An inspirational and heartrending memoir about Ben Breedlove, whose videos about his near-death experiences and visions of heaven went viral in 2012, written by his sister Ally Breedlove.
On Christmas Day 2011, Ben Breedlove's soul went to heaven. But it wasn't his first time there. Ben suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition that posed a constant risk of sudden death. His condition, a thickening of the heart muscle, worsened over time, leaving him weak and fatigued. It also led Ben to some close calls medically, in particular cardiac arrest on four separate occasions, during which he felt the presence of angels and experienced the perfect peace of heaven.
Precocious and warm, Ben was close with his family and two siblings, and forged deep relationships with his friends. He loved to wakeboard and wake surf, and he had dreams of visiting foreign countries around the world. He created the YouTube channels TotalRandomness512 and BreedloveTV, and co-created the channel OurAdvice4You, where he posted videos about everything from dating advice for girls to more serious topics like his spirituality and heart condition.
Unbeknownst to his parents and family, Ben created a two-part video called "This Is My Story," in which he used flashcards to tell the world about his near-death experiences and his beckoning toward heaven.
When he died a short while later, at the tender age of eighteen, his family and the rest of the world stumbled upon these videos. The world responded with overwhelming acceptance of the message Ben shared.
Sharing his vision of heaven was Ben's gift to his family, and to the world. And now this is the Breedlove family's gift to us - an in-depth look at the life and near-deaths of Ben, the strength and faith of a family, and ultimately, the hope of heaven.
Do you believe in Angels or God? I do.
What did you love best about When Will the Heaven Begin??
The story of Ben's life is told in such a way that you begin to feel that you know Ben even if you (as I) never met him. The story's being told from the point of view of his sister creates a relational aspect that is unusual, but pleasant.
Which character – as performed by Ellen Archer – was your favorite?
Ben's character is extremely compelling, and encouraging.
What made the experience of listening to When Will the Heaven Begin? the most enjoyable?
Its about Heaven, and the great people who go there.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ben or God ... ?? I can't decide. They both give plenty of Joy, and many good reasons for doing things the right way.
Which scene was your favorite?
Many scenes when Ben tries to help his family and other folks
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Its a bit long for that, also I looked forward to listening to it at the end of the day.