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C16/20b CHASING HEAVEN. My Conversation with God

Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Crystal McVea aired May 17TH.



On December 10, 2009, Crystal McVea was being treated in a hospital for pancreatitis. Her heart stopped pumping for nine minutes before doctors managed to revive her. In those nine minutes, she went to heaven, stood with God, and was forever changed.

Ever since Crystal’s incredible experience, her life has been profoundly different. She has become a brand new person in every conceivable way—heart, mind, soul, and spirit. By dying, Crystal learned how to live. Crystal realized that heaven is real and our true home, but we are still meant to have meaningful lives full of passion and purpose right here on earth. She believes we have to chase heaven while we are still alive and allow God to turn our lukewarm love into a fire-storm of faith. Chasing Heaven is the story of how God called to Crystal, what He told her, and how she found a way to get closer to Him again here on earth.

Crystal assures us that we don’t have to die and go to heaven in order to ignite our faith. We also don’t have to abandon the lives we have in order to experience God and heaven. Chasing Heaven is about following the path to the Lord, and discovering your spiritual destiny.

The journey that followed Crystal’s time in heaven has been difficult, complicated, and surprising—full of twists and turns, setbacks and triumphs, drama and comedy, and everything that makes life so messy and beautiful.



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Crystal Leigh McVea was born in Altus, Oklahoma, just north of the Texas border, and still lives there today. She is a schoolteacher and has four lovely children: Jameson Payne (JP), 17; Sabyre, 14; and three -year-old twins Willow and Micah. Crystal and her husband Virgil,  a U.S. Army veteran and now a contractor with the U.S. Air Force, are devout Christians and active in their local church in Altus. Crystal’s memoir about her remarkable journey to heaven and back is her first book.

Alex Tresniowski is a former senior writer for PEOPLE Magazine, specializing in human interest stories. His latest book, 2011’s An Invisible Thread, spent 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Tresniowski is the author of nine books, one of which, 2005’s The Vendetta, was purchased by Universal Pictures and used as a basis for the 2009 Johnny Depp movie Public Enemies.


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