The First Phone Call From Heaven

The First Phone Call From Heaven

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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The story of 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins, 2013.
Edition: Regular print.
ISBN: 9780062294395
0062294393
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)

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CarleeMcDot
Mar 18, 2019

You may remember that last year I read through quite a few of Mitch Albom's books. He is a Detroit guy (who also runs a non-profit in Haiti) and I always love his writing, so when I saw one of his books (and, surprisingly one I hadn't already read) at the "little free library" on our doggy walk route, I grabbed it. It has been sitting on my bedside table for a few weeks now because books keep becoming available at the library, but when I had a few days and didn't have any books reserved at the library I picked this one up. I've gotta say - I really liked it. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I felt like it kept me guessing and interested the entire time. Unlike some books where I can predict the plot or outcome, this one had me on the edge of my seat for the entire time. I feel like it was a rather long book compared to the other ones of his that I had read, but I still flew through it in about a day and a half. Despite the name and focus of the story, I didn't feel this was a religious book, so if that is something that would turn you off from reading it I'd still suggest picking it up. I would say, even though it's a novel, it does make you do a little soul searching about what (and why) you believe what you do. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 26, 2019

His books always have an important message.

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wyenotgo
Jul 20, 2017

I can never resist Mitch Albom. Even when he becomes annoyingly preachy (as in "Have a Little Faith") he is always readable; and a welcome relief from our "real" world of hate, greed and political chicanery.
Although quite reminiscent of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" or "For One More Day", this one is also a mystery of sorts -- but of course coming from Albom it's a quirky mystery. With Albom, it's best you just totally suspend disbelief and go along for the ride, believing against all evidence to the contrary that he'll sort things out by the end.
I very much appreciate Albom's tight, narrative style, his skill at telling a complicated story in just a few pages. I am however in a quandary about his approach to character development here. He presents us with a large number of players, many of whom have great potential but he lacks the time to develop them to their potential. In this case, Sully, Jack, Amy, Tess and Katherine are all really interesting people; I found myself wishing that Albom had moderated his commitment to brevity just enough to have fleshed out at least one of them a bit more.

CatherineG_1 Dec 19, 2015

As others have said, Mitch Albom's books are quick reads and always enjoyable.
The premise of the book is a good one.
Would we not all like one last chance to speak to a loved one?

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Adele20
Apr 27, 2015

Interesting concept but not as enjoyable as his other books.

dairyqueen Jan 30, 2015

I found this book to be enjoyable and very thought provoking.

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laMcCullough
Jan 26, 2015

This book was a little in the boring side. It took me longer than usually to finish as I found it just put me to sleep!

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gagasgirls
Jan 19, 2015

Quick read because I didn't want to stop, a few twists and turns but overall a good book about beliefs and how loss affects people.

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ildike
Jan 05, 2015

Very good book, makes you think about your own beliefs. Really well written, I couldn't put it down.

akasq Oct 11, 2014

A fast page turner,making one think,
where is Mitch Albom going with this.
Bringing it all togetter with a good ending, with unanswered question.

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cdmadoginog
Aug 08, 2015

"In heaven, we can see you... We can feel you... We know your pain, your tears, but we feel no pain or tears ourselves... There are no bodies here... There is no age... The old who come... Are no different than the children... No one feels alone... No one is greater or smaller... We are all in the light...the light is grace... And we are part of... The one great thing."

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