It’s a touching novel with great perspective by the author of international bestseller book Tuesdays  with Morrie–Mitch Albom. It talks about the life and death of a man named Eddie. After dying in an accident, Eddie met five people in heaven who has significantly affected or changed his life.

This book has a TV film adaptation, starring Jon Voight. He starred as a war vet and a maintenance worker at an amusement park. He died while trying to save a kid who sits under a falling ride. The five people he met in heaven helped him understand the meaning of his life.

Both the book and the film have shown remarkable lessons that would lead us to deeper realizations–by just paying attention to the quotes. They’re very moving.

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. you’re just passing it on to someone else.”

“Holding anger is poison. it eats you from the inside. we think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. but hatred is a curved blade. and the harm we do, we do to ourselves.”

“Each of us was in your life for a reason. You many not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth.”

“Dying? not the end of everything. we think it is. but what happens on earth is only the beginning.”

“Sacrifice is a part of life. it is supposed to be. it’s not something to regret. it’s something to aspire to. little sacrifices. big sacrifices. a mother works so her son can go to school. a daughter moves home to take care of her sick father.”

“Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. but sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.”

“Lost love is still love, eddie. it takes a different form, that’s all. you can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. but when those senses weaken, another heightens. memory. memory becomes your partner. you nurture it. you hold it. you dance with it.””Life has to end,” she said. “love doesnt.”