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The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2016
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“A beautifully rendered tale of faith and redemption that makes us think, feel, and hope--and then doubt and then believe, as only Mitch Albom can make us do.” (Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain)
“Beautiful and smart. Perhaps the most stirring and transcendent heaven story since Field of Dreams.” (Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Luck of Right Now)
About the Author
Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. The author of five consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than thirty-three million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Four of Albom’s books, including Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, and Have a Little Faith, have been made into highly acclaimed TV movies for ABC. Oprah Winfrey produced Tuesdays With Morrie, which claimed four Emmy awards including a best actor nod for Jack Lemmon in the lead role. Albom has founded six charities in and around Detroit, including the first-ever twenty-four-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America, and also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Albom lives with his wife, Janine, in metropolitan Detroit.
- Publisher : Harper; Reissue edition (May 31, 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062472607
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062472601
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One can easily see how the claim that so many folks from the same area had all received phone calls from "heaven" from their loved ones.. would put every person out there on the path to a little town in the middle of no where.. in hopes that they too.. could speak with their loved ones who have crossed over.
This book is not religious. I think that was the biggest surprise. It's about what may lay on the "other" side.. but, takes no mankind fixed religion over any other. It's inspirational without being preachy. Totally enjoyed it. In some ways.. It brought it's own comfort. And, any book that can do that.. is one that deserves an audience!
This story is enchanting, humorous, serious, and believable. The characters are finely drawn and soon become old friends. Overall an easy read and an uplifting one. The story itself will have you second guessing the verity of the phone calls but the ending will have you believing that those on the 'other side' are listening, if not communicating.
St. Augustine of Hippo
The plot centers on the sudden onset of phone calls from deceased loved ones received by a handful of people in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan. The voices on the phone are unmistakably those of these beloved spirits and provide short but powerful comments about life and the afterlife to the recipients. As word leaks out, reporters, photographers, believers, and protestors descend on the town creating their own chaos and questions. Are these calls really being made from Heaven? Are they legitimate? Do they prove the existence of a Heavenly afterlife? Are they some kind of elaborate hoax? Why would someone do such a thing? How could it be? Why are all the calls to residents of one area and always on Fridays? Why do some who long for contact with their lost loved ones not favored with calls?
If you enjoy your fiction with a big dose of inspiration, this book is for you. I found the mystery to be quite involving even as I was touched deeply by the feelings of the characters in this unlikely story.
Considered simply as a mystery story, the book delivers interesting and sympathetic characters, some believable red herrings, a strong sense of time and place, and a couple of unexpected twists and turns. Considered as an inspirational discussion, the book delivers a good number of "wow" moments, unexpected insights about spiritual matters, and pithy points of wisdom. Taken together, there is much to recommend in this book. Whether you believe spirits can contact people living physical lives or you maintain a skeptical or unbelieving attitude, I heartily recommend you get this book and read it with an open mind. It may change your thinking and it will definitely caress your heart.
By Paul McCright, Author of "Heaven Talks"
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The themes are explored beautifully, and provides food for thought on the subjects of loss, grief, and religious beliefs without taking any particular stance, and goes deep without being depressing or sombre. The experiences of the characters, their emotions, and the community reactions are more important than the actual narrative, because there's plenty to think about, feel, and explore even if there are points where the story doesn't move along too much.
I found myself highlighting lots of great quotes, and it's well written. I would have given 5 stars, but there were some slower moments and an ending that I wasn't too keen on (most likely personal taste, though). I'd still recommend, both to religious and non-religious people alike, as a great exploration of human behaviour and experiences.
All the way throughout the book Albom also tells the story of Alexander Graham Bell and his invention of the telephone. It was interesting to find out more about Bell’s life as well as how exactly the telephone came to existence. With some surprising details on the way!
I really enjoyed this book, it is beautifully written and so easy to read. Every single word in the story is there for a reason – it’s like Albom chose each word with great care before he put it down in writing. There are no unnecessary details and the characters are very carefully crafted. I was hanging onto every single word.
I loved everything about ‘The First Phone Call from Heaven’ and I will definitely read other Mitch Albom’s book. They have something in them that makes you see the world around from a different perspective and notice things that you haven’t paid attention to before. They’re a real treat for the soul.
Fortunately his latest book improves on both of these faults. Not only are the chapters of a sensible length the content is much less preachy whilst still managing to send across a message and move you.
As with a lot of his previous work the novel has a spiritual theme running through it but, whilst I myself and not a spiritual person, I still managed to engage in it. The novel deals with faith, loss and finding purpose in life after loss and it deals with it all very well. When I first began reading the novel and discovered that one of the characters was a recently released prisoner and another a priest I feared the characters were going to veer into stereotypes but luckily all of the characters were well constructed and relatable.
I think this novel is up there with Albom's best and is well worth a read.