On December 10, 2009, Crystal McVea was being treated in a hospital for pancreatitis. Her heart stopped pumping for nine minutes before doctors managed to revive her. In those nine minutes, she went to heaven, stood with God, and was forever changed.
Ever since Crystal s incredible experience, her life has been profoundly different. She has become a brand new person in every conceivable way heart, mind, soul, and spirit. By dying, Crystal learned how to live. Crystal realized that heaven is real and our true home, but we are still meant to have meaningful lives full of passion and purpose right here on earth. She believes we have to chase heaven while we are still alive and allow God to turn our lukewarm love into a firestorm of faith. "Chasing Heaven" is the story of how God called to Crystal, what He told her, and how she found a way to get closer to Him again here on earth.
Crystal assures us that we don t have to die and go to heaven in order to ignite our faith. We also don t have to abandon the lives we have in order to experience God and heaven. "Chasing Heaven" is about following the path to the Lord, and discovering your spiritual destiny.
The journey that followed Crystal s time in heaven has been difficult, complicated, and surprising full of twists and turns, setbacks and triumphs, drama and comedy, and everything that makes life so messy and beautiful."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-04-04
- Reviewer: Staff
McVea (Waking Up in Heaven) comes back again to the topic closest to her heart: heaven. The book begins with McVea briefly recapping the day in 2009 when she died, woke up in heaven, and experienced heavenly conversations, sights, sounds, and smells before her body was resuscitated. McVea's focus for this title is how that event changed her life. After she spent nine minutes in heaven, it was difficult to reacclimate to life on Earth. McVea details her desperation to hear from God and gain direction for surrendering herself in service to him. While she waited, she tried many ways of serving her community, including attending a church for the homeless, developing a monthly ministry for women employed in the sex industry, and broadening her understanding of genuine love toward those who choose to live outside of the Christian community. Some might question the source of McVea's inspiration, most will be encouraged by her total life change since her nine minutes in heaven taught her ways to follow God's path on earth. (Mar.)