Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The First Phone Call From Heaven (Jan 24)

first phone call from heavenThis week I have chosen The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom for my Friday meme combo. It was one of the books I received for Christmas and I’m hoping to get round to reading it soon. GoodReads has the following description:

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.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The First Phone Call From Heaven:

On the day the world received its first phone call from heaven, Tess Rafferty was unwrapping a box of tea bags.

I like this beginning! The story could go anywhere from here.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The First Phone Call From Heaven:

“Hell, the Bible says God spoke through a burning bush,” Fred said. “Is that any stranger than a telephone?”

“Can we drop it?” Sully asked.

They clanked their silverware and chewed silently.

Somebody doesn’t seem to comfortable with whatever has been happening here. I’ve enjoyed a few of Mitch Albom’s previous books, so I’m looking forward to this one as well.

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2 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The First Phone Call From Heaven (Jan 24)

  1. I have this one wishlisted. Imagine getting a call from heaven!! We all have loved ones we would love to talk to just one more time. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on this one.

    Happy weekend!

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