Proof of Heaven

By Mary Curran Hackett
(William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780062079985, 297pp.)

Publication Date: November 2011

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A mothers faith, a childs courage, a doctors dedicationa moving and thought-provoking tale of hope, love, and family

He might be young, but Colm already recognizes the truth: that hes sick and not getting better. His mother, Cathleen, fiercely believes her faith will protect her ailing son, but Colm is not so sure. With a wisdom far beyond his years, Colm has come to terms with his probable fate, but he does have one special wish. He wants to meet his father who abandoned his beloved mother before Colm was born.

But the quest to find the dying boys missing parent soon becomes a powerful journey of emotional discoverya test of belief and an anxious search for proof of heaven.

A magnificent debut novel, Mary Curran Hacketts Proof of Heaven is a beautiful and unforgettable exploration of the power of love and the monumental questions of life, death, and the afterlife.

About the Author
Mary Curran Hackett lives with her husband and children in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. Proof of Heaven opens with several quotations, one of them by Blaise Pascal: “The Heart has reasons that Reason does not know.” Why do you think the author picked this quotation? What do you think the quotation means? How does this quotation relate to the story, the theme of the book, and each character’s particular journey? Can you relate to these words? Has there ever been a time in your life that you felt your heart and mind wanted different things? Do you find yourself torn between the two? Are you more apt to follow your heart or your mind? 

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