Hey, God? Yes, Charles. is a rare narrative of the beauty of life and the endlessness of love, all told from the perspective of intimate, humorous and poignant conversations between Charles Cooper and God. An “accidental masterpiece” taken from author Rebecca Cooper’s notes, each conversation between Charles and God is full of joy, empathy, and the revelation that while we may not live forever, our memory and love are eternal.
Sunday, November 11, 2007, Becky Cooper watched her husband Charles drive out of sight, heading from their Nashville condo to his office and apartment in Atlanta. She never saw him conscious again.
Monday, November 12, was his 58th birthday. Since he would be out of town, their granddaughters and Becky had made him a cake and celebrated before he left on that Sunday.
Wednesday, November 14, Charles caught Becky at her desk, calling just to let her know that he’d had some pain radiating down his back. He was sure it was nothing, but the company nurse, who just happened to be in the office that day, heard what happened and insisted on calling 911 as a precaution. They swapped love yous. She didn’t even get out of her chair.
Twelve days later, despite hundreds, maybe thousands, of prayers, Charles died. Emergency open heart surgery was followed by complications, including acute respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and various lung infections. He and Becky had been married almost 39 years.
In the following year, Becky learned that the connection with someone you love doesn’t cease with death. Charles was always bigger than life, and his presence, his love, his humor, and these conversations were just as real after his death.
For better, for worse, Becky started scribbling down what she was overhearing in heaven.
She was done talking to God. Charles, as it turned out, was not.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Rebecca Cooper is a Belmont University graduate and former teacher, business owner and career professional. Her love of writing dates back to elementary school, and she has produced stories, poetry, high school and college newspaper articles and travel blogs (before she knew she was blogging). In this first published work, scribbles on scraps of paper capture imaginary conversations she began to overhear after the sudden death of her husband. While prioritizing her grandchildren and a love for travel and books, she divides the rest of her time among church and other family and friends – all of whom took turns carrying her along a journey of love, loss and recovery. Becky currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee.
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“Becky feels guilty about letting me die.”
“Becky let you die?” God frowned. “She spent thirteen days vetting the hospital and the doctors, getting second opinions, researching on the Internet nonstop, and calling in every medical connection she had. The gal in the ICU asked her if she was a nurse for Pete’s sake.”
Charles was solemn. “Yeah, but we always, always had each other’s backs. That last hour by my side, watching my numbers drop, she thought she had failed me.”
“Your oxygen,” said God quietly, “is what failed you.”
Please forgive all the references to me, me, me. But this is primarily the story of overheard conversations between Charles and God and most of them stemmed from something I was doing. Cut me some slack if you can.
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Sunday, November 11, 2007, Charles headed from his Nashville condo to his office and apartment in Atlanta. Monday, November 12, was his 58th birthday. Since he would be out of town, their granddaughters and Becky had made him a cake and celebrated before he left on that Sunday. Wednesday, November 14, Charles called his wife Becky, telling her about the pain radiating down his back. Sadly, twelve days later, despite hundreds maybe thousands of prayers, Charles passed away. Hey, God? Yes, Charles.: Conversations on Life, Loss and Love by Rebecca H. Cooper narrates the brief conversations between her late husband and God. It concentrates on the daily tribulations of coping with the death of a loved one. To be frank, I had some hesitation with the premise at first, and the fact that I can relate too well with the loss of a family member added more weight to my uncertainty. That said, I found this unique memoir and brief conversations humbly enlightened me. After 39 years being married to each other, the unexpected death of Charles greatly tested Becky’s perseverance to get through the grief and stay strong for her family. She believes she overheard these snippets of Charles' conversations with God. This bittersweet book is the result of it. All in all, this is an inspiring tale of love, grief and faith. It provided me with comfort and this is something that I would read again. My gratitude goes to Becky Cooper for sharing her story with readers.
the question we all have or will have some of the answers we will get or still look for. a tear that wants to fall and a tear that is still falling