“Each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.” (The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom)
The FivePeople You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom tells the story of a Eddie, a wounded war veteran. After the war he came back home and started working at an amusement where he spend the rest of his days working as a maintenance man. On his 83rd birthday a tragic accident happens at the amusement park. One of the attractions broke causing a cart to fall down to the ground. The main character, Eddie, pushed a little girl, who was going to be crushed by the cart if he hadn’t done so, out of the way. By doing this he himself got killed and ended up in the afterlife.
At the beginning at the book you get the impression that Eddie is just another insignificant person who has died. However, nothing is less true. As you read you witness him meeting people whom he has had an impacted on or whom have had an impacted on him throughout his life. As it turns out, every life is connected with another and therefore, every life matters in some way.
There is a lot of prejudice surrounding this book. People do not want to pick it up because they think the subject is too heavy, or they do not want someone else’s beliefs forced on them. I am not going to lie. It is a heavy subject. It is also a subject that is usually associated with religious beliefs. However, Mitch Albom managed to avoid all of this. The religious aspect of it all is close to non-existent. The only thing this book does is assure you that whatever comes next, it will be ok.
I loved reading this book. It is one of those stories that makes you feel warm inside and satisfied with what you have got. I encourage anyone to read the book. And I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.