The First Phone Call From Heaven

The First Phone Call From Heaven

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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: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Description: 326 pages ; 20 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062294371
Branch Call Number: Albo


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Jan 23, 2020

love love love this story when i was really thinking of heaven

Jul 17, 2019

The story concept is interesting.
People believe what they want to believe, this sentence describes it perfectly of what I felt about this book.

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.

Feb 26, 2019

His books always have an important message.

Aug 14, 2017

Good story that had me guessing until near the end. Are the phone calls real or not? They sure seem to be, even though it must be impossible. Thought-provoking. Who would you like to hear from, who has passed on? One can dream, and I like that dream. Mitch Albom is a very impressive storyteller.

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.

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?

Dec 10, 2015

I listened to the audiobook version of this book. It was pretty decent. It's what I have come to expect from Albom's writing. Not extraordinarily entertaining. It wasn't particularly to follow along with the story. The narration was good and read by Albom himself.

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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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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