Book Review of the Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Mitch Albom is a gifted writer manages to bring people together through their commonalities and put aside differences. The book “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” in an inspirational story for anyone from any background. It’s the kind of story you wish you had written yourself.

In the story, the main character is a man who was a maintenance worker at an amusement park. He had been bitter toward his alcoholic father as a young man. He felt that he had missed opportunity because he never went to college. His wife had died of cancer and he was alone.

One day, one of the rides malfunctioned and he saw a little girl in harm’s way. He ran and pulled her from harm, just in time. The little girl was saved, but he died.

When he got to Heaven, he wondered why he was there, because he felt that he didn’t make a difference in anyone’s life. His angel told him to watch as he introduced him to five people. The man was confused, because he didn’t think he had made a difference in anyone’s life. However, in the end, all the stories did connect.

One of the people he met a man who was in the freak show at the amusement park. The maintenance man was only a boy when they crossed paths. One lady he met was the wife of the park’s owner. The park had been named after her. He saw his military officer and relived a war scene. He saw his father and what drove him to drink. He met a little girl who had been in the village during the war.

He learned that he did make a difference. Because he made sure the rides were safe and the park was cleaned, thousands of families made wonderful memories at the park. He learned that there was healing, even in family trials and war.

The moral of the story is that we are all connected to each other. Every person matters and makes a difference in someone’s life. There is forgiveness and healing for all. There are reasons behind someone’s anger, fear or frustration that we don’t know the story behind.

In our every day life, there are people in our path who need a smile, a handshake or a hug. When it seems they are distant, reach out. Do the best in your task, no matter how trivial it seems. It makes a difference to someone.

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Source by Laura M Schroeder

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