Sing Me to Heaven by Margaret Kim Peterson
The Story of a Marriage

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In Sing Me to Heaven, Margaret Kim Peterson tells the unforgettable story of her courtship and marriage to Hyung Goo Kim, a man who was infected with HIV. Falling in love with Hyung Goo was the best and the worst thing that ever happened to her. Never before had she met someone who made her feel so whole, so happy, so hopeful. But she knew on her wedding day that her girlish dreams of "happily ever after" would never come true. With eloquent honesty she relives how she fell in love, then learned Hyung Goo was HIV-positive; how the couple broke off their relationship but then decided to continue it and finally to be married—even as they were aware that he was dying.

The result of Peterson's reflections is a thought-provoking commentary on the Christian community's response to AIDS. In the face of divisiveness and recrimination, she wonders whether "faith, hope, and love could come together to form a healing and unitive response to AIDS." But Sing Me to Heaven is much more than a book about AIDS. Margaret Kim Peterson is a gifted writer and a trained theologian. Her book is a gripping love story, a moving account of marriage "for better or for worse," a striking depiction of spiritual growth, and a testimony to bonds stronger than death.

Those whose own lives or loved ones have been touched by AIDS will find deep comfort and empathy in Peterson's experience. Other readers will be drawn to a first-rate biography, a searching exploration of the spiritual life, and a well-told story that is unsentimental but inspirational in the best sense of the word.


About Margaret Kim Peterson

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Margaret Kim Peterson is theologian in residence at First Presbyterian Church, Norristown, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and though now a long-time resident of the East Coast, she returns to the Midwest whenever possible. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Duke University, she now teaches theology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. She is married to Dwight N. Peterson, who also teaches at Eastern University. Together they are the parents of a son, Mark.
Published August 1, 2003 by Brazos Press. 221 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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When most young people take vows of "in sickness and in health," they imagine that the "sickness" part will be decades down the road.

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Falling in love with Hyung Goo Kim was the best and worst thing that ever happened to Margaret Kim Peterson.

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