The First Phone Call from Heaven

The First Phone Call from Heaven

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...

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Title:The First Phone Call from Heaven
Author:Mitch Albom
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Edition Language:English

The First Phone Call from Heaven Reviews

  • Heidi Miller

    "No soul remembered is ever truly gone."

    P.S. Mom, I'm still waiting for the phone to ring!

  • Phrynne

    A nice, thought provoking little story which is interesting whether you believe in Heaven or whether you do not. Not that the author provides any great solutions as you are left at the end with as many facts as you have at the beginning.

    The most interesting part to me was what happened to the world at large as people began to receive phone calls from loved ones who had passed on. At first it seems a good thing. Who wouldn't like to hear from a loved partner or child who has died, especially when

    A nice, thought provoking little story which is interesting whether you believe in Heaven or whether you do not. Not that the author provides any great solutions as you are left at the end with as many facts as you have at the beginning.

    The most interesting part to me was what happened to the world at large as people began to receive phone calls from loved ones who had passed on. At first it seems a good thing. Who wouldn't like to hear from a loved partner or child who has died, especially when the message is that there is a life after death. However people of course react the way people do with jealousy and unkindness - and then there is the media......

    I enjoyed it all. There were some great characters like Sully and there were some life changing moments as a direct result of all the fuss. Not a major book, but a nice one and, for me, a very pleasant reading experience.

  • Bookworm007

    So ready to love this! Mitch Albom's books truly are life-changing and incredibly inspiring; I love each and every one of them.

    Just realized the release date reads: eleven / twelve / thirteen.

    edit on Dec 12th, 2013

    I am truly, madly, deeply sorry, but this book landed itself onto my list of disappointing books of 2013. In addition to this year's

    ,

    , and

    , know that it is with a heavy heart that I sadly rank

    among t

    So ready to love this! Mitch Albom's books truly are life-changing and incredibly inspiring; I love each and every one of them.

    Just realized the release date reads: eleven / twelve / thirteen.

    edit on Dec 12th, 2013

    I am truly, madly, deeply sorry, but this book landed itself onto my list of disappointing books of 2013. In addition to this year's

    ,

    , and

    , know that it is with a heavy heart that I sadly rank

    among them. I'm giving it a 3-star because while Sully's story was a 4-star, everybody else's was only a 2.

    The biggest problem I had with this book was the nearly-overwhelming number of characters and POVs it had. Usually I welcome multiple character POVs with a huge bear hug, but that wasn't the case with this book. I understand that with a plot such as this, you kinda NEED to include multiple POVs, but when the POVs expanded to minor characters like Phil and Amy, it became too much for me. One: I couldn't care less about what went through their heads, and two: reading their parts wasted my time in quickly getting to Sully's part.

    I quite enjoyed reading about Sully, and Mitch's style of unraveling Sully's mysterious past was pretty much the only motivation I had for finishing the book.

    I was disappointed to find out that

    This book just didn't work out for me. I love, love, love Mitch Albom and his books, (haven't read

    yet), but this book just didn't have the same fictional, magical storytelling as did

    and

    .

    I hope y'all enjoy it more than I did.

  • Kristin

    Interesting premise but was let down by the lack of emotional connection I typically feel when reading a Mitch Albom book. Was more of a mystery book then an emotional/inspirational book.

  • Petra X

    I know that to some people religion is the basis of life and why they are 'here'. I think religion is indeed 'the opiate of the masses', it exists so people don't have to face up to the consequences of their own actions. They can blame it on fate, some old guy up in the sky, or lots of people up in the sky, or the one down below in the pit, or the ones with lots of arms or blue heads or two faces or or or... there are so many gods to choose from and everyone who believes in one or more of them i

    I know that to some people religion is the basis of life and why they are 'here'. I think religion is indeed 'the opiate of the masses', it exists so people don't have to face up to the consequences of their own actions. They can blame it on fate, some old guy up in the sky, or lots of people up in the sky, or the one down below in the pit, or the ones with lots of arms or blue heads or two faces or or or... there are so many gods to choose from and everyone who believes in one or more of them is convinced that they are right and everyone else's gods just plain don't even exist.

    But when we start saying that the Christian God actually gets on the telephone.... well, I'm sorry my credibility has been stretched wayyyyy too far. But I'm laughing. What I want to know is if you don't hear the call, do you get a text saying you have a missing call from God?

    In five thousand years, if we are still here on Earth, people will look back to these religions we presently have as we do to the ones of Egypt and Greece. Wonderful, strange, exotic, not based in a present reality... I'm just in advance of the times!

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