The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

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The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

by Mitch Albom

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | November 12, 2013 | Hardcover

The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel is rated 4.1538 out of 5 by 13.

"What if the end is not the end?"

From the beloved author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most thrilling and magical novel yet-a page-turning mystery and a meditation on the power of human connection.

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-transforms. 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 Mitch Albom at his best-a virtuosic story of love, history, and belief.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 7.6 × 5.8 × 1.2 in

Published: November 12, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062294377

ISBN - 13: 9780062294371

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book!!! Mitch Albom has created a Masterpiece once again. ?First Phone Call From Heaven? will make you believe, doubt your beliefs
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, Fast Read The novel was definitely interesting and a fast read, but not my favourite of the Albom novels. The character development was not as strong so it was harder to have a connection with anyone in the novel.
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read for any one who has recently had a loss it is a good read
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from First phone call from heaven I bought this book a couple of months ago, I couldn't put it down! Great book!
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book!! Awesome Book! Rating out of 5: 5 stars Pros (Good things / what I loved): Amazing twist at the end Characters Belief, faith, love, hope, etc. The characters’ back stories Cons (Bad things / what I didn’t like), and how would you improve on it (next steps): Got quite boring halfway through The First Phone Call From Heaven is a unique novel by Mitch Albom. It captivates it's readers and has many surprising events throughout the book. The book has a very interesting storyline, about a selected number of people from this small town in Michigan, getting weekly phone calls from people who are dead. For most, its a relative. One citizen named Sully Harding doesn’t believe in these phone calls, and works hard to prove that its all just a hoax. One of the people receiving the phone calls, Katherine Yellin, decided to share the news of this miracle. There were many news reports, each getting millions of views. This caused a big feud between believers and non-believers. There was lots of chaos and the small town was being crowded with people, all of whom wanted to be part of this miracle. A citizen named Sully Harding, an old jet fighter, as well as a non-believer, is determined to prove to everyone that they are being fooled. This is a good book for anyone in grade 6 or over because it does have some pretty sophisticated language that anyone who’s younger may not understand and littler kids would probably have lost interest in the book as it did get kind of boring in the middle. It’d also be a good book for anyone who loves to keep guessing until the final few pages of the book, and surprises, as this book does have a big one. Another good thing about this book is that in between sections, it had a bunch of historical fiction about how the telephone was invented. So, overall, I’d say that this book is really good and you should go out and buy it because of the amazing writing, storyline and characters. Rating out of 5: 5
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First phone call from heaven Love Mitch's writings, this book did not disappoint, you wanted to keep turning the page to see what happened next, and the ending was so unexpected, thanks again Mitch for a book worth buying 
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing What a good book, I had trouble to put it down, it was so good. I wish a loved ones could call me. I can't wait to read another Mitch Albom novel. He is one of my favourite author.
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mitch Albom does not disappoint! Great Read. Yet another amazing book by one of my favorite authors.  This book was very hard to put down. Awesome story.
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Says it all. Excellent, compelling, makes you wish you could. It is a must read.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The First Phone Call from Heaven I really enjoyed reading this book which I did in one day because I couldn't put it down. I certainly makes you think about the hereafter and gives you hope that it's not the end.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Book Love his books, really makes you think. A joy to read
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Compelling book with an impactful ending.  As always, Mitch Albom empowers you to think bout the deeper meaning of seemingly straightforward occurrences. 
Date published: 2013-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doesn't disappoint! Mitch is my all time favourite writer, all his books are amazing and this one's not an exception. Finished in one day, its a great quick read. I recommend everyone to read this or at least try out his other books.
Date published: 2013-12-10

– More About This Product –

The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

by Mitch Albom

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 7.6 × 5.8 × 1.2 in

Published: November 12, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062294377

ISBN - 13: 9780062294371

From the Publisher

"What if the end is not the end?"

From the beloved author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most thrilling and magical novel yet-a page-turning mystery and a meditation on the power of human connection.

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-transforms. 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 Mitch Albom at his best-a virtuosic story of love, history, and belief.

About the Author

Mitch Albom was born on May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1979 with a degree in sociology and earned his Master's degrees in journalism and business administration from Columbia University in New York City. Albom is a best-selling author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, nationally syndicated radio host for ABC and flagship station WJR-AM in Detroit, and television commentator. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Oprah Winfrey produced a major television movie for ABC based on Tuesdays with Morrie that aired in 1999 and won four Emmy Awards in 2000. The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day were also turned into popular ABC television movies. Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the sports editors of America. During his storied career, he has received more than 100 writing awards from AP, UPI, Headliners Club, and National Sportswriters and Broadcasters Associations, as well as had his work appear in numerous publications, such as Sports Illustrated, GQ, Sport, The New York Times, TV Guide, and USA Today. Albom hosts two radio talk shows for ABC. He broadcasts from WJR-AM in Detroit The Mitch Albom Show and The Mitch Albom Show on the Weekend. The Monday Sports Albom, a sports interview program, has hosted guests from President Gerald Ford to Wayne Gretzky to Dennis Rodman. Alb
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Editorial Reviews

"A beautifully rendered tale of faith and redemption that makes us think, feel, and hope--and then doubt and then believe, as only Mitch Albom can make us do." (Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain)
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