What Readers Are Saying…

The First Phone Call from Heaven

“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Beautiful and smart. Perhaps the most stirring and transcendent heaven story since Field of Dreams.”
Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Luck of Right Now

“A brisk, page-turner of a story is another winner from Albom. This book just about shouts “Give me for a holiday gift.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Albom artfully captures the emotional turbulence caused by the testing of faith. His story clips along at an increasingly frenetic pace, realistically displaying the ugliness wrought when combining the media circus, mass hysteria, and greed of commercialism. [A] moving tale of loss, recovery, and the power of love.”
Library Journal, starred review

“I loved it. I think people who like Mitch Albom are going to love this book. And even if you don’t, it’s not the kind of book that you’ve ever read anyplace else. I’ve never read anything quite like it…The book takes a lot of twists and turns and there are a lot of different things that happen in this book. And it’s not going to be what you think it is going to be when you get to the end. And I think that’s always the sign of a good book.”
Pat Thurston, KGO

“He’s an engaging writer. ..There’s a spark in the simplicity of his writing that keeps his work dynamic.”
Michigan Daily

“Albom has crafted a powerful and page-turning tale. I spent the first three-quarters wondering how in the world the story would play out, and the twist at the end was a pleasant surprise…Provides some excellent food for thought about doubt, faith, heaven, and the power of forgiveness. Albom’s lastest work is definitely one for the keeper shelf.”

“Exploring the power of faith, he interweaves the characters’ lives in a moving narrative that shows his mastery of writing and storytelling. ”
Los Angeles Magazine

“A simply brilliant evocation of a fabulous plot…You can hit pieces of this plot and think I was fibbing about this [not] being a genre novel, for some of it can read like the best of thrillers. What Albom brings to the story…is his trademark clarity. This is just superlative at whatever level you look…The fact that the plot is equal to the premise and the author’s talent equal to his intentions, means this is one of the better novels of the year.”
The Bookbag (UK)

“The humanism and the gift of story-telling is on full display…It is a compelling novel with equal parts mystery, love story, and an allegory about the power of hope and belief”
Joe Donahue, The Roundtable

“The perfect introduction, or re-introduction, to the masterful storytelling of one of the best-loved writers of our time.” Women Scorned Blog (UK)


“The writing is beautiful, yet almost deceptive in its simplicity, and at first I could not make up my mind about whether it was a fable or a mystery.
But the beauty of the words is unmistakable. Albom’s writing is amazing. Every section ends on the right key, with not a single note feeling out of place. Here a paradox, there an emphasis, his words make life- and love-affirming statements, and succeed in resonating with the truth within you.” – A Few Drops of Ink
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