The First Phone Call From Heaven

The First Phone Call From Heaven

Large Print - 2013
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A journey both of individual healing and society's response to the question of life after life follows a single father just released from prison as he sets out to prove that the mysterious calls from beyond to the residents of Coldwater, Michigan, are nothing but a hoax.
This is the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2013], ©2013
Edition: Doubleday Large Print Home Library edition
ISBN: 9780062305770
0062305778
9781624908767
1624908764
Branch Call Number: FICTION Alb
Description: 482 pages (large print) ; 21 cm

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wyenotgo
Jul 20, 2017

I can never resist Mitch Albom. Even when he becomes annoyingly preachy (as in "Have a Little Faith") he is always readable; and a welcome relief from our "real" world of hate, greed and political chicanery.
Although quite reminiscent of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" or "For One More Day", this one is also a mystery of sorts -- but of course coming from Albom it's a quirky mystery. With Albom, it's best you just totally suspend disbelief and go along for the ride, believing against all evidence to the contrary that he'll sort things out by the end.
I very much appreciate Albom's tight, narrative style, his skill at telling a complicated story in just a few pages. I am however in a quandary about his approach to character development here. He presents us with a large number of players, many of whom have great potential but he lacks the time to develop them to their potential. In this case, Sully, Jack, Amy, Tess and Katherine are all really interesting people; I found myself wishing that Albom had moderated his commitment to brevity just enough to have fleshed out at least one of them a bit more.

CatherineG_1 Dec 19, 2015

As others have said, Mitch Albom's books are quick reads and always enjoyable.
The premise of the book is a good one.
Would we not all like one last chance to speak to a loved one?

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Adele20
Apr 27, 2015

Interesting concept but not as enjoyable as his other books.

dairyqueen Jan 30, 2015

I found this book to be enjoyable and very thought provoking.

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laMcCullough
Jan 26, 2015

This book was a little in the boring side. It took me longer than usually to finish as I found it just put me to sleep!

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gagasgirls
Jan 19, 2015

Quick read because I didn't want to stop, a few twists and turns but overall a good book about beliefs and how loss affects people.

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ildike
Jan 05, 2015

Very good book, makes you think about your own beliefs. Really well written, I couldn't put it down.

akasq Oct 11, 2014

A fast page turner,making one think,
where is Mitch Albom going with this.
Bringing it all togetter with a good ending, with unanswered question.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "The First Phone Call from Heaven is a novel about the power of belief. Set in a small town near Lake Michigan, a number of local people start receiving calls on their cell phones from departed loved ones. Attention grows as the state, then country, and finally the world come to find out if this piece of the planet indeed has a special connection to heaven. But not everyone is convinced and one ex-military man in particular, recently widowed and released from jail, makes it his mission and it becomes his passion to prove the phone calls are a hoax - especially for his young son.
As you ride through the emotions and facts in the novel, you will be surprised by the final outcome...but I won't tell you the findings, you'll have to read that for yourself!"

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StarGladiator
May 11, 2014

Albom pretty much writes cotton candy for the brain [which is a very charitable description, as I recall his farce of a radio show]. Readers who enjoy this very unimaginative [very old plot and story line] stuff, consider yourselves in the official dumbed down demographic.

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Aug 08, 2015

"In heaven, we can see you... We can feel you... We know your pain, your tears, but we feel no pain or tears ourselves... There are no bodies here... There is no age... The old who come... Are no different than the children... No one feels alone... No one is greater or smaller... We are all in the light...the light is grace... And we are part of... The one great thing."

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