The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
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, but an answer.
In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others 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?”
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. Because of the title, I figured it would be a book about God or something, but it wasn’t. Albom manages to talk about heaven and dying (and yes, a few mentions of God) without making his story into a Religion Book.
I loved how intricate and interwoven Eddie’s story was with the others’. The last person he met in heaven nearly had me crying. This book was very well done and a fascinating story about an “unimportant” man, one that will make you question the impact you've had on others.
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