The Hope of Heaven: God’s Eight Messages of Assurance to a Grieving Father
By Alan M Hallene Jr. and Erin Keeley Marshall
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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?
The Hope of Heaven is a very different kind of heaven book: rather than an argument for the existence of heaven or an account of an out-of-body experience, Alan Hallene gives readers a glimpse of life beyond the tragedies we endure.
This book was hard to read because of the subject matter, but it was very necessary for those who have lost a loved one, especially if the circumstances behind the death were not traditional. The author writes from his own experiences and you will find yourself right there with him as he sorts out the details, the meanings and tries to make sense of the death of his son. Heart wrenching but uplifting, this book is bittersweet and has many powerful messages. I highly recommend it.
~Reviewed by John F.