One delightful afternoon, I came home from work and found a box on my door step. Shae and I raced to the box because we knew what was inside and we both knew that it was a box we had been waiting for for a week.
The sender of the box has a habit of when she finds something and she thinks of you, she gets online, orders it and sends it to you. My mom started this little habit when my parents moved far away to the land of Alaska, and seeing each other was harder. So, she would send gifts of love via internet via the brown Santa Claus.
On this particular day, Shae was getting a new puppet (a special post I am planning later) and I was expecting a book. Not just any book, one of her all time favorite books that she wanted me to read.
As you already know, I am a fan of Mitch Albom and about a month ago I finished rereading "Tuesday's with Morrie." After my review of that book, my mom was insistant that I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven. So she ordered it and with the book in my hands, I had to read.
It is a story about Eddie, an old man who works at an amusement park who dies trying to save a young girls life from a ride that malfunctions. After his death, we journey through 5 people he knew or did not know throughout his life that some how their lives affected each other. Each person explains certain meanings of his life and teaches Eddie that every moment in his life had a meaning.
For me, it was a little hard to read. I have strong religious point of views about death and "the meaning of life" and it was hard to set those aside and read what the author was expressing from his point of view. After I finished the book, I called my mom. I wanted to know why she loved the book so much. I wanted to understand her perspective in what she got out of the book and why it was one of her favorites. She explained to me that she loved the book so much because even the most "meaningless" life has a purpose. That everyone in some way or another effects another person on this earth and that we are all tied together. She thought that was a beautiful concept.
And I loved that point of view.
So I give you The Five People You Meet in Heaven. A quick easy read and a read that gets you thinking about what your own death will be like and who will you see when you have passed on.