On April 28, 2006, as he lay in his hospital bed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, visions of celestial beauty were the last thing on Marv Besteman's mind. He had just had surgery to remove a rare pancreatic tumor. It was after visiting hours and his family had left for the day. Alone and racked with pain, Marv tossed and turned, wanting more than anything else to simply sleep and escape the misery and discomfort for a while. The retired banker, father, and grandfather had no idea he was about to get a short reprieve in the form of an experience he never could have imagined.
In My Journey to Heaven, Marv Bestman shares the story of his experience of heaven with astounding detail. Readers will hear of his encounters with angels who accompanied him to the gate, his conversation (argument, really) with St. Peter, and his recognition of friends and family members who touched his life. His story offers peace, comfort, and encouragement to those who have lost loved ones and gives security and solace to those who are grieving, dying, or wonder about the afterlife. Marv believed God sent him back to earth to fulfill this mission of comfort and reminds readers that God has work for each of us to do before he calls us to be with him in heaven. Secure in his belief that his book was the fulfillment of his own mission, Marv returned to heaven in January 2012.
Craker coauthored and finalized the manuscript of this posthumously published book by a man who says he was taken to heaven by angels for a brief visit while he was hospitalized for an acute illness. He describes a conversation with St. Peter about whether he could stay or had to return to earth. Marv, I talked to God, says Peter, and God told me to tell you that you had to go back, that he still had work for you to do on earth. That work, he says, is the goal of the book: to somehow put heaven into words and conclude by asking readers, Will I see you at the gate? Witnessing thousands of babies born and unborn, he comforts grieving parents who have lost infants. He also consoles his daughter by relaying that her late husband was one of the six people he sees in heaven, that he is no longer in pain, and is waiting for her. Finally, he claims to have seen God but only from a distance. I beheld the throne, where our God and his Son are seated and will reign forever. Besteman takes a reasoned and cautious path that targets the skeptical mind, those wondering if he was only hallucinating or dreaming. For this new entrant on the I-saw-the-afterlife bookshelf, heaven only knows if readers will find his story believable.
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My Journey to Heaven
This was an amazing story!! He really was sent back to earth for a purpose. He really impacted me and strengthened my faith😀😀 God is not dead! Highly recommend!
My two-year old nephew just recently went on his final journey to heaven just before Christmas and his 3rd birthday. We are searching for answers everywhere and for me, my search leads me to books written by people who have journeyed to heaven and back. My adorably sweet nephew's death was not expected... I'm desperate for comforting words and found them with Marv's experience. Perhaps because he had a child in heaven and spent so much time talking about all the children who are there, or perhaps it is the wit and loving heart he had that I can feel from his words. Either way, I loved this book and it brought me to tears in the end. Thank you for sharing your amazing journey and I hope I get the chance to meet you beyond the gates one day.
Best book I have ever read on NDE
This was such an amazing book. I felt so connected with the author. I am an avid reader of NDE and have read everything out there. This book by far is the best. I lost my Dad a month before Marv passed away. I have a feeling I was supposed to read this book and I feel my Dad somehow met Marv at the gates. This book has healed my heart and soul. Although I miss my Dad terribly, I am even more obsessed with going home. We spend so much time researching and learning of new and cool exotic places for vacations etc, so why not read all you can about HOME? Why not prepare for what is to come. I'm only 43 years old, but I am not one bit affraid to go home . This book makes it so much better.