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The First Phone Call from Heaven

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ISBN13: 9780062294371
ISBN10: 0062294377
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Publisher Comments:

"What if the end is not the end?"

From the beloved author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most thrilling and magical novel yet — a page-turning mystery and a meditation on the power of human connection.

One morning in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, the phones start ringing. The voices say they are calling from heaven. Is it the greatest miracle ever? Or some cruel hoax? As news of these strange calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be a part of it.

At the same time, a disgraced pilot named Sully Harding returns to Coldwater from prison to discover his hometown gripped by "miracle fever." Even his young son carries a toy phone, hoping to hear from his mother in heaven.

As the calls increase, and proof of an afterlife begins to surface, the town — and the world — transforms. Only Sully, convinced there is nothing beyond this sad life, digs into the phenomenon, determined to disprove it for his child and his own broken heart.

Moving seamlessly between the invention of the telephone in 1876 and a world obsessed with the next level of communication, Mitch Albom takes readers on a breathtaking ride of frenzied hope.

The First Phone Call from Heaven is Mitch Albom at his best — a virtuosic story of love, history, and belief.

Review:

“Albom has a nose for ‘thin places: places where the boundary between secular and sacred is porous, and ultimate meaning is easier to encounter….This brisk, page-turner of a story [is] another winner from Albom.” Publishers Weekly

Review:

“A beautifully rendered tale of faith and redemption that makes us think, feel, and hope — and then doubt and then believe, as only Mitch Albom can make us do.” Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Review:

“Beautiful and smart. Perhaps the most stirring and transcendent heaven story since Field of Dreams.” Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Luck of Right Now

Synopsis:

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief — and a page-turner that will touch your soul — Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

Readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will recognize the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom's writing, and those who haven't yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

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About the Author

Mitch Albom is a best-selling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally-syndicated columnist. The author of five consecutive No.1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than 33 million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time.

Four of Albom's books, including Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day and Have A Little Faith, have been made into highly acclaimed TV movies for ABC. Oprah Winfrey produced Tuesdays with Morrie, which claimed four Emmy awards including a best actor nod for Jack Lemmon in the lead role. Albom's most recent novel, The Time Keeper debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times list in September of 2012.

In collaboration with Jeffrey Hatcher, Albom adapted Tuesdays with Morrie into a hit play that opened off-Broadway in late 2002 and has since seen hundreds of versions produced across the US and Canada. As a columnist for The Detroit Free Press, Albom has won more than 200 writing awards, including the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement in sports writing. Albom also hosts a daily radio program and is a frequent presence on ESPN.

Albom has founded six charities in and around Detroit, including the first ever 24-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America. He also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, dedicated to the safety, education and spiritual development of impoverished children who were victims of the 2010 earthquake.

Albom lives with his wife, Janine, in metropolitan Detroit.

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Keysa, December 13, 2013 (view all comments by Keysa)
I have read all of Mitch Alboms books, so when The First Phone Call from Heaven came out, I had to get my hands on it the moment it hit shelves. Albom is such an amazing writer, and he takes you to places that you can imagine yourself in the story with the characters. The books takes on a very interesting concept of life after death, and if it really does exist.

The First Phone Call from Heaven follows people living in Coldwater, Michigan who see a drastic change in the small town as news of heavenly phone calls reach the rest of the world. The story follows the lives of many characters who all react to the phone calls in different ways, positive, negative and not knowing what to think.

The book draws you in and it can be hard to put down. The middle for several pages might be hard to get though, but it does pick up again for a nice twisted ending. It's a stellar book, and I can't wait for Mitch Albom to have another book out. I will be reading this again.
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veryinvisible, November 15, 2013 (view all comments by veryinvisible)
"What happened next depends on how much you believe."

After hearing of Mitch Albom’s latest novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven, I knew I had to read it. I’ve read his other novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, which I loved, so I was really looking forward to his view of heaven in his new book. Luckily I won this book on GoodReads and started reading as soon as I could.

The people living in Coldwater, Michigan see a drastic change in the small town as news of heavenly phone calls reach the rest of the world. The story follows around the lives of many characters who all react to the phone calls in different ways.

Tess lives alone in her mother’s house and works at a day care center. She receives a phone call from her deceased Mother, whom she moved in with when she became ill. Tess doesn’t seem to know what to do with this information and stays home from work in fear of missing her mother’s phone call, but eventually she comes to terms with what she believes god has given her.

Katherine is very devoted to her church, which she attends on a regular basis. She lives alone in her house when she gets a phone call from her sister that she was once very close with. Due to her strong religious beliefs, Katherine thinks it’s her duty to spread the word about this miracle as god’s chosen messenger.

Jack is the town police chief who lost his son in the war and later got divorced to his wife, Doreen, after his son’s death. Both of them get a phone call from their son, however Jack seems to keep it to himself therefore everyone thinks only Doreen got a call from her son. He becomes very busy, dealing with the influx of people as they visit Coldwater in hopes of getting a phone call themselves, which he isn’t too happy about.

Sully has been recently released from prison for a crime that is later explained in the story. His wife has died, while he was in prison, and now his son thinks his mother will call him because of all the recent phone calls from heaven. He is very skeptical of the whole miracle and sets off to find proof to disprove the phone calls as heavenly.

Amy is a small time reporter trying to make it big in the news industry. She is the first reporter to cover the heavenly phone calls in Coldwater and quickly befriends Katherine as she follows her around. However, Amy is a non believer despite being close with Katherine.

Pastor Warren works for the baptist church who is friendly with Katherine. However, when Katherine reveals the phone call phenomenon to him, he is very skeptical and tries to discourage her from revealing anything to the church.

You do not have to be a believer or non believer to enjoy this book. Albom’s writing is intriguing as you get to experience how each character deals with the phone calls. The idea of heaven being real is contemplated by every character even if they are a non believer. As you read, you yourself begin to question whether or not the phone calls are real.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062294371
Author:
Albom, Mitch
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Religion Western-Religious Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20131112
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5.5 x 0.93 in 22.8 oz

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Product details 336 pages Harper - English 9780062294371 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Albom has a nose for ‘thin places: places where the boundary between secular and sacred is porous, and ultimate meaning is easier to encounter….This brisk, page-turner of a story [is] another winner from Albom.”
"Review" by , “A beautifully rendered tale of faith and redemption that makes us think, feel, and hope — and then doubt and then believe, as only Mitch Albom can make us do.”
"Review" by , “Beautiful and smart. Perhaps the most stirring and transcendent heaven story since Field of Dreams.” Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Luck of Right Now
"Synopsis" by , The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief — and a page-turner that will touch your soul — Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

Readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will recognize the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom's writing, and those who haven't yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

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