The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom
I had wanted to read a second book by Albom after falling in love with Tuesdays with Morrie. I even quoted from that book in my chapter about my deceased lecturer, Scott Eastham. It meant my expectations for this book were very high but I was also dubious that Albom could pull off a second book that I might equally love.
I began reading late last night as a prelude to sleep and found that I could not put it down. I had to read it all and did so. I know that I will return to it again and again. Albom dedicates this book to his uncle and in that dedication he calls his idea of heaven a wish. He is masterful at making his personal and intimate knowledge and/or relationships engaging to the stranger reader.
The basic premise of the book is that it offers a version of Heaven. Which the book then demonstrates through the principal protagonist, Eddie. I had not encountered a concept of heaven like this before. By the end of the book I would love this to be true. It speaks to a great need that many people have to understand their life.
Albom writes in a style that is very pleasant and engaging to read. Furthermore he embraces a topic like death and changes the readers perception of that. I am kicking myself I didn’t buy the other book of his in the secondhand bookstore. I will rectify that immediately.
This book is a definite keep it and I highly recommend it. For a short book it is full of content and while God is mentioned, I believe Albom manages not to get anyone offside in how he is included in the story.