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The First Phone Call From Heaven [Hardcover]

Mitch Albom
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Book Description

12 Nov 2013

The gift of heaven on earth.

It will become the biggest story in the world . . .

When the residents of a small town on Lake Michigan start receiving phone calls from the afterlife, they all become the subject of widespread attention. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. This is a story about the power of belief -- and a page-turner that will touch your soul.

The internationally bestselling and inspirational author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, returns with his most moving, surprising and compelling novel yet. The perfect introduction, or re-introduction, to the masterful storytelling of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (12 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1847442269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847442260
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An internationally renowned best-selling author of six books, Mitch Albom is a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician.

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Book Description

A stunning and inspirational new novel from the bestselling author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays With Morrie.

About the Author

Mitch Albom writes for the Detroit Free Press, and has been voted America's No. 1 sports columnist ten times by the Associated Press Sports Editors. A former professional musician, he hosts a daily radio show on WJR in Detroit.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to 'believe' to enjoy this tale 8 Dec 2013
By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Reading this book and knowing the author's beliefs is a little like discovering C. S. Lewis's meaning behind the Narnia books. They work well as novels, with interesting characters and plots, magic realism and whimsy, until you discover that actually, it could all be proselytising. That's not to say they aren't enjoyable.

I've enjoyed Mitch Albom's books before, even being aware that his beliefs differ from mine, and not had a problem with his stories, enjoying them for their entertainment value and interesting stories. Here's another good plot: the first of several people in US small town Coldwater, Tess, receives a phone message from her mum. Her mother is dead, however. Later that day, other residents also begin getting calls from loved ones who have died - a sister, a son, a work colleague.

What is going on? Are they really getting calls from Heaven?

The fun part for me was the media circus that quickly descends, bringing pilgrims and protestors, traffic and business into this small, shocked town. And the questions: are people lying or deluded? How is it happening? Just what about the content of these very short and cryptic calls?

The main characters are really Katherine Yellin, who can't believe she's not the only one getting calls (after all, she's the most devout), talking to her much-loved sister. There's Amy Penn, the journalist who wants to use Coldwater to make her name and career. And there's Sully, just released from a spell in prison for his part in a plane crash who is also grieving for the wife who died whilst in a coma during his confinement. Sully's son Jules desperately wants his mum to call him, but Sully is adamant that it's all a hoax.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful read from this author. 17 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Coldwater, a small town in Michigan becomes the attention of the media after some of it's residents start to receive calls from family members that have died. The town attracts both those that want to believe that communication from Heaven is a possibility , some even moving there in the hope they too will receive a call and then the protesters who believe the whole thing is a hoax. The author introduces us to the key characters who take us through this journey of whether Heaven exists. There is Tess, who receives the first call from her mother, Katherine who is out to prove the calls are real as her sister sounds well....just like her sister did alive, Jack the police chief hearing from his son among others. Central to the story is Sully Harding, a man who has lost his wife, served a jail sentence and whose young son just wants his mum to ring him. Sully does everything to get to the bottom of this mystery , he is adamant it is all a hoax and is angry his son is waiting for a call.
A wonderful story, fantastic character's , believable plot and a beautiful ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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What was interesting for me reading this book was that I very nearly hated one of the main characters - Katherine Yellin for the majority of the story, and yet I could not put it down.

The story itself is enthralling and poses a question that demands an answer. I felt a lot like the grieving pessimistic Sully at points: I needed to know the truth and couldn't rest until I did. The First Phone Call is a very interesting look into the human psyche while surrounded by the 'supernatural' and gives the reader a fascinating comparison of the Christian Church and 21st century media and technology.

Mitch Albom is an amazing writer who really makes you think and pulls at your heart strings like no other - he broke my heart with one beautifully placed "never".

I truly cannot recommend this story or this author enough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CAPTIVATING READ 15 Nov 2013
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A small town in Lake Michigan is rocked to the very core when a handful of people start receiving telephone calls from their deceased relatives. One man, single father Sully Harding recently released from prison and full of sadness and remorse over the passing of his beloved wife finds himself in total disbelief at the events taking place. As the days go on he witnesses more and more people from far and wide coming in their droves, hoping above all to connect with their departed loved ones. Sully who finds the whole idea of the afterlife abhorrent makes the decision to investigate and disprove the phenomenon taking over his hometown.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, a warm and touching story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 14 April 2014
By Penylan
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I have read a few Mitch Albom books and loved this one. Nice twist and turns and an interesting ending. Well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one 31 Mar 2014
By Rosy
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One again Mitch Albom does not fail to disappoint. Having read all of his books I would say this was not my favourite but ranks somewhere in the middle. Definitely worth reading though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great book from Mitch Albom ! 31 Mar 2014
By Lynne
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I really enjoyed this book. I have read all his others , starting with The five people you meet in Heaven which I thought was brilliant. He has a very thoughtful way of writing which in this day and age is very rare. Read this book, you wont be disappointed !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars believers or people who hope? 19 Mar 2014
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Just finished, a really comforting book, full of hope, faith or dreams. People who have lost close ones tragically will relate to the main characters. Truly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I like this author and I'm drawn to the subject matter. He tells a great story with leaving the reader with a lot to think about
Published 28 days ago by DLETTERS
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you like Mitch Albom's previous books you will enjoy this very much. I bought it as a gift and can't wait to borrow it.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle McLauchlan
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing read although not as inspirational as his other books
I was interested in reading this more through intrigue due to all they hype, than anything else. I was on holiday in the US and attended a book signing by the author Mitch Albom,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful story
Mitch Albom is such a great story teller. Yet again, I was moved by this book. I would highly recommend this read.
Published 1 month ago by Heather Edmonstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I loved this book; it had a simple straight forward message as well as hidden nuances to make one think. I would recommend this book to my friends.
Published 1 month ago by Ireland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual
Mitch Albom is a favourite and this one doesn't let him down. Takes a while to get going but once into it it rolls along.
Published 1 month ago by Francisco
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read, but not his best.
This book had me hooked from the first page, good concept, interesting characters and a common theme. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jackie
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