Waking Up in Heaven by Crystal McVea
A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again

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...McVea's memoir tells a tale of poverty, child molestation, bad relationships, abortion and the constant questioning of God that is sure to resonate with Christians, non-believers and everyone in between.
-The Christian Post

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An inspirational memoir of near-death experience, rebirth, divine mercy, and faith from first-time author Crystal Leigh McVea.

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.”
 

About Crystal McVea

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Crystal Leigh McVea was born in southwest Oklahoma and still lives there today. She is a schoolteacher and has four lovely children. Crystal and her husband Virgil, a US Army veteran, are devout Christians and active in their local church.Alex Tresniowski is a former human-interest writer at People and has written several books, most notably The Vendetta, which was purchased by Universal Studios and used as a basis for the movie Public Enemies. His most recent book, An Invisible Thread, has spent more than twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Howard Books. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathrine Moser on Nov 01 2013

She writes about her life before her near-death-experience and afterwards and about some of the people along the way, and also about the nudges she received from God.

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Patheos

Good
Reviewed by Kathy Schiffer on Feb 12 2013

Proof of Heaven will surely be a comfort to those who are facing the loss of a loved one, or who can only watch as a friend or relative slips from this life into coma and into eternity.

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The Christian Post

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Reviewed by Christine Thomasos on Apr 02 2013

...McVea's memoir tells a tale of poverty, child molestation, bad relationships, abortion and the constant questioning of God that is sure to resonate with Christians, non-believers and everyone in between.

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Vic's Media Room

Good
on May 07 2013

If you have any doubts that Heaven is a real place then you must read “Waking Up In Heaven”. If you believe, like many individuals seem to that there is no after-life and certainly no Heaven, and by extension, no Hell, then you must read “Waking Up In Heaven”.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Heart2Heart on Apr 05 2013

The time she shares of her heavenly experience is one I have always imagined it would be. Difficult to capture in words that pale in their description in human terms and one is which I look forward to sharing in one day. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who questions if God exists and what Heaven will be like!

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Reviewed by Nicola Mansfield on Jun 23 2013

I love reading books like these. I don't always agree with everything the person concludes about their experience once they are back and thinking with human rationalizing, but I do believe in their journeys and that God is giving us something to ponder...

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Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife

Above average
on Apr 02 2013

Crystal's story is an inspirational one, whether or not you believe in God. We all can make changes, and we don't have to let our past dictate our future.

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