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The remarkable story of a woman, plagued with guilt and skepticism, dramatically changed by the nine minutes she spent in heaven.
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.
©2013 Crystal McVea and Alex Tresniowski (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
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By Amazon Customer 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.

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By Karen on 09-15-13

Not a whole lot about her experience in Heaven

I love books about Near Death Experiences. This book, however, had very little to do with that and was mostly about Crystal's challenges in life.. While I applaud her for not letting life pull her down, I have to say, many people have gone through many of the same challenges she has, including myself, but I doubt any one would want to read a book about my life..

It became way too evangelistic for me half way through.. If you are an evangelistic Christian, you'll probably really enjoy this book, but if you are someone who doesn't like religion trying to make people feel guilty and shameful for living a life, and blaming all things bad on Satan, then you'll probably be really annoyed by parts of this book...

If you are looking for books having to do with NDE, you might want to pass on this one. She alludes to her visit in Heaven and talking to God here and there, but there's really very little information about how this happened to her or what the experience was like.. I mean, she talks about it, but not in depth and not very much...The book is basically a biography of her life..

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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.

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