Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review of Heaven's Lessons by Steve Sjogren

The description of this book says:

“If you’d asked me who God is on December 9, the year of my accident, I would have been able to give you a fairly cohesive but theoretical answer. A day later all of that changed.”
A simple surgery went horribly wrong. Steve Sjogren died on the operating table. He encountered a heavenly world where he felt infinite peace. And then he had to come back—back to a physical reality filled with pain and disability and an endless line of tests.
The drama of dying suddenly paled in comparison to the trauma of living. Sjogren could not face this new existence with his same old comfortable understanding of God.
“I had minimized God,” Sjogren says. “Somehow, over time, he had become fairly predictable—like he could be outlined, fully grasped, and contained in a neat set of mere ideas. Now I saw that he apparently wasn’t all that impressed with my cool little notebooks.”
One day in heaven followed by hundreds in agony forged a deeper and stronger faith than Sjogren could have crafted on his own. In Heaven’s Lessons, Sjogren shares his experiences and the life-changing ways they have affected his perspective on success, suffering, and the mysteries of God.
If I could have reviewed this book about 1/4 to 1/3 in, I would have said I loved it.  The beginning of the book was great and really held my attention.  Once I got to about page 140-150, I was trying to just make it to the end of the book, because I did not like it.  Every time I opened the book to read it after page 150, I wanted to go to sleep.  I did feel really bad for the things that have happened in Steve's life with the operations and recovery.  I cannot imagine going through that.  I loved reading that he recovered, but it could have been a much shorter book, in my opinion.  I would not recommend this book to others.  I received this book from Booksneeze for free, in exchange for an honest review.  

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