at Gatwick Airport, London, UK.

This book, by the author of Tuesdays with Morrie is my book club selection for this month. I read Tuesdays With Morrie a while back and don't really remember getting any profound insights out of it, so I did not expect any overly weighty revelations in the reading of this book. It's a very short book, and easy to read. I don't know that it necessarily taught me anything I did not know, but it is a good reminder that we can not always know the "why" of things.

As to Albom's presentation of heaven as a place where you meet up with people from your life and things get explained to you before you go on to your rest - who knows, really? It would greatly surprise me for it to be that way. But, it can be whatever God wants it to be and I'll be happy to be there.

Publisher's summary:
"All endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time...."

On his eighty-third birthday, Eddie, a lonely war veteran, dies in a tragic accident trying to save a little girl froma 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 or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

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