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Hey, God? Yes, Charles.

Hey, God? Yes, Charles.Conversations on Life, Loss, and Love

A collection of overheard conversations that offer a new way to deal with great loss and finding God’s grace after losing a loved one. ... more

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Overview

A collection of overheard conversations that offer a new way to deal with great loss and finding God’s grace after losing a loved one.

Sunday, November 11, 2007, Becky Cooper watched her husband 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.

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,...more

Reviews

Although I had initial reservations about the premise, I found Hey God? Yes Charles to be a delightful book about real life, real grief, real faith, and real hope. I highly recommend it, especially for persons walking through the complicated journey of grief.

Martin Thielen, author of the best-selling books "What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?" and "The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion" (Westminster John Knox)