Reviews: March 2013

Steve Sjogren, Heaven’s Lessons: Ten Things I Learned About God When I Died

Steve Sjogren died on the operating table when supposedly simple surgery went massively wrong.  He had a near-death experience but then came back, to a world of pain and disability.  His old ways of understanding God were no longer enough and so he embarked on a long process of trying to make sense of his theology.

This book is the account of that: it details not so much about what Sjogren saw during his NDE but rather what he has learned through reflection upon that experience.  Parts of it are captivating; other parts held me less powerfully.  In all honesty, I would not buy it but read it happily enough not having paid for it!

I received a free copy of this e-book through the BookSneeze programme in return for a fair review.

Hilary Alan, Sent

This is the account of a very normal family who are living the American dream and who consider themselves to be committed Christians – until things begin to change as they start to hear God’s whisper of a different way.  In their 40s, Hilary and her husband consider a call to mission in an island in South-East Asia which was devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami.  Yet it is not just their lives which they are about to uproot.  It is also the lives of their children, aged 10 and 14, which will change forever.  Friends don’t understand what motivates them as they sell off all their possessions and prepare for a total change of cultures but this family decides to go anyway!  Told from Hilary’s perspective, this book recounts the story as it affects each family member, the spiritual opposition which they encountered along the way and the joys they experience as they follow God’s call.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It was an easy and engrossing read, which held my attention for the couple of hours which it took to read it.  If you like the stories of real people following their God, you will enjoy this one.

I received a free copy of this e-book from Waterbrook Multnomah in return for a fair review.

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