In 2001, Ryan Corbin crashed through a skylight and fell around 30 feet onto a concrete floor. His life hung by a thread, but he fought valiantly. This book, penned by his mother, Lindy Boone Michaaelis, speaks of how faith has carried the family–especially her–through this long series of trials.
Personally, I wanted to read the book because Ryan is the grandson of Pat Boone, and Pat actually wrote the forward. Lindy makes it clear that Boone’s celebrity status and finances have helped in certain situations, but that faith has been the true driving force behind Ryan’s slow but remarkable recovery.
Several times, Lindy and Pat appeared on Larry King Live, since Boone and King were old friends. These appearances caused many around the world to pray for Ryan. In some ways, this book reads like a “thank you” to them for their prayers. At times, there are even letters from viewers printed at the end of chapters.
I found this book to be very raw, as Lindy is willing to admit both the peaks and the valleys of Ryan’s struggle and her own walk as his mother. While she has obviously done tremendous amounts of good, she admits certain missteps or struggles that others might not want to admit.
Overall, this book is a good read. There are some issues with taking passages out of context, but they do not detract from the overall message of hope this book provides. If you are struggling, especially as you help someone with a protracted illness or sickness, you might want to get a copy as a way to help you walk through this difficult time.
DISCLAIMER: I was given a free copy of Heaven Hears from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to give a positive review.