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From the author of the phenomenal number one bestseller TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, comes this enchanting, beautifully written novel that explores a mystery only heaven can unfold.

 

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in the toil of his father before him, fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. Then he dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

 

As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life. Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer is as magical and inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.

 

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I started reading this one evening and didn't stop until I had finished, it really is a beautiful uplifting tale, a true gem. A story that stays with you long after the last page, a story to pass on for others to enjoy...I shall soon be releasing it for bookcrossing, I hope that whoever finds it will enjoy it as much as I did.

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I have just finished reading this ,ran out to buy it after finishing Tuesdays with Morrie.I am so glad that my brother recommended that I read them both.I have pondered on who my 5 could be :) But I don't think they would be to everyones taste .Just looking for a worthy recipient for them both.

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Tess very kindly sent me a copy of this wonderful book to read and pass on. You don't have to believe in heaven to enjoy this. It tells a curiously life enhancing story without sentimentality. If you would like me to pass on this copy to you, free of charge, please send me a pm with your address and I will put it in the post.

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I have just finished reading this ,ran out to buy it after finishing Tuesdays with Morrie.

 

I loved Tuesdays with Morrie, and have this one on my to read pile, so far everyone seems to have enjoyed it so thats a good sign, I'm always a bit wary of reading the 'other' books following the ones that I really love, although this has only happened twice, with Mitch Alborn and Maggie O'Farrell, I think I'll risk it with Mitch Alborn, still can't do it with Maggie O'Farrell!!!! I'm a bit of a wimp!!!!! :(

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Like Tess, I read this in one evening. Made me cry! I think it is an interesting idea that whatever happens in life, there is always a purpose, and that it doesn't matter whether these things are good or bad.

 

I wonder if this story could help someone that is struggling to come to terms with a bereavment, or whether it would seem a little trite?

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Mitch Albom - The Five People You Meet in Heaven - 2003

The story is of a man by the name of Eddie who dies trying to save a young girl's life on his 83rd birthday. He wakes up in the afterlife and discovers that in heaven, your life is explained to you by five people who changed your life's path forever.

This book is an enchanting tale of one man's journey to peace after death after a life so much the opposite.

Just finished reading this very inspiring book. I loved the idea the author gave about heaven and the way your life is explained to you.

This book leaves you with a very nice feeling and gives you a lot to think about.

 

(thread first started 22.07.06)

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I was wandering round Oxfam bookshop a couple of weeks ago, and overheard two volunteers deciding that this book probably belonged in the Religion and Theology section, based on the title :rolleyes: Perhaps I should have enlightened them that it was fiction, but I rather liked the idea of some earnest theology student buying it and having a surprise when they got it home.....

 

It sounds intriguing from what you say about it, Momo.

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I do understand their point. Even though it is fiction, you can take it as a start and think about God or the afterlife or whatever you might want to call it. As you might know, I've been teaching RE in our church for years and I often take stories the children know and try to approach religion that way (depending on their age, of course).

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This is the thread that I wanted to find when I discovered BGO's temporary demise.

 

I read this at the end of January, and was blown away.

 

For such a short and easy to read novel (about 100 pages I think), it gives you so much food for thought.

 

I, too, love the idea that 5 people can have a massive impact on your life, often without you even realising.

 

Strongly recommend it!

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Original replies to this thread, retrieved from Google:

 

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22nd July 2006, 08:38 PM

Cassandra_Mortmain

 

I read this book a few months ago and really liked the whole concept of five people talking you through your life. Really makes you wonder who you might meet!

 

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23rd July 2006, 10:06 AM

katrina

 

I read this a while ago, thought it was a cool idea that you finally got to understand the things that happened in your life

 

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12th August 2006, 11:04 PM

gg106

 

read this book last year and absolutely loved it!! Sort of like Dantes journey through the Inferno - the idea of a quest and questions being answered by people you meet along it, that you have known in life. But why Five people?

 

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13th August 2006, 10:20 PM

crayon

Originally Posted by gg106

But why Five people?

 

I would imagine that it's because 5 is a nice round number

 

I liked this book, but it always seemed somehow emotionally distant to me. I can't explain why I thought that, aside from that the numbers just didn't add up for me and I may have spent a lot of the time reading it also trying to figure out how someone would decide who to wait for in heaven and whether there were really 5 deaths for every birth now...

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Hi - this is my first post and I thought I'd write about the last book I read. It's generally a pleasant, if slightly predictable book. Anyone who subscribes to NASN will find Mitch Albom on a show called Sports Reporters which usually shows on a Sunday, and this book did strike me as if it was written by someone who is media savvy with half an eye on a movie deal in the future. That said for the time it takes to read this book it is a worthwhile exercise, which makes you think about relationships and cause and effect.

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Welcome to BGO, Dudutz. We are just recovering from a major breakdown of the site, so are in a slightly confused state. I hope this doesn't cause you too many problems finding your way round. Enjoy yourself here, and we look forward to hearing more from you.

 

I haven't read The Five People..., but I'm sure that someone who has will be along soon to swap thoughts with you.

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I agree with Dudutz (see merged thread) - it's pleasant and predictable, so predictable in fact that I gave up half way to read something with more depth. Albom had read A Christmas Carol I presume!

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I actually loved this book! It may have had something to do with the time that I read it - two people who I cared deeply for died within the space of 10 days, and not long afterwards I read this book, and found it very comforting. I would like to read it again one day, but would not like to find that I did not enjoy it the second time around.

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I actually loved this book! It may have had something to do with the time that I read it - two people who I cared deeply for died within the space of 10 days, and not long afterwards I read this book, and found it very comforting. I would like to read it again one day, but would not like to find that I did not enjoy it the second time around.

Just like you Ruth I read this book after my mother died very suddenly. I found it very comforting and would very much like to read it again sometime.

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Read it a while ago and I thought it was ok. I think I liked the idea behind the book better than the book itself and was left a little disappointed. I found it a little too sentimental and mushy, in the way that some Hollywood films tend to be spoiled by American style sentimentality and lose their edge. After I finished it I thought to myself, dare I say it, hmmm bit of a woman's book! However it is a good, easy and quick read.

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My 83 year old nan read it when I did back in January (she borrowed the copy I had while I was staying with her). Six months on, she said on the phone "I keep thinking about poor Eddie" - I had to think for a while who on earth she was talking about!

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