- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain (August 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606418181
- ISBN-13: 978-1606418185
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir Hardcover – August 16, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
I am grateful for Paul Cardall; For his life, for his rich blessings and for sharing them with us that we might grow stronger, too.
Now that you will "live for Eden"...may you live a long, long life, filled with the kind of joy you give to others through your music and your life.
Cardall's book is an inspiring combination of blog entries written during this time as well as narrative chapters that provide background information about Cardall's life. Several of the blog entries were written by Lynnette Cardall, Paul's wife, and one was written by one of his doctors. The blog/journal is so effective in conveying the emotions as well as the events over that period of time that you feel like you're right there with Cardall. The strength of his religious faith (LDS) coupled with his deep love for his wife and daughter kept Cardall determined to beat the odds in order to continue to live for those he loves. Conversely, he was also prepared to accept God's will, should he not survive the surgery. Cardall's positive and optimistic nature and unwavering faith are nothing less than inspiring and life-affirming. I found myself very touched and moved by Cardall's words and I'm sure his music will take on a new meaning for me now that I have an understanding of all he has been through.
"Before My Heart Stops" is an excellent book from so many perspectives and I strongly recommend it to readers of all ages.
It is very difficult to have a child and know that he will have a difficult and probably shortened life. This book is one that has given me hope and some peace for a positive future.
Paul Cardall, a four-time Billboard-charting recording artist, has inspired people worldwide with not only his music, but also his encouraging personal story. Paul was born with a congenital heart defect and survived for 36 years with this fatal condition. Right on the front cover of the book Paul states, "I was born with half a heart. God made up the difference." He married the girl of his dreams and shortly thereafter become the father to a baby girl -Eden- for whom he lovingly names his blog, Living for Eden. In his blog Paul documented every feeling he experienced, especially his eternal desire to live long enough to watch Eden grow up.
This book was un-traditionally written during his experience, giving the reader an unmatched view of life with a fatal illness. The beautifully captured emotions are the result of Paul's journal (blog) entries; they are so compelling that you will suddenly find yourself in his room, standing aside the bed, unable to excuse yourself. Preventing yourself from taking a seat on Paul's emotional roller-coaster becomes more and more difficult as the pages effortlessly turn.
What would have helped this book's reading flow more smoothly is more reflection, less history; Paul's approach was to cut and paste his blog entries between a hardcover, creating a "choppy" feel which comes after reading several blog posts in a row.
In the end you discover the essence of a good book- a happy ending.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little religious for my taste, but an interesting view into his life as a Fontan patient awaiting a heart transplant. I thought it was well-written and an interesting read.Published 22 months ago by Heather
This book was inspiring on many levels. It pulled at my heartstrings, and gives me hope and courage to overcome difficult things. Read morePublished 23 months ago by debee
This is such a moving story told with sympathy by Paul. It was amazing what this poor man had to go through. An ordinary man would have give up.Published 23 months ago by Arthur A. Clarke
Could not put this book down! Really related to the story and couldn't wait to see what happened! A must read for all effected by heart disease!Published on November 13, 2013 by Hanna DeBruhl