Uta Hagen--

"We must overcome the notion that we must be regular...it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre."

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

The third book I've read in 2010 is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.  I finished it Tuesday night (February 23rd).  Here is my review of Mr. Albom's book.

The story starts off with us meeting Eddie, a maintence worker at an amusement park, Ruby Peir.  He has worked here since he was in high school, and no matter how hard he tried he can't get away from the Pier.  He feels he's done nothing important in his eighty years.  On his 80th birthday, Eddie is killed while trying to save a young girl from being crushed by a cart. 

Eddie goes through his journey to Heaven, meeting five people that were effected by Eddie's life.  They waited for him, after meeting thier own five people, in a place they considered to be their Heaven. 

I find it really hard to review this novel because of the fact that it wouldn't be fair to tell you who Eddie meets and what lessons he learns from them. 

Eddie learns the lessons that teach him that his life was meaningful--as is every life.  He also learns that he was put on Earth for a reason--as is everyone.  Most importantly, his fears and regrets are justified and he learns the truth behind them all.

To me, this book had no real 'problem' or 'plot' to it--though it was well organized.  It was hard for me to get into and it was slow moving.  However, it put my mind at ease hoping that this was the journey that we take to Heaven--or at least something similar.

I rate this book 3/5 stars.

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