Friday, March 8, 2013
Judging from the first few paragraphs on the back of the book I thought this would be about Steve Sjogren's near death experience. Even the front of the book describes "Ten Things I Learned About God When I Died".
Maybe my expectations set me up for disappointment. Once I started reading I realized there was very little described of what happened in the near death experience, leaving me confused throughout the book. Steve mentions a sense of calmness, of being at the ceiling suspended upside down, and of God declaring that he will now have a limp. Nothing else was mentioned about the actual near death experience and what little was mentioned didn't make much sense to me.
The ten lessons follow but without a correlation to his actual near death experience. There was no connection whatsoever made between the two.
The book seems so disjointed. One moment he is in the hospital, the next he has to leave so has a friend help him out. Yet he mentions long hospital stays and needing additional surgeries but you have no clue of how to piece together a time line on these events based on the writing. I seriously got lost reading this book. Was he in the hospital for months? Or did he escape the hospital soon after his surgery in order to get back to the new congregation that he was setting up, like he mentions later in the book? Why was so much of this book back and forth, back and forth without a clear direction?
I was hoping to be inspired by this book but instead was left confused by it.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.