I heard about Mitch Albom’s new book, The first phone call from Heaven, only a few weeks ago. As I’d loved his previous books Tuesdays with Morrie, The five people you meet in Heaven, For one more day, etc. I was very excited about his new one. I pre-ordered it on Amazon and waited patiently until it’s release yesterday, the 12th of November.
As with his other books, I devoured it and finished reading it in a day. Mitch writes in a way that is very easy to read and the suspense kept me turning each page faster than the last.
The question you ask yourself throughout the book is “What if the end is not the end?” One morning, in a small quiet town in Michigan, people start receiving phone calls from their loved ones…in heaven. Right from the first few paragraphs, the hairs on my arm were standing alert.
As with most Mitch Albom books there was an underlying theme of life after death, regret, compassion and love. He takes us through the story of about 5 people in this town who receive these calls and the following media frenzy that ensues. What I liked about this book is the easy way it’s written, the connection I could instantly feel with the characters and the message he was trying to put across. That what we think of as the end is in fact not the end and that heaven exists in all our hearts and minds.
Despite the title and inclusion of the Church in the book, I didn’t find it religious or preachy. In fact I quite resonated with the message he was trying to portray. There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about The first phone call from heaven (I finished it in a day!!). But I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I’m going to end here with a few of my favourite lines from the book:
“Fear is how you lose your life…a little bit at a time…What we give to fear, we take away from…faith.”
“Knowing Heaven is what heals us on Earth.”
“Sometimes, love brings you together even as life keeps you apart.”
“There are two stories for every life; the one you live, and the one others tell.”
“Heaven…is the same feeling…no fear…no dark. When you know you are love…that’s the light.”
“Desire sets our compass, real life steers our course.”
I’d love some recommendations for any good books you’ve read lately.