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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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by Mitch Albom

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From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it's an answer.

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside


From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it's an answer.

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

Editorial Reviews

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Albom has a gift for tapping into readers' sincerely sentimental spots, and he will undoubtedly connect again here.
Boston Globe
Albom has the ability to make you cry in spite of yourself.
Los Angeles Times
There's much wisdom here . . . An earnest meditation on the intrinsic value of human life.
Janet Maslin
Sincere. . . . A book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers.
New York Times
People Magazine
Fans of Tuesdays with Morrie will be delighted with this novel.
Publishers Weekly
"At the time of his death, Eddie was an old man with a barrel chest and a torso as squat as a soup can," writes Albom, author of the bestselling phenomenon Tuesdays with Morrie, in a brief first novel that is going to make a huge impact on many hearts and minds. Wearing a work shirt with a patch on the chest that reads "Eddie" over "Maintenance," limping around with a cane thanks to an old war injury, Eddie was the kind of guy everybody, including Eddie himself, tended to write off as one of life's minor characters, a gruff bit of background color. He spent most of his life maintaining the rides at Ruby Pier, a seaside amusement park, greasing tracks and tightening bolts and listening for strange sounds, "keeping them safe." The children who visited the pier were drawn to Eddie "like cold hands to a fire." Yet Eddie believed that he lived a "nothing" life-gone nowhere he "wasn't shipped to with a rifle," doing work that "required no more brains than washing a dish." On his 83rd birthday, however, Eddie dies trying to save a little girl. He wakes up in heaven, where a succession of five people are waiting to show him the true meaning and value of his life. One by one, these mostly unexpected characters remind him that we all live in a vast web of interconnection with other lives; that all our stories overlap; that acts of sacrifice seemingly small or fruitless do affect others; and that loyalty and love matter to a degree we can never fathom. Simply told, sentimental and profoundly true, this is a contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership. Bringing into the spotlight the anonymous Eddies of the world, the men and women who get lost in our cultural obsession with fame and fortune, this slim tale, like Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, reminds us of what really matters here on earth, of what our lives are given to us for. Backed by a $500,000 marketing campaign that includes a 30-city author tour, and boosted by the good will that millions will feel when they see Albom's name on the cover, this wonderful title should grace national fiction bestseller lists for a long time. Simultaneous Hyperion Audiobook, BOMC main selection. (One-day laydown Sept. 23) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Sports columnist, radio talk-show host, and author of Tuesdays with Morrie, Albom has written a parable quite different from his best-selling memoir about his old professor but with the potential to follow it as a favorite of the book club circuit. At an oceanside amusement part, 83-year-old maintenance mechanic Eddie is killed while trying to save a little girl. Instead of floating through the cliched tunnel-and-light territory, Eddie meets five people whose lives intersected with his during his time on Earth. The novel comes down firmly on the side of those who feel that life matters, that what we do as individuals matters, and that in the end there will be a quiz. The touchy-feely phobic need not be afraid: this is not judgmental ax-grinding; nor does it favor any religion. Before you finish reading, you can't help thinking about your own life-Albom's whole point, of course. Morrie fans will want to read this first novel, and readers daring to examine their own lives may enjoy as well. For all public libraries.-Mary K. Bird-Guilliams, Wichita P.L., KS Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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To the reader:
Eddie is an elderly war veteran, a widower who has worked his whole life at Ruby Pier, an old seaside amusement park. His job as the head of maintenance -- the same job his father once held - is to keep the rides safe. Although Eddie, a strong, quiet, barrel-chested guy, is beloved by the kids who come summer after summer, he sees his life as a string of meaningless days. He has done nothing significant, he feels, and has no hope of ever changing that.

On his 83rd birthday, a hot summer afternoon, Eddie is killed in the first accident to occur in all his time at the pier. A cart comes loose from its cable and Eddie dies trying to save a little girl before she is crushed. The following excerpt from "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" picks up after his last moments on earth, when everything goes white, then black.

The Journey




The sky was a misty pumpkin shade, then a deep turquoise, then a bright lime. Eddie was floating, and his arms were still extended.


The tower cart was falling. He remembered that. The little girl -- Amy? Annie? -- she was crying. He remembered that. He remembered lunging. He remembered hitting the platform. He felt her two small hands in his.

Then what?

Did I save her?

Eddie could only picture it in a distance, as if it happened years ago. Stranger still, he could not feel any emotions that went with it. He could only feel calm, like a child in the cradle of its mother's arms.


The sky around him changed again, to grapefruit yellow, then a forest green, then a pink which Eddie momentarily associated with, of all things, cotton candy.

Did I save her?

Did she live?


…is my worry?

Where is my pain??

That was what was missing. Every hurt he'd ever suffered, every ache he'd ever endured -- it was all as gone as an expired breath. He could not feel agony. He could not feel sadness. His consciousness felt smoky, wisp-like, incapable of anything but calm. Below him now, the colors changed again. Something was swirling. Water. An ocean. He was floating over a vast yellow sea. Now it turned melon. Now it was sapphire. Now he began to drop, hurtling towards the surface. It was faster than anything he'd ever imagined, yet there wasn't as much as a breeze on his face, and he felt no fear. He saw the sands of a golden shore.

Then he was under water.

Then everything was silent.

Where is my worry?

Where is my pain?

The Arrival

Eddie awoke in a teacup.

It was a part of some old amusement park ride -- a large teacup, made of dark polished wood, with a cushioned seat and a steel hinged door. Eddie's arms and legs dangled over the edges. The sky continued to change colors, from a shoe leather brown to a deep scarlet.

His instinct was to reach for his cane. He had kept it by his bed the last few years, because there were mornings when he no longer had the strength to get up without it. This embarrassed Eddie, who used to punch men in the shoulders when he greeted them.

But now there was no cane, so Eddie exhaled and tried to pull himself up. Surprisingly, his back did not hurt. His leg did not throb. He yanked harder and hoisted himself easily over the edge of the teacup, landing awkwardly on the ground, where he was struck by three quick things.

First, he felt wonderful.

Second, he was all alone.

Third, he was still on Ruby Pier.

But it was a different Ruby Pier now. There were canvas tents and large grassy sections and so few obstructions you could see the mossy breakwater out in the ocean. The colors of the attractions were firehouse reds and creamy whites - no teals or maroons --and each ride had its own wooden ticket booth. The teacup he had awoken in was part of an old attraction called Spin-O-Rama. The sign was plywood, as were other low-slung signs, hinged on storefronts that lined the promenade:

El Tiempo Cigars! Now, That's A Smoke!
Chowder, 10 cents!
Ride The Whipper -- The Sensation of the Age!

Eddie blinked hard. This was the Ruby Pier of his childhood, some 75 years ago, only everything was new, freshly scrubbed. Over there was the Loop The Loop ride -- which had been torn down decades ago -- and over there the bathhouses and the saltwater swimming pools which had been razed in the 1950's. Over there, jutting into the sky, was the original Ferris wheel -- in its pristine white paint -- and beyond that the streets of his old neighborhood and the rooftops of the crowded brick tenements, with laundry lines hanging from the windows.

Eddie tried to yell, but his voice was raspy air. He mouthed a "Hey!" but nothing came from his throat.

He grabbed at his arms and legs. Aside from his lack of voice, he felt incredible, as pain-free as a first grader. He walked in a circle, then a backwards circle. He jumped. No pain. In the last ten years, he had forgotten what it was like to walk without wincing, or to sit without struggling to find comfort for his lower back. On the outside, he looked the same as it had that morning: a squat, barrel-chested old man in a cap and shorts and a brown maintenance jersey. But he was limber.

So limber, in fact, he could touch behind his ankles, and raise a leg to his belly. He explored his body like an infant, fascinated by the new mechanics, a rubber man doing a rubber man stretch.

Then he ran.

He ran down the heart of the old midway, where the weight guessers, fortune tellers and dancing gypsies had once worked. He lowered his chin and held his arms out like a glider and every few steps he would jump, the way children do, hoping running will turn to flying. It might have seemed ridiculous to anyone watching, this stout old man in a brown maintenance jersey, all alone, making like an airplane. But the running boy is inside every man, no matter how old he gets.


And then Eddie stopped running. He heard something. A voice, tinny, as if coming through a megaphone.

"How about him, ladies and gentlemen? Have you ever seen such a horrible sight?..."

Eddie was standing by an empty ticket kiosk in front of large theater. The sign above read

"The World's Most Curious Citizens.''
Ruby Pier's Sideshow!
Holy Smoke! They're Fat! They're Skinny!
See The Wild Man!

The sideshow. The freak house. The ballyhoo hall. Eddie recalled them shutting this down at least 50 years ago, about the time television became popular and people didn't need sideshows to tickle their imagination.

"Look well upon this savage, born into a most peculiar handicap…"

Eddie peered into the entrance. He had encountered some odd people here. There was Jolly Jane, who weighed over 500 pounds and needed two men to push her up the stairs. There were conjoined twin sisters, who shared a spine and played musical instruments. There were men who swallowed swords, women with beards, and a pair of Indian brothers whose skin went rubbery from being stretched and soaked in oils, so it hung in bunches from their limbs.

Eddie felt sorry for the sideshow cast. They were forced to sit in booths or on stages, sometimes behind bars, as patrons walked past them, leering and pointing. A barker would ballyhoo the oddity, and it was a barker's voice that Eddie heard now.

"Only a terrible twist of fate could leave a man in such a pitiful condition! From the farthest corner of the world, we have brought him for your examination…"

Eddie entered the darkened hall. The voice grew louder.

"This tragic soul has endured a perversion of nature…"

It was coming from the other side of a stage.

"Only here, at the World's Most Curious Citizens, can you draw this near…"

Eddie stepped up to the curtain.

"Feast your eyes upon the most unus--"

The barker's voice vanished. And Eddie stepped back in disbelief.

There, sitting in a chair, alone on the stage, was a middle-aged man with narrow stooped shoulders, naked from the waist up. His belly sagged over his belt. His hair was closely-cropped. His lips were thin and his face was long and drawn. Eddie would have long since forgotten him, were it not for one distinctive feature.

His skin was blue.

"Hello, Edward," he said. "I have been waiting for you."



"Don't be afraid…" the Blue Man said, rising slowly from his chair, "don't be afraid…"

His voice was soothing, but Eddie could only stare. He had barely known this man. Why was he seeing him now? He was like one of those faces that pops into your dreams and the next morning you say, 'You'll never guess who I dreamed about last night."

"Your body feels like a child's, right?"

Eddie nodded.

"You were a child when you knew me, that's why. You start with the same feelings you had."

Start what? Eddie thought.

The Blue Man lifted his chin. His skin was a grotesque shade, a graying blueberry. His fingers were wrinkled. He walked outside. Eddie followed. The pier was empty. The beach was empty. Was the entire planet empty?

"Tell me something," the Blue Man said. He pointed to a two-humped wooden roller coaster in the distance. The Whipper. It was built in the 1920's, before under-friction wheels, meaning the cars couldn't turn very quickly -- unless you wanted them launching off the track. "The Whipper. Is it still the fastest ride?"

Eddie looked at the old, clanking thing, which had been torn down years ago. He shook his head no.

"Ah," the Blue Man said. "I imagined as much. Things don't change here. And there's none of that peering down from the clouds, I'm afraid."

Here? Eddie thought.

The Blue Man smiled as if he'd heard the question. He touched Eddie's shoulder and Eddie felt a surge of warmth unlike anything he had ever felt before. His thoughts came spilling out like sentences.

How did I die?

"An accident," the Blue Man said.

How long have I been dead?

"A minute. An hour. A thousand years."

Where am I?

The Blue Man pursed his lips then repeated the question thoughtfully. "Where are you?"

He turned and raised his arms. All at once, the rides at Ruby Pier cranked to life: the Ferris Wheel spun, the Dodgem cars smacked into each other, the Whipper clacked uphill, and the Parisian Carousel horses bobbed on their brass poles to the cheery music of the Wurlizter Organ. The ocean was in front of them. The sky was the color of lemons.

"Where do you think?" the Blue Man asked. "Heaven."


No! Eddie shook his head violently. NO! The Blue Man seemed amused.

"No? It can't be heaven?" he said. "Why? Because this is where you grew up?"

Eddie mouthed the word, "Yes."

"Ah." The Blue Man nodded. "Well. People often belittle the places they were born. But heaven can be found in the most unlikely corners. And heaven itself has many steps. This, for me, is the second. And for you, the first."

He led Eddie through the park, passing cigar shops and sausage stands and the "flat joints," where suckers lost their nickels and dimes.

Heaven? Eddie thought. Ridiculous. He had spent most of his adult life trying to get away from Ruby Pier. It was an amusement park, that's all, a place to scream and get wet and trade your dollars for kewpie dolls. The thought that this was some kind of blessed resting place was beyond his imagination.

He tried again to speak, and this time heard a small grunt from his chest. The Blue Man turned.

"Your voice will come. We all go through the same thing. You cannot talk when you first arrive."

He smiled. "It helps you listen."


"There are five people you meet in heaven," the Blue Man suddenly said. "Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth."

Eddie looked confused.

"People think of heaven as a paradise garden, a place where they can float on clouds and laze in rivers and mountains. But scenery without solace is meaningless.

"This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what happened in your life. To have it explained. It is the peace you have been searching for."

Eddie coughed, trying to bring up his voice. He was tired of being silent.

"I am your first person, Edward. When I died, my life was illuminated by five others, and then I came here to wait for you, to stand in your line, to tell you my story, which becomes part of yours. There will be others for you, too. Some you knew, maybe some you didn't. But they all crossed your path before they died. And they altered it forever."

Eddie pushed a sound up from his chest, as hard as he could.

"What…" he finally croaked.

His voice seemed to be breaking through a shell, like a baby chick.


The Blue Man waited patiently.


The Blue Man looked a bit surprised. He smiled at Eddie.

"You did," he said.

Meet the Author

Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written seven books, including the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant number-one New York Times bestseller that has since sold more than six million copies worldwide. Both books were made into acclaimed TV films. Mitch also works as a columnist and a broadcaster, and serves on numerous charitable boards. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

Brief Biography

Franklin, Michigan
Date of Birth:
May 23, 1958
Place of Birth:
Passaic, New Jersey
B.A., Brandeis University, 1979; M.J., Columbia University, 1981; M.B.A., Columbia University, 1982

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Taylor_Murphy More than 1 year ago
The "Five People You Meet in Heaven," by Mitch Albom, conveys a riveting story about a maintenance man, Eddie, who works at an amusement park known as Ruby Pier. Eddie feels trapped in a meaningless life filled with loneliness, sadness, and regret. Years go by, and, as the park changes, he does too. However, on his 83rd birthday he dies trying to save a little girl from an amusement ride malfunction, thus changing his mundane life forever. He finds himself in heaven, but it is not as he expected it to be. Eddie discovers that it is a place where your earthly life is explained to you through five people in heaven. Each of these five people was either a loved one or a distant stranger interconnected with Eddie, who at some point changed his life forever. One by one, Eddie's five people put his life into perspective and show him that his life was not as meaningless as he thought. Eddie finally realizes the importance of interconnection, sacrifice, forgiveness, love, and life. As the story unfolds, the book flashes back to Eddie's birthdays, giving the story purpose and readers a deep connection with Eddie and his past. As each person passes, Eddie desperately searches for the answer to his last action of redemption on earth: Did he save the little girl? I would recommend this book to anyone who is searching for a quick read with a meaningful and inspirational message about the significance of life. Once you open the book, you will have difficulty putting it down. You will find yourself wondering what is going to happen next. If you like this book, you will enjoy "Tuesdays with Morrie," also by Mitch Albom.
rachel_a More than 1 year ago
Some people may not believe in heaven, but in The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Eddie experiences a journey thourgh heaven. Mitch Albom's fiction novel is intersting and page turning; the suspense is agonzing. This novel teachers readers that the littlest things can affect a person's life. After Eddie worked at Ruby Pier for a majority of his life, Eddie never would have thought that he would die at the place where he mostly lived. After Eddie died trying to save a little girl's life, he goes to heaven and has an unusual experience; Eddie meets five people that have affected him or vise versa. Each person takes him to a different place that is a part of his past. This book is a very original book that is not like any other book out there. It teaches valuable lessons such as everything happens for a reason and everyone makes some kind of sacrifice in their life. In The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Eddie learns important lessons and meets very important people. This book wuold probably interest adults due to its mature nature; children younger than 13 may not fully understand the messages. This book is very memorable and lovely. The Five People You Meet In Heaven gives readers a new persective on life and the people in it.
lexi_wagner More than 1 year ago
The only reason I even considered reading this book is because my friend said her older sister had to read it and she really liked it. I was at the bookstore one day and decided I would give it a try. I got home and read the first page. I then shut the book and set it on my bookshelf. It sat there and collected dust for about a year until I decided to start it agian. After I started it the second time, i couldn't set it down. I read the whole thing in about a week, just in class at school. I realized that this book had really given me a different outlook on life. That every decision I make has an impact on someone else's life, just as other people's decisions impact mine. I highly recommend this book to anyone, and everyone. It is very well written, and made me think in a totally new way.
Millersville_U_Queen11 More than 1 year ago
I had never tried any of Albom's books before. But my teacher suggested I read them a few months ago for the anniversary of my freedom from my pscyologist, so I read this. This book moved me in more ways than I could have imagined. I did not think it would be good by just looking at it at first, and I normally do not like short books, but this is more than what I could have asked for. This book was inspiring, motivating, happy, heart - wreaching, and all over amazaing. If I had to, I would re-read this book for the rest of my life. And of course I am very picky with my books, but this changed how I read books. I'm expanding from just Jodi Picoult, Ellen Hopkins, Lisi Harrison, and Libba Bray, Albom is now in the mix as well. I reccomend this to anyone who needs their spirits lifted or is going through a terrible rut.
bczwr2 More than 1 year ago
This is my very first book from Mitch Albom. It is very sweet and full of lessons. From his writing style, you can't say that he just sits down and writes all about it. Mr. Albom knows how to touch a human heart like an angel, so I if you have money, you better buy this book now.
Jessi-21 More than 1 year ago
This was such a delightful book to read. Inspired by his uncle, Mitch Albom tells the story of a man leading an obscure life who died suddenly and tragically while trying to save a child. However, before he can pass on to eternity, Eddie was required to meet five people in heaven who would explain his purpose for living. With each encounter, Eddie learned as to why and how these unlikely people played a part in his life on earth. In the final encounter, Eddie was faced with the very thing that had been haunting him ever since he became a soldier during WWII. If heaven is anything like what Albom depicts then we can just imagine who we would meet. The book's message is that no matter how insignificant one's life may seem, there's a purpose and reason for it. Our life is not just one story but part of a great storyline that can never be fully told until we have completed our existence here on earth. One of my favorite line is "no life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone." How true that is. Yes life can be mundane, trying and just plain awful sometime, but if we could remind ourselves that there are others who share the same sentiment, perhaps we can be encouraged to keep going until the end
PhattyJiggles More than 1 year ago
This book explains great life lessons. Such as how everyone is connected. I really enjoyed reading it. I read it in school and everyone in my class was truly listening. It is emotional and many times has you sitting on the edge of your seats. I recommend this book to anyone but especially women. It is about love and death, and just reflecting back on life. It has very interesting concepts. This author is an amazing writer and can write in such detail that you think you are really there. It is beatutifully written, and after finishing the book I went home and bought it on my nook and reread it. Reading it a second time opened my eyes up again to different parts I had not payed attention to the first time. It is a way to look at heavan through different eyes. It also is the authors opinion of what first happens when you get to heaven. His concept really blew my mind. Also it is a movie, so you can read the book and then watch it.
TalaAM More than 1 year ago
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of the deepest books I have ever read. It left me with a feeling of importance that a normal book cannot convey. It is easy to say that a speech left you with a desire to help others, or that your mother helped you feel better after someone brought you down, but a book? There are only a few, and this is one of them. Mitch Alboom's novel is an inspiring story that talks about what happens to an 83-year-old man after his death. The novel starts with old "Eddie Maintenance", as the children call him, in the last moments of his life. This connection with children and innocence his nickname conveys makes the reader connect with Eddie and enables the chance for him or her to take in the moral of the story through this connection. After the death of Eddie, the book leads the reader through a mixture of the present (heaven) and the Eddie's past. You soon discover that Eddie will meet five people in that stage of heaven, and are instantly hooked by an unknown Blue Man who is Eddie's first guide. The Blue Man teaches Eddie that everyone is connected, for a ball that Eddie dropped as a small boy had lead to the Blue Man's death. At the same time as this is happening, the author gives us flashbacks from Eddie's past that relate to the Blue Man's point of view in the story. The book goes on and leads us to four different people, all the time allowing us to connect the pieces of Eddie's life together to make everything about his journey through heaven reasonable. You start noticing how important life on Earth is and how valuable one day, or one person, can become in your life. The story gives every individual a special importance, and that is one of the things that Eddie learns afterwards. Therefore, as a reader who can still make changes in your life, you get to analyze your actions and start to enjoy every minute of it. It makes you want to appreciate everyone in your surroundings, for you might not have another chance, just like Eddie didn't get the opportunity to talk to his father again. There are hidden reasons why people act some ways. Eddie didn't understand his father, but in heaven, he wished he had just given his father a chance to speak, and therefore learns the power of forgiveness. Eddie also learns the importance of sacrifice from a soldier that saves Eddie's life and as a result lost his own. One of the most captivating moments of the book was when Eddie saw his wife, who had died many years before him. After spending some time with her, he learned how love doesn't leave; it just takes a different shape. Heaven helps Eddie discover the meaning of his life, though he was simply "Eddie Maintenance" at an amusement park. The story shows us that everyone has a special place in this world, even though you feel you have a minor job and have no family surrounding you. It makes you feel captivated by the lessons and the quotes that can come from the book and inspire you during any moment. This is the second book I have read by this author. I had read Tuesdays with Morrie before and after reading this one, I found that both novels left more than another story behind, they almost left an experience. The fact that The Five People You Meet in Heaven was turned into a movie shows how inspiring a tale like this can be. I recommend everyone to read this book, so you can see that in a world so big, everybody makes a difference. Like the book says, "The world is full of stories, but the stories are all o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not find Albom's book to be preachy in any sense. Instead the author seems to simply state that a life lived has its wonders and consequences and when it's over it's over. Or is it? "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" does offer the interesting scenario of a newcomer becoming a player in the unfolding drama of Heaven's next arrival. Don't look for answers about what Heaven might actually be. I don't think Albom in his work was trying to offer anything new to the established canon of accepted Christian scripture. Rather enjoy a very interesting story about one man's view of what might be. Great literature invariably draws the reader in and invites him to think, to make comparisons between what he is reading and how it compares to ones own life and thoughts, to weigh in on whether there is agreement or disagreement. Story telling, on the other hand may be as simple as watching the latest brainless sitcom on television. So where does "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom fall out? After reading the book my opinion--and obviously opinion is as different as fingerprints--is that Albom's book firmly fits the former and not the latter. The book tells the story of a good man who lives a full life but doesn't know it. He feels shortchanged and, following his death, wonders what it all might of meant. The five people he meets help him to accept life as it was and to find some closure for the future. Some of the five are individuals he remembers some are mere phantoms that passed by without leaving much of an impression on him--or so he believes. Each teaches a lesson (and, yes, each lesson has applicability to every life) and clarifies how his interaction impacted life.  "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" is on my list of "guilty pleasures." But in truth, I don't feel guilty. And you shouldn't either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This heart-warming tale of one man's journey through after-life creates a touching experience for readers looking for something to believe in again. Mitch Albom's imaginative piece of literature, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, allows the reader to understand both the life, and the after-life of a beloved carnival maintenance man, Eddie. Mitch Albom continues to impress with yet another book based on his amusement with religion, God, and what it takes to be free. Eddie is taken from the Earth by death, but encounters people from his past whose lives he had altered while living his day-to-day life. “Death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed.” Throughout the book Eddie is made to recall moments that changed his life, or the life of someone around him. He begins to fully grasp the power of "cause and effect" when he truly sees how his actions caused others either sorrow or joy. The books theme: there are no random acts, is portrayed by the different decisions Eddie, his Father, his Wife, and the Captain made while experiencing everything from pain to love throughout their lives. "There are no random acts... We are all connected... We can no more separate one life from another than you can separate the breeze from the wind." At first, Eddie is quite disturbed by this revelation, although towards the end of the book he is proud with how his life ended and the brave man he had become. The Five People You Meet in Heaven was a very memorable book that I will continue to reread for the rest of my life. It is very inspiring and really creates an opportunity for me to look into my own life to discover what decisions I may be making that could, or should, be played out differently. This book has opened my eyes to the different possibilities that may come my way as I gracefully age and eventually pass away. The euphonic tone and word choice that Albom uses aid the reader in understanding the beauty in both death and the future. The idea of an after-life that is personal to each person who travels through it is enchanting and heavy. The possibility of an after-life is a topic that Mitch Albom rarely shies away from. His newest novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven, also dives into the issue of whether or not the deceased have the opportunity to revisit and oversee the lives they leave behind. His courageous leaps into an ever-so controversial topic are what make him the award-winning author he is today. This book acts as a gate that opens your mind and soul up to new ideas and theories regarding the after-life. In The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom explores the idea that everyone meets five select people when they are journeying through Heaven. This wild thought poses a very eerie and thoughtful question that every reader will in no doubt find themselves asking after completing this book: Who are my five people?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is both inspirational, and we'll written. The five people you meet in heaven will keep you on the edge of your seat. For the religious this book is reinvigorating, and for others it is just a great read none the less. I would say more, but Mitch Albom's work speaks for itself in this amazing novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this book.? One of the first I readby him and it held my interest from cover to cover and kept me thinking about who would be the five I would meet? What could we say to one another in that first five minutes?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mitch did it again....This book is great. From start to finish I connected with each character....While reading I started to wonder the five people who might be waiting on me in heaven. I definitely recommend for anyone who loves Christian fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
MrHoneydew More than 1 year ago
If i were to die today and go to heave, I would like to have the experienc that Eddie from the Mitch Albom novel, The Five People you Meet in Heaven had. In this fiction novel, Eddie a maintenence worker from a local amusement park Ruby Piers, goes into work as a normal day. Unfortunatley, this normal day for Eddie turned into the last day of his life. After a fwe loose bolts on a ride give way, it leaves a little girl stranded underneath the falling cart, Eddie runs over to the girl and tries to get her out of the way and the next you know it the page turns and we are left with the assumption that Eddie is dead. When Eddie arrives in Heaven he becomes the man he was before age and injury kick in. Eddie finds out he can run like he did before he was wounded in war, and that he has the stamina of a young boy. Moreover, after a few moments of examining his surroundings, Eddie is greeted by a blue man who he feels that he has seen before. the blue man tells Eddie that he is in Heaven and that in Heaven you meet five people who can further tell you about your life and how you affected their lives. Throughout the novel, Eddie meets various people that include a past loved one, an old war captain, a complete stranger, a blue man, and finally a young girl. After meeting with these people, Eddie asks the same question, "Did i save that little girl at the Park?" And after each person they say, "I can't tell you." The Five People you Meet in Heaven, tells a great story of a man whose life was not complete even after death. Through the human disagreement about if there is a Heaven or not, this gives one example of what afterlife could be like for humans and it makes people wonder. I believe this book was a great read because of the ffect it gives that keeps you guessing and wondering what happens the whole story. As the story grew I never lost interest. By changing the people Eddi talks to it is like a whole new story in itself and if makes the story fun and enjoyable. Eddie creates the theme as said in the book that, " A stranger is just a family member you don't know". And, throughout The Five People you Meet in Heaven you start to become connected with Eddie and start to see things how he saw it. eddie was sent to Heaven to see how he affected the lives of others, and if you want to see how Eddie affected the lives of the people he meets and if he saved that little girl, THEN YOU HAVE TO READ THE BOOK FOR YOURSELF!
180696NC More than 1 year ago
This book is a story about how there are no random acts in life and how sacrifice is done to save others. A first example of how there are no random acts in life is when Eddie’s throws the ball and misses his friend and the ball bounces onto the street. Even though this seems to be an insignificant act, it was actually the reason of how he killed the ‘blue man.’ The blue man was driving a car and smashed on the brakes to save Eddie (a small child at the time) and died doing so. This act was meant to teach Eddie that there are no random acts in life, which the blue man explains to Eddie in heaven. Eddie also learned that sacrifice is done to save others because after escaping a prison with his captain and his comrades. The captain wanted to scout ahead for his group but instead of coming back to report he was killed by a mine. Eddie learned about this in heaven and realized how sacrifice was an important aspect of his life, and this can also relate back to how there are no random acts in life because Eddie was ‘saved’ by the captain in a way because if he went with his whole group, they all might’ve died together. In conclusion, this book is about how there’s no random acts in life and sacrifice is a big part of life and is done in order to save lives.  Sacrifice can be also related to many people’s everyday life, for example, if you’re a parent and you have to pick up your child from school, you’re sacrificing some of your time to that child.  This book is a philosophical novel about a man who dies trying to save another human being and realizes, after he goes into heaven, that a number of people have died in order to save him. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Received this book a few years ago as a gift,and I must say it was a great read from start to finish. Truly enjoyed the characters gives one a different prospective and insight on how interconneted we are as people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of all Mitch Albom books. This one was no disappoinment. It takes you on an inspirational journey through happiness & pain & in the end, leaves you with a better look at life. To me, books that can move me emotionally but change me mentally, those are the ones worth reading. Just like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for an amazing story....forever in my heart! The writing took you to heaven, and we can only hope of its existence!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very easy read that certainly make you stop and think about the people who came before and who cross your path in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A man dies and goes to heaven. He meets five different people - some he knew and loved deeply, others he did not even remember. Each offers a lesson on life from his or her unique vantage point.
Sampicc More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend the book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom to anyone who enjoys reading about the after-life. Whether you believe what the author has to say or not, this novel will keep you on your toes, waiting to find out more about the main character, Eddie. His story intentionally makes you think about your own and the people that have come and gone through it. The Five people you meet in heaven makes you wonder...who will be your five people when you reach heaven? What have you gone through in your life that makes it different from the norm? Would you want to go to heaven and experience everything Eddie does? The book is an easy read but creates a powerful message that moves you after you read it. It will make you laugh and cry and want to find connections of your own.  Mitch Albom’s writing intrigues you by how real and interesting his characters seem. It gives you a different perspective on life along with giving you life lessons that you won’t forget. The beginning of the book does start off slow, but doesn’t fail to pick up speed. The end of the book is heartwarming and uplifting because it ends with the answers to any questions you had throughout the book. In my opinion, the meaning of this book is to not look down on small things because in all reality, there is probably a bigger meaning to it which will affect you greatly.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main reason why I read this is because of its title. The Five People You Meet In Heaven is a quick read for someone who wants to read books without sexual scenes or violence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book...if you are contemplating it, just buy it and read it. Its only 120 pages and I couldn't put it down. This story will stay with me forever....loved it
a_budz More than 1 year ago
Inspired by the author’s uncle, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a page turning story about Eddie, an 83 year old amusement park maintenance man. The entirety of his life was spent at the amusement park, between watching his father work on the rides and completing the job himself once his father passed. A leg injury from the war kept him homebound, leaving him feeling depressed and worthless. A shaky relationship with his drunken and abusive father didn’t help matters either. On his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies trying to save a little girl from an amusement ride malfunction. In the event of his demise, Eddie enters heaven where, one by one, he meets five people. Whether loved one or distant stranger, each person puts Eddie’s life on earth into perspective, showing him that his existence was not meaningless, as he had assumed. The lessons Eddie learns revolve around the importance of interconnection, sacrifice, forgiveness, love and life as a whole. This heartfelt story gives the authors opinion on the afterlife, while helping you find your place in this world, and the next. This book helped me to accept my surroundings and enjoy life as it comes. Moping around each day wishing for a better life isn’t going to change anything, but accepting the outcome and utilizing it to the best of your abilities will. This best selling novel by Mitch Albom will catch the heart of any reader, inspiring them to appreciate the small things in life. "People think of heaven as a paradise garden, a place where they can float on clouds and laze in rivers and mountains. But scenery without solace is meaningless. This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what happened in your life, to have it explained. It is the peace you have been searching for."