When I first started reading Heaven’s Lessons, I wasn’t sure if first I would be able to follow along since I hadn’t read his previous book The Day I Died and second, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to grasp or even believe what Steve was going to write about.
Steve Sjogren’s NDE (Near Death Experience) is something only a few people have ever spoken about. Some people believe in NDE’s and some don’t. I’m not about to tell someone who has had a NDE that things like that can’t happen…
as Steve states in his book ‘it’s like putting God in a box… limiting Him to only what you can understand.’
Heaven’s Lessons is a relaxed read in the sense that you’ll find yourself turning the pages quickly, but it’s also very moving and spiritually encouraging in many ways too.
While reading Heaven’s Lessons, I was reminded how God shook up my own faith walk a few years back.Challenging me to take Him out of the legalistic box I had put Him in and allowing Him, His Word, to teach and direct me.
In Heaven’s Lessons Steve shares about how God spoke to him: “Steve, it’s time to dump out your index card file of who I am and let me put your cards back in order, my order.” For me, it was more like “ Mikki, it’s time to throw away all your notebooks, highlighters, study guides, and teacher notes.. just sit with Me, with My Word, allow ME to teach you..”
Heaven’s Lessons is definitely worth checking out for yourself !
from the publisher:
“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.
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% all mine. **