The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel by Mitch AlbomThe First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

byMitch Albom

Hardcover | November 12, 2013

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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 unexpected.

Readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will recognize the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom's writing, and those who haven't yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

Mitch Albom is a bestselling novelist, a screen-writer, a playwright, and an award-winning journalist. He is the author of six consecutive number-oneNew York Timesbestsellers and has sold more than thirty-four million copies of his books in forty-two languages worldwide.Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four years atop theNew York Time...
Title:The First Phone Call from Heaven: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 7.55 × 5.88 × 1.1 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062294377

ISBN - 13:9780062294371


Rated 3 out of 5 by from The First Phone Call From Heaven It's hard to not love a Mitch Albom book, he really makes you think long and hard about decisions to be made. I felt that as the character development wasn't as strong as it usually was, this book was missing Albom's charm that I love. While reading this book, my cousin passed away... I had to stop reading it for awhile and went back to another book of Albom's.
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pick this book up and read it It's hard to not love Mitch Albom. This isn't my favourite read of his but it definitely is a good and thought provoking read. I had to read the end a couple of times because I kept getting distracted and there were a lot of plot twists (very well done). I highly recommend this. I love the way bits of telephone history were embedded into the story.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this book I really enjoyed this book. As heartbreaking as it could be at this time I longed for the story to be a real possibility. Another excellent read from Mitch Albom. #plumrewards
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really wanted this to be true .... ...... on the scale it was reported on. But in the end the smaller scale was definitely more powerful ! Being a Christian and a believer, I love Mitch Albom's writing. He always gives you something to think about and his books help to keep my faith alive. Sadly I had an acquaintance say to me that she did not like his style as it was 'too religious' for her - the fact was she had no faith whatsoever, this to me was so sad. I think if you have any inclination to believe in any higher power, these books should give you hope of something.
Date published: 2016-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I feel it gives people hope. I like the end where Sully finds out his suspicions were accurate. Then he truly does get the first phone call from heaven.
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing Excellent book, could not put it down. Shows a little faith spreads and goes a long way. Love all of Mitch Albom books.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking and insightful This book started quite slow for me. I wasn't particularly of the writing style, jumping from person to person and various points in time, but as I read, I caught on, and the storey began to move quite quickly. So hang in there. The message in this book is for all, not just Christians. Try to see beyond the religion to the true spirit. It is intact.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay read My first experience with a Mitch Albom fiction and I think it was alright. Well thought out characters and plot, though I probably won't re-read it as I do with TWM.
Date published: 2014-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I wanted to fast forward to the end Interesting!
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and awe inspiring. As usual Mitch Albom has done superb writing. I loved this book. It delves into the subject of living, and dying and what that truly means for the person who dies and the ramifications of the loved ones left to carry on. The possibility of speaking to a loved one who has passed is something we would all attempt if possible. To speak to that person, one more time would be such a gift.I am always sad when the novel ends. His books offer happiness, love, hate, sorrow and most if all, the feeling of hope. I look forward to his next novel.
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Love the story and its ending. Will definitely look up more of his books.
Date published: 2014-08-24
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 5 out of 5 by from The First Phone Call from Heaven Mitch Albom has done it again. This novel calls on its readers to question their spiritual beliefs as they identify with the characters. An excellent read.
Date published: 2014-07-13
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 4 out of 5 by from The first phone call from heaven . Enjoyed this book , like all other Mitch Albom's creations. These books all have food for thought.
Date published: 2014-05-19
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 2 out of 5 by from Good This book is an interesting read. A little slow for me but ok.
Date published: 2014-05-02
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 Wonderful journey Love time have this "impact" while I was on a quest to refresh my faith and believe. Always great time when reading Mitch Albom work. This time I was brought to a surprisingly exciting and thoughtful experience.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The First Phone Call From Heaven Five Star Rated great
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First phone call from Heaven Hard to put down! Wonderful idea...don't think if someone had this opportunity that they would pass it up.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interpreter Verry hard to put down. The Author has beautifully descreibed each character . Ilike feeling like i know them and i am thete. I also love topics on Heaven.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interpreter I can not say a bad things about any of his books and this one did not disappoint. The story is captivating and difficult to put down. You become drawn into the characters and story a like. I would recommend the book to anyone!!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interpreter I found Albom treated the idea of what would happen if dead people could "phone home" with a fairly even hand. Unfortunately, there was nothing in the book that really grabbed my attention. With all the books in the past few years about vampires and other creatures being actually real, perhaps the idea of this book is simply not as original as it might once have been. The characters didn't seem to be fleshed out enough, leaving only vague impressions, certainly not enough to make us care about them. As well, I'm not sure if Albom intended the ending to have an emotional impact or just make you think, but for me it did neither, Overall, I have to say that your time would be better spent reading something else.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interpreter Beautifully written; almost as good as Tuesdays with Morrie.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interpreter Wonderful story - reels you in from the first page - Mitch Albom is a brilliant writer
Date published: 2014-01-22
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 3 out of 5 by from The First Phone Call From Heaven Asks questions we'd all like answered.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The First Phone Call From Heaven I really enjoyed this novel!
Date published: 2013-12-10

Editorial Reviews

“Beautiful and smart. Perhaps the most stirring and transcendent heaven story since Field of Dreams.”