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‘Five People You Meet In Heaven’ Sequel On the Way

books-mitch-albom-976d33d9510ba5c0Acclaimed bestseller and heavenly writer Mitch Albom is set to release his first sequel this October, a follow-up to his bestselling novel The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Albom’s new book The Next Person You Meet in Heaven will tell the story of Annie, the little girl who Eddie saved in Five People. The story will follow her life until she dies, goes to heaven and finds that Eddie is one of her five people.

Five People was released in 2003, but Albom says since then readers have constantly asked him what happens next for the two characters, Eddie and Annie. He finally decided it was time to explore that.

While Albom is also well known for his other books including Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven has gone on to be one of his most successful and memorable.

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is due to be released in October.

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Review: Have A Little Faith

Recap: The lives of two clergyman are juxtaposed against each other in this true story, written by bestselling author Mitch Albom. Have A Little Faith weaves together the stories of Rabbi Albert Lewis and Pastor Henry Covington.

Rabbi Lewis — or the Reb — is Albom’s childhood Rabbi, a Man of God, who asks Albom to write his eulogy. As one would assume, Albom immediately thinks that the Reb is close to dying. But he’s not. In fact, he lives for another 8 years. It’s during this time that Albom spends much of his free time flying from his Detroit home to his hometown in New Jersey to meet with the elderly Rabbi and learn about his life both in and outside the Temple.

Albom was never particularly close to the Reb. In fact, Albom is not very religious at all. He married out of faith. He only attends synagogue on the high holidays, and yet here he is, researching a man he barely knows so he can write his eulogy. It’s not your average task, but it’s one that Albom takes on and begins to enjoy, as he gets to know this wonderful, spiritual man and restore some of his own faith as well.

It’s during this time that Albom also meets Pastor Henry Covington, a Pastor at an old Church that’s falling apart at the seams in downtown Detroit. When Albom decides he wants to donate money to a charity, he comes across the disheveled Church and offers to help out with a gaping hole in its ceiling. Henry suggests that Albom learn more about him before he gives him money. In doing so, Albom comes to find that Henry is a former criminal, drug dealer, and alcoholic who went through a religious rebirth until he found himself literally preaching to a choir. Of course, Henry’s background makes Albom skeptical. But in meeting with Henry and the Reb, he learns that sometimes you just have to have a little faith.

Analysis: Like any Mitch Albom book, fiction or nonfiction, Have A Little Faith focuses on life, death, and the afterlife. It’s also a tearjerker. So if you’ve ever read a Mitch Albom book, consider yourself prepared on some level.

That being said, Faith‘s focus on religion is something that stood out to me, something that separated it from his other books. And though I only consider myself to be slightly more religious/spiritual that Albom, it was still consuming and enjoyable. As a Jew, I could relate to Albom’s tales of spending time in a synagogue. But all that aside, Albom does an excellent job of weaving together the two religions, the two clergymen, and two different belief systems, pointing out that ultimately, all religions preach the same core values.

As always, Albom’s writing is succinct — probably from his journalistic background — yet moving. Albom doesn’t write much, but what he does is powerful.

MVP: The Reb and Henry. It’s impossible to choose a favorite among these two prolific men, who have been through so much and overcame their pasts in order to help others in the future.

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Get For One More Day for $15 in Hardcover

There’s a hot deal right now for Mitch Albom’s bestseller For One More Day. Now you can get it in hardcover for less than $15 — a total savings of 32%. And it’s less than $10 on Kindle or in paperback.

I reviewed it a few months ago, and pointed out its fantastical take on life and death. It’s a tearjerker, but it makes you think and appreciate what you’ve been given.

Definitely worth picking up.

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Review: For One More Day

Recap:  Well, Mitch Albom did it again. The author best known for Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven writes yet another philosophical, fantastical novel about death. For One More Day follows the story of Charley “Chick” Benetto, who tries to kill himself by driving his car drunk into the path of an oncoming truck.

The accident seriously injures Chick, and he enters limbo between Heaven and Earth. That’s where Chick comes into contact with his dead mother. He spends one more day with her, reflecting on his childhood, learning about his father who left them, and even more about his mother and himself.

The story leaves us wondering a number of things. Is Chick seeing a ghost? Is this really happening? And is he going to die or live?

Analysis: In For One More Day, Mitch Albom does what he does best. He writes from the heart, telling a story that one could only wish, hope, and dream to be true. He gives this character – or real person as we’re told – the ability to spend one more day with his mother, after she’s been gone for so many years. Though I’m lucky enough to still have my mother, I know that if she were to pass, I could only dream of seeing her again.

What Albom does – and does well – is tell the reader some things matter-of-factly, whereas other plot points are blurred. For instance, he makes it clear that Chick Benetto is a real man he met one day, and that this is Benetto’s version of events. But the ghostly relationship that develops leaves us to wonder how much of this could be true. Albom develops this uncertainty on purpose.

He urges us to question so many things about what’s real and what’s not. In the end, he leaves it up to the reader to decide because ultimately, the reality of the plot isn’t the point of the story. The love between a mother and her son is the true story here. And I dare you to read this book and not feel that love or shed a tear by the end.

MVP: Pauline “Posey” Benetto, Charley’s mother. Real or not, she seems perfect and flawed in a motherly kind of way. Like any mother, she has her secrets, which are not revealed until much later. But she’s loving, caring, and would do anything for her children, despite their disinterest or unwillingness to appreciate her. She is proof that a mother’s love never dies.

Here is the trailer for the made-for-TV movie version of the book, starring Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Requiem for a Dream).

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