What is YOUR opinion on The Next Person You Meet in Heaven?
I give this book a thumbs up because I appreciate any form of art that helps me reflect on life, the value of life, and why we’re here on this beautiful earth.
The heaven that exists in my imagination is different from Mitch Albom’s version, yet I enjoyed traveling into his creative thinking!
I noticed this book had underlying themes of loneliness, long-kept secrets, and good deeds that can compensate for one’s former badness.
Cleo told Annie that “…the end of loneliness is when someone needs you. And the world is so full of need.”
I have personally been that person in need before and I think we all take turns in that lonely place.
However, I’m also a person who loves solutions, so I thought I would tell you what I have done in the past to make myself feel less needy, and you may want to try this:
Make a list of your “greatest fans.”
My list includes people I can go to when I feel “in need.” Some people on my list are great to call if I’m upset about family, others for business problems, and different ones yet for healthy motivation.
Then, I also have a list of people who would LOVE to have me around them, would be thrilled if I came to visit, or even just called on the phone.
It’s uplifting! Have you ever tried this?
Another page touched me. Page 120 says, “All children keep secrets. All parents do the same. We mold the version we want others to believe.”
I thought about this and I don’t think we’re necessarily deceiving anyone when we do this.
We benefit by molding our versions, just as a snake sheds its skin. When we’ve outgrown the former self, we can move on, leaving behind what once was, and now being freshly made into our new version.
I see magnificence in adults who, with age, have been willing to freely expose who they were at one time, share their past mistakes, and express what they learned from them.
In the theme of secrets, page 125 says, “…just because you have silenced a memory does not mean you are free of it,” and page 145 adds, “Secrets. We think by keeping them, we’re controlling things, but all the while, they’re controlling us.”
I’ve noticed a grand sense of freedom from revealing or confessing past wrongs, especially if one has learned to do right as a result of those wrongs.
Is it true as page 181 says, “That’s how salvation works. The wrongs we do open doors to do right.”?
If this world is a training ground for our souls to learn what is right, then each wrong certainly holds high value, as long as it has helped us to find a new truth, or a better way to be!
Tell me what YOU thought about this book!
Did you mark certain pages or passages you would be willing to share?
Did this book match with how you might imagine heaven?