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Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir

By Paul Cardall

"I was born with half a heart. God made up the difference."

This is the remarkable true story of one man's struggle to survive long enough to get a second chance at life.

Award-winning musician and popular speaker Paul Cardall was born, essentially, with half a heart. After living more than three decades with a congenital heart defect and undergoing six major heart surgeries and numberless procedures, Paul was informed that his heart would not beat much longer.

"Paul was a poor candidate for a heart transplant," says Angela T. Yetman, MD. "It would be technically difficult and possibly fatal ... but Paul was determined to beat the odds." And beat them he did.

Along the way, Paul wrote down his thoughts, feelings, and observations in an online blog called "Living for Eden," named for his three-year-old daughter. This book reflects those blog entries and additional intimate insight into a miraculous journey that convincingly shows that God knows us personally and that we are put here on earth for a reason.

Paul says, "I'm a witness that these soul-stretching experiences can offer us, if we let them, joy, wisdom, happiness, and a personal relationship with God."

After reading his story, you might also ponder the question, What do I need to do with my life ... before my heart stops? You can also view his blog called Before My Heart Stops.

Hope for Families of Children with Congenital Heart Defects

By Lynda Young

Author Lynda Young has written a helpful book for families of children with congenital heart defects. The book is entitled "Hope for Families of Children with Congenital Heart Defects" and may be purchased at Focusing on families of children with congenital heart defects, this book delivers valuable insights for daily living in the "new normal" through stories, hints, scriptures, prayers and resources for the next steps.

The Perfect Gift

By Diana Veit

New Book "The Perfect Gift" Helps Children Understand The Heart Transplant Process. Author Diana Veit wrote this book to explain her grown son's heart transplant to his 3-yr-old son. What began as a story and scrapbook project is now in print for many other families and children to enjoy. This book is intended for ages 4-8, written in simple terms to help children understand the process of a heart transplant.

"The Perfect Gift" is the story of a young bear named Valentino who finds out he needs a heart transplant. The story of his journey from being put on the transplant list, waiting for a suitable heart, receiving it and returning home is told in simple terms, understandable to small children. The book would be appropriate for both children with a family member having a heart transplant or children receiving a transplant themselves.

This 27-page paperback is available for purchase through Amazon: The Perfect Gift. Check it out!

It's My Heart

By The Children's Heart Foundation

The Heart of A Child:What Families need to know about Heart Disorders in Children

By Catherine A. Neill, Edward B. Clark, and Carleen Clark

The Parent's Guide to Children's Congenital Heart Defects

By Gerri Freid Kramer, and Shari Maurer

Walk on Water: The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives

By Michael Ruhlman

Partners of the Heart

By Vivien T. Thomas

Every Second Counts: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart

By Donald McRae

King of Hearts

By G. Wayne Miller

Movie: Something the Lord Made

By HBO Films

Pump the Bear

By Gisella Whittington

When Molly Was in the Hospital: A Book for Brothers and Sisters of Hospitalized Children

By Debbie Duncan

A Grace Disguised

By Jerry Sittser

Mommy, Please Don't Cry: There Are No Tears in Heaven

By Linda Deymaz and Laurie Snow Hein

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby

By Deborah L. Davis

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

By Leo Buscaglia

Silent Grief: Miscarriage-Child Loss: Finding Your Way Through the Darkness

By Clara Hinton

The Bereaved Parent

By Harriet Sarnoff Schiff

Safe in the Arms of God

By John MacArthur