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April 1, 2015

Motivate Me: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

MOTIVATE ME is a sporadic feature here in Talk Supe which features things that inspires and motivates me to be positive, creative, and spiritual. #feelgoodfeels

The Five People You Meet in Heaven | Mitch Albom
September 23, 2003 | Hyperion | Amazon
Inspirational-Spiritual


So I'm Catholic, and in my world it's Holy Week. It starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter. For a week we basically reflect on the Passion of Christ and how it applies to our existence. Years of Bible study, religious education, and hardcore Catholic practices, drilled the observation of Holy Week to my being. So for a week I feed the soul, so to speak hence today's feature.

A little background. Like some of you, I got introduced to Mr. Albom through Morrie. I read Tuesdays With Morrie a few months before my mom died. I remember reading it on the train on my way to work as I cry and wipe my snotty nose discreetly because the story is too close to home. Watching someone die slowly and engage in a battle that is exclusive to them is a very difficult position to be in. Do I cheer my mother on as she fight the disease valiantly? Do I sympathize with her, moan and groan at the tragedy that befell us? Or do I muster a brave face, go on about my day in semi-denial, and somewhat reassure her that miracles can happen and worst case scenario, she can go follow the Light because I'll be okay? I did the latter and though it was hard, MAlbom encouraged me to feel, cry, grieve, and sort of rejoice at the beauty of life in the face of Death. Hence MAlbom's work became special in my reading world because of the sentimentality I attached to his writing. 

The Five People You Meet in Heaven was adapted by the Hallmark channel years ago. I didn't watch it because the book is so short (less than 200 pages), straightforward, and simply written, reading it will be faster than watching the mini-series. Also, compared to Tuesdays with Morrie, this novel is purely fiction while still taking that spirituality theme MAlbom is known for. 

Eddie didn't touch me as much as Morrie did in terms of his personal story. I did like the "lessons" he got from the people he met in Heaven. It's not a big revelation of life's mystery, it was more of a reminder in that these are things we already know, but take for granted because man in general just loves to complicate things. What I love most about The Five People You Meet in Heaven is the simplicity of the writing even a 7yo can appreciate Eddie's story to a certain extent. Also the juxtaposition of Eddie working in an amusement park, a place  that represents light and love; and in private Eddie's lonely, tired, resentful, and alone is a powerful comparison IMO. Ultimately, Eddie's lesson was he dwelled too much on the trials and tragedies in life, and was remiss in acknowledging his victories. After all, life's more about moments than long standing events.

As this week marks the end of Lenten Season, I recommend you give The Five People You Meet in Heaven a try if you're in a spiritual and meditative mood. This book will definitely put you on a reflective mood and maybe it'll make you feel more grateful, hopeful, and positive especially if you're in a rut. 

Moment done. 






23 comments:

  1. What a thoughtful post. I havent' read this author, even though I have been meaning too. I so avoid the crying books as I call them, but still I do want to read both of this author's books. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  2. I haven't read anything by this author either but I have heard lots about him and his work. Glad you gave this a try!

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    1. It's not outright spiritual, but his stories are so touching it'll tug your heartstrings and get you thinking. A lot!

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  3. You never cease to surprise me, Braine. I enjoyed reading your review so much and yet I find myself at a strange loss for words. I don't think I'll be reading this. The character sounds too much myself - and who needs reminders about their many faults, right? :) Really good review.

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    1. Awww, you're too sweet! Thank you! And for the record, I enjoy your posts as well :)

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  4. I was touched by both these stories too and I watched both the movies which surprisingly were good though not as good as the book. They are a good challenge to stop and reflect on how I'm living.

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    1. Maybe I'm at an age where I get more melancholic and sentimental. lol

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  5. This book was really good and I too loved the lessons from the 5 people he met during his journey. Its a book like Tuesdays With Morrie that make you think and reflect on a lot of things. Great review Braine :)

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    1. Right? It's the simple things that surprisingly hits me the hardest.

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  6. Mitch Albom is an author whose generosity has been felt in our country (Philippines). I don't know why, but he has such an affinity for the Filipino people. I haven't read any of this books, but reading this one sure is timely. I'm glad he inspires you.

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    1. I noticed that too. The last person he met, Tala, a filipino kid, gave me goosebumps though.

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  7. Oh, god, I remember this book. I bought it when I was in High School and cried so much while reading it. I loved how it was so simple and yet so grounded, deep, and spiritual. I'm happy to know that this one has touched you, too, and helped you during such a hard time. *hugs*

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Awww, thanks, Faye! I'm glad I'm not alone in my aprpeciation for this one.

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  8. I haven't read any of those stories, but I'm going to check them out. Thank you for this post.

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    1. It's great palate cleansers if you want something deep and serious but of a different type.

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  9. I think I did watch this on The Hallmark Channel. I'm glad you found comfort in his stories.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I think it was an 8 hour mini-series starring John Voight? Too long! lol

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  10. This book was recently given to me by a friend about 2 weeks ago, and I enjoyed the message because it was simple and made sense. The title is thought-provoking, making you want to find out more about what's inside. Great post!

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    1. How timely! Your friend must've been thinking of Easter. I'm happy you appreciated the book in a similar way

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  11. I keep a handful of spiritual books on my nightstand, because some days I do like to reach for them and reflect. I don't have this one yet, but I've been meaning to read it some day. Thanks for your thoughtful post.

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    1. Same here. I tend to read similar books when I had a tough day or I'm PMS-ing and pissed off at the world! lol

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  12. I'll pick up this book, Braine. I also read Tuesdays with Morrie but hadn't read any other Albom books. But this one sounds as if it would do my soul some good. I'm glad you took the time to feed your soul, girl. I hope you had a restful, peaceful weekend and Easter. :)

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