LisaN, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by LisaN)
I sat down to read this and didn't stop until it was finished (it's a pretty quick read, but I couldn't put it down the whole time). This is a wonderful story and it's wonderfully written. I'll be recommending it to a lot of my friends.
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Foxxie Wyldfyre, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by Foxxie Wyldfyre)
this is an easy read and a feel good book. sometimes people feel as though they are dealt a hand in life they can not change. in this story you realize what many people forget in life "you affect people" the story does not harp on you have to be this kind of person or that kind to get to heaven. because it is not about heaven. it is about no matter who you are and what you do YOU AFFECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU!!!! nice book and a fun little read
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James Horne, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by James Horne)
Although "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" may not be one of the great literary works of our time, this imaginative story is uplifting, inspiring, and at time heart-breaking in its simplicity and message. I was an English major in college, continue to read great contemporary books (like "The Brutal Telling" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns"), but found this particular small book to be the most memorable one I read this past decade. It is based on the idea that all things will be revealed to you upon death, but addresses the topic from the perspective that those lessons will be conveyed by individuals who may have played a very brief, but important, role in our lives. It is a wonderful book to give to friends who recently have lost loved ones because it has such a positive message.
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desi_young, November 4, 2008 (view all comments by desi_young)
A story to make you think of who your five people in heaven are and how you've impacted others in your everyday life without knowing it. If the final revelation by Eddies fifth person doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you must be a heartless cold person. The movie was good and faithful to the book, but reading the book is way better as it plays out in your head and imagination.
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"Review A Day"
by Sacha Zimmerman, The New Republic,
"It's easy to feel an affinity for this simplistic, folksy bathos; it's easier, after all, to act for the sake of heaven than to make the considered and nuanced moral choices that really confront us in life. And it is here that Albom fails. His character makes no moral choices, he does not ponder the depths of his existence, he is merely a reactive stick figure that has to go to cotton-candy heaven to learn that his life had meaning. It's single-serve religion for a drive-thru, strip-mall, mega-church kind of country." (read the entire New Republic review)
by The New York Times,
"Sincere....A book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers."
by Publishers Weekly (starred review),
"Simply told, sentimental, and profoundly true, this is an contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership."
by People magazine,
"Fans of Tuesdays with Morrie will be delighted with this novel."
"A sweet book that makes you smile but is not gooey with overwrought sentiment."
by Atlanta Journal Constitution,
"Transcendent....Albom has aimed high here, and there's a whiff of paradise as a result."
by Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies and Blue Shoe,
"This is a lovely book, sweet, entertaining and wise. What a gutsy, surprising follow-up to Morrie."
From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Tuesdays with Morrie" comes a novel that explores the unexpected connections of readers' lives and the idea that heaven is more than a place--it's an answer._Accelerated Reader: Reading Level 4.7, 6 Points.
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?"
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