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“Do you understand? Why we’re here? This is not your heaven. It’s mine.”

Why was it was so important for Eddie to meet “The Blue Man” in heaven?

Mitch Albom made a point by expressing one story viewed from different angles.  It happened the same day, at the same time, but one set of events leaves with a positive ending, while the other leaves in a tragic death.

That’s when I thought, maybe Eddie’s death saved the life of the little girl. But we will not know unless we keep reading.

After reading this portion, I literally had to pause. As individuals we unconsciously look at certain situations of the world in one view. We may not do it on purpose because we are all independent individuals.  What I look at or feel will be different from what you see or feel. My life experiences are going to be different from your life experiences.

After, hearing how “The Blue Man” died, I really went into deep thought. I wondered if there were times when I was fortunate to experience something is a positive manner, caused someone to have a negative experience. When you think about it, of course there were moments like those. I recently applied for a job a year ago. I doubt I was the only candidate. My new position, caused someone not to get a job. Hopefully by now they are not unemployed. But I will never know. Even though I had never met that person, my life experience affected someone else’s life experience. Its amazing that this book has really had me thinking of all the choices I have made, and how they have affected someone else whether I had something to do with it or not.

What life experiences can you think of that may have had someone experience a unfortunate event where you gained a positive one?

If you really think about it, there are so many!

The Blue Man made a good point, “…When your colleague falls ill and you do not. We think such things are random. But there is a balance to it all. One withers, another grows. Birth and death are part of a whole”…”This is why we are drawn to babies…And to funerals.”

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven pages 1-55

The Book starts at an ending, which is the last hours before Eddie dies. Eddie feels that he has wasted his life in a dead end job.The day of his death it is Eddie’s 83rd birthday. He is at the amusement park where he works and where he tragically dies. The last memory he has is saving a little girl from a ride at the amusement park. Mitch Albom makes a point by saying “all endings are beginnings. But we just don’t know it at the time”. What do you think is the significance between this quote in Eddie’s life?

After his death, Eddie is alone at the Pier, he doesn’t know if he saved the life of the little girl. Then he realizes he doesn’t need his cane to walk. He can run, jump! He notices all is pain and agony is gone. He notices the Pier was from his childhood, from 75 years ago. Everything was new.

Then he is not alone anymore and he is then accompanied by a familiar face from his childhood, but there is a distinctive feature to him that isn’t ordinary. Who is this person that he meets? What is this distinctive feature and why do you think he is this way? What would you say his significance is to Eddie? 

Our Food Theme List

Hello Ladies! If you received my email you would know our food theme for our next meeting is Mexican!! Here is a list of what Ana wants us to bring. Please do not forget to post what you will bring on here! You also may bring more than one thing.

  • Mexican 7 layer bean dip
  • chips & salsa
  • quesadillas
  • chimichangas
  • margarita in a bottle (provide what flavor please)
  • margarita cups and salt and lime
  • flan
  • plates and forks
  • shredded lettuce and sour cream
  • Sangria

 

Our Book List

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First Round
  1. NYPD Red, by James Patterson
  2. Love in the time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  4. The Pleasures of Men, by Kate Williams
  5. There is More to Life Than This, Theresa Caputo
  6. The Vow, by Nicholas Spark
Second Round
  1. Heaven is For Real, by Todd Burpo
  2. The Alibi, by Sandra Brown
  3. Wicked the Untold Story of The Wicked Witch of Oz, by Winnie Holzman
  4. The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larkson
  5. Unlucky 13, by James Patterson
  6. The Green Mile, by Stephen King