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My Journey to Heaven: What I Saw and How It Changed My Life

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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 e ...more
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Published September 1st 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Adriane Devries
Sep 29, 2012 Adriane Devries rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Though I consider myself a woman of deep faith, even I was skeptical of Marvin Besteman’s celestial journey to heaven and back…before I read his memoir, that is. Having already read several memoirs within the last few years of people who had had a near-death heavenly experience, I probably would not have bothered to pick this one up at all had not my neighbor co-authored it with him, and spoken to me during the process of Marv’s inspirational story. I’m so glad I did. Not only am I reminded of m ...more
Nov 03, 2014 MaryAnn rated it it was amazing
I was a bit skeptical with this book in the beginning, but the level of detail the author was able to bring to the sights and sounds of being at Heavens door was very compelling. he did a good job of relating directly to scipture to substantiate the prophesy of what Heaven is to be like when we arrive at our due time. It was also emphasized that he didn't experience every single thing we read in scripture and that all of his experiences could not even be described with the knowledge we have here ...more
James Frederick
Apr 24, 2016 James Frederick rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I think all of us would like to know for sure where we are headed and what it will be like. Mr. Besteman does a good job of describing that, in a fair amount of detail. It is possible that I actually met him, telling his story at a church near me. If it was not him, it was someone with a nearly identical story. I admit to being kind of a sucker for books like this. But I also think that is human nature, so I am not going to beat myself up for liking it. The book also do ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
My Journey To Heaven
By Marvin J. Bestman with Lorilee Craker

What I Saw and How It Changed My Life....

Following surgery for a rare pancreatic condition Marvin Bestman was given a gift from God - a glimpse of Heaven. But more than a gift God gave Marvin a task to complete before he would be called home to stay. God wanted Marvin to tell us about his experience and My Journey To Heaven is a recounting of Marvin's journey and he's invited you along.

Escorted by angels Marvin was left at Heaven's door
Christian Fiction Addiction
Sep 07, 2012 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
Inspiring, humorous, and thought-provoking, My Journey to Heaven should definitely be on your "must read" list this year! Marvin's trip to heaven is recounted in wonderful detail, and I greatly enjoyed the style in which this book is written. Besteman is not a man who takes himself too seriously, and the result is a lighthearted book that deals with a deep subject matter - the reality of heaven, and the fantastic experience that awaits us at the end of our lives. I loved how he incorporated so m ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Margo rated it it was amazing
Actually I listened to the audio book and it was awesome! Very encouraging and believable! This book is definitely 5 stars! It actually jumpstarted me to listen to many more books. I thank Ashton T. for bring back to my love of books!
Barbara M
Apr 25, 2014 Barbara M rated it really liked it
I've read a number of books about people who have survived near death experiences. This is another interesting account.

I found some of Marv's observations and insights enlightening and hopeful. He mentions several times that the overwhelming feeling he had in heaven was LOVE and that he did not want to return to earth. Many other survivors report the same thing. He notes that no one in heaven had any disabilities or afflictions. He also talks about meeting others who passed on before him and th
Jan 26, 2014 Scarlett rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a lovely account of an altered consciousness experience that was clearly spiritually transformative for Marv. While he didn't have a Near Death Experience (NDE) in the technical sense, he did have an out-of-body spiritual encounter, often referred to as a Near Death Like Experience (NDLE).

I felt the co-author, Lorilee Craker, did a great job of capturing the voice of Marv. He felt like a likable grandfather to me, probably because my own grandfather used to refer to himself as
V. Lynn Radcliff

I SO enjoyed this book. It helped me have some peace after losing my sweet mother in which my sister and I helped take care of for 26 years. She was a very godly mother who's smile not only on her face but in her eyes would light up a room. She had a massive stroke at the age of 36 and many after that. She had very little speech for 32 years but her smile spoke volumes. God showed us his miracles through in those 32 years with ask she had gone through. Only given 10% chance to live on many
Shaun Marksbury
Jan 09, 2016 Shaun Marksbury rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad-books
Just Read the Introduction to Save Yourself from Disappointment

In My Journey to Heaven, Marvin Besteman (and Lorilee Craker) achieves a balance in mood that weighs the best of generosity in presentation and matter-of-fact, which is probably what makes this book engaging. It’s like reading one’s grandfather—he writes with a confidence that almost urges you to suspend disbelief while also extending kindness to his readers and his “competition” in the heavenly-tourism genre. One could see how the a
Eileen Carter
Nov 15, 2015 Eileen Carter rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book I want sure what to expect. Would it be like the book heaven is for real?
Boy was I surprised. I can honestly say that after reading this book I feel relief. Marvin's description of heaven, the people there, the beauty, the music is what I have always hoped heaven would be. Seeing family and friends who have passed on before me waiting there with a smile, beckoning me to come in.
Marvin explained things in such detail that I was able to visualize it without a probl
Virginia Welch
Dec 22, 2014 Virginia Welch rated it really liked it
I would have liked to give this book five stars simply for its sincerity, but I can't. Nevertheless, it's a good read--I've read it twice.

What I liked:

1) It has good structure: logical beginning, middle, and end.
2) He spoke from his heart.
3) His account of Heaven is entirely scriptural.
4) He explains why he wrote the book.
5) He weaves the story of his life throughout his account, which gives context.

What I didn't like:

1) Editing could be better. Some sentences are structured awkwardly, and the
Jan 13, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The concept of death is still being studied today. The definition of death is slowly changing as people begin to question when death occurs. Is it the stoppage of all bodily functions or the shutdown of the cerebral cortex? Can a person be declared dead if their body is still able to draw breath while the mind is gone? Those that come back from death share a common experience and that is the near death experience. It is the exploration of heaven and a long look at hell. Nearly all come back perm ...more
May 07, 2016 Jane rated it it was ok
I waited a few days before changing my review so I could think clearly about it. But overall, I decided I really did not like this book. The idea appealed to me as I often read books on this subject and I like to be re-assured that the afterlife is similar to what I picture it being, but this one did not seem real to me. If there is any cliche that he did not mention in the book, I don't know what it is. It was almost as if the author were trying too hard. A friend of mine has stated in his revi ...more
Mercurychyld (M.E.
Just awe inspiring, moving and a great blessing.
Cassie May
Jan 30, 2015 Cassie May rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The only words that come to mind are wow, impeccable, brilliant, and astounding. Other then that my brain can't seem to process anything else. So I was just taking a bath while reading this book and as I came out of the bath I was crying like a baby. Marvin Besteman's story is truly amazing. Now I am a person who has rarely been to church I have been baptized but I have never dedicated my life to Christ. After reading Marv's story I now know I need to offer my life to the Lord. I encourage anyon ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Amy added it
I read this book because it was chosen for my book club. I am not typically drawn to these types of books, but I have to say I enjoyed it. For all the people who shake their heads at "heaven story" books, I just want to say that these stories must be read simply as that: stories. It is a book about one person's experience. I enjoyed reading about what Heaven might be, the sights I might see and hear and feel. I do not hold this book next to the Bible and compare theology, because it is NOT theol ...more
Jan 21, 2014 Ann237 rated it really liked it
As a Christian I wish I could say right from The start I believed what Marv had experienced. But I allowed the ability of thinking I knew more about what pain, and pain medication, as well as coming out of surgery. But also as a Christian I know that we are not always comfortable as he has said with what happens after we die. So we choose to either push it aside and not think about it or, or some Christians become so heavenly bound that they just earthly good. I realize that I am not afraid to d ...more
Gail Welborn
Jan 14, 2013 Gail Welborn rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Marvin Besteman writes about his “unforgettable trip to the gates of heaven and back” in My Journey to Heaven. The amazing experience happened after pancreatic surgery left him in despair and extreme pain. His account includes descriptions of what he saw, who he met and his impressions of what he calls “celestial beauty.”

The story of his life-changing preview of eternity begins April 28, 2006 in “the middle of the night” where he’s confined to a hospital bed at the University of Michigan Medica
Sep 18, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it really liked it
In My Journey to Heaven, Marvin Besteman describes his visit to Heaven in 2006. He describes in detail what he saw and experienced there, as well as the people he saw and recognized.

Normally, I describe the plot of a book without worrying about having to issue "spoiler alerts", but in this case, I don't really see a way to talk about this book in detail without just retelling his story. So, it comes down to this: some people will believe this book, and others won't. I admit that it challenged m
Maureen Timerman
Sep 16, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I found this book a compelling read...who doesn't want to know what Heaven is like. We have all heard that those who go through the light don't want to come back.
Marvin Besteman, a stubborn Dutchman as he calls himself, was just operated on for a pancreatic tumor. He was in such pain the night after the surgery, and all of a sudden he felt himself floating free. No tubes, needles! For months after this experience he doesn't tell anyone.
The first person is his wife Ruth, and when she asked him if
Sep 02, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
"My Journey to Heaven" was a really touching book, and one I couldn't read with dry eyes. It's Marv Besteman's tale of what he experienced while critically ill in the hospital. In the midst of great pain, suddenly two angels appeared and carried him away to the gates of heaven. Marv describes what he sees there, waiting in line, having a discussion with St. Peter, and then his disappointment when Peter can't find his name in the book "for that day." While Peter goes into heaven to discuss the is ...more
Sep 26, 2014 claudine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book and an easy read. If your a non believer of God, you won't be after reading this book.

I gave this book a 5 stars. I've always wanted to know about the afterlife. when my father passed away one October 10, 2010, from a head injury I needed to know more. so I had seen a medium in Fremont, Michigan. Her name is Scotti sue Lamay, she's a medium. I learn that my dad was ok, In fact his tragic death lead me to a better understanding of how to love the remaining family that I did have. f
Cora Lee Sanford
Feb 11, 2015 Cora Lee Sanford rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
God is very loving and very real.

I had a near death experience myself and although I did not get to get to the gate, my experience was definitely a message from God. I begged to stay in the most wonderful loving moment and look forward to going back. The way God sent me back is amazing and maybe someday I will have a chance to tell an author about it. God is very real. I loved this book.
Amanda Edwards
May 10, 2014 Amanda Edwards rated it really liked it
I love reading NDE (Near Death Experience) stories & this one was wonderful. As a parent who lost a child, I really identified with the author and it brought me peace to know that my little boy is in heaven being cared for by God and the angels. I definitely recommend this book to anybody who believes there is life after death, is curious about heaven, or just wants to be uplifted.
Sandee Rodriguez
Ok Heaven and back story.

I read other Heaven returns that we're much more glorious! I'm glad Marv got to experience what he did in heaven. I'm glad for him that he has returned to be with God and his son. This story was more about his life and everything around his experience then the actual heavenly experience it's self.
Trisha Escaravage
Apr 21, 2015 Trisha Escaravage rated it it was amazing
I absolutely enjoyed this book! Having been TO the gates, myself, there was some confirmations that he made for me. My experiences have been quite different then his. However, I loved the imagery and description he used, as best he could, to describe what he saw, heard and experienced. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone curious about the Afterlife.
Cyndi Tefft
Jul 18, 2016 Cyndi Tefft rated it really liked it
I can't get enough of near death experience books and this one didn't disappoint. I loved the no nonsense person that Marv was and how he related the experience. The ending choked me up and brought tears to my eyes. Praise God for the work He is doing in us and through us. I look forward to that heavenly day myself!
Judith Philbrick
Very well written.

This book is amazing well written. Answers so many questions. Ex. where unbaptized babies go after death. So feeing in relation to what some churches teach. Also after death we are immediately in God's presence. So much more. Very uplifting. Read!!!!!!
Sharon Lindsay
Fascinating. Since heavenly characters are always in my writing, I like to read real experiences that people have had with angels or going to heaven. Marvin's experience was very believable. It takes a lot of the fear out of death and makes me happy for my loved ones that have died.
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