This book has been resting on the best sellers bookshelf for a reason. I have glanced it several times but ignored its presence until one day I did decide to give it a read.
There are no ghosts involved in this action-packed story, nonetheless this book takes you on a timeless scenic journey only to give you a mind blowing and deeply riveting understanding of how every life is important and that the role you play is always important to your story or forms a part of someone else’s life. The entire plot of the story rests on the title the five people that the character meets shortly after his sudden and unexpected death in the 1st chapter. Mitch Albom’s creative and heartfelt writing helps you heal and realise that memories you have are very significant part of helping you become who you are, cause those memories can either torment you or make you feel warm inside.
Its also about how not communicating can lead to misunderstandings that brew into hate for eternity. Everyone wishes that Mitch’s way of heaven or transition is what they would go through after they die because its an eye opening journey that truly calms the heart and unclogs the soul.
This book is not as long and the TV-released movie does little justice to Mitch Albom’s creative expression, so I would insist on reading the book rather than watching the movie. The title is enough to make you wonder and the characters are ready to ride you onto a deeply exciting and emotional rollercoaster ride.
Quotes from the ‘Five people you meet in Heaven’ (No spoilers)
“Holding anger is a poison…It eats you from inside…We think that by hating someone we hurt them…But hatred is a curved blade…and the harm we do to others…we also do to ourselves.”
“There are no random acts…We are all connected…You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind…”
“Fairness,” he said, ‘does not govern life and death. If it did, no good person would ever die young.”
“Courage is confused with picking up arms and cowardness is confused with laying them down.”
“It might seem strange to start a story with an ending. But all endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”