The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Large Print - 2003
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From the author of the number oneNew York TimesbestsellerTuesdays with Morriecomes this long-awaited follow-up. 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? A moving and profound contemporary fable,The Five People You Meet in Heavenis an important reminder of the interconnectedness of us all.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2003.
ISBN: 9780375432323
Characteristics: 322 p. (large print) : port. ; 20 cm.


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May 01, 2019

An amazing and outstanding book, it will take you through all kinds of emotions. The unexpected should be expected.

Apr 13, 2019

The Five People You Meet in heaven is a novel by Mitch Albom about a man named Eddie who has lived a very meaningless/uninspired life. He works at an amusement park doing maintenance for park rides. On his 83rd birthday, he is killed in a tragic accident trying to save a little girl from the broken ride. He wakes up in the afterlife, learning that his life will be explained to him by five people, from random people that he may or may not know. Every person reminisces on Eddie's past life and connections with him, showing him the meaning to his life. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a great novel that allows you to see your life in a new "Eternal" perspective, and makes you wonder, "Why are you here?". This book is a fantastic read for people of all ages. I rate this book 4/5 stars. - @CoolReadz of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Feb 26, 2019

I love of all his books. Thiss spoke to my heart.

Feb 26, 2019

One of my all time favorites. Definitely with your time.

Feb 25, 2019

Excellent. I read this and also listened to it on audio, both very enjoyable and thought provoking.

Feb 04, 2019

I’ve read this twice, and enjoyed it a lot. It’s interesting to consider how ‘connected’ things may be. Interesting and a lot of food for thought.

Dec 21, 2018

Loved this little book. Left me thinking from start to finish & beyond.

Dec 04, 2018

This has to be one of the strangest books I have read in sometime. It was so very different from several other books that I have enjoyed recently with a Christian theme, for example: 'Heaven is for Real,' 'Miracles From Heaven,' 'Miracle for Jen,' and 'Waking Up in Heaven.' Eddie finally learns the answer to one of his greatest fears and learns the purpose of his life just four pages from the end of the book. Above all else, the fifth person Eddie talks to leaves the reader with much to think about. Recommended by Senior-Doctor-at-bass-fishing. D. A.

Nov 13, 2018

I enjoyed reading this book. I wanted to keep reading to see what the next lesson would be that Eddie had to learn.

Aug 07, 2018

It's a cute book

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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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