The Five People You Meet In Heaven By: Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie a worker at Ruby Pier a local amusement park who dies on his 83rd birthday trying to save a little girl from being crushed by one of the rides. Eddie then awakes in heaven where he is to be taught the meaning of his life on earth by five people in heaven whose lives intertwined with his in one way or another.
The first person Eddie meets in heaven is known only as "The Blue Man". Eddie is taken back to the Ruby Pier he grew up in over 75 years ago. While moving around the park he finds "The Blue Man" and proceeds to take Eddie on a flashback to when he was a little kid playing catch with his brother. His brother throws the ball over his head and when he goes to get it is almost hit with a car which we find out to be The Blue Man's car. He then goes on to say that the scare he got from almost hitting Eddie caused his already weak heart (from taking bad medicine which is what caused his skin to turn blue) to have a fatal heart attack. Eddie is devastated when he learns he killed him, however The Blue Man goes onto explain Eddie's first lesson that everything in life is connected and that their are no random acts. Everything has a purpose.
The second person Eddie meets in heaven is his Captain from World War Two. His Captain takes him on a flashback to the night they escaped from a prison camp to show him that when Eddie was shot trying to rescue a girl he thought he saw in a burning hut that it was really his Captain who shot him to save him from burning to death in the fire. Eddie is furious when he learns this and attempts to beat his Captain which causes no harm to his Captain. The Captain then shows his own death which happened later that night trying to get Eddie to the hospital. This is where Eddie learns his second lesson which is "sacrafice" (93). He explains that sacrafice is something to be proud of and not something to regret. Before Eddie leaves he asks his Captain if he saved the girl but his Captain refuses to tell him.
The third person Eddie meets in heaven is Ruby. Ruby Pier was named after Ruby by her rich husband, however one night the pier was engulfed in a huge fire which crippled Ruby's husband leaving her to take care of him for the rest of her life. Ruby then explains how Eddie's father died. Eddie's father walked in on his drunk friend grabbing his wife and chased him to the pier late at night where he had to save his drunk friend from drowning. Ruby explains that you must learn to forgive. Ruby was at the hospital sharing a room with Eddie's dad when he died and she was the only one to hear his dad crying for Eddie and the rest of his family.
The fourth person Eddie meets in heaven is his wife who had died many years before him of a tumor. Eddie had always felt she had been taken away from him prematurely. Eddies and his wife spend what seems like days just talking about everything they can think of and reconncecting after such a long time of being apart. After all this is over she explains the fourth lesson Eddie learns which is that even though she died their love hadn't it had only taken another form.
The fivth and final person Eddie meets in heaven is a little girl named Tala. When Eddie escaped captivity during world war two he burned down the camp he was held in. In one of the burning huts he thought he saw a little girl however, he believed it was only his imagination. Tala points out that it was actually her inside the hut and she had died. Tala is suddenly covered with hideous burns all over her body and as pennance Eddie must wipe away all of her scars and burns using a rock. After he has done this Tala reveals to Eddie the purpose of his life which was to keep children safe at Ruby Pier.
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