Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Other Side of Heaven by John H. Groberg

The Other Side of Heaven

by John H. Groberg

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
991122,024 (4.33)1



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 1 mention

I loved reading about Elder Groberg's missionary experiences getting to and serving in Tonga. I have seen the movie based on this book and those experiences plus many others are related with greater detail. Living among many polynesians, I also gained greater insights and appreciation of some of the cultural practices I have observed in them and how life in the islands has brought some of those about.

Elder Groberg faces some stark challenges, including immorality, and deals with them in a real way - helping one see his growth and maturity over time as a young man in a big new world.

He shares lots about the change in his personal character and empathy for the people and his deeply religious experiences, miracles and spiritual insights gained while travelling through the sometimes perilous oceans on small vulnerable sail boats.

I highly recommend this book to inspire future missionaries as well as to everyone else by helping us reflect on our own lifestyles and recognising what is most important in our lives among all of the clutter of 'modern life'.

Ryan ( )
  NZLDSLibrary | Jan 4, 2012 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 157008789X, Paperback)

The missionary memoirs of Elder John H. Groberg, found in his popular book In the Eye of the Storm, can be enjoyed as a major motion picture And now, for the first time, In the Eye of the Storm will be available in paperback retitled The Other Side of Heaven. This first-person account tells the fascinating story of the three years he spent on the islands in the South Pacific amidst a kindly people who had a deep faith in God, a faith that provides the backdrop for Elder Groberg's accounts of miraculous healings, protective warnings, and perilous voyages; for such stories as: The emergancy night voyage on a turbulent sea, and the anxious search for the only guiding light into the destination harbor. The boy whose apparently lifeless body was handed to the missionaries with the words, "Here, make him well again — you have the power." The storm that overturned the boat, throwing missionaries into the raging sea. The hurricane that hit the little island. The hunger when the usual supply boat failed to show up. And much, much more. This remarkable book paints a vivid picture of missionary life in a society geared to "a different way of thinking." But it is far from being solely a collection of stories. To the experiences it recounts, the author has added observations on the scenes and circumstances that in an inspiring way bring out the gospel principles involved. Given this combination, the total effect of the book is that from the time readers reach Tonga with the young missionary they will be engrossed in his story until the end.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:14 -0400)

(see all 2 descriptions)

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
5 avail.
3 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.33)
4 4
5 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,932,876 books! | Top bar: Always visible