Carol T. (Ankeny, Iowa)
Fast read, Good analogies
While some of Hackett's scenes are contrived and she frequently resorted to telling her readers what they should have gotten from a story or scene when she might have trusted them to "get the point" from what she was showing, the book is a good, fast read, with good analogies - searching and finding, what constitutes a family, the pain and pleasure of unconditional love. An excellent book for book clubs, or just for a few friends to read and discuss.
Deb Y. (Blanco, TX)
At Odds with the Other Reviewers So Far
I actually enjoyed the book. It was an interesting premise, I enjoyed the characters, and basically liked the whole book. For a first book, I didn't pick it apart - I just read.............and, to me, it was worth reading. Is it a classic? Probably not, but I certainly wouldn't discourage others from taking the time to read it. Lots of Catholicity (if people object to that), but I think MC Hackett writes about what she knows..........My two cents........
Dianne S. (Green Valley, AZ)
I wasn't sure I liked this book in the beginning because of the amount of religion information shared. It seemed as though the author was preaching. In the middle I began to care about all the characters after they returned from Italy. Then I was lost again at the end. I titled this review "What Happened" cause the ending was so abrupt and weird that I really couldn't tell.
Teresa R. (Evansville, IN)
Proof? Not a fan
I simply did not like this book. No character development, no allowing the reader to arrive at their own conclusions. Contrived and overly dramatic. The mother was so self-absorbed that I wanted to quit reading midway through. I pushed on but was glad when the last page was finished. I did like the author's bio and finally understood where she got the idea to write this book, but it was too little, too late.
Catharine L. (Petoskey,
Good choice for book clubs
I personally did not like the book. It reminded me of The Shack. The first chapter was great, but after that the characters weren't developed, and the plot was predictable. I felt it was written on a Young Adult level. However, there are lots of discussable issues - Do miracles happen? Does heaven exist? Is religion necessary? I think book clubs would have lots to talk about.
Eileen L. (Danvers, MA)
A bit too contrived...
While the premise of this book had promise, the family drama of a young, sick boy and his emotionally shattered mother, it just never resonated with me. The characters just struck me as one dimensional. The author clearly had affection for her characters but was not able to develop them to the point where they were more than predictable and, at times, actually annoying to me. I read to the end but already knew how it would end long before I got there. I would like to say it is at least a good easy, summer read but I am sorry to say I was relieved to finally arrive at the last page.
Cam G. (Murrells Inlet, SC)
Proof of Heaven
Proof of Heaven is a story about a single mother whose strong Catholic faith pushes her to search for a solution or miracle to save her terminally ill son. Colm, "pronounced Col-um", is the wonderful little boy who knows he may die soon and desperately wants to meet his absent father. Through their quests, along with the support of his uncle and doctor, they come to know love, peace and acceptance.
While I had some problems with this book; i.e, Colm's wisdom and maturity at such a young age, and his mother's sometimes obstinacy, this was a lovely, sad but uplifting story.