Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Cashane Brown
Five People You Meet in Heaven
March 2, 2013

The Five People You Meet in Heaven written by Mitch Albom, is about an old, crippled war veteran named Eddie. Eddie was raised by an abusive, drunk of a father and a caring mother who with all her love for her son did not interfere when Eddie’s father was abusing him. Eddie grew up resenting his father. He carried hate around with him as if it were his ID. The only true happiness Eddie found in life was his wife Marguerite. Eddie worked at Ruby Pier as the maintenance man for the majority of his adult life. In the time he wasn’t at the pier he was shipped off with a rifle to participate in World War II. While working at the pier Eddie suffered a tragic death when trying to remove a little girl from harm’s way. It was when he died that his story began and he met five people in heaven.

If my opinion mattered, I would recommend this book for inclusion on the summer reading list. Everything about this book was appealing, from the style to the lessons taught. After reading this book I found I had changed the way I viewed the afterlife. I always thought that after death souls of the saved went immediately to heaven, and the souls of the sinful went either to hell or were stuck here on Earth. Now I believe that the souls of the saved and the sinful are given a chance to right their wrongs in order to be accepted into the kingdom of God.

In the story Eddie meets five people. These five people have five lessons Eddie did not learn while he was on Earth. These five lessons were, in order: there are no random acts and all incidents are intertwined, lives are sacrificed to save others, one must forgive and let go of anger, the power of love, and every life has a purpose. From Eddie’s story I learned to forgive those who have trespassed against me no matter how great the transgression. I also learned that every life has a purpose whether you are aware of the purpose or not. In the story, Eddie believed he...
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