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

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

by Marvin J. Besteman, Lorilee Craker

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441240101
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 18,416
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Marvin J. Besteman (1934-2012) was a graduate of Calvin College, a veteran of the US Army, and a retired bank president. He spoke frequently during his last few years of life about his experience of heaven. He and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of three children and the grandparents of four. Marv passed away in January of 2012, joyfully anticipating his return to heaven.

Lorilee Craker is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Through the Storm by Lynne Spears, and the author of several books on parenting and relationships. A frequent speaker, Craker is also an entertainment writer who has been interviewing celebrities and music artists for many years for the Grand Rapids Press. She lives in Michigan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

1 A One-in-a-Million Case 21

2 Two Angels 29

3 Lights, Colors, and a Love Story 53

4 At Heaven's Gate 71

5 Hello, Mary, My Name Is Peter 85

6 The Book of Life 101

7 Inside the Inner Gate of Heaven 113

8 Heaven's Cradle Roll 121

9 The Six People I Saw in Heaven 139

10 Losing and Finding My Best Friend 155

11 After I Woke Up 169

12 Until We Meet Again 183

Postscript 195

Coauthor's Acknowledgments 201

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My Journey to Heaven: What I Saw and How It Changed My Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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 he had thought of her, he told her no. Was she disappointed? I think what happened was it was all so wonderful, that he didn't have time to think of anyone. What he describes is so very very wonderful, no wonder he didn't want to return. I have recently lost my Husband, this book really touched my heart, and gave me a lot of peace. Marvin describes in detail the babies...lots and lots of them. In all stages of development from a few week old fetus to a full term. I have also lost a 77 day old infant, and to hear that they were all happy and laying on grass ...softer than any blanket. He said he didn't see anyone taking care of them, but knew some how they were all fine. The colors he describes, the gates, the stone walls, and the throne. I could see it all through his eyes. I will pass this book on for others to read, and I'm so glad I was given this opportunity to absorb all that is presented. Of course I wanted more, and would have loved to sit down and speak personally with Marvin, but now it can never by. He did leave again and Saint Peter opened the gate earlier this year. I received this book from the publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Marvin J. Besteman and Lorilee Craker in their new book, “My Journey to Heaven” published by Revell gives us Mr. Besteman’s account of seeing Heaven, “What I Saw and How It Changed My Life”. From the Back Cover: An unforgettable trip to the gates of heaven and back As Marv Besteman lay in a hospital bed, visions of celestial beauty were the last thing on his mind. He had just had surgery to remove a rare pancreatic tumor. Alone after visiting hours ended, Marv tossed and turned, wanting more than anything else to simply sleep and escape the excruciating pain and misery for a while. He was about to have an experience he never could have imagined–and could never forget. In My Journey to Heaven, Marv Besteman shares the true story of his experience of heaven with astounding detail. You’ll meet the angels who accompanied him to the gate, overhear his conversation with St. Peter, and feel the joy as he recognizes friends and family members who touched his life. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, or even if you just wonder about what happens after we die, you’ll find peace, comfort, and encouragement in Marv’s story. There are individuals who believe that Heaven is not a real place that no one is going to when they die. There are others that believe that everyone is going to Heaven when they die. Marvin J. Besteman was there. He saw it. God sent him back to Earth so that he could talk about his experience and then we would know the truth about Heaven. ”My Journey to Heaven” is an eye-opening experience. Mr. Besteman saw angels. He saw Peter. He saw the Heavenly Gates. And he saw the Lamb’s Book of Life. If your name is not written there then you are not getting into Heaven. But Mr. Besteman tells us how we can get our name written on to the Book so there is no need to panic. Mr. Besteman is like a tour guide telling us only about what he saw. There is more to Heaven, he tells us that, it is just that he didn’t get to see it all while he was there. “My Journey to Heaven” is a book that you will want to give to family and friends and, especially to anyone searching for answers to what happens when we die. Mr. Besteman’s story is an important story to share with people grieving the loss of a loved one. “My Journey to Heaven” is a reminder that this world is not the end of our journey, but that it is continued in Heaven, a place of peace and healing and a reuniting with those we love! I highly recommend this book If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been interested in people's encounters of the afterlife since my father's passing. For days he told us what he was "seeing" before he left us. Over the years, I have read many of these accounts. I will probably remember this one always because of the detail the author offered. Thank you for finishing this book.
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
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 my thinking regarding Heaven. Everything he described wasn't exactly the way I've always understood the Bible to mean. However, I tried to keep an open mind while reading. Without giving away too much detail, the one point where I felt that this could be on target was when he described what he saw before the Throne of God. It wasn't the type of thing that a man of his generation and theological background would probably imagine. Whether or not he described Heaven accurately, I feel that he sincerely believed that he saw Heaven, and that it looked just the way he described. This could be very comforting for someone who has lost a loved one. It may not be for everyone, but for anyone who will keep an open mind while reading, it is a wonderful reminder that Heaven is certainly real. 4 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many times believers are ridiculed and heaven is depicted to be a fictitious place designed to help the ignorant get through life while those with greater sophistication enjoy wineing and dining, They are busy storing up riches and running the world. Now along comes this guy who could sit at the table with any of them and hands us all a big plate of hard boiled truth which helps to strengthen your faith and maybe even kindles a little for those whose faith has dwindled down so low they thought they had lost it. Read it if you dare but be warned, you just might believe it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a kick start to for me to becoming more focused on what God wants me to do in my life instead of what I want to do with the time left in my life. God and his son Jesus wants us to spread the good news of heaven and what it is really like. So, if you are Christ like here on earth then you should'nt have to dwell on what Hell might be like it's as simple as that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended! Well written. Amazing story held my interest until the very end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the best that I have read about what happens when we die. I read the whole thing in one night because I just couldn't put it down. I highly suggest anyone either dealing with a loss of a loved one, or just curious as to what happens when we die read this book. Absolutely amazing! Rest easy Marv!
robbie65 More than 1 year ago
For those looking for a Christian/Bible based near death experience this book is definitely for you. I read books about near death experiences all the time and this is a good one.
mjbmacon More than 1 year ago
Unlike other books I have read about a person's visit to heaven, this one referred to the author's visions of heaven throughout the entire book. Most books i have read have only referenced their visit in a small portion of the book with the rest of the book about the author's life. Obviously the author was led to write this book to fulfill his purpose on earth by God. I have recommended this book to many friends who have lost love ones.i believe it will help them to know that they are in a much better place.
suzsim More than 1 year ago
Given as a Christmas gift and the reader said she enjoyed the book.
ireadeverythingMI More than 1 year ago
I rather liked this was interesting..made you think a bit. Some parts were really good...some parts was a good book to read if you are interested in this sort of thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this e-book because I could pick it up & just resume where I left off. This book is an inspiration for any one who believes in God's word, very heart felt and made me thankful to be a Christian & it reinforces the belief that I have in Heaven, made me even more happy knowing that I will see my loved ones waiting for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the authors descriptions interesting and informative. I have already recommended this book to family and friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very blessed to have found this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess I want to start by saying that people from all beliefs are interested in reading about near death experiences (NDE) from catholics to wiccans to agnostics to spiritual people who do not belong to any particular religion. I fall into the latter category. I like many others do not read the bible, but instead choose a more modern approach to religion. I also do not put as much emphasis on Jesus as typical christians do. I also believe that you don't need to go to church to be spiritually fulfilled. I believe those who have similar beliefs will not like this book. I believe this book is for people who are really, really into the bible as the author quotes the bible more than he discusses his NDE. He also talks quite a bit about worshiping Jesus. If I was really, really into the bible, I would give it 4 stars. For people who do not devote themselves to the bible, like me, skip this book and read another one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure I believe people can go to heaven and come back. He had an interesting experience and I found it quite odd that he died just as he finished the book. God does work in mysterious ways. Heaven is a real place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, was very surprised to read he was from the area I lived in and had never heard about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me fall in love with Jesus all over again. Ministered to me personally. I highly recommend this book.
ESEY More than 1 year ago
Mr. Besteman tells it like he experienced. I enjoyed reading to get an idea of what Heaven might be like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book, it really make you believe. I believe there is a heaven. Their is so many people out there with a true story. Like Heaven is for real. The details that in the book. Really make you think... Please read some . Then you think about it yourself..
Anonymous 25 days ago
Loved this book so much. My heart is full!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Comforting, funny, and encouraging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago