I received this book to review and was anxious to read it. I have to admit, I had never heard of Alex Malarkey before reading this book. But, the title definately intrigued me. As a Christian and believer that Jesus is my Savior, I found this book extremely powerful. But, I don't think you have to be a believer to enjoy this book. Alex's story is for anyone: Christian or non-Christian, believer or non-believer, someone who has lost a loved one or not, those in the grief process, those who like true stories, and those who want to learn more about Jesus and/or Heaven. Alex's story will reinforce the beliefs of Christians or just might make an unbeliever believe.
The story is a very easy read, beginning with the accident that almost took the lives of Alex and his dad, Kevin. The story is broken up into chapters, but inside those chapters are quotes from Kevin, Alex, Beth(Alex's mom), and others involved in their lives after the accident. Each chapter ends with Alex's thoughts about his journey to Heaven. I liked how I wasn't just getting Kevin, the dad's, perspective, but many others to reinforce what was happening to Alex and their family.
I can't imagine what this family has been through the past nearly 6 years. There lives were turned upside down, but their attitude remains hopeful, gracious, and loving. I'm not sure I would have been able to put complete trust in God as they did throughout this whole process.
I appreciated the photos in the book, as well, that gave a better understanding of Alex's injuries and their situation. It helped tell the story of the accident as well as putting a face to the family.
I have dog-earred so many pages in this book. I am sure I will be returning to it often. This is also a great book for someone who is going through a rough time. It is full of truths and scripture to reflect on and remind us that God is always there for us. It amazed me how this family was so full of gratitude even after this catastrophic event that happened to them. You can really find the good in anything that happens in our life, but you have to be WILLING to look for it.
Alex traveled to Heaven after the accident and his accounts of Heaven are amazing. He is able to tell about it to give you a picture in your mind, but also not tell you too much that takes away the awe inspiring beauty of it. There is also talk of the devil and demons in this book. It was eye opening for me to realize that demons are constantly trying to invade my life and change my thoughts and decisions. I am much more aware of of those moments in my life where they could be creeping in and infecting my decisions.
Alex Malarkey is wise beyond his years. He has gone through more pain and suffering that most people go through in their lifetime. Alex's story is an inspiration and one that can be reflected on again, and again. Thanks to Alex and his dad, Kevin, for sharing their story with us. There are several people in my life that I plan to share this story with. If you would like to learn more about Alex and his story, check out http://www.prayforalex.com/. The book was released in July 2010 and is available for purchase. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks to Keri, at D.C. Jacobson and Associates, I have a copy of this book to giveaway. If you would like a copy of this book, all you need to do is leave me a comment with your email address so I can contact you. This contest is open through Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 11:59 PM. I will choose a winner on Monday, September 13, 2010.
I was provided with a copy of this book to review and one to giveaway. This review is my honest opinion and I was not compensated in any other way for this review. I would not agree to review or give my opinion on anything that either myself or my family could not benefit from.