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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800732510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800732516
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a hospice nurse and the former president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring, Harris has seen more than her share of death. In this collection of 44 real-life stories, she shares her own journeys with patients in their final days with an eye not only to what the dying experience, but what those last days, weeks and months may teach those of us who walk with them. Regardless of our lifelong faith, or lack thereof, Harris believes, most dying people come to experience God's unconditional love and his desire to welcome us home, a point illustrated by the book's stories. Many of the shorter two- or three-page stories lack enough detail or new information to be thought provoking or spiritually nurturing, but Harris's longer anecdotes, like those about her grandparents, are deeply touching and encouraging. Those attending a dying person will find examples of ways they may listen to and be helpful to them. Those who wonder about what their own journey toward death may be like will find in these stories a demystification of the last days of life on earth and future glimpses of heaven that offer comfort and hope. (Apr.)
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As a hospice nurse and the former president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring, Harris has seen more than her share of death. In this collection of 44 real-life stories, she shares her own journeys with patients in their final days with an eye not only to what the dying experience, but what those last days, weeks and months may teach those of us who walk with them. Regardless of our lifelong faith, or lack thereof, Harris believes, most dying people come to experience God's unconditional love and his desire to welcome us home, a point illustrated by the book's stories. Many of the shorter two- or three-page stories lack enough detail or new information to be thought provoking or spiritually nurturing, but Harris's longer anecdotes, like those about her grandparents, are deeply touching and encouraging. Those attending a dying person will find examples of ways they may listen to and be helpful to them. Those who wonder about what their own journey toward death may be like will find in these stories a demystification of the last days of life on earth and future glimpses of heaven that offer comfort and hope. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --From Publishers Weekly

'Who is the man standing by the lake?' Grandfather asked, pointing out of the window. 'That's the weeping willow tree,' I said to him. 'I see the tree,' he answered with a smile. 'I mean the man who is standing underneath the tree, by the water? Who is he?' I looked but saw no one standing near the tree. That night while putting my youngest son, Ken, to bed, I told him what Grandfather had said. 'Do you think he saw Jesus?' he asked. 'I don't know,' I replied. Later in the evening as we were preparing Grandfather for bed I relayed my conversation to Grandfather. 'Ken wants to know if you saw Jesus under the tree tonight.' 'Yes, dear. Why?' he replied. He answered in that same sure, confident and matter-of-fact way that I have come to recognize and accept in people who are about to die. They seem to have spiritual eyes and ears, understanding things that we do not and having no fear of sharing them with us. Grandfather died that night, sitting in the recliner, overlooking the lake where he had seen Jesus, with family members taking turns by his side. When he took his last breath, and we realized it was his last, his wife, son, daughter, and I all found it comforting for some reason to pile into the king size bed next to his chair and fall asleep. It was three in the morning. I mention the time of his death only because when we called his nurse, Dottie, at seven in the morning, she said, 'George died at three this morning, didn't he?' When we asked how she knew, she relayed her experience of waking up at three a.m. and hearing a voice say, 'I've come for my servant George.' In the early days I only smiled at such things, not really believing them. It took me thirty years of caring for dying people to know that those happenings are as real as anything you will ever experience in life. --Excerpt From Catalog --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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It reinforces my faith in God and his love for us.
Judy
Written by a Hospice nurse this book is inspirational to both care givers and patients who know their days are numbered.
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Thank you Trudy, for sharing these stories of faith, love, and compassion with the world.
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Monroe on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
What an incredible compilation of stories. Here is an opportunity to gain firsthand details of what those who are dying have to say, see and feel in the moments before they pass. It is hard to argue with a first-hand account. It is also quite eye-opening to notice that nearly every story has a hint of similarity where the characters (real people) themselves are anything but similar ranging from small children to the very old...the inherent conclusion is that spirituality and love invariably inhabits us all. If you are going to die...and as Mrs. Harris says, everybody dies, this book should be on your list to finish sooner rather than later.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Nancy M. Powers on April 2, 2008
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I've had the incredible blessing of being in the room when God welcomes one home. It's a very holy moment that often words cannot describe. But somehow, Trudy Harris has managed to take us to those holy moments so sweetly and intimately that each of us can now have a Glimpse of Heaven through those who have gone before. This is a thought provoking and touching book. It will make you smile, bring you comfort and maybe you'll even shed a happy tear. We've shared this book with friends and family, you'll want to as well.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By BT on April 4, 2008
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Glimpses of Heaven is a collection of Trudy's experiences, each a short story, so it is easy to pick up and put down. Ok, it is NOT-at-all easy to put down! You won't be able. This book made me giggle, laugh, sigh, smile and sob until my pillow was wet. It is a wonderful book, full of inspiration and hope. It will make you recall the death of dear loved ones and think about your own mortality with greater comfort, peace and understanding. Trudy has a wonderful gift of expression so that you are right in that room, reliving that experience. You feel the emotions: sadness, comfort, grief, bonding and relief - mixed in with her great sense of humor and a new understanding of what death is like. It is eye-opening and a great read. I highly recommend this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edry R. Surrency on April 5, 2008
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Trudy's book helps you understand the importance of listening to the words of your loved one while they are passing from this world into Heaven. You can walk with them, hold their hand, let them know you are hearing what they say while they make this transition, and you will be richer and wiser from being able to get a glimpse of Heaven as they enter.

Trudy is truly an angel with a message everyone should receive.

Edry Rowe Surrency
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barry J. Hurtz on April 28, 2008
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I thank you Trudy Harris for writing this book because you are a very special messenger with a very important message for all of us. When each of the people in your book came into the world, they were blessed as God's creatures. They were surrounded by family and friends who helped prepare their entrance and their way.

And now at the end of their lives, they are preparing to be born to eternity - another entrance and another way. Your stories demonstrate very clearly how to help them along this part of the journey. Letting them fully live as they die. Surrounded by the love of family and friends and Hospice listening to their needs and concerns and helping everyone to work together emotionally, spiritually, and physically, in order to support the dying member to ease their entrance into eternity. Just as you did Trudy with your grandfather. I loved your story of your grandfather dying in his easy chair and after wards all the rest of you climbing into his bed and falling asleep. You were tired and you had all worked together for him. A job well done.

In one of your stories, the person dying said it was like moving from one room to the next. This comment reminded me of my mother's death in 1979. Being a nurse and believing in Hospice, I was able to completely hear what she wanted and support her wishes. She was amazing at the way she looked at her death. So calm and so ready. She was a very devout Catholic and ready to meet God.

She left me a wonderful legacy as your stories do for all your readers today. A lot of people are not aware of these things and this is why I am so grateful you wrote your book. This is also why I got involved with a Hospice in 1979 which eventually became Hospice of Northeast Florida.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By LaurenW on October 25, 2008
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This is one of those rare books that you will savor for a lifetime. Each story brings you to the realization that God knows who you are, cares about where you are and wants to bring you safely Home.

You MUST read this book if....

...You have a loved one who is dying.
...You, yourself, have a terminal illness.
...You have wondered what is happening in those final days when a loved one seems to bounce around between present reality and seemingly nonsensical statements or memories.
...You have wondered if God REALLY knows your name, your needs and your longings.
...You have doubted the existence of God.
...You want a book filled with first-person accounts of God's Mercy and love.

Only 188 pages long, each story can stand on its own merits. You can read one at a time and ponder its meaning or you can read it through in a day. No matter how you read it.......just read it.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robert Garrett, PhD on June 7, 2009
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I found the book interesting; however, it was not as I had expected. I was hoping for much more on the actual experiences of the dying---that is the expressed focus of the book. Unfortunately, that topic was seemingly hit-or-miss; as the background story, actions of the author, and personal/general observations took the center stage of the book. If you are looking for strong details or focused experiences of those in their last stage of life---you will likely need to look elsewhere.
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