August 13, 2013

A Walk Through the Dark by Eva Piper

A Walk Through the Dark by Eva Piper is an account of the author’s experience of being a caretaker for her husband after he had an accident, and was dead for a short time before being brought back to life.

Book Description
One day Eva Piper was an elementary school teacher, the mother of three, the beloved wife of a strong, protective husband.
 The next day she stood at the bedside of a broken man who could do nothing but moan in agony and turn his head away from her.
 Later she would learn that he had died and actually experienced heaven before being prayed back to life—a true miracle. Don Piper’s testimony, told in the New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven, would one day bring hope to thousands. But all that was in the future. Despite family and friends who kept vigil with her, Eva Piper found herself essentially alone. Walking in the dark. And she had always hated the dark.
 Though it parallels that of her husband, Eva Piper’s account is quite different from his. It takes readers not to heavenly places but through a very earthly maze of hospital corridors, insurance forms, tiring commutes from home to workplace and hospital, and lonely hours of waiting and worrying. This is the story of a woman learning, step by darkened step, to go places she never thought she could go and growing into a person she never thought she could be. Packed with hard-earned wisdom about what it means to be a caregiver, to open yourself to the care of others, and to rest in God’s provision, this book provides a dependable source of light to help you walk through the dark.” – A Walk Through the Dark

My Thoughts
A Walk Through the Dark is a detailed account about the author’s experience with her husband’s accident and (short) death. It details her life going through the experience and being a caretaker, but also how with the help of others, she got through this very difficult time in her life.

The author writes factually, and to the point. There isn’t as much emotion and expression as I thought there would have been for someone who went through such an experience. You can tell that this co-author (Cecil Murphey) had an influence over the book, and it isn’t really a good thing. I didn’t feel like it flowed very well and somewhere in the editing, the passion of the story was lost.

I thought that this book would have covered more about the author’s husband’s journey to heaven. He subtitle does say “How my husband’s 90 minutes in heaven deepended my faith for a lifetime.” However, not much is covered at all about this, maybe two pages, and it is detailed very plainly. I guess the story is more about the author’s personal journey through being a caretaker, but it was still a little bit misleading based on the subtitle.

Overall, this is an okay book. If you or someone you know is a caregiver, they may enjoy this book. However, someone going through a similar experience, probably wouldn’t have the time to read it.

* Thank you to the publisher of A Walk Through the Dark, Thomas Nelson, for providing me with a copy of this book for review as part of their Book Sneeze program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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