Category Grief

The Hope of Heaven: Alan M. Hallene Jr.

 

Product DetailsThe Hope of Heaven: Alan M. Hallene Jr.
By Alan M. Hallene Jr. and Erin Keeley Marshall
Thomas Nelson
Retail Price $19.99
Amazon Price: $14.94

Book Description: 

Sometimes, when the worst becomes reality, God turns theoretical musing into heavenly experience. Al Hallene discovered his college-student son’s body after Alex hanged himself. While Al waited for the authorities to arrive, he had ten minutes alone with his son. During that wrenching time, God gave Al eight visions of heaven, where the father and son would someday reunite. As Al recounts those heartening and healing moments, readers are reminded of the affirming hope that Christians share even while asking the real questions tragedy raises: Will we see our lost loved ones again?  Does God care about our pain? What does this mean for us now?

Review

The topic of suicide is almost taboo in Christian circles.  Many believe if you take your own life, you will not go to Heaven.   This makes it very difficult for family members that are left behind, and leaves them virtually without hope.  In this book Al Hallene steps up and shares his experiences when he found his son who had hanged himself.  As we walk with him through this torturous time, we find understanding and hope of a future reunion.  This is a good book for grieving parents.

~Reviewed by David H.

 

Please Share!

    Rare Bird

    Rare Bird
    By Anna Whiston-Donaldson
    Convergent
    Retail Price $22.99
    Amazon Price: $17.97

    Book Description: 

    On the other side of heartbreak, a story of hope rises.
     
    On an ordinary September day, twelve-year-old Jack is swept away in a freak neighborhood flood. His parents and younger sister are left to wrestle with the awful questions: How could God let this happen? And, Can we ever be happy again? They each fall into the abyss of grief in different ways. And in the days and months to come, they each find their faltering way toward peace.

    In Rare Bird, Anna Whiston-Donaldson unfolds a mother’s story of loss that leads, in time, to enduring hope. “Anna’s storytelling,” says Glennon Doyle Melton, “is raw and real and intense and funny.”

    With this unforgettable account of a family’s love and longing, Anna will draw you deeper into a divine goodness that keeps us—beyond all earthly circumstances—safe.

    This is a book about facing impossible circumstances and wanting to turn back the clock. It is about the flicker of hope in realizing that in times of heartbreak, God is closer than your own skin. It is about discovering that you’re braver than you think.

    Review

    This book was an odd mix of inspiration and sadness.  As the author shares the story of the loss of her son,  I found myself grieving with her, almost heartbroken myself, then inspired by the way she handled the death and grew emotionally ans spiritually through her time of grief.  As the author lays her heart bare for all to see, we can find hope and healing in all she has experienced as we relate it to our own life. The book evokes raw emotion, both good and bad and will have you turning to God for understanding and comfort yourself.

    ~Reviewed by Tricia C.

    I

     

    Please Share!

      My Best Friend’s Funeral

       

      My Best Friends Funeral
      by Rodger W. Thompson
      Thomas Nelson
      Retail Price $16.99
      Amazon Price: $12.50

      Book Description: 

      There’s a certain kind of lost a boy feels in this world without a father. Tim felt it. I felt it. And we realized our only way out would be together.In an openhearted memoir of faith on the fringe, Roger Thompson meditates on the life and premature death of his best friend and business partner, Tim Garrety, cofounder of Skate Street Ventura. Roger and Tim’s twenty-year friendship was forged in the surf and on the streets of 1980s California. Together they hazarded countless waves and every rite of passage—from guitars to girls to God—and influenced the lives of thousands of skateboarders, musicians, surfers, and otherwise disconnected youth in the process.

      With unrestrained honesty and a punk-rock soundtrack, My Best Friend’s Funeral is a memoir of friendship, doubt, surfing, and the complex relationships between fathers and sons. If life has ever left you feeling abandoned—or if you simply prefer a rock show to a sermon—My Best Friend’s Funeral is a memoir you won’t want to miss, and a confirmation that you are never alone.

      Review

       

      This is a touching memoir and tribute to a childhood friend.  The author shares his heart and his journey through grief as he tries to make sense of what appears to him as a senseless death of one his nearest and dearest.  He shares many life lessons on both death and living life to its fullest.  My emotions ran the gamut as I went through it.  I laughed and I cried, and in the end I am a better person for having read it.

      ~Reviewed by Dave H.

       

      Please Share!