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This review is from: The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Kindle Edition)
The main concept of this book is that when you die, you go to Heaven, but it's not a place filled with endless fluffy clouds and naked big-booty Latinas feeding you grapes--or Chippendales feeding you chocolate, if that's your thing--but it's more of a Christmas Carol type journey. Instead of meeting the Ghost of Christmas past, or Marley and Marley, you meet five people whose life you've influenced in some way during your existence on earth; some are people you won't remember, others are people you do. It's not as obvious as Mum, Dad, milkman, etc. It's basically showing that everyone and everything is connected--that whatever you do, however minute, has a ripple effect and a consequence; some positive, some negative. But it's all meaningful: if not to you, it is to someone else.
For instance, as a child, you could beg your mum for 50p to give to the homeless person with the Styrofoam cup. Imbued by the random generosity of a child, he could then take that 50p and buy a newspaper rather than his usual can of beer. He then uses that newspaper to find a job. He uses the money from his job to rent a room. Whilst in that room, he writes a business plan. He takes out a loan to execute his idea. His business is a success. He becomes a billionaire. He uses his money to save impoverished children all around the world. And it all started with that one moment; that one small act of kindness.
So I guess the book is saying that we never know when we're affecting someone else's life; we don't realise that we all have a purpose--we just might not have witnessed that purpose directly. Therefore we should try hard to be nice to people as we're constantly changing lives. And as Isaac Newton's laws of motion taught us: every action has an equal and opposite reaction. You can't argue against physics.
As for the book, it's a deep, thought provoking read. The ending was a little abrupt, and not quite fulfilling or satisfactory--but, in spite of that, it's worth reading.
Check it out.
It might change how you view life.