Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir

Before My Heart Stops A Memoir I was born with half a heart God made up the difference After living for than three decades with congenital heart disease popular musician Paul Cardall has undergone twenty eight operations and seven

  • Title: Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir
  • Author: Paul Cardall
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I was born with half a heart God made up the difference After living for than three decades with congenital heart disease, popular musician Paul Cardall has undergone twenty eight operations and seven open heart surgeries But the one surgery he needed most his last chance at seeing his three year old daughter, Eden, grow up was a heart transplant This is the I was born with half a heart God made up the difference After living for than three decades with congenital heart disease, popular musician Paul Cardall has undergone twenty eight operations and seven open heart surgeries But the one surgery he needed most his last chance at seeing his three year old daughter, Eden, grow up was a heart transplant This is the remarkable true story of one man s struggle to survive long enough to get a second chance at life.Along the way, Paul wrote down his thoughts, feelings, and observations in an online blog called Living for Eden This book reflects those weekly blog entries insights and wisdom beyond his years After reading his story, yu may come away asking yourself, Who do I need to love before my heart stops

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    1. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME! : (I endured to the end of this memoir. I ran to the computer to google Paul & his sweet family, so excited to see how they were doing now.You can imagine my utter heartbreaking dismay to discover Paul and Lynette were divorced.The book on its own was OK, not very compelling reading but because it was a book club book I did finish it. The friend who recommended this book was unaware of the divorce.Obviously the memoir was sweet and certainly involved miracles. I also a [...]

    2. This memoir was recommended to me by a friend because I told her that I liked his music and knew his uncle. I was surprised to read about his congenital heart disease, as his uncle never mentioned it in all our conversations. That being said, I'm not really a fan of memoirs. I didn't have a problem with his blog entries comprising parts of the story. The news items were kind of redundant, repeating things that we already knew. I loved his strong faith and gratitudelessons for us all. The third q [...]

    3. I received this book as a gift last year. It was a great reminder of the gift of life and the journey and purpose we all have. One of the quotes I liked from the author. . ."What do people need? They need kindness. They need to know they are not alone. They need to know there are those who love them. They need to know in their hearts that our Heavenly Father, the Supreme Being, knows their names and that they can talk to Him in prayer by themselves in a quiet place. They need to know as I do, th [...]

    4. This was quite a touching story and really made you think about life and how fragile it is and how lucky I am to have my health. I would recommend this to anyone! It was written by Paul Cardall as he battled congenital heart failure and waited for a heart transplant.

    5. Great story of a wonderful musician who had to face difficult challenges every day for the first 36 years of his life. He has an amazing wife that really stood the test of difficulties. His strong faith in God and knowing of his eternal plan inspires all of us.

    6. Born with half a heart, this is the true story of one man's struggle to survive long enough to get a second chance at life with a heart transplant; also a popular musician.Author writes:I was born with half a heart. God made up the difference. After living for more than three decades with congenital heart disease, popular musician Paul Cardall has undergone twentyeight operations and seven open-heart surgeries. But the one surgery he needed most his last chance at seeing his three-yearold daught [...]

    7. I read this book and was inspired by this man, his incredible wife and family, and this amazing journey that they all shared together. However, after I finished reading, I couldn't wait to jump on my computer and see how he and his family were doing years later. To my surprise, and complete sadness, Paul and Lynette were divorced. I do not know any details, but it ruined the book for me. It is confusing and disheartening to read page after page of a man expressing love for his wife who sacrifice [...]

    8. Paul - Your music is what brought me to this book. I suffer from major depressive disorder, etc & your music is my therapy. I very much enjoyed your book. I’m heartbroken over the bitter, judgmental reviews on here. Anyone that tears down another is not happy in their heart. All that matters is that your families are happy & healthy because that’s the biggest blessing of all. Please continue with your music 🐾❤️🐾Cindy L. Pensacola, FL

    9. Paul's blog in book form. This blog was written as he was waiting for a new heart. Little on biographical info and long on inspirational thoughts as he waits for the heart/

    10. I enjoyed the book, but not as much as my daughter. I'm not sure what I was hoping for, but I think I'm at a point in my life where I wasn't ready for this book or his insights. Not that I don't appreciate them, because I do. Perhaps, I didn't care for the layout, I think I would have a more timeline approach, starting with his birth and perhaps more insights from his parents and what they went through raising this child with half a heart. Sometimes I felt disconnected as it jumped from his blog [...]

    11. This took me along time to read, only because I am experiencing my own drama. I still loved this book. You can see his growth within these pages. It is a emotional book.A friend of mine said after she read the book she looked at the world around her differently. Not only he talked about what it is like living with a half a heart, but also the death of his brother. I can relate to his phrase called: "The Waiting Psychosis" a- state of peril in social standstillb- lack of progression. Nothing movi [...]

    12. Before I say anything else, I want to suggest that no one else name their children with a rhyming first and last name ("Paul" and "Cardall" rhyme), because it turns their name into an impossible tongue twister. I have said this author's name as "Par Cardall" at least ten times in the last week. Other than that one minor complaint, I think I owe a dollar to Dahlene, who suggested this book. It reminded me of one of my other favorite books, Marathon of Faith, by Rex Lee. Rex Lee dies at the end of [...]

    13. Paul Cardall has been one of my favorite musicians for many years. His music has always been able to provide me with peace and comfort. I couldn't resist the chance to read his biography and learn more about his life. I knew that he had some heart problems but until I read this book I didn't realize how many times his life has come close to ending.This memoir is a compilation of blog entries that Paul Cardall wrote while waiting for a new heart from 2008 - 2009. Through his entries you learn of [...]

    14. Even growing up in Utah, I have never heard of Paul Cardall; never listened to his music (I obviously wasn't listening to the right music!). I found this book while browsing Deseret Book's website and the title caught my attention. At the time, I had a friend who's little baby had a heart defect and was getting ready to have his first open heart surgery at 6 months. I bought this for her because I thought it might inspire her through this difficult time. When I got it, I started flipping through [...]

    15. My problems with this book are that, for me, blogs don't really translate to long form very well. They are meant to be read in short form sitting a computer, but for the long form of a book, it didn't hold my attention that much. Also, he just seems so mellow. I'm glad his faith in God and what God has in store for him is so strong and rock solid, but it seemed too much. On the days when he was frustrated and tense, I never got a real feeling of frustration. It was more like, "oh I'm frustrated [...]

    16. I was taken back a little at first impression while listening to the audiobook because the author himself was reading it and his voice is quite raspy. However once he explained that his voice was like that from so many surgeries and tubes being stuck down his throat. I enjoyed the flow of the story and how there was a variety of sources that took part in narrating pieces of Paul's life. It was good to hear his wife's perspective as well as local news stories that covered the story. Throughout th [...]

    17. I found this Memoir inspiring and uplifting. I remember vaguely hearing about an LDS Musician who needed a heart transplant. I love music and was interested to read this story. Paul Cardall suffered from congenital heart disease and needed a heart transplant to survive. This book is made up of blog posts that he wrote while waiting over a year on the transplant list. I acutally liked that it was written in blog form. Yes, there was some repetition, but it took me along in the journey. With each [...]

    18. This book is a true story about the musician Paul Cardall. This book was so inspiring as he tells his story about having many open heart surgeries and his experiences as he is waiting for a heart transplant. He tells about how he is trying to stay alive for his wife and daughter eden. He shares his experiences about how music helps him and how his religion does also. He tells how death can be a good thing sometimes and how we should not be afraid of it. I think people who are struggling with a t [...]

    19. Half a box of tissues later, and I love Paul Cardall even more than I did before I read this book. His story is nothing short of miraculous and his book is full of inspiration that makes me want to live a more meaningful life. I've followed his blog since 2008, when he was first listed to receive a heart transplant, and it was fun to re-read many of those entries in this book, along with additional commentary on what he and his family were experiencing as they waited for a new heart and a second [...]

    20. Description:"I was born with half a heart. God made up the difference."After living for more than three decades with congenital heart disease, popular musician Paul Cardall has undergone twenty-eight operations and seven open-heart surgeries. But the one surgery he needed most - his last chance at seeing his three-year-old daughter, Eden, grow up - was a heart transplant. This is the remarkable true story of one man's struggle to survive long enough to get a second chance at life.Along the way, [...]

    21. What an inspiring story! I've been a fan of Paul Cardall's music since the mid-90's. Until recently I had no idea he had congenital heart disease. This book is a memoir of his journey through life including his recent heart transplant. His father, Duane Cardall, is the journalist who does the editorials on KSL, and his brother is the one who was tasered and died on the side of the highway in southern Utah a couple years ago. He writes about both of them and all his feelings in this book. His boo [...]

    22. I actually received this book as a gift a few years ago but knew I wouldn't be able to read it at the time I received it. My son was born with heart defect and was preparing for open heart surgery at the same time Paul Cardall was listed for a heart transplant. We read his blog as he was going through his journey and knew several of the kids who were going through the same thing. I'm glad I read it - I enjoyed it very much although it was hard going back to that time and remembering all those sw [...]

    23. I had several books on hold at the library, and of course they all came at the same time, I choose to quickly read this one because I know with all of the additional holds I would never get a chance to renew it. A book that would be enjoyed much more if I could read and ponder it a little longer, still very comforting. Amazing what his family went through, It truly adds to your testimony that everything is in Gods hands as you read his account. It is mostly a reprint of his blog entries, but the [...]

    24. A really nice, inspiring story about a man's life-long struggle of only having half a heart. His attitude and optimism are amazing as are the constant support of his wife and family. The book is a compilation of his blog and newspaper articles while waiting for a heart transplant. Due to the blog format, there was some repetition throughout the book. He also uses A LOT of quotes on his blog. They are great quotes and I can see why he was drawn to them and wanted to share them, but the repetition [...]

    25. I heard about Paul Cardall while in Michigan. I think it was on a news feed from Deseret book? The kids and I followed his BLOG Living for Eden and watched and prayed with the rest of the world for Paul to get a heart. This is a memoir of Paul's life and his journey. Our lives are laced into his as we prayed and cried together as a family. We cried with Joy and gratitude for all of our many blessings. Paul helps you to see feel and hear the voice of the Lord through his shared experiences and hi [...]

    26. I really liked this book. Paul Cardell is open, honest, frank and I was totally absorbed. It is a fascinating journey about his life. It is emotional andunsettling at times. It is uplifting and powerful. It is a book to be enjoyed, treasured and quoted! Best of all, it is a true, real life story. It is not fictione love and trials are very real and the amazing grace and character of this man and his family is just inspiring. I give it 5 stars for the content and thethought provoking questions it [...]

    27. What can I say? I loved this book in a lot of ways and hated it in some. At times I hated and loved the same things. I hated how we had to read his blog where he continually thanked his supporters, and yet I loved some of the insight that he shared by blogging daily. Overall, I was glad I read it because he quoted a lot of great people and he helped me remember just how blessed I am to have a happy, healthy family. It wasn't the kind of book that I can't wait to get the kids in bed at night so I [...]

    28. Story of an LDS musician and his battle his whole life with "half a heart". He ends up being on the heart transplant list when he is 35 years old and gets a heart when he is 36. The parts I enjoyed most about this book were his thoughts and quotes he includes about how we never know how our life will go so we have to make the most of it. I so appreciated the love he shares for his family and how they truly are his heart and soul and the reason he kept on going, despite so much adversity and setb [...]

    29. An amazing story of how he has survived a heart transplant. My nephew also has congenital heart disease so this really hits close to home. Many of the names are familiar to me which always makes books more personal. His outlook on life and the hope for the future he has is something we all need to be reminded of. We all should live like we need a heart transplant too, not knowing what's going to happen so we treat those we love a little sweeter and do all those things we've been meaning to do.

    30. I love Paul Cardall's CDs Hymns--beautiful, spiritual music.I bought the audio, his Memoir to find out more about him and his life with a congenital heart defect. It is his voice explaining the medical procedures and surgeries he had to repair his heart, the articles in the Desseret News about him, the people he met in the hospital and above all his testimony of Jesus Christ. Six and a half hours of testimony was way too much, but I do appreciate his strength and the comfort he and his family re [...]

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