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Proof of Heaven [Kindle Edition]

Mary Curran Hackett
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Book Description

Proof of Heaven belongs on any keeper shelf. It’s beautifully written, mesmerizing and tragic, thought-provoking, and a reaffirmation of faith….I loved this book.”
—Shelley Shepard Gray

Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett is an astonishing debut—a moving, inspiring, and wise first novel that explores beautifully the meaning of family, faith, and love. The story of a mother’s unshakable belief, a child’s bravery, and a doctor’s dedication to healing, this is extraordinarily compelling contemporary fiction certain to appeal to fans of the acclaimed works of Alice McDermott, Mary Karr, Ann Lamott, and Jodi Picoult; to readers who made the inspirational novel The Shack a phenomenal success; and to all of us with questions of life, death, God, and the afterlife at the forefront of our minds.

Editorial Reviews


“Proof of Heaven belongs on any keeper shelf...beautifully written, mesmerizing and tragic, thought-provoking, and a reaffirmation of faith. The story of a mother’s love for her son was was the tale of one boy’s search for heaven that brought me to tears. I loved this book.” (Shelley Shepard Gray)

“Proof of Heaven is a remarkable first novel that explores the intersections of science and religion, medicine and faith….Reminiscent of Carol Cassella’s recent work, this is an emotionally fulfilling, spiritually inviting, thought-provoking novel.” (Booklist)

“A stirring and remarkable, life-affirming debut…Kudos to Hackett for presenting a real world, gritty yet soaring tale in which humans must make personal choices between hope and hopelessness...And rest assured that once you’ve may well look at life and its inevitable conclusion in a new way.” (New York Journal of Books)

From the Back Cover

A mother’s faith, a child’s courage, a doctor’s dedication—a moving and thought-provoking tale of hope, love, and family

He might be young, but Colm already recognizes the truth: that he’s sick and not getting better. His mother, Cathleen, fiercely believes her faith will protect her ailing son, but Colm is not so sure. With a wisdom far beyond his years, Colm has come to terms with his probable fate, but he does have one special wish. He wants to meet his father who abandoned his beloved mother before Colm was born.

But the quest to find the dying boy’s missing parent soon becomes a powerful journey of emotional discovery—a test of belief and an anxious search for proof of heaven.

A magnificent debut novel, Mary Curran Hackett’s Proof of Heaven is a beautiful and unforgettable exploration of the power of love and the monumental questions of life, death, and the afterlife.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1075 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050CNZP0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof of Heaven? August 5, 2011
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This book is a terrific read. I suppose the central theme is belief in God. Different characters in the book have different beliefs. At some time or another, they all pray. Are their prayers answered? That's hard to say.

Why do they pray? Many of their prayers are for Colm, a little boy who is deathly ill. Colm doesn't believe in God. He believes that at death, there is nothing more than black nothingness. That's what he experiences when his heart stops, which it has done several times. I won't spoil it for you--read the book, and you will find a satisfying ending.

The book is wonderfully written. The author bases the characters and events on things very familiar to her. I hope she will write more novels!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration in the form of a Little Boy July 29, 2011
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This was an outstanding first novel by Mary Curran Hackett. I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to read. I really read through it quickly and was sorry when it ended.

It is a story of hope and love. It is a story about four individuals, Cathleen, Colm, Sean and Dr. Basu. Cathleen, a single mother struggling to raise her young son Colm, who has an unusual illness that causes him to actually die and come back, a little less healthy each time. Sean is Cathleens younger fireman brother who has been the man in Colms life until they begin to see Dr. Basu. Dr. Basu finally puts a name to the boys problem and gives him a pacemaker and begins treatment to help Colm with what has been diagnosed as a terminal illness.

Cathleen and Sean were raised as strict Irish Catholics. Sean fell away from his beliefs after 9/11 but Cathleen is a fierce believer and believes with prayer there will be a miracle cure to save her son Colm. Dr. Basu brings to the family a close friendship and the voice of medical science and doubt in a "miracle" of any kind. The four become a family of sorts and depend on each other and love and care for each other fiercely.

Colm is a very special little boy, who does not believe in his mothers faith or her GOD but humors her and has worries for her after he is gone, for he is aware that he is dying. Colms only wish is to see the father he never knew and he will go to any length to see this father. This is the heart of the story that tugged at my heartstrings with an absolutely satisfying ending.

This book raises a lot of questions as to Proof of Heaven and a lot of opinions and the importance of family, love and hope. Fantastic!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Shadow Than Substance August 23, 2011
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This book deals with the age old question of whether there is some sort of existence beyond physical death. Unfortunately, it deals with it in a flat, muddled and less-than-inspiring way.

It centers around the life of a distressed single mother dealing with the mysterious illness of her young son. She fervently hopes for a miracle, even amidst the doubt of her family and friends. Her young son, Colm, on the other hand, does not believe in heaven, life after death,God or miracles. As he becomes ever more ill, he expresses to his mother his dying wish: to meet his father, who left before he was born. Much emotional drama ensues.

One of the things that was a "sticking point" for me throughout this book was the way in which the young son, Colm, speaks. Even giving him credit for being mature beyond his years, the dialogue stretched credulity, considering this character was five years old at the beginning of the novel and only seven years old at the end. I have taught children in that age group for over 20 years, and children just don't reason or speak like the young Colm does; even the really mature ones. So that tripped me up a bit.

I found the ending of this book to be really odd, but can't reveal why, because I don't want to spoil the ending. But among other things, it just stops. I wasn't prepared for that to be the end - so many things were unexplained. Not unresolved...unexplained. There is a difference in literature. One creates tension and lends itself to introspection. The other just confuses. This book did the latter.

All in all, it isn't a "bad" book. But it does feel more like shadow than substance. I think there was a lot of room here to have delved further into this topic and into the lives of these characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent April 2, 2012
Reviewed By~Lisa
Review Copy Provided By~Contest Win @BookTrib

Cathleen Magee is a single mother with a strained relationship with her only sibling Sean. Cathleen's only desire is for her son Colm Magee to live a healthy life and she believes her faith will save her son. Colm struggles not only with his disease but with the knowledge his father abandoned his mother before his birth. Sean questions his sister's faith and his own ability to keep his personal demons in check. Dr. Basu, Colm's doctor, doubts his ability to help Colm when his judgment begins waiver by his love for the boy and his mother.

Mary Curran Hackett's beautiful debut novel Proof of Heaven explores family, faith, love and death. She writes so eloquently about the frailty of the human condition. Each character has their own journey of self-discovery that leads them to this form this tight knit group. As the story begins to unfold and she peels back the layers of each character's personality, there is one common trait, to belong to something that is bigger than one's self. The characters are written with depth, richness and sensitivity. The relationship that develops between Colm and Dr. Basu is heartwarming and very touching. As the characters grapple with the seriousness of Colm's illness, they each question their own faith.

Proof of Heaven is a well-written and touching story that flows at a good pace. Elements of faith, love and hope as well as some plots twists make for an engaging read. It is thought provoking and honestly depicts the power of a mother's love for her child. Lose yourself in Cathleen and Colm's journey as they search for proof of heaven.

**There is a section for author insight and extras at the back of the book for additional reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars But it was a very good book!
And then what... That's kinda what I thought at the end.... But it was a very good book!
Published 8 days ago by Tara Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy reading positive books & this was one of them.
Published 9 days ago by jmac
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A big disappointment. Not what I thought it was going to be.
Published 14 days ago by Doris Manfred
4.0 out of 5 stars proof of heaven
it was a good book,but I thought it was based on a true person's life,not imagination.
Published 23 days ago by janet
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.
Okay is about all I have to say about this book, just not my kind of read; however I did finish it. There was not enough action to keep me enthused.
Published 26 days ago by Bingo0605
3.0 out of 5 stars Mary Curran Hackett’s novel provides “Proof of Angels”
Despite some literary missteps, Proof of Angels provides a good starting point for discussing how God does (or doesn’t) work in our lives, the importance of relationships, the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan Wilkinson
2.0 out of 5 stars This was a good book with a very bad conclusion
This was a good book with a very bad conclusion. The author needed to rewrite the last two chapters.
Published 1 month ago by Richard H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great!,
Fact or fiction.... Unbelievably realistic. Could be or couldn't be. Certainly held my hopes and interest! Thank you for a great read!!
Published 1 month ago by Diane Dawson
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More About the Author

Mary Curran Hackett is the mother of two children, Brigid Claire and Colm Francis, and is married to Greg Hackett. She received an MA in English Literature from the University of Nebraska and a BA from the University Honors Program at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Danbury, CT, she has traveled extensively and lived in various places throughout the U.S., but her favorite place in the world is home with her kids, husband, and her stacks of books. Like her character Colm Magee, Mary suffers various heart and neurological disorders, but thanks in part to her brother, a physician, as well as her own doctors, she now has a pacemaker and a heart that beats on its own at least most of the time.

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