The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

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 your soul--Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and une...

Details The First Phone Call from Heaven

TitleThe First Phone Call from Heaven
Release DateNov 12th, 2013
GenreFiction, Inspirational, Contemporary

Reviews The First Phone Call from Heaven

  • Heidi Miller
    "No soul remembered is ever truly gone."P.S. Mom, I'm still waiting for the phone to ring!
  • Kristin
    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.
  • Petra X
    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 ...
  • Bookworm007
    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, 2013I am truly, madly, deeply sorry, but this book landed itself onto my list of disappointing books of 2013. In addition to this year's Towering, Splintered, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, know that it is with a heavy heart that I s...
  • Phrynne
    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 lo...
  • Rosa Schmidt
    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.
  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum
    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 ...
  • Neil (or bleed)
    “Desire sets our compass, but real life steers our course.” 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 ...
  • Laura
    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 ...
  • Lloyd Russell
    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 ...
  • ☮Karen
    Another solid selection from Mitch Albom. Random people in Coldwater, Michigan, begin receiving calls on their cell phones from loved ones who have passed on and are in heaven. Sounds incredible, but they can't help but believe it's a true miracle -- the callers' voices are the voices of the deceased, and their comments are too personal for anyone to be faking it. Coldwater will never be the same again, and the people who flock there are given a ...
  • Kortessa
    Interesting as a general idea but a bit poor in its developement. It didn't keep my interest alive till the end.
  • Paria
    در شهر کوچکی به نام کلدواتر در میشیگان، افرادی مدعی میشن که از بستگان و دوستان مرده شون تماس تلفنی دریافت کردن. تماس های تلفنی ای که در اون اظهار دارن بهشت وجود داره و اون افراد در بهشت ساکن هستن..میچ آلبوم جز نویسنده های محبوبمه و این کتاب هم مثل همیش...
  • Dale Harcombe
    In life people either believe in Heaven and an afterlife or they do not. Reading this book, the characters are also split into two camps. There are those who believe they are receiving phone calls from loved ones who are dead and others who dismiss the whole thing as a hoax. But which is it? Sully Harding is determined to find out the truth. The story contains interesting characters from different backgrounds who receive these phone calls and so ...
  • Nikoleta
    Αρκετά γλυκό βιβλίο που διαβάζεται ευχάριστα ξεκούραστα και γρήγορα. Βέβαια το περίμενα ένα "τσακ" καλύτερο. Ξεκινάει με την ιστορία να πλασάρεται ως φιλοσοφικού περιεχομένου, αλλά την βρήκα αρκετά αφελή, ώστε να μην το πεις βιβλίο φιλοσοφικού πε...
  • سیده زهرا
    داستان افرادی در یک شهر کوچک که تلفن هایی از عزیزان مرده شان دریافت می کنند.و شخصی که به این تماس ها شک دارد و به دنبال اصل قضیه می گردد.نکته ی جالب قضیه اینجاست که افراد بی ایمانی هم که از اول قضیه رو کتمان می کردن،احتمالا زمانی که کاترین در برابر همه ...
  • Jasmine
    Sometimes, love brings you together even as life keeps you apart.Before you read the book, don't forget to ask yourself this: How much do you believe in the story?The First Phone Call from Heaven is one of my favorite books written by my favorite author, Mitch Albom. His books are mostly about lessons of life and beliefs in God, and this one is no exception. The story began with some phone calls from the characters' late loved ones in a fictional...
  • Maria
    Ένα αρκετά συγκινητικό μυθιστόρημα που σε έβαζε να αναρωτηθείς αν είναι καλύτερο με τον θάνατο να τελειώνουν όλα ή αν μπορούσες να ξαναεπικοινωνήσεις με τους δικούς σου, θα το έκανες; Πολλές φορές μπήκα σε αυτό το τρυπάκι αφού έχω χάσει κι εγώ αγα...
  • Sandee
    The concept of the book was original; grieving people receiving phone calls from their departed loved ones in Heaven. Comforting, reassuring and what grieving people are longing for… last connection. But the resolution and the why of it happening fell short for me. There could have been more in depth exploration of why Horace did it, what he was trying to accomplish, etc but it just kind of felt trivial and trite, making up for his son's w...
  • Rebecca Jo
    On the day the world received its first phone call from heaven, Tess Rafferty was unwrapping a box of tea._________________I was very lucky to get this book to review it before it is released.I'm a fan of Mitch Albom's books anyways, & this one did not disappoint.People are getting phone calls from heaven - some from family members that have passed away. Children, sisters. Even an employee is getting a phone call from someone he had to fire. Are ...
  • Sheilah
    When I first heard the concept of this book all I could think about was the song by Justin Moore "If Heaven wasn't so far away", which is about what we would do if we could go visit our loved ones in Heaven. It's a favourite song of mine, and therefore, when this book reminded me of it, I knew that I had to read this book.I have never read any of Mitch Albom's books before, but I found this one very enjoyable.I lost my mother two years ago, and r...
  • Mahsa
    چه چیزی در زندگی هست که عشق در آن نتواند رسوخ کند؟ و هیچ کس، اگر به یادش باشیم، از پیش ما نمی رود...اعتراف می کنم که اگه هر پایان دیگه ای جز این داشت، واقعا ناامید میشدم. ولی حالا حس می کنم تمام صفحه هایی که ورق زدم معنی دارن...و از زیبایی های دیگه این کتا...
  • Ghazaleh
    توقعم از میچ آلبوم، کتابی قوی تر از این بود.
  • Sali Sabrawi
    Three stars in general, but two stars in comparison to “The Five People you Meet in Heaven” and “Tuesdays with Morrie”..
  • Negin
    Silly, slow, and boring! Reading this turned out to be an utter chore. I’ve loved almost all of Mitch Albom’s books, most especially “Tuesdays with Morrie”. I’ve loved some of them so much, that we even own a few of the DVDs. Naturally, I was looking forward to reading this one, but it turned out to be quite disappointing to say the least. There were too many characters and I really didn’t care about any of them. The stories kept jump...
  • Lori
    A 4.5. I was a lucky goodreads first reads winner of "The First Phone Call From Heaven" I have always liked Mitch Albom's books. He has a talent for writing books that are heart felt and touching. The First Phone Call From Heaven takes place in Coldwater Michigan. Sully has just got out of jail and is grieving over his wife who died in a car crash. He is trying to pick up the pieces and raise his young son. Soon news hits the small town that som...
  • Nasim Dehghan
    نگاه متفاوتی که نویسنده به ماجراهای بعد از مرگ و ادامه زندگی به گونه ایی خاص داره، برام جالب توجه بود. این کتاب میچ آلبوم هم با این که قراره از بهشت چیزی بگه در واقع به بازتاب زندگی ایی که آدما درهمین دنیای خودشون دارند تاکید کرده. از نوشته های این نوی...
  • Scott Southard
    You can listen to my book review on WKAR's Current State here: you would rather read my review, you can do so below.-Picture a bookstore as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Can you see it? There is the salad bar, the pasta, the breakfast area with the waffle maker, the giant slab of ham or beef. Okay, let’s skip all the healthy things and aim for the dessert table. You know how at every buffet there is that ...
  • Orsolya
    How would you feel if you could speak to a deceased love one? Not through a clairvoyant or a Ouija Board; but simply on a telephone. How would it affect your life and that of your community? This is precisely the topic in five-time best-selling author Mitch Albom’s, “The First Phone Call from Heaven”.Readers familiar with Albom’s works will recognize his short story-esque writing which aims to blend inspiration, theology, and philosophy i...
  • Jennifer Rayment
    Once again Albom pulls at your heart strings and makes you think - and cry. Full review to come laterThe Good Stuff I think we all know by know that I am not much of a religion girl, but won't lie I am a sucker for Albom's stories. Mostly because they deal more with faith than with religion pulls at your heart strings and makes you think - and cry A neat little mystery woven into this tale of faith, death, grief, forgiveness and hope You get a l...