A little while ago now I borrowed a book from my friend called The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I loved it so much that I went out and brought Tuesday’s with Morrie and devoured that book in about two days, so I thought it made sense to review them both.
The five people in heaven tells the story of fairground maintenance man Eddie. Eddie has just been killed saving a girl after a ride at the ground broke down. Eddie suddenly finds himself in heaven and meets a guy called ‘The Blue Man’ . Eddie learns that he will be meeting five people including The Blue Man who have in one way or another impacted Eddie’s life. We go through the journey of Eddie’s life through these people, learning about his experience being a prisoner of war in Vietnam, his struggles for him and his wife to have a child and his relationship with his father and the fairground. And from these stories each designed to teach us life lessons that we can all learn.
This book is incredibly quick to read and although the book is about heaven, it isn’t preachy or spiritual and the book doesn’t make Eddie out to be a saint. I really felt that I was living Eddie’s life through this story. It is also a genuine interesting way to view heaven through someone else’s eyes.
This non-fiction book is about Mitch Albom’s relationship with his college professor Morrie. Morrie mentored Mitch heavily through college and Mitch took every class that Morrie taught. Afterwards, like all graduates Morrie moved away, started living adult life becoming a journalist.
It wasn’t until years later Mitch heard on the news that his old professor. had since been diagnosed with ALS (motor neurone disease) (remember the Ice Bucket challenge? That was what the challenge was raising money for). Mitch starts visiting Morrie regularly, on Tuesdays, and over fourteen visits learns some life lessons.
Like the book above, I read this very quickly. I was almost in tears at the end. Although I actively try and take most opportunities and spend less time online, I don’t feel that sometimes I appreciate what I have, including my health and that book made me think about that a bit more.
Have you read The five people you meet in heaven or Tuesdays with Morrie?
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