Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review: The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

Publisher: Harper
Pages: 272
Received: Received an e-copy from the publisher through Edelweiss/NetGalley

Release Date: November 12, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief--and a page-turner that will touch your soul--Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

Readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will recognize the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom's writing, and those who haven't yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

My Review:

I think I will always love a Mitch Albom book, his stories just really let me think about a lot of things in life. This book was definitely an emotional one for me, and I think it is one of my favourite stories of his. This book tells the story of a group of people from a small town that begin receiving phone calls from loved ones who have passed away in the past few years.

What would you want to hear if you could talk to someone one last time, someone that was taken too soon from you, what would you want to say? This book deals with a lot of those emotions, and really has the belief of an afterlife, that these people are in a better place. I love all the emotions that you get from these characters, the different ways each of them react, some believing and others not.

Mitch Albom describes perfectly how well the media takes a hold of something and runs with it as far and long as possible, and how people will react to the idea of heaven. Mitch shows the views of people from all over the world, and from different religions coming together, some to celebrate this miracle and others who believe it to be a hoax. Mitch shows all the different religious members coming together to try and find an answer to this supposed miracle.

I really enjoyed how the story affected Sully, a man who has recently lost his wife and is now trying to help his son through this loss as well. This miracle seems like a hoax to him and he devotes all his time to finding out the truth. I was really touched with how the story progressed and I was quite shocked at the ending, and yet it really made me feel for what these people have gone through.

I was weary after reading Mitch Albom's last book, but I think this book has taken readers back to what Mitch is best at writing about. This is a beautiful book, but I can absolutely say it is not for everyone. Mitch Albom really tends towards the more religious and this book is about believing that those that we have lost are in a better place and are happy. 

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