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Friday, April 5, 2013

Waking Up In Heaven


 Cafe Lily's Review:

This was an interesting story to read, yet much different than what I expected.  The majority of the book focuses on the author's background, and what has happened since her experience.  This ended up being more of a memoir which I always enjoy reading.  However, readers who are expecting this book to focus mostly on her actual experience in heaven, may be disappointed.


On December 10, 2009, Crystal McVea, a thirty-two-year-old mother of four, stopped breathing. Her face turned a dark shade of blue, then black. She was foaming at the mouth. Her mother screamed for help, and a nurse tried to revive her, to no avail. The nurse called out a Code Blue-the hospital code for a critical emergency. Crystal was in full blown respiratory arrest. 

Today, Crystal does not remember what happened in that hospital room during those nine minutes she was unconscious and unable to breathe on her own. She has no memory of the panic, and the rushing nurses, and the loud cries of "Code Blue." She cannot recall her struggle to breath, or the dramatic steps that saved her life. She simply remembers drifting off. And she remembers waking in heaven and being next to God. 

Crystal's account of what transpired in those nine minutes is a remarkable story of hope and forgiveness and redemption, and of the healing power of God's presence. Crystal is not the innocent young son of a preacher or an ordained minister who has always believed. No, for most of her life Crystal McVea was a sinner and a skeptic whose broken life of sexual and emotional abuse and bad choices made her feel worthless and beyond the reach of God-if God was even real. She had all but given up hope. Then came December 10-and the nine minutes that changed everything.

 Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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