Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

Released in 2003 in book form, and made to movie in 2004, The Five People You Meet In Heaven will make you start thinking. I'm sure most have read or watched this, but I'm still catching up with my life. (That's another story.)

Mitch Albom presents a story of a man who upon death arrives in heaven to be greeted by five people who share with him how he affected them and explain what his life was really about.

It's a wonderful story and worth reading.

As I read, my mind scurried to pick out the five people who I would meet. In my list, there were some surprises as I thought of who had affected me most in my life so far.

Then I thought, that's not actually the point. The five people are ones you have affected. My mind raced and I realized that I'm not sure who I have affected in this lifetime. I hope I've left an impression upon a few people out there, and would be excited to meet with them on the day I arrive in heaven.

Although fiction, this book has touched my heart and made me realize more clearly that life is about the people we touch and the people who touch us. We are all connected to each other and we should make each encounter mean something.

Stop rushing through life and enjoy it to the fullest.

Have you read this book or watched this movie? How were you affected?


Terry W. Ervin II said...


It is a great novel with an even greater message. It is neat to learn that you finally got a chance to read it.

Actually it's funny as on my website I have a study guide for the novel (I teach it at my school) and I just replied not five minutes ago to a teacher in Montana about the guide.

So, from my comment, you can tell, I've read it a number of times. I've seen the movie too, and it is better to read the novel first. The vast majority of my past students agree.

E. Arroyo said...

I loved the book. It made me pay attention more to life. Great post.

widdershins said...

I think the beauty of going through our lives with this knowledge is that we'll never really know what effect our actions have on others until that final page is written.... kinda makes one stop and consider .... doesn't it!

Anonymous said...

Terry, I'd heard of the book in the past and knew I wanted to read it, but just never went out of my way. When I went to the library to pick up my supply of audio books, I saw it and grabbed it instantly. I wished I'd read it long ago.

E.Arroyo, thanks for stopping by and yes it was an eye opener.

widdershins, it is a knowledge and a viewpoint that we all should take. The final pages of our life, what a wonderful thought.

Anonymous said...

I've read the book and I have seen the movie. I read the book in one day, finding it hard to put down. I went through a lot of tissues, because I did a lot of crying. It's one of the books I plan on reading again.

Anonymous said...

Susanne, I listened to the book, while working. It was hard, but I held back the tears.

Aubrie said...

I haven't read the book or watched the movie, but it sounds good. I have no idea who my five people would be either. I know who's affected my life, though. My flute teacher ranks high as one.

Anonymous said...

Aubrie, I urge you to read or watch. It is definitely a must read.

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