This book has a bit of a shock and awe element to it. I believe that it is the intention of the author to present something so out-of-this-world, that the reader is directed, if not forced, to examine his/her fundamental faith-based belief. It might even be said that it presents a "what would you do if it happened to you" premise. Then again, that's what Mitch Albom does best. I give it 3.5 stars only because I liked some of his other books better and thus, rate them higher.