Saturday, November 20, 2010

More Glimpses of Heaven by Trudy Harris, RN - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from the publisher)

More true stories of the tender beauty of life's end

There is more to death than simply ceasing to live. In Glimpses of Heaven, retired hospice nurse Trudy Harris offered an intimate look at the final days and moments of terminally ill and dying people. Now she shares more of her stories and also stories from other medical and hospice professionals, allowing the veil to be drawn back on God's handiwork, while we are both living and dying.

If you have lost a loved one, are facing a terminal illness, or are simply curious about what happens when we pass from life to death, More Glimpses of Heaven offers you an even deeper insight into God's plan for our lives every day.

My Thoughts:

This book contains a touching look into the lives of a variety of people during their final moments on earth. It's not a morbid book, but rather, it is a very real account of the unique opportunities afforded to hospice worker's as they fulfill their calling. I truly think these people have to be called to this work, because they must deal with people during the most trying episodes of life.

This book deals with this topic from a Christian world view, and the accounts tend to be positive and uplifting - a reassurance that God does indeed provide a special grace to His children and their families as they face the transition from life unto death. I imagine an entire library of books could be written on these types of experiences if they could be collected.

I have never been beside a loved one when they passed through the veil of death into the presence of the Lord, but I have talked with those who have, and God is indeed faithful to provide comfort to His children during this time. This is not light reading by any means, and not a book you would sit down and read from cover to cover. However, to read a few vignettes at a time is indeed an encouragement.

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.