Harper Collins ©2018 by Mitch Albom

To those who haven’t read Mitch Albom’s previous book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, his most recent book might come as a surprise. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is not a theological treatise on the next life, nor a personal narrative of a near-death experience. Rather, in this fast-paced, intriguing, and often surprising book, Albom provides some valuable lessons for this life.

Toward the end of this book, Albom recounts the message he intends to convey: that all lives are connected in one way or another, and that we influence countless people without being aware of it, and that because of our influence, no person’s life is wasted or useless. But Albom isn’t heavy-handed in explaining this message. The stories of the five people that Annie, the main character, meets in Heaven demonstrate the message through a story line that is imaginative and compelling.

While reading this book won’t give you a greater theological understanding of Heaven, it will give you hope and a greater sense of the connections of people in this life – as well as an enjoyable story line.

Barbara Kelley, OP