Word of the Week – 12/02/2016

Word of the Week

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom
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Each time I read this amazing book I see something new.

In broad terms it is the story of the death of Eddie, who attempts to save a little girl from being killed by an amusement park ride. When Eddie goes to heaven he meets five people in whose lives he significantly impacted, while he had been alive. As the story unfolds it becomes a unique account of Eddie’s life story seen through the eyes of others. Having previously believed himself to be merely a fairground mechanic; a “nothing person” with a meaningless life he soon discovers that his life has been far from worthless.

The story shows how interconnected we all are and how our actions affect others. Crucially, the reader realises that inter connectedness means that everyone is special with opportunities each day to impact favourably or otherwise on others.

Each day in the Hospice we discover those special lives being lived all around us, challenging us too, to seize each day.

Just writing briefly about this book makes me want to read it again. Read it to find out whether Eddie’s bravery saved the little girl on the roller coaster.

Would you recommend this book?

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