Five People You Meet In Heaven is the touching emotional tale of a man who dies and awakens in the afterlife to be guided by five people, a mix of strangers, close friends and loved ones, who together will explain the purpose and meaning of his existence on earth.
Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Alborn
Five People You Meet In Heaven is a thought provoking parable about life.
Dedicated to the author’s uncle whose vision of the afterlife inspired the tale, the book tells the tale of a elderly war veteran and pleasure pier safety supervisor who spends his last day on earth at work before being crushed by a malfunctioning ride.
Written in a thought provoking style that touches on aspects of the spiritual, the book is a powerful narrative about the importance of living your life and the mysterious way in which lives can be intertwined beyond our understanding.
Below are some of the key insights I took from this book:
- Noone ever knows which day will be their last day on earth and consequently many of us spend our final hours doing something completely routine and everyday.
- While we think of ourselves as living independently, we can no more extract ourselves from others as the wind can separate itself from the earth.
- Many people die so that others can live and many people live because others will die. Nature is always in perfect balance so it’s fruitless to curse bad fate or good luck.
- The principle of sacrifice runs throughout all of our lives. Even without our awareness many people sacrifice themselves for others and others sacrifice themselves for us.
- As we experience our own lives, its ups and downs and our own emotions for those around us, we never see the full story behind our own actions and also our loved ones, which means we never fully understand during our lifetimes.
- Sometimes life is tragic. In these moments we can focus on the pain we feel or understand that events are beyond our control. While love never ends it does transform itself into memory rather than reality.
- While it might not seem obvious, all things in life have an underlying purpose. Even everyday choices can assume a wider significance that is revealed to us at a later time.
- Consequently, however you live your life and whatever your faith in the afterlife, you can take solace from the idea of being connected to something that unites us all.