Book Review: The First Phone Call from Heaven

What if when you picked up the phone you heard the voice of a loved one who had passed away?
If heaven called, would you answer?


When a few people in a small town called Coldwater start getting phone calls from loved ones who had passed away, there were a lot of skeptics. But the chosen children, parents and spouses of Coldwater who receive the calls have no doubt that they were hearing their loved ones’ voices. As the world wanted to know more, these phone calls quickly become the world’s biggest spectacle. Sparking extreme media interest, this other worldly contact turns into a massive controversy.

Sully Harding, a recent widower, is angry with this nonsense since the whole “miracle” controversy is making it difficult for him to deal with his wife’s death and giving his young son false hope. Not content to accept these supposed miracles, Sully goes on a mission to investigate incidents and to expose the phone calls as a hoax.

My Thoughts:

So, I loved this book! I really don’t want to give out anything that might ruin the experience for anyone else who reads it. But The First Phone Call from Heaven was unexpectedly quite a page-turner. The title did make me wonder if this was going to be yet another book about the after-life; however this is quite a touching novel which makes you wonder about life itself. I couldn’t help thinking over the following questions while the read the book:

  1. What would you say or ask someone you’ve lost, if you had another chance
  2. How would the proof of heaven impact your life and how you treat others?
  3. If you had the chance to talk to someone you lost, who would you pick?

What makes the novel even more fascinating are the snippets of the personal life of Graham Bell, which position the telephone as a device of love and communication. The book reveals that Graham Bell’s wife and mother were deaf, something that influenced his life’s work. Little tidbits like this give the book an extra touch of something special.

At the end, the only question remains: Does it really matter if it’s a miracle or a hoax? The phone calls are the best thing that have happened to a small town like Coldwater, and a chance for people to connect with the lost souls in heaven. Through the stories of personal losses and different levels of religiosity, readers get a glimpse into how at the end of the day, it’s all about faith.


Regardless of what your belief is, you’ll enjoy this novel about coping with loss, accepting the notion of death and living without fear of the end.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. It has been a year since I finished reading TFPFH but until it still has a hold on me.
    I would recommend to you the newest novel of Albom, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. shamilahr says:

      I’ve been meaning to read that! But we don’t have it available in my country yet 😦


      1. Really? Too bad, I thought the release worldwide was Nov 10. Hoping you can read it soon.


        1. shamilahr says:

          Thanks! Looking forward to it ^_^


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