Friday, November 19, 2010

Blog Tour: More Glimpses of Heaven (Review)

Sometimes at death, the real lessons of life can be gained. 

That's the case in the stories Trudy Harris, RN has woven together to form her second book, More Glimpses of Heaven.

In fact, Harris strives to provide insight into what really happens at death and how it is not something to be feared - but rather, something that can literally bring all of us closer to God. 

Pulling on her experience as a hospice nurce for more than 30 years, Harris shows how God has worked in the lives of 46 patients as they neared death. 

Each of the stories serve as a testament to how God is never far from death, and the lengths God will go to help us understand his compassionate love. 

In the book, readers will find a variety of inspiring accounts, including:
    * Donny, a 3-year-old diagnosed with leukemia, who tells of how Jesus visits him and eases his fears about dying. He shares these messages with his friends and family, encouraging them not to be sad or sorry, until Donny is able to depart with Jesus, when he visits for the last time.
    * Evelyn, an elderly woman with no living family, who finds a friend in Harris who, on one visit, has an enlightened realization that today will be the day Evelyn goes to heaven. Harris stays with Evelyn to comfort and encourage her about the afterlife that awaits. Later, a nurse calls and confirms that Evelyn had passed away, saying, “She looked so peaceful, just like an angel.”
    * Mr. Winters, who had a terrible nightmare one evening but was unsure of what it meant. A hospice nurse understood that it was a message from God, urging him to make things right between himself, his loved ones and God. For the next week, he wrestled through feelings until finally, the nightmares stopped. With his heart at peace, he passed away serenely in his sleep.

What I Thought
I picked up this book because I wanted to see if I should recommend it to a friend who is a hospice nurse. My friend has shared with me how she sees her job not as "work" but rather as a form of "ministry."

I am impressed with the stories that Harris has pulled together. I found the book oddly comforting. It's amazing to see how God can work at both ends of life's spectrum - and what we can learn about his grace and love at the time of death.

I recommend this book because even though it is about death, it is full of hope and life.

About The Author
Trudy Harris, RN, is the author of Glimpses of Heaven, a former hospice nurse, and former president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring.

Since retirement, Harris remains active in connecting the needs of terminally ill and dying people in her community with the hospice program she knows can best meet their needs.

You can read more about Harris here - At her Glimpses of Heaven website.

On-Line Resources
Read an excerpt of More Glimpses of Heaven
Find it at
Find it at Barnes & Noble
Find it at CBD

About the Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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