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Vietnam took my life away. Incredible medical personnel gave it back to me. What was left was a simple man with an incredible story of what happens when life on earth ends. A story that goes far beyond what I've heard others describe it as. A story that goes deeper than I've heard others write of. A story that explains How loved ones are with us and Why we can not sense their presence. So, even though I've never written before, I've decided to write my story down in hope that it will bring peace to others who have lost loved ones. I start my story in the hospital with my slow progression back from my injuries. I describe the shock of the medical personnel that I was back at all. When I was finally able to speak, there was a long talk with the hospital clergy. I told him of the mistakes that I made that landed me in Vietnam. How Vietnam made me crazy. How Vietnam took my life. How I forced myself into the Light knowing that I was unworthy. I tried to describe what we call Heaven to him. I tried to describe it with analogies to the mortal world. The problem being that Heaven is indescribable in mortal terms and there are no mortal world analogies that can apply. The clergy at the hospital warned me not to tell of my story for fear of the reaction from people. After a lot of convincing I promised not to tell. Now a self pity cripple, my life fell apart. I broke the promise to prove a stupid point and the result was disastrous .With the help of family and friends, I turned my life around. I went to college where I broke the promise again. This time, however, it led to a long discussion with a professor trying to make sense of it all. I've spent the last years trying to understand, trying to help, sharing life lessons. Flashes of Heaven have come back to me over the years and I've been tempted to tell others who have lost loved ones of the peace that I experienced. But I've kept my promise. . . Until now. Like I said, I've never written before, but just maybe my words, my story can bring peace to others.