The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Book - 2003
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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?"
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2003
ISBN: 9780786868711
Branch Call Number: FIC AL1482fi
Characteristics: 196 p. ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: 5 people you meet in heaven


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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

Jun 01, 2018

A wonderful read...a beautiful story of forgiveness.

Apr 30, 2018

This book on my shelf has, over the years, been worn down. It is a book that I seem to cling onto reading whenever I feel cynical about life. It is such a great read! I can't bring myself to watch the movie because I fear that it will break my heart.

Sep 05, 2017

This is an excellent book to read. Before I read the book, I thought that the life was quite complicated. Now, I think life is easy.

Aug 02, 2017

As I read "The Five People You Meet In Heaven," the plot greatly confused me because the story began with the death of the main character. However, as I continued to read the story the five people Eddie (the main character) met taught him something extraordinary about his life.

Mar 09, 2017

I read this one many years ago (Mitch Albom lives in Michigan, so I had to pick up a lot of his books when they were first released) and loved it just as much this time around. This one is a super quick read and such an interesting story. It is so fascinating to think about how everyone's lives are intertwined and how one person can impact another without even fully realizing it. "...the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one."

Dec 10, 2016

Fairly good "clean" read. I read it myself then checked it out again to read to my 3-6 grade children. My kids enjoyed it more than I did, I think.

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Aug 21, 2012

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Jun 01, 2011

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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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