This month we are discussing Mitch Albom’s the five people you meet in heaven.
This is a book I picked up in a box of books to read, left outside the apartment, while on a holiday where I had gone to write. I couldn’t put it down and I was deeply moved by the whole premise of the book which was unique, thought provoking and challenging.
The discussion/review is started by Lorraine Blencoe who has won a copy of my book for kicking off the Book Group discussion for June. Well done Lorraine.
I’m not a religious or spiritual person but even I could not fail to be touched by this book.
As a work of fiction it is a great premise, that just as you may be about to die you meet five people who have vastly affected your life, but they are not necessarily the people you think they might be. Your life can be affected by those you only touch upon briefly, yes it does all sound a bit like Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. But I think the real difference is the short snappy dialogue that Albom uses to move his story on so rapidly and so hook the reader. He writes with great effect and does impart the message that we need to treat everyone with a bit of respect as we pass through life, so powerfully.”
Questions to consider:
- Is the character of Eddie realistic? In what Way?
- Which person’ that Eddie spoke to did you find most moving and why?
- Which character do you think had the most to say to say to Eddie in terms of helping understand his earthly life better?
- Who do you think may be one of the people on your life that would be there at your last breath explaining to you your earthly life?
- What might they tell you?