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God let me see me through His eyes. And in that instant I knew that God had always loved me, through all of those dark and difficult years when I doubted His existence, through every crisis and every heartbreak that made me turn away from Him more. I knew, in that instant, that His love was endless and boundless, and that if He loved me so much, how could I not love myself?
For most of her life, Crystal McVea was a skeptic whose history of abuse and bad choices made her feel beyond the reach of God - who questioned if God was even real. She had all but given up hope. Then came December 10, 2009...and the moment that changed everything.
For nine minutes that night, Crystal went into full respiratory arrest. She was unconscious and unable to breathe on her own, unaware of the crisis happening around her as the hospital staff rushed to save her life. Crystal doesn't remember the trauma or losing consciousness; she just remembers waking up in heaven, next to God.
Waking Up in Heaven invites listeners to witness the relentless pursuit of God in a life that was broken and seemingly beyond hope, an awe-inspiring account of love, forgiveness, and redemption, and the healing power of God's presence.
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By margomouse on 02-05-14
worst book of this genre Ive listened to/read
Would you try another book from Crystal McVea and Alex Tresniowski and/or Crystal McVea?
Probably not. Although a nice and gentle sounding soul, unfortunately one of my pet peeves makes repeated appearances. The mispronunciation of "especially" vs "expecially". Everyone has their own literary peeves, this one grinds on me. The book is essentially an autobiography. The amount of time dedicated to the actual experience is perhaps 5% of the text.
What do you think your next listen will be?
"Thinking in Pictures" by Temple Grandin. Have read it before but wanted to experience it again.
Would you be willing to try another one of Crystal McVea’s performances?
No. See above re: pronunciation concerns.
What character would you cut from Waking Up in Heaven?
I would cut out a lot of what I would call filler. This book needs more substance.
Any additional comments?
Don't waste your money on this one. I love reading about experiences in heaven. This is perhaps the 8thbook I have read on the subject; and isn't in the same league at all. It drug on and on.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Melody on 11-12-13
Good book, great true life story
Where does Waking Up in Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I have listened to many, many Audio Books. All different subjects and many on NDE experiences. This book was different and refreshing to me, maybe because there are so many NDE books and stories that are similar that this one stood out to me better because she cared enough and was brave enough to tell her life story, that is a big thing for someone to do and should not be discounted. She is not a writer nor did she set out trying to write the next best selling novel, this is a simple thing really, a true life story. Maybe it is because I am around her age, I experienced similar things growing up and I could relate. Maybe because I am a mother as well. I suppose if you do not have children you may not understand how heart wrenching some of this is. The way this is written pulled me right into her life and I cried more times than I would want to admit. Her telling her life story is what made the difference for me. Because of this is why the rest made sense and was great. You are completely missing the point if you think this book is to be about just her NDE, that is not the case at all, this book is meant to be so much more. It is meant to help people, all kinds to stop thinking and judging so critical, stop your eye rolling at people, and just open your eyes to the bigger picture here. It is about all of it, the true purpose of not just the faith we should have but the proof as well, to serve a purpose of showing this in such a basic and simple way, there is more to life, there is more to us, and more to life after life. If you read enough of all of these subjects, Edgar Cayce and the other many books relating then you can start to piece this all together for yourself. Who is anyone to judge anyone else? You feel what you feel and that is fine, but being so overly critical that you miss the point entirely is just sad. Hopefully others will get it, and see the simple thing this book offers and appreciate the story of it. Not everyone is ready for Quantum Physics, or even an Edgar Cayce book, this is a great book for the majority of the public stuck on TV these days watching too many reality shows and crap. This book would be helpful for many I feel. Open your eyes a little to see more of life. You do not have to live on the streets as a prostitute to have lived a hard life, and her story and emotional pain is severe compared to most of us who grow up pretty regular.
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By The Reluctant Hermit on 03-23-14
nothing at all about NDEs. Pretty dull overall
I am interested in Near death experiences but in this book there is about two sentences about dying and meeting God. The rest of the book is a pretty dull story of an ordinary lower class life in Southern America bile belt area. Not interesting and the title of the book is misleading. Avoid it if you want to know about heaven or what it is like to have a near death experience. You won't learn anything here.
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By Janice on 04-28-17
A very honest and touching true story.
My husband and I have been deeply touched by the honesty of the writer of this book, Crystal McVea. Her story from the age of 3yrs touches on so many of life's challenges and her honest approach to each one. How she dealt with her "roller-coaster ride" of faith in God during those challenges, helps the reader to relate to their own issues of faith and trust in Him and how He never leaves us. Thank you, Crystal McVea.