Re-reading a book seems very easy especially if it’s one of your favorites. I’ve first read this book in college, recommended by a good friend, Mark, who’s an ultimate book lover. I actually discovered most of my favorites through him.
I’ve read Mitch Albom’s other books (Tuesdays with Morrie and For One More Day) but Five People You Meet in Heaven stands out for me. For those who doesn’t know much about him, besides of being a best-selling author, Mitch Albom is also a radio host, playwright and a songwriter. Some other books he wrote are Have a Little Faith, The Time Keeper and the most recent released, The First Phone Call from Heaven – which I want to read very soon.
Five People You Meet in Heaven is about a war veteran named Eddie who lives fixing rides at an amusement park. He was killed on his 83rd birthday trying to save a life of a little girl from a falling ride. He wakes up in Heaven where he learns all the things he has to, from the five people who affected or were affected by him and that Heaven is understanding your life on earth.
Let me share some of the best quotes from the book that I really love:
“..all endings are also beginnings.”
“..the running boy is inside every man, no matter how old he gets.”
“This is the greatest gift of God can give you: To understand what happened in your life. To have it explained. It is the peace you have been searching for.”
“No life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.”
“That’s what heaven is. You get to make sense of your yesterdays.”
“Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.”
“Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with soaking joy. But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.”
“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form. When senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it. Life has to end, Love doesn’t.”
I’ve re-read the book and finish it in two weeks. I guess this time it’s longer compared to the first time I read it. It’s because I wanted to chew every single word, taste its meaning and swallow it ‘til it reached my heart and mind. Since the day that I finished this book for the first time, it made me believe that each person has their own Heaven. That once you die, your Heaven will be what you believe what Heaven is. My Heaven is my grandparents’ old demolished home, full of chocolates. How about you, what’s your Heaven?