The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Book - 2003
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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. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who 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?"
Alternative Title: 5 people you meet in heaven
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780786868711
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 196 p. ; 19 cm.


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"It has changed the way I view the afterlife and made me more cognizant of the people around me. Eddie, a war veteran, has been the maintenance man at the Ruby Pier Amusement Park. Everyone, including Eddie, considered him “just” the maintenance man. He dies in a tragic accident on his 83rd... Read More »

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Sep 05, 2017

This is an excellent book to read. Before I read the book, I thought that the life was quite complicated. Now, I think life is easy.

Aug 02, 2017

As I read "The Five People You Meet In Heaven," the plot greatly confused me because the story began with the death of the main character. However, as I continued to read the story the five people Eddie (the main character) met taught him something extraordinary about his life.

Mar 09, 2017

I read this one many years ago (Mitch Albom lives in Michigan, so I had to pick up a lot of his books when they were first released) and loved it just as much this time around. This one is a super quick read and such an interesting story. It is so fascinating to think about how everyone's lives are intertwined and how one person can impact another without even fully realizing it. "...the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one."

Dec 10, 2016

Fairly good "clean" read. I read it myself then checked it out again to read to my 3-6 grade children. My kids enjoyed it more than I did, I think.

LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 07, 2016

A beautiful light read that will get you thinking about everyone who has had an impact on your life or you have had an impact on.

Aug 03, 2015

A truly unique book. Whether one believes in a Heaven or not -- or even the existence of some sort of after-life -- this is a satisfying exploration of the human spirit. Albom's skilfully drawn characters take the reader on a fascinating journey and he accomplishes something quite extraordinary: he manages to present, in a relatively short novel, some very compelling arguments about the meaning of life.
As I read this book, I was continually reminded of a far more scholarly and deliberately philosophical work, Benjamin Siegel's "Man's Search for Meaning". It seems to me that both writers sought to answer the same fundamental questions, namely "WHY?" Surprisingly, Albom succeeded almost as well; and he did so with relatively little degree of angst.

biscuityprize Oct 25, 2014

This book is an easy read, but has a lot of meaning behind it. It causes readers to stop and think differently about certain people in their lives, the ones they see everyday and even the ones they don't think about often. This book does a good job showing that the opinions and views we hold for certain people do not always apply or are necessarily true. It also effectively portrays how every action we do have a big effect, regardless of how small we think of the. I definitely recommend this book to anyone because it will shape the way they think about their life and others around them once they follow Eddie's journey in Heaven and the stories he hears from the people meet.

Sep 27, 2014

A "feel - good" book that encourages introspecting your life. As the writer implies, every day gives you a fresh start, but it also gives you a yesterday. Heaven is nothing but understanding the essence of your yesterdays on earth :)

Kdmullerspy Sep 21, 2014

Loved this book!!!!!!!! Very moral and meaningful.

Aug 23, 2014

This was a very interesting book and really made you think. Very enjoyable.

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Chelseaheredia92 May 31, 2012

It is Eddie's birthday and he is on a countdown to death. He reaches heaven and meets five people. The blue man, his captain, Ruby, his wife Marguerite, and an asian girl all teach him a lesson that relates to his life and death. He realizes life comes with a reason and you must make a change.

Mar 20, 2011

A quick read, a little corny / preachy, but cute.


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Jul 11, 2013

“Heaven can be found in the most unlikely corners.”


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