“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”
― Mitch Albom
Why I’m Reading this Book?
This is another book from the list I’m following, https://www.listchallenges.com/bbcs-top-100-books-you-need-to-read-before-you-die . It did seem interesting as it’s talking about life after death, also it was a small book, so I started…
Story of Eddie, who is maintenance worker in an amusement park. While trying to save a girl from a falling cart, he dies and meets five people who make him understand the meaning of his life.
Eddie has lived a long life, but he is as disgruntled with his life as old he is. He finds himself stuck in the job he doesn’t care for, but doesn’t have energy or enough motivation to do something about it. In this way, 83 years of his life has gone by and finally on his 83rd birthday, in a tragic accident, he dies and instead of going to heaven/hell/nothingness, he meets 5 people.
Every person he meets has impacted/directed his life irrevocably. That person may be a stranger, friend or a relative , but they all have played a certain part in his life. Through them, Eddie starts understanding his life’s meaning, which according to him was meaningless. He starts understanding why things happened the way they happened and how no incident in life is purposeless. We living beings are all interconnected and with our actions we impact and touch so many life. If only we know.
After 5th person, Eddie finally understands everything and comes to peace with his life and in a way meets God.
This is a feel good book, which tries to make reader understand not to be bitter about your life. Everything happens for a reason and in the end it’s all good.
I’ve given it average rating, because when I started reading this book, I was under impression of a general principal governing who everyone will meet after they die and was thinking of applying to my own life. But the people Eddie met were very specific to his life and can’t be mapped one on one to our life. So, I was kinda disappointed. But overall , it was a good and spiritual read.
My Rating — 3
On the scale of: (1- Hate , 2- Neither like nor dislike, 3- Like, 4- Love, 5- Gaga)
Why anyone else should read this Book?
It’s a small book and can be read in 1-3 sitting.
If you think a lot about life after death, are spiritual , believe in God or that things happen for a reason, this is a very good book to dwell your mind into. Along with Eddie, you also understand his life and hope you touch other’s life in a good way too.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss