Summer Reading – “The First Phone Call From Heaven” by Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom, known for his books “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” has outdone himself with what is, in my opinion, his greatest book yet.
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Summer Reading – “The First Phone Call From Heaven” by Mitch Albom

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The question of whether or not Heaven and Gods are real has been around for an eternity, and the argument is often the same. Believers cannot prove heaven to be real, and skeptics cannot prove otherwise. Science has also yet to leapfrog religion, and it is believed that it will stay that way for many years to come. It is for this reason that any author, who manages to stir the argument and add to it, must be called a genius. Mitch Albom does just this in his latest novel. In taking on the debate, Albom writes through various relatable perspectives – he even suggests that proof of heaven might not be the salvation humanity hopes for, but rather a reason for us to give up. Albom takes the reader on a journey, moving them from side-to-side on a spectrum between believing and being skeptical. In doing so, the book becomes on that causes the reader to stop in between and reflect, questioning the events within the book as well as your own standpoint. The story centers a town in Michigan called Coldwater, and begins with a regular church attendee receiving a phone call from her deceased mother. Soon enough, another woman, Katherine Yellin, reveals that she had received a phone call from her deceased sister as well. As more people come forward to reveal that they had received phone calls too, the town goes hysteric.As events progress, the number of believers of God and heaven increase, as do the repercussions if the phone calls turn out to be fake… All that can be said, without ruining the ending, is that the book will prevent the reader from answering the phone without a little bit of wonder for weeks to come.  

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  •' Juno says:

    “Science has also yet to leapfrog religion, and it is believed that it will stay that way for many years to come.” Are you kidding me? Science has leapfrogged religion since the Renaissance. I really would like to hear the facts behind this utterly unfair statement.

  • Pranav Khemlani says:

    The statement was made to address the previous point in that neither science nor religion has been able to prove/deny the existence of god. Science has rapidly improved over the years as you mentioned, and that is why I wrote it as I did – not intending to suggest that it hasn’t leapfrogged religion, but simply to state that there are still things that many religious followers believe (such as the existence of God) that Science has yet to disprove. Once again, the statement wasn’t made to insult Scientists, nor it’s progress over time in regards to religion.

  •' Juno says:

    With all due respect, I disagree with your point of view. If there is no proof to deny the existence of god, it DOES NOT mean god exists! Why? The reason being one could say that for an infinite number of things. For example, I could say that there is a flying tea pot in my room right now and you failing to disprove it does not mean that is true! Again I could say that for n number of things not just flying tea pots. That is called argument from ignorance and should not be taken for logical reasoning. Therefore only evidence in support of should be taken to assert a premise not the absence of contrary evidence. If there is no evidence to support the existence of god or the flying teapot , their existences must therefore be taken as false.

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