There are some novels that move you and The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is one of those novels. It is no surprise many people consider it to be there favorite novel. Keep reading to find out why you should pick this novel as your next read!
The Five People You Meet in Heaven Summary
Amusement park ride mechanic Eddie is killed in a car accident on his 83rd birthday while he tries to save a little girl’s life. After dying, Eddie arrives in Heaven where he meets “The Blue Man” who explains to Eddie about Heaven’s five levels and the journey he will be taking. On this journey he will meet 5 people who have had an impact on his life in a significant way.
On the course of this journey, Eddie will meet five people through various times in his life and learn about the signifigence of these people on his life. What first looks like happenstance starts to shape a pattern that cannot be ignored.
Some of these meetings showcase events that shaped the rest of Eddie’s life that he wasn’t even aware of. And all of that leads up to the last moments of his life and his sacrifice in an attempt to save a little girl and redeem himself.
Summarizing this novel without spoiling anything was hard but I feel like I was able to achieve that. This is a wonderful tale about life and death and how the smallest things can shape our lives without us even knowing it. You will be contemplating a lot of things when you are done reading this novel.
A book that comes to mind is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho because it has a similar message that I won’t spoil. The Alchemist is one of my favorite novels that I revisit from time to time. This novel didn’t have the same impact on me but I still was left in awe and I am not surprised that it is in a lot of favorite book lists.
I haven’t read too many Albom novels and I hope to change that in the near future. His writing style and questions about life and what awaits us are interesting and do pique my interest. What novels by Albom should I read next?
This is an amazing novel that I recommend everyone to read. Even if you aren’t religious or spiritual, this novel will still make you ponder and novel that succeeds in doing that is a novel worth reading!