“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.” -Phaedrus (Roman Fabulist 15 BC- 50 AD)
Open your mind and place your cell phone on a table located within a castle during medieval times in England. These are two things which we know to be "real", but also believe to not have co-existed during the same period of time. But what if they did? This would certainly be a "game changer".
In a manner of speaking, this is what Mitch Albom, author of the best-selling memoir in publishing history, Tuesdays with Morrie, is setting down as a premise in his latest novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven. He begins many of his chapters with the actual parallel story of Alexander Graham Bell and some of the fascinating anecdotes which led to the invention we now take for granted, the telephone.
By brilliantly intertwining fact and fiction in the form of a suspenseful mystery, Albom invites the reader to repeatedly cross the bridge between skeptic and hopeful believer. His book is asking us to observe the similarities between the announcement that communication is now possible with the departed with the one made more than one hundred years ago. When seen from this perspective, believing that you are hearing the voice of someone located on the other side of town or that of someone who has crossed into another dimension of energetic being is not as great a stretch of the imagination as one might originally think.
Yesterday's impossibility becomes today's probability and tomorrow's trending item on eBay.