Book Review: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
We all know what happens to the body upon death. The heart stops beating, breathing ceases, all the internal organs stop working, and the body decomposes. There are many theories as to what happens to the soul when that time comes, but no one knows for sure.
Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven takes on one of these theories. Upon death, the soul is taken to different places, to meet five people who have already passed and whose lives you have greatly impacted, whether in a good or in a bad way. These five people explain what significance you played in their lives, in hopes of helping you understand the life that you have lived.
This story begins, quite ironically, at the end of the main character’s life, Eddie. He then is taken on a spiritual journey, as he meets five seemingly unimportant people to his life. Each of the five people he meets have already died, and the main character had a very significant role in their life or death. Some of these persons have also had an impact on his life, whether or not he knows it. In the end, Eddie reaches his final destination in the afterlife and awaits the souls whose lives he’s been part of.
The novel is an interesting take on what happens to the soul after death. It allows us to appreciate life and take into consideration the choices we make and the people we meet. Readers are left wondering who they’ll meet once they pass on.
Mitch Albom is the author of other spiritually provoking novels such as Tuesdays with Morrie, For One More Day, and The Timekeeper.
Paula Apolonio, a book worm and theater enthusiast, she hopes to one day pen an international bestseller.
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