About the book
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Time Warner Publishers
The main character in this book is Eddie. Eddie is an 83 year old maintenance worker at the amusement park on Ruby Pier. The book really starts off back to front. Chapter 1 is the countdown to Eddies death at the amusement park, and how the events of the day unfolded. This particular day was also his birthday. As the day passes, we see how he has 20 minutes to live, 10, 5, down to the time he tragically died. As the title of the book suggests, the book is about the 5 people he meets in Heaven after his death.
When he arrives in Heaven, he meets 5 people who have played an important part of his life on earth. These people provide answers that have haunted Eddie throughout his life and give answers to the questions which have been bothering him throughout his life. For example, one of the people he meets in Heaven is the Captain from his early days in the army. When Eddie tries to go into a burning house to save a child, he couldn't understand why he was shot in the leg. His Captain explains that he shot Eddie in the leg in order to save him, Eddie, from dying. Eddie also get answers to questions relating to the difficult and strained relationship he had with his father.
Each person Eddie meets in Heaven is very different and are related to him in very different ways, either professionally or personally. In between each chapter of these 5 people we see Eddie celebrating birthdays - from a young child to him growing up, joining the army, getting married and eventually working the rest of his life at Ruby Pier.
I accidentally came across Mitch Albom when I saw one of his films on You Tube. I have read one of his other books, and when I saw The Five People You Meet in Heaven in a charity shop, I didn't hesitate to buy it. I'm glad I bought it. It is such a lovely story. I think a lot of people can relate to this kind of story. Eddie, as I say, was 83 when he died. He'd lived and worked in the same place all his life. His wife died when she was fairly young and, yes, Eddie had regrets. Regrets he didn't do more with his life, get to see a lot more of the world. He probably became a bitter bitter after the death of his wife and didn't feel he wanted to do anything after this. But, looking back on his life and the people he met in Heaven, they have opened his eyes. They made Eddie look at his life at a different angle.
This story did make me think. What do you want out of life? Are you happy with your life, or do you want to change it? When it comes down to it, it's no good waiting until it's too late before we do something with our lives. If you want something out of life, go and get it. When we get old and sit back and think of our lives, having regrets is not something we should have. This is a very touching story, and I really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this book. I found this a really inspirational story.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on October 08, 2018:
I've never heard of this book but I'm intrigued. That title alone is very captivating, and the journey sounds like something worth exploring.
Thank you for the enlightening review.
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on October 05, 2018:
I remember when this gem of a little book first came out. It was the topic of interesting conversations at work, parties, church, and around town. It's been a long time since a simple story has generated so much introspection when the reader asked herself: Who are my five people?
Shannon Henry from Texas on October 04, 2018:
Until now, I have not heard of this book. However, I think I will check it out because of this review and the concurring comments about it from those who have already read it. Thanks for sharing.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 04, 2018:
I've read the book. I do agree that its purpose is to make us reflect on what we do with our lives now and also to assure us that "having regrets is not something we should have." Good insights.
Devika Primic on October 04, 2018:
Your review of this book pulls me in to read as well
Liz Westwood from UK on October 02, 2018:
Your review has grabbed my attention and encourages me to look out for this book. There's a lot of scope writing about heaven, as so little is known of it.
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 01, 2018:
Thank you for an excellent review, Louise,
I probably will read this book based on your review.
It's fascinating to think about how many people we might meet in Heaven who we can chat with about our decisions and choices while we lived.
Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on October 01, 2018:
DreamerMeg, I thought that too! I wonder which 5 I will see. It's certainly food for thought this book.
Bede from Minnesota on October 01, 2018:
Louise, I grew up in a Detroit suburb and read Mitch Albom’s column regularly in the Detroit Free Press. He was a sport’s columnist back then. Anyway, you have me intrigued about this book. I agree with your thought - it’s best not to enter heaven wishing we lived our life differently.
DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on October 01, 2018:
I loved this book, it is really well worth reading. The story grabs you right from the start and I found myself shouting "no" at the point just before he dies! The rest of the book is equally as compelling and at the end, I found myself wondering which 5 people I would meet when I die and why.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 30, 2018:
Your review of the book makes me want to read it now and I will. Thank you for the interesting review.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2018:
Your review of this book makes me interested in reading it. Thanks for writing about it and sharing it with us.
Rachel Alba on September 30, 2018:
Hi Louise, I had never heard of this book, but it does sound interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.
Blessings to you.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 30, 2018:
I have not yet read this book nor the author so I will be on the look out for a copy. Your review made it sound interesting.
FlourishAnyway from USA on September 30, 2018:
I recall reading this book years ago and really liked it. It also made me think, as you point out. I agree with your assessment of the book.