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Great Inspiration on the Impact We Have in the Lives of Others

  • Jul 6, 2010

As I read another one of Mitch Albom's books, I once again find inspiration.  While this book was fiction, it certainly had a message.

We all go through live and do not realize the impact we have on people's lives.  People that may seem largely significant and people that we may not even realize we left an impression,  This impression can impact their lives in a significant way. 

The books recounts the life of a man who does not believe he has lead an extraordinary or significant life.  He doesn't understand how much he was loved and how everyone has an impact in someone's life.  The character, Eddie works on a pier and does maintenance on the rides and all around the park. After a freak accident, he goes to heaven where he will meet five people whose lives Eddie has left an impact.

The purpose of this book was to help people realize what impact they can make without even realizing it.  Mitch dedicated this book to his uncle who did not feel very important.  Mitch wanted him to realize that he was and did affect others while he was living here in earth.

One of my favorite quotes from this book comes from the conversation Eddie is having with this "host" in heaven, the Blue Man.  He says to Eddie..."that there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind."

We are all intertwined with others somehow. One simple act, even from someone with a simple life, can have ramifications to influence others. Then, it intersects with someone else's life and so on. Some small acts may be just as significant as some larger acts.

Albom is a great author, no doubt.  His books are inspirational, fiction and non-fiction. It is always a pleasure to read his books, and to be inspired by the message that is depicted in the book.

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July 13, 2010
I love this book, the Five People you meet in Heaven! It is definitely on my favorite's list.
July 13, 2010
This review really opens my eyes and makes me think. I am now wanting to go pick this book up and read it.
July 12, 2010
This book sounds amazing. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing, Julie!
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I've always enjoyed Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie was so simple and changed my life and how I see things. Five People You Meet in Heaven is a great read and can be spent with a rainy afternoon on the couch. You know a book is good when you think of it randomly in your life every once in awhile, as you interact within random experiences. You never who will come across that will make a difference in your life ... or the people they met in order to instill certain experiences that affected …
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
More impossibly cheesy inspiration from a terrible writer.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Interesting to think about. And better written than his first book.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Mitch Albom is a great sports writer but is far better off writing about the Lions, Tigers and dying professors than this sentimental glop.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Moving, exhilarating, intriguing, and brilliantly told. My first read from Albom, and certainly not my last. This is the book to read when you're feeling lost in the world, or perhaps just lost in yourself. I recommend the film as well -- excellent adaptation.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
If you liked Tuesdays With Morrie you'll like this other book by Albom! Very inspirational and thought provoking!
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Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom'sThe Five People You Meet in Heavenweaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie's world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie's birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures from his life (a laA Christmas Carol). Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie's own in ways he never suspected. Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to theirs.

Albom takes a big risk with the novel; such a story can easily veer into the saccharine and preachy, and this one does in moments. But, for the most part, Albom's telling remains poignant and is occasionally profound. Even with its flaws, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a ...

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ISBN-10: 1401308589
ISBN-13: 978-1401308582
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Hyperion

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