First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel, The

Mitch Albom
The First Phone Call from Heaven tells 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. An allegory about the power of belief—and a page-turner that will touch your soul—Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.Readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will recognize the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom's writing, and those who haven't yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2016-06-07
I love this author but this was not my favorite of his books. I was actually quite disappointed in the direction it took. It was not what I was expecting at all. Well written and the characters were likable.
Reviewed: 2016-05-31
3.5 stars

Mitch Albom can always be relied on for a moving, thought-provoking book. "The First Phone Call From Heaven" wasn't my favourite of his, but it was still an enjoyable read. My only criticism was that there were too many characters and so the book chopped and changed, making it difficult to follow at times. However, I did love the ending.
Reviewed: 2015-08-07

Very few writers can write on the same basic subject matter repeatedly and make each book sound fresh. Mitch Albom succeeds at doing exactly that. His subject matter – heaven.

In The First Phone Call From Heaven, several people in a small mid-western town begin to receive phone calls from deceased loved ones while one man receives calls from someone who was not exactly a friend.

Realistically, we know we cannot receive calls from heaven, but that does not take from the read. Albom makes us think. He makes the impossible seem possible. Knowing our thoughts on such matters, if you were to receive a call from someone who sounded like a deceased loved one and they said things that no one else would know, could you hang up and never give that call another thought? Or could you part with realistic (learned) thinking long enough to consider the possibility? You might not tell anyone for fear of being thought of as crazy. You might struggle with the idea. Or you might embrace it. I suppose you’d have to be in that exact situation to know how you’d react, but I imagine it would be quite similar to the characters in this book.

When we’re young, we believe in Santa Claus in part because we have no reason not to and in part because we want him to be real because if he weren’t, there may not be Christmas trees and lights and gifts or even an air of Christmas. Our disbelief is learned. So why can’t belief be learned as well?

This is another solid read by Albom. The writing is tight, the characters well-developed, and emotions ring true. 4.5-stars from this reviewer.

I have to say, I was surprised by the low number of ratings on Amazon considering the level of fame this author has enjoyed. I was also surprised to find this book in a discount bin at the local bookstore only two years after its publication. It all points to an unpopular book they are trying to get rid of, although the reviews I’ve read are good. Don’t let the lack of reviews or its discounted price fool you. The First Phone Call From Heavenwill have you longing for one more conversation.

*Correction: The paperback version of this book has more than 2,500 reviews. I have the hardcover, which has only 12. I suppose the hardcover didn’t sell nearly as many, the reason for so fewer reviews.

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