(Stairway to heaven, 30 May 2006/Till Krech)

Best-selling novelist and popular sports journalist Mitch Albom returns to a familiar theme in his new book “The First Phone Call from Heaven,” exploring what people find most meaningful in life when confronted with mortality.

His latest book of fiction follows the reaction of people from a small Michigan town claiming to receive phone calls from loved ones in heaven. Sully Harding, a town resident, is skeptical and conducts his own investigation.

Albom spoke to Reuters about the significance of the human voice, Alexander Graham Bell and religion.

Read the full story by Billy Cheung here.