Friday, November 19, 2010
More Glimpses of Heaven - Book Review
From Author of Bestselling Glimpses of Heaven
New collection of inspiring accounts of people nearing death and
their experiences with God as he prepares to take them home
We often wonder what death is really like. In her new book, More Glimpses of Heaven, Trudy Harris provides insights into what really goes on at death and how it is not something to be feared, but something that quite literally brings us closer to God.
Harris, who has worked as a hospice nurse for more than 30 years, shares how God has worked in the lives of 46 patients as they neared death. Each of their stories is a testament to the fact that God is never far from us—especially in death—and illustrates the lengths to which God will go to so that we understand his compassionate love for us. Whether by intuitive understanding, divine encounter or through the touch of ordinary individuals, God's compassion and comforting love are revealed to each person as he reaches out and calls them home.
Anyone that knows me knows why I chose to review this book; I LIVED it! My father was diagnosed with cancer in January of 1981. He was placed in Hospice in August the same year and passed away in early September-with me at his side. I was living at home (and only 18 years old), which allowed me the opportunity to care for him easily. I tried on a few occasions to allow my dad the opportunity to open up to me-to tell me anything he wanted me to know, just in case….. Well, you know, in case he didn’t make it. But my dad would NEVER admit he wasn’t going to BEAT THIS! And, as his baby, I was in no position to tell him he wouldn’t (nor did I want to believe it myself!) As a matter of fact, I still remember the day before he passed away; I put his frail body in a wheel-chair and took him for a “spin” around the hospital grounds. He looked up at me, and reminded me that I was NOT A RACE CAR driver and that I needed to slow down. I just couldn’t – I was so proud to have him OUT OF THAT BED! He was GOING to recover, by golly! Needless to say, he didn’t. It took many years and many tears to be able to accept that.
Over the past year (that’s right, it’s 2010), I have been involved in a grief group; realizing time does NOT necessarily heal all wounds. Sometimes, we can “stuff” our pain so far inside; we realize years later it was NEVER dealt with. That was the case for me. I could go on and on about my dad because it provides comfort for me to share about my loss, but I won’t. However, I can say, from a very real and personal opinion, this book is absolutely amazing!
Will it make you cry? Possibly. Will it make you think? Possibly. Will it remind you of your loved one? I would say absolutely! It reminded me that my dad is with his Father in Heaven and the only person that’s sad about it is ME! He is at complete peace, reveling in His Father’s Love! That revelation is very comforting to me! I also took great comfort reading about others who share my story. Although some of the details are different, many are similar. It brings me comfort to know someone else can relate to my journey; that I’m really not alone.
Thank you so much Trudy, for writing this stories for us to share. I look forward to reading more of your books in the future.
Available November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.