Review: The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom


The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
HaperCollins, 2013

Description (from the author’s website)

One morning in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, the phones start ringing. The voices say they are calling from heaven. Is it the greatest miracle ever? Or some cruel hoax? As news of these strange calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be a part of it.

At the same time, a disgraced pilot named Sully Harding returns to Coldwater from prison to discover his hometown gripped by “miracle fever.” Even his young son carries a toy phone, hoping to hear from his mother in heaven.

As the calls increase, and proof of an afterlife begins to surface, the town—and the world—transform. Only Sully, convinced there is nothing beyond this sad life, digs into the phenomenon, determined to disprove it for his child and his own broken heart.

Moving seamlessly between the invention of the telephone in 1876 and a world obsessed with the next level of communication, Mitch Albom takes readers on a breathtaking ride of frenzied hope.

The First Phone Call from Heaven is a virtuosic story of love, history, and belief.

My Review – 4 Stars

I’ve read three books by Mitch Albom now.  The first ones were: The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Time Keeper.  I am finding his books to be light easy reads, including this one,  The First Phone Call From Heaven.  However, while light and easy to read, throughout his stories, I’ve had many times to pause and consider the circumstances.  I find his stories to be modern day fables, where I am eager to hear the messages and see how they tie in.

In The First Phone Call from Heaven, from the first phone call through the following weeks, as excitement and media frenzy builds in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, Albom draws the reader in.  I considered the various characters and  wondered: How would I respond or react under their circumstances?  I especially liked how Albom, draws parallels to the invention of the telephone.  This story slowly builds to an exciting pace and interesting conclusion.

If you would like to read another review, check out a great review by Suko @ Suko’s Notebook.

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  1. I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven and didn’t like it all that much so I’ve avoided his work since then. You’ve made this book sound worth reading.


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