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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#REVIEW: Miracles from Heaven by Christy Beam

Title: Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing
Series: none
Author:  Christy Beam
Published Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Hachette Books
Format: hardcover
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780316381819
Genre: nonfiction
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: In a remarkable true story of faith and blessings, a mother tells of her sickly young daughter, how she survived a dangerous accident, her visit to Heaven and the inexplicable disappearance of the symptoms of her chronic disease.
Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from ever living a normal, healthy life. One sunny day when she was able to go outside and play with her sisters, she fell three stories headfirst inside an old, hollowed-out tree, a fall that may well have caused death or paralysis. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and was inexplicably cured of her chronic ailment. 
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN will change how we look at the world around us and reinforce our belief in God and the afterlife.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
As a mom, I couldn’t put this book down. I can’t even imagine the heartbreak, pain and stress it must be in your life, to have a child so chronically ill that they must take the cocktail of medications that this poor child was taking just to keep a somewhat reasonable quality of life. As a mother, it broke my heart. And then there was the terror of having that same child in such a nightmare situation, I can’t even comprehend.
The author did a fantastic job of keeping the reader engaged, and pulling at our heartstrings. The tension in the storyline kept the book glued to my hands, there was no way I could put it down until I finished it.
The only thing that really bugged me was the timeline kept jumping back and forth from GI issues to tree and back again. Just when I wanted to continue with the GI issue storyline, it would switch to the tree, just as I got really hooked into the tree storyline, I got transported back to the GI issues.

I understand the whys of the flipping back and forth, but as a reader, it was a little annoying.
Did she really get miraculously healed? Only her medical charts can show that.

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