“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.”
We live in the day and age of “smartphones” or at least that is what we think. But is our phone, smart-enough to put through a call from Heaven?
Imagine yourself in this situation: You are going about your daily chores – your phone rings – Screen displays UNKNOWN – You still go ahead and answer. On the other end, is the voice of your deceased loved one. No, it isn’t a prank played by someone nor are you in a dream sequence in a Bollywood film. It is really their voice and they ARE having a conversation with you. How would you respond? This is exactly where you are at… at the start of the book.
Sit back.. and enjoy the ride.
The author (Mitch Albom) does well in portraying the emotions that run through these 8 people (the chosen ones) who receive calls from Heaven. He tests ‘you’ the reader with enough to doubt, at the same time give you hope or may be.. just may be read on to know more and say to yourself I shouldn’t judge just-as-yet. I wouldn’t say this book is sad, a happy one or a religious one.. its that kind of story that will make you weigh the pros and cons of the life we lead now and what the afterlife has to offer. Personally, I’ve always believed in a heaven and that after we die… people are actually welcomed there – our eternal home.
The story moves along beautifully, (as expected from an international author) only to be given a fresh lease of life as we come closer to the end of the novel. The beautiful part of the story is how people (some of them) blindly believe in whatever they hear, while at the same time, the clerics are skeptical about it all, and as for the media, they are only looking for an opportunity to feast on what is the town’s greatest news story.
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Primarily an Indian Novel book reader, I have read only a handful of International Authors, after reading ‘the first phone call from heaven’ I would like to believe Mitch Albom is up there with the best.