The First Phone Call from Heaven

The First Phone Call from Heaven

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells 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. An allegory about the power of belief--and a page-turner that will touch...

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Title:The First Phone Call from Heaven
Author:Mitch Albom
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ISBN:0062294377
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:323 pages

The First Phone Call from Heaven Reviews

  • Neil (or bleed)
    May 15, 2013

    This was my second novel of Mitch Albom. The first one was The Time Keeper and I love that book, carrying a lot of life lessons. This one, too. Mitch Albom is really one of the master-of-life-lessons writers.

    The book speaks the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when the media broadcast to the world that its citizens start receiving phone calls from their loved ones in the afterlife. Is it really the g

    This was my second novel of Mitch Albom. The first one was The Time Keeper and I love that book, carrying a lot of life lessons. This one, too. Mitch Albom is really one of the master-of-life-lessons writers.

    The book speaks the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when the media broadcast to the world that its citizens start receiving phone calls from their loved ones in the afterlife. Is it really the greatest miracle ever or just a massive hoax? I won't tell you of course because that goes the most interesting part of the story.

    I'm kind of confused at first because I assumed it was only written with one point of view but hell not. There are a lot yet I'm quite pleased I've got to sort them out. Point of views from people who received the phone calls that are willing to tell everyone; people who liked to keep it for themselves; and other who wanted to find if it is just a hoax. And I'm kind of engrossed hearing from their different point of views.

    On top of that, the fact or history about the invention of the telephone was incorporated here. As an ECE, I have read those facts but this book gave to me the other facts that I didn't know about Alexander Graham Bell and his invention of the telephone and I was happy I've found it out.

    Indeed, First Phone Call from Heaven was a story of almost everyone, if not everyone, who believes in miracles. A captivating story of faith, belief, trust and forgiveness with characters that I was surely attached to, reading their own happiness and grievances in life.

  • Bookworm007
    Jun 02, 2013

    So ready to love this! Mitch Albom's books truly are life-changing and incredibly inspiring; I love each and every one of them.

    Just realized the release date reads: eleven / twelve / thirteen.

    edit on Dec 12th, 2013

    I am truly, madly, deeply sorry, but this book landed itself onto my list of disappointing books of 2013. In addition to this year's

    ,

    , and

    , know that it is with a heavy heart that I sadly rank

    among t

    So ready to love this! Mitch Albom's books truly are life-changing and incredibly inspiring; I love each and every one of them.

    Just realized the release date reads: eleven / twelve / thirteen.

    edit on Dec 12th, 2013

    I am truly, madly, deeply sorry, but this book landed itself onto my list of disappointing books of 2013. In addition to this year's

    ,

    , and

    , know that it is with a heavy heart that I sadly rank

    among them. I'm giving it a 3-star because while Sully's story was a 4-star, everybody else's was only a 2.

    The biggest problem I had with this book was the nearly-overwhelming number of characters and POVs it had. Usually I welcome multiple character POVs with a huge bear hug, but that wasn't the case with this book. I understand that with a plot such as this, you kinda NEED to include multiple POVs, but when the POVs expanded to minor characters like Phil and Amy, it became too much for me. One: I couldn't care less about what went through their heads, and two: reading their parts wasted my time in quickly getting to Sully's part.

    I quite enjoyed reading about Sully, and Mitch's style of unraveling Sully's mysterious past was pretty much the only motivation I had for finishing the book.

    I was disappointed to find out that

    This book just didn't work out for me. I love, love, love Mitch Albom and his books, (haven't read

    yet), but this book just didn't have the same fictional, magical storytelling as did

    and

    .

    I hope y'all enjoy it more than I did.

  • Lloyd Russell
    Nov 04, 2013

    I have read all of Mitch's books: Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Have a Little Faith, For One More Day, and The Time Keeper. I've liked all of them, except The Time Keeper, a lot. The Time Keeper was just okay. This latest, The First Phone Call from Heaven, is definitely my favorite. Here is a very short synopsis from Goodreads:

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiv

    I have read all of Mitch's books: Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Have a Little Faith, For One More Day, and The Time Keeper. I've liked all of them, except The Time Keeper, a lot. The Time Keeper was just okay. This latest, The First Phone Call from Heaven, is definitely my favorite. Here is a very short synopsis from Goodreads:

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells 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.

    Let me mention a couple of features of this book, without giving anything away, that stood out for me:

    1. There is quite a bit of history surrounding Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray (who?). I love history.

    2. There is a scene a little over half way through in which one of the people receiving calls from heaven reacts in a very surprising way. My mouth dropped.

    3. It's just flat-out well-written. I connected to the characters immediately which, as many (some? few? none?) of you know, is crucial to me.

    This is a book that, I think, most everybody would enjoy.

  • Rosa Schmidt
    Dec 02, 2013

    I loved the backstory of Alexander Graham Bell as it coincided with the current day story, it has given me the desire to read more about Bell's personal life. My favorite quotes "What is false about hope?" and Faith is believing without the need for proof. I would read this story again.

  • Heidi Miller
    Dec 07, 2013

    "No soul remembered is ever truly gone."

    P.S. Mom, I'm still waiting for the phone to ring!

  • Kristin
    Dec 08, 2013

    Interesting premise but was let down by the lack of emotional connection I typically feel when reading a Mitch Albom book. Was more of a mystery book then an emotional/inspirational book.

  • Laura
    Dec 28, 2013

    I was not impressed with this book. Having just read The Five People You Meet in Heaven a few days prior, and loved it, I was expecting more of the same from The First Phone Call From Heaven. Unfortunately, nothing I loved about TFPYMIH carried over into this book. While the theme of TFPYMIH centered on understanding your own life in relation to others, the theme of TFPCFH just seemed to be whether it was believable enough that Heaven existed or not. Since the start of the novel I found it diffi

    I was not impressed with this book. Having just read The Five People You Meet in Heaven a few days prior, and loved it, I was expecting more of the same from The First Phone Call From Heaven. Unfortunately, nothing I loved about TFPYMIH carried over into this book. While the theme of TFPYMIH centered on understanding your own life in relation to others, the theme of TFPCFH just seemed to be whether it was believable enough that Heaven existed or not. Since the start of the novel I found it difficult to believe that the short, vague conversations with the dead could be real. Although Albom left a twist at the end to insinuate that legitimate phone calls from heaven did occur, some split-second reasoning (ie. That Belfin had programmed the calls to take place after his death) made the twist rather flimsy.

    Also, The writing was not fantastic. I found that for a 300 page novel, it should have been long enough to support some character development, had there been fewer characters to follow. The first 100 pages of the story seemed rather repetitive, since Albom basically took the reader through the same event (someone receives call from a loved one, debated whether or not to tell someone) with about six different characters.

    Finally, Albom described the female characters by their presence or absence of makeup about six or seven times, which I found weird and unnecessary.

    I also found the religious content to be too much in this book. I don't think I can necessarily critique this about the book, though, considering this seems to be Alboms niche, and it was a book about heaven, after all. I guess I was misled by only having read TFPYMIH, which was much lighter on the religious content.

  • Petra Eggs
    Mar 24, 2014

    I know that to some people religion is the basis of life and why they are 'here'. I think religion is indeed 'the opiate of the masses', it exists so people don't have to face up to the consequences of their own actions. They can blame it on fate, some old guy up in the sky, or lots of people up in the sky, or the one down below in the pit, or the ones with lots of arms or blue heads or two faces or or or... there are so many gods to choose from and everyone who believes in one or more of them i

    I know that to some people religion is the basis of life and why they are 'here'. I think religion is indeed 'the opiate of the masses', it exists so people don't have to face up to the consequences of their own actions. They can blame it on fate, some old guy up in the sky, or lots of people up in the sky, or the one down below in the pit, or the ones with lots of arms or blue heads or two faces or or or... there are so many gods to choose from and everyone who believes in one or more of them is convinced that they are right and everyone else's gods just plain don't even exist.

    But when we start saying that the Christian God actually gets on the telephone.... well, I'm sorry my credibility has been stretched wayyyyy too far. But I'm laughing. What I want to know is if you don't hear the call, do you get a text saying you have a missing call from God?

    In five thousand years, if we are still here on Earth, people will look back to these religions we presently have as we do to the ones of Egypt and Greece. Wonderful, strange, exotic, not based in a present reality... I'm just in advance of the times!

  • Helen Stavraki
    Jan 23, 2016

    Τρυφερό,συγκινητικό,ανθρώπινο,και παραδόξως ρεαλιστικό.

    Όμορφη γραφή,γρήγορη πλοκή, επιστημονικές ανακαλύψεις και πλοκή προσώπων και γεγονότων δημιουργούν μια γλυκιά ατμόσφαιρα με έντονα συναισθήματα και αναπάντητα ερωτήματα που βασανίζουν ανέκαθεν το ανθρώπινο είδος!

    Η αγάπη σε όλο της το μεγαλείο και σε πολλές εκφάνσεις πρωτοστατεί.

    Ο πόνος μπροστά στο μη αναστρέψιμο ειναι κυρίαρχος δίνοντας προτεραιότητα στην ελπίδα για να τον γιατρέψει και σε δεύτερη μοίρα έρχονται η παρηγοριά η λήθη και ο χρ

    Τρυφερό,συγκινητικό,ανθρώπινο,και παραδόξως ρεαλιστικό.

    Όμορφη γραφή,γρήγορη πλοκή, επιστημονικές ανακαλύψεις και πλοκή προσώπων και γεγονότων δημιουργούν μια γλυκιά ατμόσφαιρα με έντονα συναισθήματα και αναπάντητα ερωτήματα που βασανίζουν ανέκαθεν το ανθρώπινο είδος!

    Η αγάπη σε όλο της το μεγαλείο και σε πολλές εκφάνσεις πρωτοστατεί.

    Ο πόνος μπροστά στο μη αναστρέψιμο ειναι κυρίαρχος δίνοντας προτεραιότητα στην ελπίδα για να τον γιατρέψει και σε δεύτερη μοίρα έρχονται η παρηγοριά η λήθη και ο χρόνος.

    Κανεις δεν ξεχνάει τα άτομα που λάτρεψε.

    Κανεις δεν αρνείται να ακούσει τον ήχο της φωνής που αγάπησε πολύ.

    Κανεις δεν θέλει να δει την αλήθεια που πονάει αβάσταχτα όταν μπορεί να νιώσει απόλυτη ευτυχία έστω με ένα ψέμμα.

    Όλοι ελπίζουν στο παράδοξο το αδύνατο το απραγματοποίητο της ζωής φτάνει να βρουν ένα ελάχιστο ίσως και ψεύτικο σημάδι που προμηνύει ένα σημείο επαφής με πρόσωπα χαμένα και λατρεμένα.

    Ένα ονειρεμένο... τηλεφώνημα συνεπάγεται όλου του κόσμου την ευτυχία και τη χαρά.

    Κανεις δεν πεθαίνει όταν τον αγαπούν και τον θυμούνται!!

    Μήνυμα ψυχής!

  • Phrynne
    Jan 22, 2017

    A nice, thought provoking little story which is interesting whether you believe in Heaven or whether you do not. Not that the author provides any great solutions as you are left at the end with as many facts as you have at the beginning.

    The most interesting part to me was what happened to the world at large as people began to receive phone calls from loved ones who had passed on. At first it seems a good thing. Who wouldn't like to hear from a loved partner or child who has died, especially when

    A nice, thought provoking little story which is interesting whether you believe in Heaven or whether you do not. Not that the author provides any great solutions as you are left at the end with as many facts as you have at the beginning.

    The most interesting part to me was what happened to the world at large as people began to receive phone calls from loved ones who had passed on. At first it seems a good thing. Who wouldn't like to hear from a loved partner or child who has died, especially when the message is that there is a life after death. However people of course react the way people do with jealousy and unkindness - and then there is the media......

    I enjoyed it all. There were some great characters like Sully and there were some life changing moments as a direct result of all the fuss. Not a major book, but a nice one and, for me, a very pleasant reading experience.