This reading group guide for Waking Up in Heaven includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Crystal McVea. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
Introduction Waking Up in Heaven
is the firsthand story of Crystal McVea and the day she died for nine minutes, went to heaven, and stood before God. In this remarkable autobiographical narrative, Crystal shares with readers her experience of walking with God toward the gates of heaven—a place so full of light and love that she did not want to return to Earth. But Crystal was revived—miraculously—and came back to consciousness in a hospital room with frantic doctors, nurses, and her own mother. Crystal’s encounter with God made her a believer, despite her troubled, dark past. In Waking Up in Heaven
Crystal shares her story—the good and the bad—in the hopes of spreading God’s message of love and redemption. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Waking Up in Heaven
opens with a letter from Laura Schroff, author of An Invisible Thread
. How does this letter help frame Crystal’s story? What do you think made Laura pay attention to Cryst