The Fragrance of Angels: An Accident, a Taste of Eternity, and a New Life by Martha Brookhart HaldaThe Fragrance of Angels: An Accident, a Taste of Eternity, and a New Life by Martha Brookhart Halda

The Fragrance of Angels: An Accident, a Taste of Eternity, and a New Life

byMartha Brookhart Halda

Paperback | September 1, 2016

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It happened in an instant: a car crash, thrown from the vehicle, pronounced clinically dead while lying on the road, rotors turned off the Life Flight helicopter—and then swept into eternity . . . only to return, after being pronounced dead three times, to a far different life.

Welcome to The Fragrance of Angels, Martha Brookhart Halda’s memoir about time on the other side—and how and why she reshaped and developed a new purpose in life after it became more fraught with challenge after visiting heaven.

The Fragrance of Angels distinguishes itself as a mother’s empowerment story, taking us from a parent’s greatest horror—dying while the kids are young—to a profound change in her approach to parenting and life. The former collegiate track, volleyball, and basketball player and mother discusses how she dealt with extensive rehabilitation, a difficult marriage, re-learning to walk and talk, returning to full-time motherhood, running the Dublin Marathon three years after her accident, striking out on her own, meeting new love, and finding new meaning in a world that never looked or felt the same to her again. Within her story is that of so many other women in the middle of their lives, yet infused with a sense of purpose and discovery borne by her time on the other side.

The Fragrance of Angels is filled with a deep sense of love and challenge, physical beauty and emotional upheaval, frustration and triumph. Ultimately, it contains quite an epiphany—the one Martha realized while in eternity.

Title:The Fragrance of Angels: An Accident, a Taste of Eternity, and a New LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.45 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:Pen & PublishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:194179940X

ISBN - 13:9781941799406


Table of Contents

PrologueThe Accident The Mercy Air Angel A Place I Never Expected to Be . . . The Ledge of ReviewA Providential Football Game To the Bright Light of GodWaking & the Veil of HeavenHospital Caregivers Life in the WardLife in the Fast Lane-Going Home-Steps to a New LifeDetermination and Belief The Greatest Gift Waves, Work, and Wisdom New Beginnings-Rediscovering Myself Yard by Yard, It's Hard-but Inch by Inch, It's a CinchDecorating a New LifeGiving Back-Starting OverLooking for New Romance and a Good LifeLife Changes of Love Back to School . . . and Birthing a BookBeach Reunion About the Author

Editorial Reviews

"The portal between life and death is the place between spirit and matter that opens the door to many forms of magic, chief among them, blessings. Martha Halda's The Fragrance of Angels does just that, giving us a guided tour of what is bigger than us all." -Matthew J. Pallamary, author, Land Without Evil and Spirit Matters"Martha Halda is a warrior woman! She came back to life fighting for one reason. She needed to mother her two sons . . . on her terms. She did it all in the name of God and for the sake of a mother's love. If you're looking for a heartwarming story chock-full of inspiration, you've found your book." -Holly Kammier, author, Kingston Court, owner, Acorn Publishing"Seven out of 10 Americans believe in heaven while 58% of us believe in hell, according to the Pew Research Center. The thing is, so few of us have been to either place. In Halda's memoir, she gives us a guided tour of heaven. After a horrible car accident in 1999, Halda "passed over" four times. If the parts in San Diego County are interesting, the passages that take place in heaven are fascinating. No matter your religious bent, if you can park your dogmas at the door and let your imagination free, her description of heaven will enthrall. There is even a glimpse of hell if you're paying attention. Halda also spent seven weeks in a coma and that recounting is intriguing as well. Halda just tells her story and what she learned without being preachy. So we get to learn along with her the importance of smell, why we should obey the Golden Rule, and that love trumps all." -Carlsbad Magazine"Martha shares the exquisite details of her death experience and how she was gifted with a taste of eternity. Martha offers the reader a heart-wrenching and spiritually uplifting road map of how she was able to navigate back to life then fight with the courage of an athlete to live life fully with the gifts she received from death. The Fragrance of Angels reminds me to continually dance in my own light." -Julie Moss, Ironman triathlete legend and motivational speaker