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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 touchThe 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....

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The First Phone Call from Heaven Reviews

  • Heidi Miller
    2019-05-02 17:47

    "No soul remembered is ever truly gone."P.S. Mom, I'm still waiting for the phone to ring!

  • Kristin
    2019-04-30 18:40

    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
    2019-05-10 18:51

    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. (view spoiler)[This is not to say I disrespect religious people. I don't in any way. I don't disrespect my family who are (variously) committed Methodists, Seventh Day Adventists, Catholics, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists. (hide spoiler)]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?(view spoiler)[I do rather fancy being a Mormon though, especially if I could be a man. Then if I was really really good and had at least 7 wives and something like 49 children I could get to be a god of my own planet. As 'only' a woman, I'm totally dependent on single husband deciding to elevate me to being a goddess. Imagine having to be no. 7 for all eternity? (hide spoiler)]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!

  • Bookworm007
    2019-05-19 14:46

    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, 2013I am truly, madly, deeply sorry, but this book landed itself onto my list of disappointing books of 2013. In addition to this year's Towering, Splintered, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, know that it is with a heavy heart that I sadly rank The First Phone Call From Heaven 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 (view spoiler)[the phone calls from heaven were fake. I initially thought that--even for a Mitch Albom book--it was too good to be true. But then I thought: because it's a Mitch Albom book, fictional miracles like this are the reason I read his books. So I shrugged it off and went along with it. But when the cold hard truth was revealed and the cat was let out of the bag, I felt betrayed. But I was still happy when Sully received a real phone call from heaven from his deceased wife at the end of the book. (hide spoiler)]This book just didn't work out for me. I love, love, love Mitch Albom and his books, (haven't read The Time Keeper yet), but this book just didn't have the same fictional, magical storytelling as did The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day.I hope y'all enjoy it more than I did.

  • Phrynne
    2019-05-01 22:39

    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.

  • Rosa Schmidt
    2019-05-19 16:03

    I loved the backstory of Alexander Graham Bell as it coincided with the current day story, it has given me the desire to read more about Bell's personal life. My favorite quotes "What is false about hope?" and Faith is believing without the need for proof. I would read this story again.

  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum
    2019-05-16 19:46

    Τρυφερό,συγκινητικό,ανθρώπινο,και παραδόξως ρεαλιστικό. Όμορφη γραφή,γρήγορη πλοκή, επιστημονικές ανακαλύψεις και πλοκή προσώπων και γεγονότων δημιουργούν μια γλυκιά ατμόσφαιρα με έντονα συναισθήματα και αναπάντητα ερωτήματα που βασανίζουν ανέκαθεν το ανθρώπινο είδος!Η αγάπη σε όλο της το μεγαλείο και σε πολλές εκφάνσεις πρωτοστατεί. Ο πόνος μπροστά στο μη αναστρέψιμο ειναι κυρίαρχος δίνοντας προτεραιότητα στην ελπίδα για να τον γιατρέψει και σε δεύτερη μοίρα έρχονται η παρηγοριά η λήθη και ο χρόνος. Κανεις δεν ξεχνάει τα άτομα που λάτρεψε. Κανεις δεν αρνείται να ακούσει τον ήχο της φωνής που αγάπησε πολύ. Κανεις δεν θέλει να δει την αλήθεια που πονάει αβάσταχτα όταν μπορεί να νιώσει απόλυτη ευτυχία έστω με ένα ψέμμα. Όλοι ελπίζουν στο παράδοξο το αδύνατο το απραγματοποίητο της ζωής φτάνει να βρουν ένα ελάχιστο ίσως και ψεύτικο σημάδι που προμηνύει ένα σημείο επαφής με πρόσωπα χαμένα και λατρεμένα. Ένα ονειρεμένο... τηλεφώνημα συνεπάγεται όλου του κόσμου την ευτυχία και τη χαρά. Κανεις δεν πεθαίνει όταν τον αγαπούν και τον θυμούνται!! Μήνυμα ψυχής!Καλή ανάγνωση. Πολλούς ασπασμούς.

  • Neil (or bleed)
    2019-05-24 22:43

    “Desire sets our compass, but real life steers our course.”This was my second novel of Mitch Albom. The first one was The Time Keeper and I love that book, carrying a lot of life lessons. This one, too. Mitch Albom is really one of the master-of-life-lessons writers.The book speaks the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when the media broadcast to the world that its citizens start receiving phone calls from their loved ones in the afterlife. Is it really the greatest miracle ever or just a massive hoax? I won't tell you of course because that goes the most interesting part of the story.I'm kind of confused at first because I assumed it was only written with one point of view but hell not. There are a lot yet I'm quite pleased I've got to sort them out. Point of views from people who received the phone calls that are willing to tell everyone; people who liked to keep it for themselves; and other who wanted to find if it is just a hoax. And I'm kind of engrossed hearing from their different point of views.On top of that, the fact or history about the invention of the telephone was incorporated here. As an ECE, I have read those facts but this book gave to me the other facts that I didn't know about Alexander Graham Bell and his invention of the telephone and I was happy I've found it out.Indeed, First Phone Call from Heaven was a story of almost everyone, if not everyone, who believes in miracles. A captivating story of faith, belief, trust and forgiveness with characters that I was surely attached to, reading their own happiness and grievances in life.

  • Laura
    2019-05-19 20:56

    I was not impressed with this book. Having just read The Five People You Meet in Heaven a few days prior, and loved it, I was expecting more of the same from The First Phone Call From Heaven. Unfortunately, nothing I loved about TFPYMIH carried over into this book. While the theme of TFPYMIH centered on understanding your own life in relation to others, the theme of TFPCFH just seemed to be whether it was believable enough that Heaven existed or not. Since the start of the novel I found it difficult to believe that the short, vague conversations with the dead could be real. Although Albom left a twist at the end to insinuate that legitimate phone calls from heaven did occur, some split-second reasoning (ie. That Belfin had programmed the calls to take place after his death) made the twist rather flimsy. Also, The writing was not fantastic. I found that for a 300 page novel, it should have been long enough to support some character development, had there been fewer characters to follow. The first 100 pages of the story seemed rather repetitive, since Albom basically took the reader through the same event (someone receives call from a loved one, debated whether or not to tell someone) with about six different characters. Finally, Albom described the female characters by their presence or absence of makeup about six or seven times, which I found weird and unnecessary. I also found the religious content to be too much in this book. I don't think I can necessarily critique this about the book, though, considering this seems to be Alboms niche, and it was a book about heaven, after all. I guess I was misled by only having read TFPYMIH, which was much lighter on the religious content.

  • Lloyd Russell
    2019-05-18 16:41

    I have read all of Mitch's books: Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Have a Little Faith, For One More Day, and The Time Keeper. I've liked all of them, except The Time Keeper, a lot. The Time Keeper was just okay. This latest, The First Phone Call from Heaven, is definitely my favorite. Here is a very short synopsis from Goodreads: 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.Let me mention a couple of features of this book, without giving anything away, that stood out for me:1. There is quite a bit of history surrounding Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray (who?). I love history.2. There is a scene a little over half way through in which one of the people receiving calls from heaven reacts in a very surprising way. My mouth dropped.3. It's just flat-out well-written. I connected to the characters immediately which, as many (some? few? none?) of you know, is crucial to me.This is a book that, I think, most everybody would enjoy.

  • ☮Karen
    2019-04-27 18:35

    Another solid selection from Mitch Albom. Random people in Coldwater, Michigan, begin receiving calls on their cell phones from loved ones who have passed on and are in heaven. Sounds incredible, but they can't help but believe it's a true miracle -- the callers' voices are the voices of the deceased, and their comments are too personal for anyone to be faking it. Coldwater will never be the same again, and the people who flock there are given a lesson in what heaven might really be like. Very interesting story, if you're in the mood to ponder such things.

  • Kortessa
    2019-05-26 23:01

    Interesting as a general idea but a bit poor in its developement. It didn't keep my interest alive till the end.

  • Paria
    2019-04-29 15:50

    در شهر کوچکی به نام کلدواتر در میشیگان، افرادی مدعی میشن که از بستگان و دوستان مرده شون تماس تلفنی دریافت کردن. تماس های تلفنی ای که در اون اظهار دارن بهشت وجود داره و اون افراد در بهشت ساکن هستن..میچ آلبوم جز نویسنده های محبوبمه و این کتاب هم مثل همیشه واسم جذاب بود. میچ آلبوم همیشه ایده های جدید و خلاقانه داره و در عین حال قلمش هم فوق العادست. با تموم شدن این کتاب میتونم ادعا کنم که همه ی آثارش رو خوندم. کتاب هاش رو با این ترتیب توصیه میکنم:تارهای جادویی فرانکی پرستو، پنج نفر در بهشت منتظر شما هستند، وقت نویس، اولین تماس تلفنی از بهشت، برای یک روز بیشتر، سه شنبه ها با موری، کمی ایمان داشته باش.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-05-07 22:41

    In life people either believe in Heaven and an afterlife or they do not. Reading this book, the characters are also split into two camps. There are those who believe they are receiving phone calls from loved ones who are dead and others who dismiss the whole thing as a hoax. But which is it? Sully Harding is determined to find out the truth. The story contains interesting characters from different backgrounds who receive these phone calls and so the reader gets several viewpoints throughout the story. I liked several of them but Sully was probably my favourite out of them all. I also liked finding out more about Alexander Graham Bell and his invention of the telephone, which is interspersed throughout the story. It gives a good picture of the way people respond to anything that is out of the ordinary and also of how the media sensationalises things as it changes the quiet little town of Coldwater Michigan into a circus of journalists and TV cameras, believers, the curious and those who protest. Sounds pretty much the response you’d expect to some news like this. I enjoyed it, as did my husband when he read it. It was actually him borrowed it from the library and I read it after him. While entertaining and having a mystery to solve, it may just give a few things to think seriously about as well.

  • Nikoleta
    2019-05-26 15:39

    Αρκετά γλυκό βιβλίο που διαβάζεται ευχάριστα ξεκούραστα και γρήγορα. Βέβαια το περίμενα ένα "τσακ" καλύτερο. Ξεκινάει με την ιστορία να πλασάρεται ως φιλοσοφικού περιεχομένου, αλλά την βρήκα αρκετά αφελή, ώστε να μην το πεις βιβλίο φιλοσοφικού περιεχομένου. Σε αυτό το κομμάτι θα το έλεγα απλά… γλυκούλι! Στη συνέχεια μας το γυρίζει σε μυστηρίου… μπαααααααααα ούτε για πλάκα, ως προς αυτό το κομμάτι, θα το έλεγα απλώς… ενδιαφέρον.Πρωτότυπη ιστορία, ενδιαφέρουσα που θα μπορούσε βεβαία να ειπωθεί και καλύτερα. Με κούρασαν λίγο όλα αυτά για την χάρη του Κυρίου, τον παράδεισο, την αγάπη κ.λ.π. Παρόλα αυτά μου άρεσε. 3,5 αστεράκια από εμένα.

  • سیده زهرا
    2019-04-25 17:33

    داستان افرادی در یک شهر کوچک که تلفن هایی از عزیزان مرده شان دریافت می کنند.و شخصی که به این تماس ها شک دارد و به دنبال اصل قضیه می گردد.نکته ی جالب قضیه اینجاست که افراد بی ایمانی هم که از اول قضیه رو کتمان می کردن،احتمالا زمانی که کاترین در برابر همه منتظر تماس بود، توجه شان به اون سمت بوده. روح آدمی همیشه براش سخته که باور کنه زندگی چیز پوچیه و ما بی هیچ هدفی زندگی می کنیم و در نهایت چیزی نیست. کتاب جالبی بود. هرچند که من از یادداشت برداری جملات نغز کتاب ها بدم میاد، ولی دلم میخواست جملات این کتاب رو می نوشتم. شاید وقتی دیگر.

  • Jasmine
    2019-05-24 19:46

    Sometimes, love brings you together even as life keeps you apart.Before you read the book, don't forget to ask yourself this: How much do you believe in the story?The First Phone Call from Heaven is one of my favorite books written by my favorite author, Mitch Albom. His books are mostly about lessons of life and beliefs in God, and this one is no exception. The story began with some phone calls from the characters' late loved ones in a fictional Coldwater, Michigan. (Even though there's a real Coldwater town in Michigan, that wasn't where the story took place.) People tend to regret everything they should've but hadn't done before their beloved friends or family passed away, and most of them shared a common wish---they wish the could talk to the deceased once more. The end is not the end. At first, the "chosen ones" received phone calls from heaven, when the shocking news spread all over the town, more and more visitors(worshipers) flooded in. What in life can love not penetrate? Reporters wanted to collect the source firsthand; police officers were dealing with the crowd; vendors and markets were running out of supplies because this small town was facing an unprecedented prosperity; even the certain kind of cellphone, which was the one those chosen ones used, was out of stock in that others believed that was the only brand which could get a heaven call. There is life after this life. I think the reason those deceased people "called" the living was to ensure them that they led a good life in heaven and it was another kind of forgiveness to them. Telling the living that there was no need to worry about them because God would take care of them in the heaven. Of course, how much you believe in this depends on yourself. If it[the world] believes, it behaves better. Indeed, if everyone believes in the heaven call story, it means we still have a thread of hope and that's what keeps us moving on, moving forward. We don't need proof for what we choose to believe. I don't hold a specific religious belief, but in my opinion, it's good to know that even as we die, there's a new life waiting for us--- a bright, hopeful, painless one. Desire sets our compass, but real life steers our course. After reading this book, you'll know the importance of cherish what you have in presence. Not the past. Not the future. Sometimes hope isn't enough, you still need to seek forgiveness or to forgive others. The ending seems like the same situation in John Green's Looking for Alaska. Instead, I end this as I began it, asking your forgiveness. Perhaps, soon, I will be able to seek the same from my son. Life is unpredictable and we are blessed to live another day in this beautiful world. I felt so much peaceful and blissful after finished the book and highly recommend to anyone who'd like to search the meaning of life. Although it sounds abstract and profound in those ideas, you'll learn a lot in the story. The words and thoughts in the book were far beyond the story itself. Heaven is always and forever around us, and no soul remembered is ever really gone.So back to the very first question from the book, the answer is yes, I believe everything happened in the story, wholeheartedly and undoubtedly, and I hope you do as well.

  • Maria
    2019-04-28 22:49

    Ένα αρκετά συγκινητικό μυθιστόρημα που σε έβαζε να αναρωτηθείς αν είναι καλύτερο με τον θάνατο να τελειώνουν όλα ή αν μπορούσες να ξαναεπικοινωνήσεις με τους δικούς σου, θα το έκανες; Πολλές φορές μπήκα σε αυτό το τρυπάκι αφού έχω χάσει κι εγώ αγαπημένο μου πρόσωπο και σκέφτηκα πως θα ένιωθα αν είχα τη δυνατότητα να του ξαναμιλήσω. Είδα πολλές εκδοχές μέσα σε αυτό το βιβλίο. Άρνηση, δυσπιστία, ελπίδα και χαρά. Είδα ότι άλλοι παράτησαν τις ζωές τους και ζούσαν μόνο για αυτό το τηλεφώνημα, άλλοι ξήλωσαν τα τηλέφωνα για να προχωρήσουν και άλλοι ήθελαν να στρέψουν πάνω τους την προσοχή του κόσμου. Αρκετά έξυπνο βιβλίο που προσωπικά θα το θυμάμαι για αυτά τα συναισθήματα που μου έβγαλε.

  • Sandee
    2019-05-18 19:41

    The concept of the book was original; grieving people receiving phone calls from their departed loved ones in Heaven. Comforting, reassuring and what grieving people are longing for… last connection. But the resolution and the why of it happening fell short for me. There could have been more in depth exploration of why Horace did it, what he was trying to accomplish, etc but it just kind of felt trivial and trite, making up for his son's weakness. I was disappointed. I liked the meaningful interactions that occurred when the departed "called" from Heaven. How their remaining loved one's felt. Even when Doreen chose to stop receiving the calls from her dead son. Her explanation that it just kept her in her grief, I could understand that. Also, how good the ones felt that had unresolved feelings about the dead people; maybe they hadn't said all they needed to, etc. and to get the chance to make sure the dead person had forgiven them or still loved them, meant a lot to the people remaining. It was interesting too how the world reacted. Everyone wanting to get to the place where it was happening, have the same phone that the calls were coming in on. As if, were this really real and happening, as if any of those things could matter.

  • Rebecca Jo
    2019-05-21 17:01

    On the day the world received its first phone call from heaven, Tess Rafferty was unwrapping a box of tea._________________I was very lucky to get this book to review it before it is released.I'm a fan of Mitch Albom's books anyways, & this one did not disappoint.People are getting phone calls from heaven - some from family members that have passed away. Children, sisters. Even an employee is getting a phone call from someone he had to fire. Are the phone calls real? The world wants to know when wind comes that the phone calls are happening. Is this the proof everyone needs to see that Heaven is real?We follow the people who are receiving the phone calls & also a man, Sully, as he comes back to the town of Coldwater Michigan to try & get his life back in order.I don't want to give anything away... I just know I loved the book. Its sort of a mystery novel, but also just a touching novel.I actually logged quite a few quotes from the book on Goodreads because it was just so well written in areas.I also love the little points that are made about the telephone & Alexander Graham Bell & his wife. It was put in so subtly but made the book have an extra touch of something special.So the record goes, Mitch Albom still ranks for me....__________________........We call out; we answered. It has been that way from the beginning of belief & it continues to this very moment where, late at night, in a small town called Coldwater, a seven year old boy hears a noise, opens his eyes, lifts a blue toy to his ear & smiles, proving heaven is always & forever around us & no soul remembered is ever really gone.

  • Sheilah
    2019-05-13 18:56

    When I first heard the concept of this book all I could think about was the song by Justin Moore "If Heaven wasn't so far away", which is about what we would do if we could go visit our loved ones in Heaven. It's a favourite song of mine, and therefore, when this book reminded me of it, I knew that I had to read this book.I have never read any of Mitch Albom's books before, but I found this one very enjoyable.I lost my mother two years ago, and reading this book would bring me to tears just thinking about the "what ifs".Overall, I think this book was very well written, and captured the emotions perfectly. For someone who isn't "into" these types of books at all, it actually has me wanting to pick up some of his other books just to see if they equally as good.I think this would be an excellent book for anyone who has lost someone, as it gives this wonderful sense of hope and peace.

  • Mahsa
    2019-05-08 14:59

    چه چیزی در زندگی هست که عشق در آن نتواند رسوخ کند؟ و هیچ کس، اگر به یادش باشیم، از پیش ما نمی رود...اعتراف می کنم که اگه هر پایان دیگه ای جز این داشت، واقعا ناامید میشدم. ولی حالا حس می کنم تمام صفحه هایی که ورق زدم معنی دارن...و از زیبایی های دیگه این کتاب:شاید خیال کنید باید آدمی که گواهِ حقیقی بودنِ بهشت را همراهش دارد در آغوش بگیرند و خوشامد بگویند. اما حتی در حضور معجزه هم قلب انسان می گوید چرا من نه؟عجیبه نه؟

  • Ghazaleh
    2019-05-25 16:03

    توقعم از میچ آلبوم، کتابی قوی تر از این بود.

  • Sali Sabrawi
    2019-05-09 16:52

    Three stars in general, but two stars in comparison to “The Five People you Meet in Heaven” and “Tuesdays with Morrie”..

  • Negin
    2019-05-24 22:59

    Silly, slow, and boring! Reading this turned out to be an utter chore. I’ve loved almost all of Mitch Albom’s books, most especially “Tuesdays with Morrie”. I’ve loved some of them so much, that we even own a few of the DVDs. Naturally, I was looking forward to reading this one, but it turned out to be quite disappointing to say the least. There were too many characters and I really didn’t care about any of them. The stories kept jumping around to the point of confusion and annoyance. I normally have a 10% rule – if a book doesn’t engage me in the first 10%, I usually give up on it and move on. I should have given up on this one, but because it was Mitch Albom and because I was curious to see what would happen, I stuck with it, unfortunately wasting precious hours of my reading time.

  • Lori
    2019-04-25 16:36

    A 4.5. I was a lucky goodreads first reads winner of "The First Phone Call From Heaven" I have always liked Mitch Albom's books. He has a talent for writing books that are heart felt and touching.The First Phone Call From Heaven takes place in Coldwater Michigan. Sully has just got out of jail and is grieving over his wife who died in a car crash. He is trying to pick up the pieces and raise his young son. Soon news hits the small town that some of the towns people are receiving phone calls from relatives. The news worthy part is all of the relatives have died. They are saying that they are calling for Heaven. each person is being told how wonderful Heaven is and how happy and at peace they are.soon this small town gets national news and attention. People from all over want to visit this town and hear more about the phone calls that happen every Friday. Some believe these phone calls are from Heaven, others do not including Sully who hurt and bitter with life cannot believe in these calls coming from heaven. He sets out to find out more about these calls that are now getting world wide attention. I will not give any spoilers. I did like this book very much. It had some wonderful messages. Those of you who are a Mitch Albom fan will probably like this book too.

  • Nasim Dehghan
    2019-04-26 17:59

    نگاه متفاوتی که نویسنده به ماجراهای بعد از مرگ و ادامه زندگی به گونه ایی خاص داره، برام جالب توجه بود. این کتاب میچ آلبوم هم با این که قراره از بهشت چیزی بگه در واقع به بازتاب زندگی ایی که آدما درهمین دنیای خودشون دارند تاکید کرده. از نوشته های این نویسنده خوشم میاد چون معمولا بافت روان و یکدستی دارند و ماجراهای به ظاهر خاص، بدون پیچیدگی و اضافه گویی پیش میرند.

  • Scott Southard
    2019-05-09 17:52

    You can listen to my book review on WKAR's Current State here: you would rather read my review, you can do so below.-Picture a bookstore as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Can you see it? There is the salad bar, the pasta, the breakfast area with the waffle maker, the giant slab of ham or beef. Okay, let’s skip all the healthy things and aim for the dessert table. You know how at every buffet there is that one enormous piece of chocolate cake?Well, for me, Mitch Albom’s books have always been that piece of cake. They are fluffy, a little too rich, sometimes hard to swallow, satisfying for a few minutes, but then something I may regret later on.Michigan Christian fiction author Mitch Albom is back with a new novel The First Phone Call From Heaven. It takes place in Coldwater, a city most of us have driven around as compared to through. It is in this small town that eight residents on each Friday begin to receive calls from lost loved ones — voices from beyond that promise that the end is not the end and love is waiting.One of Mitch Albom’s strengths as a writer is in creating strong characters. His characters feel real, as real as Coldwater. There is Katherine Yellin, the real estate agent mourning her sister who is stuck in the middle of much of the media’s attention. Jack Sellers, the local police chief who lost his son in Afghanistan, and Sullivan Harding an ex-navy pilot who is struggling with his own demons. His wife died in a car crash on the day he crashed a plane and he blames himself. With Albom’s talent they all feel real, because living in Michigan, we all know people just like every one of them. It is truly a gift to be able to create characters that feel this alive.One of the other things I enjoyed in the novel is how Albom integrated the true story of Alexander Graham Bell into the narrative. Bell is just as much a part of the story as the Coldwater residents, from his first inspiration for the phone, his relationship with his deaf wife to the struggles he had afterwards in controlling his own patent.A major complaint I have with the book though is that it takes place in a small shell, in many ways like a small town. Which means you won’t get people from different religions, different beliefs, different cultures and their reactions. And atheists and other non-believers get a pretty bad rap, always presented as angry, aggressive and loud. Creating overall a perception of “Well, you will agree with us once you figure it out,” as compared to how the real world and real people are wired. In the end, this is a book that won’t change any minds, preaching to the choir as it were, those who already believe as Albom does.Religious beliefs aside, the fact is the book The First Phone Call from Heaven shares the same truth with the chocolate cake. Which is, honestly, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into before that very first bite. There are no surprises here, no character twists you won’t see coming. I guessed every beat in the plot before I turned the first page and the book perfectly followed those notes like adding ingredients in a recipe.Some might find comfort in a story that so strictly follows the paces you expect, but for me I always get a little disappointed. I like to be surprised no matter what genre, and I like it when a writer challenges their readers and themselves. Unfortunately that book is not The First Phone Call From Heaven. Someday, I would love to see Albom step out of his comfort zone, I think with his ability in characterization he could create something special.With the cold of winter upon us, for those who enjoy Christian fiction this may be exactly what they want for those dark nights by a fireplace. Like that piece of cake, it might be exactly what they need to satiate their hungry souls.To those individuals I say, “Dig in.” I’m gonna hit the salad bar so I’m ready for his next book.

  • Orsolya
    2019-04-28 21:50

    How would you feel if you could speak to a deceased love one? Not through a clairvoyant or a Ouija Board; but simply on a telephone. How would it affect your life and that of your community? This is precisely the topic in five-time best-selling author Mitch Albom’s, “The First Phone Call from Heaven”.Readers familiar with Albom’s works will recognize his short story-esque writing which aims to blend inspiration, theology, and philosophy in between the text of a fictional plotline. With that being said, “The First Phone Call from Heaven” is much thinner than Albom’s usual work. Although it contains a creative story of a small town whose eight “special” citizens begin to (supposedly) receive phone calls from deceased relatives in heaven; the novel is simply not as ‘moving’ as Albom’s books usually deliver. Basically, “The First Phone Call from Heaven” feels too simplified. There is also an issue with the main characters (Sully, Jack, Katherine, Amy, etc) who are much too stereotypical in regards to the story. Of course there is the “one who believes”, “the one who doesn’t”, “the one who doesn’t want to but does”, etc. The characters and their actions are much too predictable. As usual, Albom jumps between the character perspectives which is common to his style but he does so too much in “The First Phone Call from Heaven”.Despite the complaints, Albom does provoke some thought-provoking scenarios which can apply to various facets of life aside from just spirituality. This adds depth to the story and promotes page-turning. However, as one would expect from title, Albom doesn’t shy away from Christian topics (some of his other works are more subtle); so “The First Phone Call from Heaven” is not recommended for Atheists or Agnostics. Although a minor detail, other reviews have noted that Albom always describes the female characters in “The First Phone Call from Heaven” based on looks/appearance but not the male characters (and he seems to have a thing for females with pixie haircuts). I am not sure of the meaning of this but it is noticeable and also annoying. The concluding chapters of “The First Phone Call from Heaven” turn the novel into less inspiration and more of a pseudo-suspense story. This loses potency and isn’t as captivating; weakening the message of faith. This can also be said about the ending of the novel which was not as moving as one would expect from Albom plus somewhat abrupt and not fully executed. Overall, “The First Phone Call from Heaven” is not one of Albom’s strongest novels and lacks his usual depth and inspirational ‘oomph’. I feel all the positive reviews are merely because the masses just think Albom is golden in whatever he writes but in reality, the novel would be rated lower if it was written by another author. “The First Phone Call from Heaven” is a very quick read (1-2 days max), so it is suggested for that; but otherwise it is lackluster.

  • Jennifer Rayment
    2019-05-09 14:55

    Once again Albom pulls at your heart strings and makes you think - and cry. Full review to come laterThe Good Stuff I think we all know by know that I am not much of a religion girl, but won't lie I am a sucker for Albom's stories. Mostly because they deal more with faith than with religion pulls at your heart strings and makes you think - and cry A neat little mystery woven into this tale of faith, death, grief, forgiveness and hopeYou get a little history lesson about Alexander Graham BellRealistic, likeable characters who have faults that we can all understand Gave me hope Got a kick out of the rivalry between the Catholic and Baptist church. Done very tastefully and with love Focuses on the power of belief, faith, hope and love - what more do you need. Albom always delivers in this area. This will be the perfect christmas present for anyone. Touching and beautiful, yet never saccharine - and most writers/readers will tell you this type of story can always go that way very easily Fast paced, quick read that feels like a giant hug from aboveThe Not so Good Stuff Makes me want a phone call from Mom, Dad and JerianneFavorite Quotes/Passages"The news of life is carried via telephone. A baby's birth, a couple engaged, a tragic accident on a late night highway -- most milestones of the human journey, good or bad, are foreshadowed by the sound of ringing.""Hell, the Bible says God spoke through a burning bush," Fred said. "Is that any stranger than a telephone?""Fear is how you lose your life ... a little bit at a time..What we give to fear, we take away from ... faith.""There is a time for hello and a time for goodbye. It's why the act of burying things seems natural but the act of digging them up does not."4.5 Dewey'sI received this from William Morrow (HarperCollins) in exchange for an honest review