Book Review: "Heaven's Lessons," by Steve Sjogren

The subtitle to this book is, "Ten Things I Learned About God When I Died." Mr. Sjogren went in for gallbladder surgery and it went terribly wrong. (Yet another reason why I am keeping my gallbladder.)

The author recounts how, during the laparoscopic surgery, the cutting instrument was inserted into the incision below his navel and went too deep, completely puncturing his aorta. He proceeded to bleed out while on the table, and was at a critical level of extremely low blood pressure (30/10) for an hour and fifteen minutes.

Then he coded for seven minutes.

The fact that he is alive, let alone coherent enough to write an engaging book, is a miracle of God.

Mr. Sjogren goes on to tell of his grueling journey to recover (which never fully happened), and how his pain and suffering has completely changed his life and his relationship with God.

Throughout this book, the author writes in a conversational tone about topics such as: "God especially enjoys irregular people," and "Quit quitting!"

One of my favorite quotes in this book is found on page 25:

"Jesus didn't scurry around furiously and fruitlessly. And he didn't do everything that some might have thought he should have."
That's a lesson, in itself.

This is an interesting book, and a good read. Especially if you need some help feeling thankful for your life and its blessings.

The publisher, Thomas Nelson, gave me a free copy in change for this honest review.

You can find a copy of the book by clicking here.


  1. Sounds like a great book!! I may have to check it out! :)


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