I first heard about this when I saw a trailer for the movie of the same name that’s coming out next year. Miracles From Heaven is the story of a sick girl who falls into a tree and comes out healthy. I actually was so interested in reading this book that I sent an email to the publisher, and they were kind enough to send me a copy in exchange for a review.
This book is pretty short, but it packs a wonderful punch. Little Annabel Beam grew up with a disorder that obstructed her intestines every couple of weeks. She was only really able to eat chicken soup and other not so fun food choices, and those would even cause her to get sick and have to go to the hospital or have surgery. Even though she was sick, she still loved to play outside with her sisters. One day while playing, her and her older sister climbed up a tree. The tree that they climbed was a little bit rotted, and the limb started to break. Anna and her sister tried to climb down the tree, but unfortunately Anna fell into the hole that the tree had made, which was very far down and very dark. On the way down she hit her head several times, and fell unconscious for a while.
Anna’s sister ran to get her mom, and when they came back, Anna still hadn’t woken up. Of course her mother, Christy, was terrified and called her husband as well as the fire department. I don’t want to give the whole story away, so I am going to make it short from here on out. When they get little Annabel out of the tree, they discover that she is no longer sick. Her answer? She went to Heaven, and Jesus told her that she had more time left on Earth.
Of course, this is miraculous, and every parent in the world is going to be mystified and confused at how their sick child can now be healthy, but the Beam’s are taking their good fortune as a sign from God that life goes on, and that Heaven does exist.
This story is told from the mother, Christy Beam’s perspective, and it is a wonderful tale. I can’t wait to see the movie when it comes out. This book left me with goosebumps up and down my arms. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.