R3: The five people you meet in Heaven

The  five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

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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.

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