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Posted November 17, 2011
A Child's Recurring Death Prompts Profound Life's Quests
Mary Curran Hackett has written a novel that is utterly exceptional, And, it is relentlessly heart-wrenching in beauty. Through her ability to convey the troubles of womens' hearts, we understand how profoundly blessed and, yet, bereft we've been not to have known the mind of a child with recurrent dying episodes. If you are a mother who has experienced this heart-crushing thing, I can only shake my head and cry for you. This story is profound in the content, and it's moving in the story-telling. I loved the book and urge you to take the time to travel the road discovering eloquent, but sometimes simple answers to the deepest questions and wounds of our hearts. Is there proof of heaven? Colm Magee, like many children who live with life-threatening illnesses, has the mind and emotions far beyond his age. His mother, Cathleen, bears the larger burdens of feeling her child's pain/illness, helping him carry the unknown rejection of his abandoning father, and the consistent questions Colm has about "proof" of heaven. If you're a mother, you know exactly what bearing your child's pain means, so Ms Hackett digs deep in the telling... It's through their emotions that "Proof of Heaven" takes us along with these beautiful characters: learning how to cope (or trying to) with Colm's near death experiences and the aftermaths, learning to bridge love, losses and friendships with doctors, learning to "come home" to rejecting husband and lost family, and healing the hurts that come with all of that; then, ultimately having Colm's knowledge that only comes at the end of life. I was so moved, yet stricken with the magnitude of Ms Hackett's ability to express the feelings of her characters that I had to sit back and catch my breath. I cried and I was introspective. It was a wonder to me that this is her first book. This book is what I'm talking about when I ask, "Where are some authors taking us these days in their writing?" Here was where I found some goodness and truth about living and dying. Here is where you'll find some honesty and reality about life and souls reaching out for each other. I highly recommend this unforgettable novel to you. It's the other side of "Room"...it's the answer that some children and parents may have questions about. And, it's a story that will inspire you to think about the proof of heaven. At the end of her book, Mary Curran Hackett has a section kindly giving more answers with special dedications for her book, why she wrote it, an interview and a book group guide. I rarely take the time to go over these sections in other books, frankly. In this book...I took the time. You should, too. 5 heavenly stars
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Posted March 12, 2013
Posted July 11, 2012
A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!
Proof of Heaven is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families
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Posted June 22, 2013
Posted April 3, 2012
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Review Copy Provided By~Contest Win @BookTrib
Cathleen Magee is a single mother with a strained relationship with her only sibling Sean. Cathleen’s only desire is for her son Colm Magee to live a healthy life and she believes her faith will save her son. Colm struggles not only with his disease but with the knowledge his father abandoned his mother before his birth. Sean questions his sister’s faith and his own ability to keep his personal demons in check. Dr. Basu, Colm’s doctor, doubts his ability to help Colm when his judgment begins waiver by his love for the boy and his mother.
Mary Curran Hackett’s beautiful debut novel Proof of Heaven explores family, faith, love and death. She writes so eloquently about the frailty of the human condition. Each character has their own journey of self-discovery that leads them to this form this tight knit group. As the story begins to unfold and she peels back the layers of each character’s personality, there is one common trait, to belong to something that is bigger than one’s self. The characters are written with depth, richness and sensitivity. The relationship that develops between Colm and Dr. Basu is heartwarming and very touching. As the characters grapple with the seriousness of Colm’s illness, they each question their own faith.
Proof of Heaven is a well-written and touching story that flows at a good pace. Elements of faith, love and hope as well as some plots twists make for an engaging read. It is thought provoking and honestly depicts the power of a mother’s love for her child. Lose yourself in Cathleen and Colm’s journey as they search for proof of heaven.
**There is a section for author insight and extras at the back of the book for additional reading.
Posted November 9, 2011
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