Book Review: The Five People you meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Review on: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Rating: 3.5/5


A story of a man who risks his life for the sake of another, and ends up in Heaven where he meets five different people who’ve made an impact on his life. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is another sentimental and inspiring book by Mitch Albom, which again delves into the human life and the human soul.

In many ways, this book does have simlarities to For One More Day (also by Mitch Albom) in regard to experiencing “death” and the role of important people in our lives, but in many ways, it also discusses different things. While For One More Day discusses life and the decisions we make in life and how it relates to us in general, The Five People You Meet in Heaven discusses life and how different people have affected the decisions we have made in our lives. Sometimes, the people we least expect to have made a decision on our lives, end up being integral foundations of things we’ve done in our life.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an interesting book that gives us a possible outcome to life after death. What if in reality, after-death is simply about learning about things in our life and how they came to be. It’s an interesting aspect to tackle since people tell us that after-death is simply about us being knowledgeable about everything, this book tackles a possible answer to how we become knowledgeable about certain things. That’s is basically how the story goes. The main character learns about how certain things in life came to be, and how mistaken he was about how he thought things had turned out. He meets people whom he has both met, and not met, but had a life-changing impact on his life.

One of the interesting things that might pique the interest of fellow Filipinos is that the Philippines is actually included in the book. It is described in a very interesting time, in a time of war, WW2 supposedly. Mitch Albom does his research as he also includes Filipino words into the story.

What I loved most about the book is how Mitch Albom’s story allows us to see how everyone in the world is in one-way an influence to our lives. It clearly justifies what I have learned so far in my Philosophy class about how everything or everyone is in some way formed by their environment, yet what happens after is not necessarily the effect of influences. Quite a wonderful point-of-view to tackle for the story. In my opinion though, this book is not meant for very young audiences as it includes some images that are not suitable to someone of a young age. Also, there were some parts in the book which I thought could have been explained further, such as the explanation of the whole 5-people-you-meet-in-Heaven concept. That part of the book wasn’t fully explained, though the jist of how you get to meet such people was stated. I had hoped that Mitch Albom could have explained that part a bit further, especially to clarify why specifically 5 people, or how one can clearly distinguish which 5 in our lives we can consider for this kind of thing. But then again, there is also beauty in the mystery of the concept. Of course, how can one also fully conceptualize something which transcends life~ 🙂


8 Responses to “Book Review: The Five People you meet in Heaven”

  1. December 24, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Imho, I don’t like Mitch Albom. Other writers have come up with better books. :/ But that might just be me.

  2. December 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    @Tiffy: Lol. It’s okay. I’ve just been reading Mitch Albom’s books a lot recently. I have yet to tackle Tuesdays with Morrie or the other one with the dog thing. Haha. Hm, I don’t mind the stories he tackles~ though there’s a mature side to the way he writes. His stories seem to be for young ones, but it requires a “mature” audience. XD

  3. 3 kasey turner
    December 17, 2009 at 10:02 am

    i just want to say one thing i love this book…i think it has a very good moral and is very ohh whats the word devine i guess but this book is wonderful.

  4. March 8, 2010 at 3:49 am

    DwaPY1 Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

  5. 5 Shanevalyn
    April 15, 2010 at 3:47 am

    I absolutely love this book…This outstanding book make me think alot about my life… Everyone should get a copy of this amazing book… Mitch Albom is awesome!!!!

  6. 7 Jurbys
    June 2, 2010 at 2:55 am

    I like it! It makes me think about who really I am going to meet in heaven! I always thought on my parents because usually they always leave before their kids.

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