Albom, Mitch "The five people you meet in heaven" - 2003
Mitch Albom starts this novel with the main character, Eddie trying to save a young girl's life on his 83rd birthday. Unfortunately, he dies trying this. We then read about his afterlife and what happens to him in heaven. He meets five people who changed his life or whose life he changed, sometimes unaware.
I thought this was a very inspiring book. I loved the idea the author gave about heaven and the way your life is explained to you. Our book club found that the author did a great job describing the ideas of life after death. Depending on our religion, we interpreted it in different ways which shows how sensitive this subject is. Most members club really liked it.
This book leaves you with a very nice feeling and gives you a lot to think about.
If you enjoyed this, you should also read "Tuesdays with Morrie".
We discussed this in our book club in December 2008.
From the back cover:
"From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it's an answer.
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?'"