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I have enjoyed the other books Mitch Albom wrote. This one I really loved. It was a page turner that I didn't want to put down. It was about the five people Annie met on her way to heaven. Each person she meets on her journey helps her understand how her life mattered. It's similar to the Five People You Meet in Heaven. The ending was a surprising twist which I loved. I hope Mitch Albom will write another book soon.
Loved, loved this book! Albom never disappoints. Annie gets to heaven and meets five people who were very important in her life. She has no choice in who they are. My favourite was her dog who appeared as a lady. I made my husband promise that I be given dog treats to take with me, to my next life. Along with the usual life lessons, I finished the book again thinking of who I would love to see!
This book is billed as a novel which tells us how lives and losses intersect. I would say it is much more. Shaping the story as one girl's life and her losses, Albom tells us some truths about life itself. I'm not a dog lover but when Albom mentioned that dogs have empathy which unlike humans they don't block by ego, self-pity and thinking their own pain must always be tended first I wanted to own a dog.Each character Annie meets in heaven teaches her a lesson. For example she learns from her mother that children have the disarming power of being able to need in such a way that you forget your own need.Perhaps the most profound definition in the book is that of salvation, which Albom says makes the wrongs we do open doors to do right.All of us have secrets and the author says we think that by keeping secrets, we're controlling things when in actuality they're controlling us. Albom describes losing a child as feeling utterly full and utterly vacant - indeed a poignant description. I could go on in this vein talking about all the great descriptions Mitch Albom provides suffice it to say I loved the book and reading it was a learning experience.
In as much as no person on Earth can know or does know what happens when we die and IF we get to Heaven, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a beautiful testament to HOPE. Hope, that we find answers, hope that we find relevance in our lives, hope that we meet those we love, hope that those we unknowingly touched in our lives were better for that touch, which in turn makes them better for those they unknowingly touched.
Readers that focus on 'trite' phrases or 'Hallmark writing' miss the entire point of The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. How sad.
I liked the five people you meet in heaven but the next person you meet in heaven WOW'ed me! Big lump in my throat throughout the book, it was easy to read, easy to love and gave me goosebumps.
Au-delà d'un simple histoire, Mitch Albom nous invite à se laisser ressentir le périple d'Annie et ce faisant favorise une sorte de réflexion personnelle. Ce livre laisse des traces et des réverbérations tout autour. Il nous offre aussi la possibilité de s'ouvrir à l'ici et maintenant, à lâcher prise, à se faire confiance tout en faisant confiance aux autres. Mais surtout d'accueillir la vie telle qu'elle se déploie devant soi, moment après moment.
I have to say I didn't enjoy the first 120 pages or so at all!! I was so disappointed up to that point, but it got better (or maybe just the emotion hit me)....I cried quite a lot, but does that make me like a book? I'm not sure how I feel. I certainly didn't like it as much as the first one. I wish I would have re-read The Five People You Meet in Heaven before starting this one so I could remember it all. That one is one of my all time favourite books. So, kind of on the fence...
I read the entirety of The Next Person you Meet in Heaven in one evening. It wasn’t too easy. It was just so good.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of my favourite books of all time, so of course I picked this one up right away. The themes may seem a bit daunting, but it is anything but dark. It is a beautiful story of intertwining lives and unseen consequences. This sequel is a little more obvious in its choices of the people met in heaven, and is clearly meant to tug on the heartstrings. My advice? Just let it. Let it pull you in. Let it make you cry. Then recover, and let the whole process start all over again.
Normally I don’t go for obvious books. But this one is obvious in a beautiful way.
@freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Amazing author and a fantastic sequel to his previous book! It's hard not to love what he writes and the life lessons he teaches us through his stories.
This book will bring out the tears in you, so deep and touching. Definitely a must read!