The Five People You Meet in Heaven Amanda s
“Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning.“ The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is a powerful book about a man who dies and goes to heaven. I’ll have to admit I was skeptical about the book at the beginning, but it really picked up towards the middle and the ending was brilliant. Eddie is a maintenance worker at a pier carnival he has been doing this all of his life and feels as though he has done nothing and had no purpose in life, but the five people he meets in heaven make sense of his life. “There are five people you meet in heaven,” the Blue Man suddenly said. “Each of us was in your life for a reason. You many not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth.”
This book is written very well. It goes back and fourth between things that happened in Eddie’s life, and things that happen to him in heaven. Throughout the book there are sections about Eddie’s birthdays throughout the years which I think is a good way to outline his life. It shows who is a part of his life, where he is in life, and what he is doing. It helps show the progression of his life rather than just throwing facts about his past at you. One thing I didn’t like about this book was the first person he meets in heaven, because I feel like the lesson wasn’t very strong the situation seemed very unlikely. It didn’t really make me want to read on. I also thought that the third person he met was a little jumbled because I feel like she had a tiny bit of two lessons but it didn’t quite make sense to me. But if you plan on reading this book, don’t give up on the book. Give it a chance because it will all make sense at the end of the book. Id recommend this book to almost anyone it is an interesting look at life and what happens after death.
This book is fiction so it is not trying to prove or disprove religion. It is just another idea about what might be on the “other side” because nobody can know what happens after life. This book does make you think outside of the box because I feel like some people get caught up in the popular belief that if they are good people they will go to heaven where they meet their passed friends and relatives and sleep on clouds in paradise. The author is not saying that that is incorrect but he is just presenting another idea as a possibility. Wouldn’t you want to make sense of your life after death? Even if you refuse to change your beliefs on what happens after death this is still an entertaining book. This book is kind of like a puzzle you have lots of tiny pieces, you put them together then you stand back and look at the big picture.
This book was actually inspired by the author’s uncle Eddie who, like the character was a veteran, lived to 83, stayed in his hometown most of his life, and felt like he didn’t do anything with his life. I also like the way this book shows the purpose of simple jobs that are commonly overlooked but make a real difference. I think you should read this book. It is a small book so you can read it casually (or finish in one day if you love it). You should read this book because it’s a great story I think most people who have read it love it even more than I did, so give it a chance pick it up and put the puzzle together (it might make you look at your life differently).