On April 28, 2006, as he lay in his hospital bed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, visions of celestial beauty were the last thing on Marv Besteman's mind. He had just had surgery to remove a rare pancreatic tumor. It was after visiting hours and his family had left for the day. Alone and racked with pain, Marv tossed and turned, wanting more than anything else to simply sleep and escape the misery and discomfort for a while. The retired banker, father, and grandfather had no idea he was about to get a short reprieve in the form of an experience he never could have imagined.
In My Journey to Heaven, Marv Besteman shares the story of his experience of heaven with astounding detail. Listeners will hear of his encounters with angels who accompanied him to the gate, his conversation (argument, really) with St. Peter, and his recognition of friends and family members who touched his life. His story offers peace, comfort, and encouragement to those who have lost loved ones and gives security and solace to those who are grieving, dying, or wonder about the afterlife.
Marv believed God sent him back to earth to fulfill this mission of comfort and reminds readers that God has work for each of us to do before he calls us to be with him in heaven. Secure in his belief that his book was the fulfillment of his own mission, Marv returned to heaven in January 2012.
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Have listened to about 3/4 of Besterman's description of his journey to heaven, and am abandoning ship.
This book is too stupid for words.
Lineups to get into heaven? St Peter confused at not finding Besterman's name on his list of eligible entrants? Please.
The narrator's southern drawl is so out of sync with the author's frequent references to his Dutch background that it represents a sizeable distraction.
Lower the lifeboats; I'm outta here.
I am often intrigued by books that share their near death experiences. Some are OK but this one is beautiful and worth hearing. It is well done and I was blessed. It is a faith builder for those who wonder what awaits us on the other side.
After reading "Proof of Heaven",this story is just hard to believe as being an afterlife experience.I was unable to finish the book,maybe because it seemed to me he was referencing some religious ideals as his experience as opposed to the reality of his own experience. I do not recommend this book.
I could not finish this book,it did not seem credible to me.
Not worth reading.
The story really touches the heart. Looking forward to meeting this loving couple in Heaven. My Time In Heaven is still my favorite, but I also enjoyed this story.
It helped me envision what heaven will be like. Some of the experiences of Mr Besteman made me remember similar experiences of my loved ones as they were dying. For instance my aunt dying of cancer said, "Can you hear that beautiful organ music?'
The compassion and even sometimes the trembling of the voice as he read areas in which there was great emotion by the author made the book come alive. It felt like Marvin Besteman was speaking right then.
Marvin Besteman's wife's description at the end as Marvin was getting ready to go to heaven was very moving and I listened to the audio as I cried. She was making the adjustments and acceptance of Marvin leaving to go back to heaven where he longed to be. I was amazed and heartened to see how unselfishly that although Mrs. Besteman and her family loved Marvin and would have loved having him with them, at the same time without reservation accepted that Marvin preferred to be in heaven. This is the area that I could so strongly identify with regarding my own loved ones. This postscript meant so much to me.
I don't like the reading style of the narrator for this type of book. The author is dutch but the narrator sounds like he is reading a western.
The author claims not to be a writer but the book is very wordy and doesn't fit the his claim of not being a writer. I find that part unbelievable.
I had the feeling I was listening to a western novel. The performance didn't fit the book.
I'd like a refund.
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