In my former life, I was definitely a worm.
Not any worm, because that’s just gross, but a bookworm.
I have always loved to read; the stereotypical curling up with a good book on a lazy Sunday afternoon, coffee nearby, sweatpants, hair tied,chilling-with-no-makeup-on in full effect.
As a result of being a bookworm over the years, I’ve read some amazing books; novels with plots that have always resonated with me. One of those books is a book that I firmly believe the entire population should read, in fact, I would love to one day see this book involved in curriculum education.
What book you ask?
‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ by Mitch Albom.
Now out of all of Albom’s works, this book may not be his most famous (he’s better known for his novel “Tuesday’s With Morry”) but between the story’s plot and the hidden-gem nature of this book, “The 5 People You Meet in Heaven” is a book I would re-read 20 times. All of Mitch’s books are truly amazing, but this one is my go-to recommendation to anyone and everyone who is in need of a good read. The book is based on the story of a man who dies and is greeted at the gates of heaven by 5 people whose lives he affected (while living) in ways he didn’t even realize. These 5 people range from family members to absolute strangers, and as the book progresses, it’s impossible to put the novel down as they each tell their story.
Albom weaves themes of karma throughout the plot’s novel as the lead character both positively and negatively impacted the lives of others while on Earth. It’s that message right there that I think is so important in society today. Whether we are interacting with someone face to face or online, whether it be a colleague or the Starbucks barista, I have always longed to see a day where everyone treated others the way they wanted to be treated. You never know who the person you are interacting with is, or what they have been through or what they are going through. Sometimes the simplest smile at a stranger could brighten up a rather grey day, and it’s little actions like this that are incorporated into the stories plot. We all have our bad days, and I’ll be the first to admit sometimes it’s hard to snap out a funk and not be a Debbie Downer to those around you. But stories like “The 5 People You Meet In Heaven” are great reminders that we periodically need to burst our personal bubble that we get so caught up in.
Like many great novels, a movie was created following the book, and of all the book-movie pairings I have seen, I have to admit the movie almost does the book justice (definitely worth the watch once you finish the read!) Now I won’t elaborate more in the story because I would hate to ruin it for any future readers, but what I will say is this:. I don’t know about you, but I love books where each chapter finishes with one of those lines that just leaves you dumbfounded, like “need to re-read the sentence because that was just so damn good,””, and I can assure you The Five People You Meet in Heaven is FILLED with those.
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