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

Mass Market Paperback | May 31, 2016

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“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, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

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.

“Beautiful and smart. Perhaps the most stirring and transcendent heaven story since Field of Dreams.” —Matthew Quick,  author of The Good Luck of Right Now

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 Detr...
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Title:The First Phone Call from Heaven: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.96 inPublished:May 31, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062472607

ISBN - 13:9780062472601

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Reviews

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.”