Title: The First Phone Call From Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
What if the end is not the end?”
From the beloved author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most thrilling and magical novel yet—a page-turning mystery and a meditation on the power of human connection.
One morning in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, the phones start ringing. The voices say they are calling from heaven. Is it the greatest miracle ever? Or some cruel hoax? As news of these strange calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be a part of it.
At the same time, a disgraced pilot named Sully Harding returns to Coldwater from prison to discover his hometown gripped by “miracle fever.” Even his young son carries a toy phone, hoping to hear from his mother in heaven.
As the calls increase, and proof of an afterlife begins to surface, the town—and the world—transforms. Only Sully, convinced there is nothing beyond this sad life, digs into the phenomenon, determined to disprove it for his child and his own broken heart.
Moving seamlessly between the invention of the telephone in 1876 and a world obsessed with the next level of communication, Mitch Albom takes readers on a breathtaking ride of frenzied hope.
The First Phone Call from Heaven is Mitch Albom at his best—a virtuosic story of love, history, and belief.
What would you do if you got a phone call from heaven? It seems so unrealistic, I think that if I were to hear from someone in heaven, a phone call would not be the method I would think of first. In this story, I am not sure if it is more important that you believe the phone calls are real or not, but the proof is in the results. If it helps them to move on in their grief, feel resolution about the situation, or brings peace in any way, I think that it is a good thing. I know for me, after the death of my nephew, many people in our family spoke about moments that meant a lot to them. There was a dream that many of the family had, with similar themes and similar words spoken. Without going into too much personal details, it made us all extremely more at peace with the situation. There isn’t anything we could do to change it, just the way it affected us. I think this book has a similar approach. Live life with faith, learn from the bad moments and enjoy every minute of the good.