Five People You Meet in Heaven

by J-Mirabelli

Who are the five people you might meet in heaven? Would any of those people be surprised at the significant impact they had on your life?

“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.”

The world is full of stories, but the stories are all one. In his best selling book, “The Five People you Meet in Heaven”, Mitch Albom attempts to show how every life affects another in a thought provoking story of a man, who in death, learns the meaning of his life.

This is the story of Eddie, a wounded war veteran, who in his mind, has led an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him, as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart.

He awakes in the afterlife, and we follow Eddie into heaven where he encounters five pivotal figures from his life. Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Mitch Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie’s own in ways he never suspected.

Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them, Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to theirs.

“There are five people you meet in heaven,” the Blue Man, Eddie’s first encounter, explains. “Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth.”

One by one, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here”?

We all seek answers. We look for meaning behind the experiences in our lives. More often than not, we never get the answers, but we continue – fulfilled or unfulfilled, pain-free or in pain. We live. The book offers a very simple interpretation of life. It is. It just is.

All three of Mitch Albom’s best selling novels have been turned into successful TV movies. Oprah Winfrey produced the film version of Tuesdays With Morrie in December 1999, starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. The film won four Emmy awards, including best TV film, director, actor and supporting actor. Five People You Meet in Heaven aired on ABC in winter, 2004. Directed by Lloyd Kramer, the film was the most watched TV movie of the year, with 19 million viewers. Most recently, Oprah Winfrey Presents Mitch Albom’s For One More Day aired on ABC in December 2007 and earned Ellen Burstyn a Screen Actors Guild nomination.

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