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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven
by Mitch Albom
ISBN: 978-0-06-229437-1
Buy from Indigo
Release Date:  November 12, 2013

Description: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 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 hope 
  • You get a little history lesson about Alexander Graham Bell 
  • Realistic, 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 above

The Not so Good Stuff
  • Makes me want a phone call from Mom, Dad and Jerianne

Favorite 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's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

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