Sunday, June 9, 2013

Book Review - Heaven Hears by Lindy Boone Michaelis


On June 19, 2001, Ryan Corbin, grandson of Pat Boone, accidently stepped through a skylight and fell three stories onto a cement floor. When he broke through that roof, Ryan fell into a very different life from the one he had before as the beloved son of Lindy Boone Michaelis and first grandson of entertainment icon Pat Boone. As Ryan lingered between life and death in intensive care at UCLA Medical Center, Pat and Lindy decided to take action, in a big way; they went on Larry King Live, shared their faith, and asked millions of TV viewers to pray for Ryan. And so, they prayed. Heaven Hears is an unbelievable story of answered prayer—and it’s not over yet. This book will inspire you to look for answers to prayer and to see God’s miracles.


Lindy Boone Michaelis was born into the entertainment business as the second daughter of singer and entertainment icon Pat Boone. Along with her older sister, Cherry, and two younger sisters, Debby, and Laury, Lindy sang with her family in national and international singing tours from 1968 to 1977, including a tour of Japan with the Osmond Family. The Boone Girls recorded several Christian albums, including the Grammy award nominated "First Class." 

Lindy lives in Southern California with her husband of 26 years, attorney Mike Michaelis. She has three adult children: Ryan, Jessi, and Tyler. Lindy has worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She also tours with a singing group called The New Chordettes, performing songs with tight harmonies from the forties, fifties, and sixties. 

On June 19, 2001, Lindy's life changed forever when her oldest son, Ryan Corbin, stepped through a skylight on the roof of his apartment building and fell several stories to a concrete floor. Ryan is still at home recovering from his traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Lindy coordinates Ryan's care. In 2003, the Boone family started a foundation called Ryan's Reach to help provide information and resources for survivors of TBI and their families.


I remember when Lindy and Pat Boone were on The Larry King Show and their pleas for prayer for Ryan. I prayed along with millions of others and this book gives us not only an update on how Ryan is doing but it tells about Lindy's life, Ryan's life, and their faith.

This book is so good, I had a hard time putting it down. Lindy's writing is easy to read and I just plowed through this book! I loved how she is so honest and open about things and doesn't portray herself or her family as some "holier than thou" family. They are very much like you and me. 

What this book is really about is prayer. The power of prayer to change things. The power of faith that God is working all things together for good. There were so many parts of the book where I had tears in my eyes as I could just imagine how difficult it was for Lindy to see her son go through this. Our mother hearts definitely connected through the pages. 

I highly recommend this book! It's a book that will show you what the power of prayer can do, what faith and hope can do, and it will definitely bring you into a different level of faith in what God can do. I loved this book and I think you will, too!! 

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Tyndale House Publishers



Blessings - Julie

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