Mike Cope's blog

Thursday, October 23, 2003

If you read Mitch Albom's TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, then I'm sure you've wanted more from him. Well, I just finished reading his next book, THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN, and it's wonderful. It's imaginative, it's full of wisdom, and it's cleverly written. Eddie, an 83-year-old war veteran who works as a maintanance man at a seaside amusement park, is killed trying to save a little girl when her ride malfunctions. He awakens to find that in heaven your earthly life is explained to you by five people. Here are a couple nuggets: "Ruby [one of the five he meets -- I won't tell you more] stepped toward him. 'Edward,' she said softly. It was the first time she had called him by name. 'Learn this from me. Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves. Forgive, Edward. Forgive.'" "Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them--a mother's approval, a father's nod--are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives."

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