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The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Five People You Meet in Heaven | Mitch Albom
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?"
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Geemom1118
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I wanted to photograph this with the beautiful blue sky behind it but the rain had other plans. I‘ve always heard rain is tear drops from heaven. This book I finished in 1 day.

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JoeyCants574
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6.6/10

“Lost love is still love. It just takes a different form that‘s all. You can‘t see their smile, or tousle their hair, or move them across the dance floor. But when those senses weaken, another heightens, memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it. Life has to end love doesn‘t.”

All parents damage their children it cannot be helped, like pristine glass youth absorb the prints of its handlers.

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Isaybooknerd
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This book is all about lessons of sacrifice, love, forgiveness, letting go of anger and conscious that you have some form of impact on everyone you meet. A book you can but don‘t want to finished in one sitting. Cried buckets after reading this one.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Anya91
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Happy Valentines Day everyone 💖. Just received this book as a gift from my aunt last night. Can‘t wait to get started I‘ve heard great things 😁

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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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Full disclosure: I tend to avoid this type of "inspirational" books, as it's not really my cup of tea... So no surprise here when you see my rating...

I enjoyed discovering the life story of Eddie: his childhood, his time in the army, his relationship with his wife. But that's pretty much it... The five lessons are to me quite cliché and cheesy...

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BeccaR
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A well written book, easy to read. Really feel like you know Eddie at the end of the book.

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leah152
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A darling of a cosy story!!! A wonderful quick read for when you need a hug 😊📚💗

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rachaich
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I liked the way in which we find out about those 5 people, and how their lives intersected. The chapters were short and not superfluous in any way yet full of descriptions that built an image.
Not so sure about the ending but still a good book!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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rachaich
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Book club for November.
We were all amazed that none of us had read this, hence the choice.
Looking forward to reading it.

MatchlessMarie I read it for the first time last year. I had all kinds of assumptions about this book that ended up not being true (in a good way). Hope it‘s an enjoyable read for you. 9mo
rachaich @MatchlessMarie thanks, that's an interesting thought 🤗😊 9mo
Crazeedi I have never read, but heard great things 9mo
rachaich @Crazeedi it's extremely readable. Plus making me think, always a bonus! 9mo
Crazeedi @rachaich I love books that make me think! Thank you🥰 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! 11mo
Eggs Perfect 👌🏼📚❤️ 11mo
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Slnb21
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Beautiful story

Nute Love this book! Have you read Tuesdays with Morrie? 12mo
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LibrarianBecky
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I have loved Mitch Albom as an author since reading “Tuesday‘s with Morrie” .. so I was not surprised that this book would be just as great! Some wise lessons in this book! Highly recommend!!

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alyssia.malinowski
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Eddie is introduced as an old man who stays busy by working at Ruby Pier, an amusement park. He‘s worked there for a large chunk of his life, spending most of it dissatisfied with his position. A problem arises with a ride, and while a cart comes tumbling down, Eddie put his last efforts into trying to save a little girl. The cart undeniably crushes him, yet he is unaware if his last moments were helpful. The truth unfolds brilliantly at the end.

alyssia.malinowski Through this book, we are taken on Eddie‘s journey through the afterlife and his realizations about life on Earth. Albom used the motif of anger through out the book. When Eddie was alive, he hated having the same job as his dad, considering it deadbeat, and he wanted more. He was angry about his war experiences, losing his wife to cancer, but most of all, he admits to feeling like he has nothing to show for his time on Earth. 1y
alyssia.malinowski In the afterlife, he learns to let go of all that anger and pain. He learns to realize all the joy he brought and all the lives he saved doing what he does. If you like books that make you ponder what the afterlife looks like for you and how your actions affect others, take the time to sink into the comfort of Albom‘s words. 1y
MissYaremcio He is one of my favourite authors of all times! Nicely done Alyssia! 6/6 1y
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Johanna414
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Just finished reading this with my 7th graders for English class. They liked it, it fell flat for me...

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emma.peto
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“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” begins at Ruby Pier in the early 2000‘s however the setting and time period changes many times throughout while always following the main character, Eddie. Eddie was a maintenance worker who had worked at Ruby Pier his whole life. The book follows Eddie through the moments leading up to his death and the sadness he was feeling in his life considering his situation with his job and lonely home life. (comments)

emma.peto Not only does it follow him leading up to his death but it also follows him after his death where he is shown the part he played in many different peoples lives; some of the people he didn't even know but he still had a huge impact on them and their lives. A motif in this book would be birthdays. This is important because Eddie had died on his 83rd birthday. (another comment) 1y
emma.peto Throughout the book Mitch Albom makes Eddie revist many different important birthdays during his life that held great significance. If you like books that focus on the meaning of life and are full of emotion then this is a book you would really enjoy. I would rate this book a 3.5/5.
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MissYaremcio Nicely done Emma! I love this author but I agree, it's definitely a 3.5/5 type of book! 6/6 on the review! 1y
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doodeh
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That is true.
#truth #ordinary

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denise.guci
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A comforting book immersing readers in the (past) life of a seemingly dull, aged man named Eddie. Eddie‘s afterlife exhibits to readers his effect and purpose in the world. Honestly one of the most thought-provoking books in correlation to our purpose in the world and whose lives we affect.

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doodeh
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Saying 👋 to January with this interesting new read. Here we go ❤️
#byejanuary #fiction #newread

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Tsalm1
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Book 2 of 2021 and its an old favourite. It's been a few years so was time for a re-read!

EadieB I read this one too but not the sequel. 2y
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Hif.saa
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A beautiful message inked into the papers of this book on one side leaves the reader inspired about our spiritual links with others but on the other side it gets a bit heavy on minds for it lacks certain aspects of sophistication.
The fiction in the story could have been blossomed by putting some knots into the plainness. It can still be worthy of being put onto your book shelf for the theme is exceptional and is meant to be understood by us.

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freeatlast1137
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Eddie meets five people in heaven.

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Katies_always_booked
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#bookreport #katies_always_booked
🎧 A Man Called Ove - 4⭐️
📖 The Lending Library - 4⭐️
🎧 Tweet Cute - 4⭐️
📖 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue - 5⭐️
📖 The Five People You Meet in Heaven - 3⭐️

#currentlyreading
📖 Leave the World Behind

#weeklyforcast
📖 Twenties Girl
🎧 The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

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Texreader
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#fridayfeelings Thanks for the tag @Megabooks

1) The Five People You Meet in Heaven-I love this book
2) The Fault in Our Stars
3) Old Yeller

I loved the book but didn‘t cry until I saw the movie of A Man Called Ove.

Cuilin Thanks for playing. 📚🥲 2y
Megabooks Oh yes! I cried the first time I read Fault. 2y
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AlRah
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j.rye
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Thanks for the tag @GreenGrl87

I‘ve been having some difficulties being grateful lately. 2020 is kicking my butt finally. But I am grateful for my wonderful husband who puts up with my emotional ups and downs like a champ. And I‘m grateful for the Chinese place who delivers to my office 🥡🥢

Beautiful love story that comes full circle during death.

@BayouGirl85 @Moonprismpower

GreenGrl87 Thanks for playing. I‘ve been having a hard time seeing the positive side of things too lately. That was why I was kind of excited to see this prompt. A great reframe to start the day. I hope things get brighter for you soon. 2y
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apok
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I personally love this books. There are a lot of things i can relate to this books. Losing people whom were so dear to me really broke my heart and i have been wishing to meet this people in heaven someday. I'm sure that we all have our own list of people we wish to meet again in the afterlife. And this books taught me to hold to those hopes. Here is my fav part of this books

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j.rye
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If you need a good cry, read this.
If you want to read a beautiful love story, read this.
If you need to restore your faith in humanity, read this.
If you want to read an honest book, read this.
Basically, just read this.

megnews Great review. Al his writing is like this. For One More Day hit me the hardest. The one you posted has a sequel recently released. 2y
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Read this today and it was lovely. Insightful. Sad. Hopeful. I'm glad I read it. 😊

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Reading snuggles. 🐶🐶🧡🧡

TheSpineView Awwwww... 2y
Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Mrs_B
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Beautifully quirky little book. Very cleverly written. Loved it!
Now to see if the movie lives up to the book...

#summerfun “book to movie”

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Dust

“All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.”

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Helen19
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OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great book!! ❤️✝️ 2y
Helen19 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks have you read the sequel? It‘s on my TBR! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Helen19 no, what‘s the title?? 2y
Helen19 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s The next person you meet in Heaven 😊 2y
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The.Great.Catsby
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I genuinely enjoyed this book and the lessons that Eddie learned. I can tell that this one is going to stick with me for awhile.

tpixie He really makes you think! 2y
Clwojick I read this book 15+ years ago, and though I don‘t remember all the details, I still think of this book fairly often. It certainly sticks with you. 2y
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xxjenadanxx
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Don't you love it when a book surprises you? I started this one this morning because I was wanting a quick read and had little expectations for it, but it blew me away. I only even grabbed it from a local little free library because it was my first visit to one and I was determined to pick something even though the selection was a little lacking! I loved it so much I gave it 5 stars and plan to force my family members to read it next.

samantharoberts I loved this book so much! The movie was just as good in my opinion, it‘s almost like they used the book as a script. 2y
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Eggs
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An interesting take on #heaven

#magicalmay

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Loric
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Mitch Album has a gift for words and I find his stories to be thoughtful, inspiring, and comforting.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven was a beautiful story that had me reflecting on ones purpose in life and how the events in our life are interconnected, one affects the other and the other affects the next.

Mitch Album has a way of reminding me that despite the darkness, there is always light. He‘s my go to comfort read

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“You have #peace," the old woman said, "when you make it with yourself.”

#BloomingBibliophiles

“The future depends entirely on what each of us does everyday.” ~ Gloria Steinem

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻❤️ 2y
Schnoebs One of my all time favorites 💕 Have you read the sequel? 2y
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UwannaPublishme Amen to that! ❤️🙌🏻 2y
Schnoebs It‘s really good. Not exactly to where the first one is but pretty darn close lol 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Schnoebs what‘s the name of it? 2y
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wideeyedreader
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A quick, thoughtful read! I really enjoyed it, despite how sad it seems at first

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MatchlessMarie
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This was one of the only books my non reader spouse had read that I hadn‘t... til now muahaha

I was actually kind of hesitant to read this because it seemed like something I might have been into when I was evangelical, but I was surprisingly relieved that it didn‘t come across as preachy but it does make you think about your impact one others for better or worse. #BookSpin

Scochrane26 I haven‘t read it because I thought it would be too cheesy. Maybe one day I will since so many people like it. I‘ve read Tuesday‘s with Morrie. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! I think no matter our religious differences, everyone can agree on the importance of making sure that our impact on the world is a positive one. Thank you for spinning this month!! 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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Young men go to war. Sometimes because they have to, sometimes because they want to. Always, they feel they are supposed to. This comes from the sad, layered stories of life, which over the centuries have seen courage confused with picking up arms, and cowardice confused with laying them down.

#BookSpin

rubyslippersreads As the Wizard would say, “You‘re confusing courage with wisdom.” 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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People think of heaven as a paradise garden, a place where they can float on clouds and laze in rivers and mountains. But scenery without solace is meaningless.

#BookSpin

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Howard_L
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Read this while spending a Saturday waiting at a high school academic decathlon. It was a quick read and surprisingly good. I knew that the main character, an elderly maintenance man, dies and meets five people in heaven but I didn‘t think that sounded particularly interesting. It was spiritual and introspective but not overtly religious or secular. The story of a rather average life held up rather well. Maybe there‘s hope for all of us.

BeaG The movie is good too. It's rare to find a movie that does the book justice, but I feel this one did an excellent job. 2y
Howard_L @BeaG thanks, I‘ll watch for it on cable! 2y
Texreader I loved this book. Glad you did,too. And great review. I agree: I didn‘t think it sounded all that interesting but I found it so powerful! 2y
hebadaisy I read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch and it was a very good book, and I'm excited to read this one. Thanks for your review.🌷 2y
Nute I read this book because of how much I enjoyed Tuesdays with Morrie by the same author. I was blown away by the powerful storytelling in both of these slim books. I felt like they were of a gift or a reminder of the preciousness of compassionate empathetic living. 2y
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Howard_L
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Read this while spending a Saturday waiting at a high school academic decathlon. It was a quick read and surprisingly good. I knew that the main character, an elderly maintenance man, dies and meets five people in heaven but I didn‘t think that sounded particularly interesting. It was spiritual and introspective but not overtly religious or secular. The story of a rather average life held up rather well. Maybe there‘s hope for all of us.

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Yanya
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Thought provoking and beautiful!

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MatchlessMarie
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I actually made my #BookSpin list last night but I fell asleep before I got a chance to post it! I actually decided to go all the way back (3 years worth) to the beginning of my Litsy feed and add the first 20 books from TBRs past that I never finished. I‘m trying to leave no TBR behind in 2020.

Sace That's some determination!👏👏👏 I get annoyed looking for something in my feed from last week! 😂 3y
ElaineR Brilliant books on your list. You've got some fab reads ahead of you! 3y
marleed That‘s an awesome way to creat a list. 3y
TheAromaofBooks I love your idea for which books to put on your list! Also, your spinning top graphic is A+. Glad you decided to join the challenge!! 3y
Hooked_on_books You‘ll have to let me know if leaving no TBR behind is even possible. 😂 3y
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