Monday, July 3, 2017

Life after Heaven by Steven R. Musick

This is a well-written book and a fast read. It is 187 pages, double spaced. It is uplifting and encouraging to those living with and overcoming a debilitating illness. I had high expectations after reading the praise and good reviews for this book. The actual ND experience was not really the emphasis of the story, but more about his ability to see God working in his life through “Bubbles of Heaven.”

It had some very good stories in it, and they emphasized some good life lessons. However, when I read a non-fiction book that wants to influence me spiritually, I expect every word of that book to be true. Perhaps the lapse of time influenced the telling of the stories, but there are some things that just don’t ring true.

The first was the lack of knowledge about the specifics of his medical condition at the time of his ND experience. Even if I can overlook that, there is a story that I doubt happened as described. He tells of his witness of child abuse when a big burly man hit a child in a restaurant. He bravely confronted the man and told the cashier to call 911 and have them send police and social services. After shaming the man, he said to the cashier, “Tell the dispatcher it was a mistake. Everything’s going to be okay.” Then they all went on with their meals. The problem that immediately bothered me is that you can not reverse a 911 call. The police will come, especially if there was an argument with swearing, as he states, in the background. There would be an investigation of the incident.

The book has benefit and it has good messages. I just did not believe some of it to be true.

I received this book as part of the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.


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