Title: The First Phone Call from Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Being an ardent reader of Mitch Albom’s works, this was a book that I was very eager to read when I first found out about it. Then somewhere along the line, as I was waiting for it to be released, I sort of forgot about it (oopsies). Fortunately, when reacquainted with it at the library, I added it to my pile of books and hurried straight to the check out counter.
In a nutshell this story is about how a few residents of a small town start receiving telephone calls from the dead. Naturally, the question of whether this is the greatest miracle yet or just some elaborate hoax arises. Sully, a grief stricken single father, is determined to find out the truth.
Like all of Albom’s other books I’ve read, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. It was emotional, spellbinding and simply amazing. Normally I don’t like too many characters, but it seemed to have worked perfectly within this book. Not only was the range of characters presented fascinating, but also the diversity of emotions and thoughts of each of these characters – especially the ‘chosen’ ones as they experienced the same phenomena.
“No soul remembered is ever really gone”
For me, all the storylines were interesting in their own way as each character had been properly explored and fleshed out. Also, the way Alexander Bell’s history was interspersed was a nice touch and added something different to the book.
The mystery element was nifty, but more so was the test of belief and faith that the characters went through. The emotional confusion the characters go through as a result of this is masterfully depicted. The plot moves at a fast pace all the while capturing the greed of the media and mass hysteria.
“Desire sets our compass, but real life steers our course.”
On the whole, this was an emotionally charged book and well worth a read regardless of faith, belief or religion. It’s a heartfelt read of faith, forgiveness and trust. Plus, I’ve never read a book before that had so many beautiful quotes (which is always a delight).