Review: The First Phonecall From Heaven, Mitch Albom

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Harper in return for an honest review*
A small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.

Mitchell David Albom born May 23 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey.After attending high schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, he left for college after his junior year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1979 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, majoring in sociology, but stayed true to his dream of a life in music, and upon graduation, he worked for several years as a performer, both in Europe and America.
He eventually returned to graduate school, earning a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, followed by an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. During this time, he paid his tuition partly through work as a piano player.
He lives with his wife, Janine, in Detroit, MI.

This books works around a very interesting concept. What would I do if I got a phone call from heaven. If I had a change to speak to people I have lost. Would I, as a non-believer, start to believe? Would I turn it down as a hoax? This book shows all point of views and all are good and believable. There is Sully who has been trough a lot and cannot take the struggle of seeing his little son hurt but hopeful about receiving a call. There is Katherine who believes she is chosen. Tess and Jack who love to have the contact. Elias who gets a total scare and runs of not sure what to believe. All of these people and the way they deal with the situation are believable.
I liked Sully and Tess most. Sully clearly feels he has to make something right with his boy and it is clear he will do anything but is blind for the emotional pain that is bothering him. Seeing him going around like that made me cheer for him though because it was clear he had all the right motivation to do it. Tess stayed grounded during the whole thing. I never really had the feeling she lost it or felt she had to preach to the world about it. Still the whole situation made her see things which made it easier for her to say goodbye to her mother at last.
A great and compelling read that left me with a lot of questions.

The First Phone Call From Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 272
Format: eGalley
ISBN-10: 0062294377
ISBN-13: 9780062294371
Harper: Hardcover | audioBook
The First Phone Call From Heaven

4 stars

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Kat Balcombe
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10 November, 2013 delete

I'm looking forward to reading this one, I'm glad to you enjoyed it! It sounds like it poses some interesting questions.

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Elizabeth
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11 November, 2013 delete

I haven't heard of this book, but it does sound good.

THANKS for sharing.

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Melinda
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11 November, 2013 delete

Sounds good!! I have a Mitch Albom book (Five people you meet in heaven) and I will read it soon and maybe also his other books if I like that one.

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Isi
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12 November, 2013 delete

I want to read this book. I read "Tuesdays with Morrie" and it made me think a lot about everything regarding life and death and well, I like these kinds of books to read from time to time.
So fingers crossed ;)

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