Waking up in Heaven

Waking up in Heaven

A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again

Book - 2013
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An inspirational memoir of near-death experience, rebirth, divine mercy, and finding faith.

On December 10, 2009, McVea, a thirty-two-year-old mother of four, went to the hospital for a routine procedure. While undergoing treatment, her face suddenly turned a dark shade of blue, then black. Her mother screamed for help, and a nurse tried to revive her...to no avail.

Today, Crystal does not remember what happened in that hospital room during the 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 only remembers drifting off...and waking up in heaven.

This unexpected meeting of a self-described sinner and skeptic with her God changed everything. Raised Christian, she had left her faith behind after childhood abuse and the subsequent struggles and suffering of her troubled teens and early adulthood. She longed to believe but felt abandoned, broken, and undeserving.

A moving autobiographical testament to the power of divine love and forgiveness, Waking Up in Heaven shares the message of hope, healing, and compassion McVea brought back from her brush with God.

This brave, honest account of years lost to shame and guilt will inspire those who've stumbled along their own spiritual journey, with the uplifting reminder that no one is beyond the reach of grace and redemption, and that, in the words of the author, "God is real. Heaven is real. And God's love for us is the realest thing of all."
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, 2013.
Edition: First Howard Books trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781476711874
1476711879
9781476735856
1476735859
Characteristics: 245 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tresniowski, Alex

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dixiedog
Aug 13, 2018

‘Waking Up in Heaven‘ by Crystal McVea is a book better suited for devout Christians. She does describe her time Heaven but she spreads it out throughout the book in perhaps 4-6 short chapters. Her story is one filled with abuse, followed by bad choices. Her experience in Heaven is considerably different than what was described by Colton Burpo in Heaven Is for Real and other books I have read. Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

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Vonda_2
Nov 05, 2015

I Loved this book I though that it gave a great in site to the Authors journey from her point of view

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JIlindaD1968
Jun 18, 2015

I thought this was a good book with some good scriptures to go along with some of the reading

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lynnwl
Dec 31, 2013

The title was misleading to me, with the word heaven in the title, I thought it would be about her trip to heaven. However, there was only about one paragraph about her short trip to heaven - and it was unclear just what she'd experienced. The book was actually just the author's biography, with focus on her ministry after her heaven experience. There was nothing wrong with the book, so I gave it 2 stars for effort. I think I would not have put the word, heaven, in the title.

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Smith41
Nov 13, 2013

How did this story get published and how could it possibly be advertised as a true story?

Boring and made up, way too many meds!

CEganAKAMmy May 03, 2013

I have this book for my own and absolutely loved it. I've read a few books from various authors about their journey to heaven and back, but this one touched me on a level that the others haven't. Great read and I will never loan or give my own copy away. I will turn to it when I'm weary and in need of a reminder of what is to come in my next life. Very uplifting.

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JIlindaD1968
Jun 18, 2015

Unlike on earth, where I was plagued by doubts and fears, in heaven there was nothing but absolute certainty about who I was.

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