By Angela Maria Hart
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of my favorite books. I have read it multiple times. I just re-read it again.
The book is not that long, but it does not need to be. Albom writes in a concise manner, every detail and word matters throughout the novel. He makes each sentence count, making them truly impactful. While I love flowery language in some novels, Albom’s direct approach really mesmerizes me as a reader. For me, this book is an emotional roller-coaster, there are parts where I had tears in my eyes and other times I found myself smiling.
Right from the beginning of the story, the reader knows they are following Eddie’s final day on earth and his afterlife. Since the tale pertains to his death, it is not going to be uplifting on every page, but at the same time, Albom leaves the reader with a sense of hope. The message that your time matters on earth matters, impacting others in ways one might not even realize. Lives intertwine in ways that can not be seen. It is a wonderful book that I recommend to everyone. I would give this book six out of five stars if I could.