The Five People You Meet in Heaven
By Mitch Albom
- Published in 2003
- 196 pages
Eddie has worked at an amusement park called “Ruby Pier” practically his whole adult life. His father worked there before him so he spent a lot of time there as a kid. Eddie is sad about all the things he didn’t get to do because he started working there to save his dads job and basically never left even after his father passed. Eddie thinks he’s had no purpose or was never able to fulfill his purpose. Through flash backs to some of his birthdays he learns about people that not only affected his life but how he affected theirs as well.
- “No Story sits by itself. Sometimes stories meet at corners and sometimes they cover one another completely, like stones beneath a river.”
- “I should have worked somewhere else, he told her. I’m sorry I never got us out of there. My dad. My leg. I always felt like such a bum after the war.”
- “Did I save her? Did I pull her out of the way?”
I adore this book! It is a such a quick read but I suggest you take your time and absorb the lessons that Eddie learns about his life. I have read this book twice, so far and look forward to reading it again. We become so hyper-focused on the details of our lives that we miss the lesson. This book made me look at things differently.
When I first read it over 10 years ago, it made me realize “Things really do happen for a reason” and sometimes you are not meant to know exactly what that is until much later. It also made me look at people in my life differently; even the most difficult people I run across are meant to teach me something. I feel like if I keep running into that same person or situation repeatedly, I just haven’t absorbed the message.
This is one of those books that you just have to have a physical copy of to pick up and open to any page and remember you have a purpose.