The First Phone Call From Heaven Book Review

Updated on January 8, 2019

About the book

Author: Mitch Albom

Published: 2003

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 398


The story is set in a small town called Coldwater, Michigan. When some of the inhabitants of Coldwater start receiving phone calls from their loved ones, it interests a lot of people. The reason why people's interest is piqued is because these people making the phone calls have passed away and, apparently, calling from Heaven. Tess Rafferty is the first person in the book whom we meet that receives a so-called phone call from Heaven. Katherine Yellin is also one of the main people to have received a call. She publicly announces that she had received a call from her dead sister, Diane. She stands up in Church one Sunday and announces to the congregation that Diane had called her from Heaven. Naturally, people are stunned and shocked at the news. But other people soon start coming forward saying they have also been receiving calls from their dead relatives. The news soon spread and quickly attracts media attention. Oddly though, these people only seem to receive these calls on a Friday.

Sully Harding is another one of the main characters in the book and is sceptical about what is going on. He is going through the grieving process himself as his wife tragically died in a horrific car accident. This leaves him to deal with the loss himself and also bringing up his young son, who also mourns the loss of his mother. And Sully has other problems as he was disgraced from his job as a pilot and served time in prison. He doesn't believe that these calls are coming from Heaven and sets out to find out what is really going on. Are these phone calls a cruel hoax, or are they really miracles from Heaven?

Whilst all this is going on, the world and his wife has caught on to this story and Coldwater is soon overrun with not only the media, but also from people who believe this is happening. There are groups of people who gather on Katherine's front lawn praying. There are also the disbelievers who claim that this is all a load of rubbish.

There are two stories for every life; the one you live and the one others tell.

— Mitch Albom

My Thoughts

I have read 3 of Mitch Albom's books previously, so was looking forward to this one. I've enjoyed reading his books, and this one didn't disappoint me. I have found with Mitch's books that they are written in such a way that they make you think about things. It's food for thought. What if we could receive phone calls from our loved ones in Heaven? What would we do? How would we react if this actually happened?

There are segments in the book where Mitch talks about the birth of the telephone and the first phone call ever made. I found this little bit of information an interesting addition to the book. Communication has certainly come a long way since those days. But when it comes to communicating with people in another dimension, that is another question. As I said, it raises a lot of questions and makes you think about life and death. On a personal basis, I don't like to think of there being nothing after we pass on from this life. The thought of going to Heaven when I die is something I would like. But none of us are really going to know until it happens. But what I liked about this book is the way Mitch wrote about the characters. These people are all very different. One man is a Police Officer that apparently receives calls from his son, a soldier, who was killed in action. These are just normal, every day people who get these phone calls.

I found the story enjoyable and engaging to read. Again, Mitch Albom didn't let me down and I would thoroughly recommend this book. I kept wanting to turn the page to see what happens next. I didn't expect the book to end the way it did though. Saying that though, I wasn't disappointed. I would highly recommend this book and give it 5/5.


The First Phone Call From Heaven

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    © 2019 Louise Powles


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      • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

        Louise Powles 

        3 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Shaloo, thankyou for the lovely comment. I do like his books.

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        Shaloo Walia 

        3 months ago from India

        I have read two of Mitch Albom's books and quite liked them. This one seems pretty interesting too. Added on my tbr list.

      • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

        Louise Powles 

        9 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Peg - thankyou for the lovely comment. Yes, I love his other books as well. He's a really talented author. =)

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        Peg Cole 

        9 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

        Great to find your review of Mitch Albom's book. Makes me want to read this one. His stories truly are gripping in their exploration of different possibilities. Loved his other books as well.

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        Hayley Dodwell 

        12 months ago

        Fantastic review, very interesting indeed - I now intend to get a copy! Thank you.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        12 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks for this review, Louise. This is an interesting topic to write about and I would certainly be a little apprehensive initially if it happened. Seems like a book I should read. Thank you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        12 months ago from The Caribbean

        Louise, thanks for this review. On your recommendation, I intend to get the book. I love Mitch Albom's writings.

      • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

        Louise Powles 

        12 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Hi Leland, thanks for the lovely comment. Yes, he wrote Tuesdays With Morrie, that is a lovely story too. I believe Mitch Albom is from Detroit. I really admire his work.

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        Leland Johnson 

        12 months ago from Midland MI

        Louise- well written hub. Albom wrote Tuesdays with Morrie, right? He's a sensitive guy for sure and a good writer. Interesting topic, especially for me being from Michigan. Is Albom from Michigan? I like the quote you included about "two lives." Than one will keep me up pondering for a while tonight. Thanks a lot. haha. Great review. Looking forward to more.

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        12 months ago from USA

        I enjoyed your review. I’ve been looking for a good book to read recently and it looks like this will be on my list. I read Mitch Albom’s first book and liked it, but I haven’t read any follow-up books he’s writing.

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        Ellison Hartley 

        12 months ago from Maryland, USA

        Great book review! I love reading book reviews. Just from seeing the title, I don't know if I would have picked it up and read it, but after your explanation, it sounds really interesting and thought-provoking.


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