The Five People You Meet in Heaven

By Mitch Albom,

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A STUNNING 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE MASTER STORYTELLER'S INSPIRATIONAL CLASSIC

To his mind, Eddie has lived an uninspiring life. Now an old man, his job is to fix rides at a seaside amusement park.

On his eighty-third birthday, Eddie's time on earth comes to an end. When a cart…


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3 authors picked The Five People You Meet in Heaven as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Mitch Albom steals our hearts with his main character Eddie, a mechanic who attempts to rescue a child from a malfunctioning carnival ride. When Eddie suddenly finds himself in heaven, he is re-introduced to five people he had known while alive; their purpose is to help him make peace with his life. Albom has a gift for making you feel his characters. Although this is a heartwarming story, it is also a commentary on mortality and the meaning of life. This book hits home. In particular, I appreciate how Albom’s ‘take-aways’ and life lessons are simple yet profound. A box…

This adult fairy tale by Mitch Albom is akin to It’s a Wonderful Life. A man believes his life means nothing until after he dies, then learns how important each life truly is. Yes, this story has been done before, but Albom is a master at the art of magical thinking and reminding people that we are all connected. It’s a short and easy read, perfect for a book club, or even for a reluctant teen reader.

This is a tale of the 5 people you meet in heaven and the effect they had on your life or vice versa.  It follows the death of Eddie, a fairground worker, who meets the 5 people who affected his life the most, some of whom he never even met. It prompts the conversations about who you would meet and why, giving pause to think about the effect of your life on others.

From Janet's list on that make you think ‘what if…’.

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