When will the heaven begin? Get to know the remarkable story of Ben Breedlove as told by his sister Ally

You may remember the story of Ben Breedlove - the YouTube blogger who posted a variety primarily aimed at providing relationship advice to his peers. Ben was diagnosed with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at a young age, and the heart condition led to his untimely death on Christmas Day 2011. Ben was 18-years-old.

Just weeks before his death, Ben posted a video that has since gone viral, introducing himself and describing a near death experience he had as a result of his heart condition. His sister, Ally Breedlove, was the only person Ben had told about that experience and she has now written a book, When Will the Heaven Begin?: This Is Ben Breedlove's Story, about her brother’s life and death. Ally joined Glenn on radio this morning to talk about the book and how her family is coping with Ben’s passing.

“I think it was just about a two years ago that we saw the video… of a young man named Ben that most people had never heard of that had a heart condition. And he had died briefly. And they resuscitated him. His family didn't know, after that experience, he went in and cut a video with cards. I know if you saw it, you would remember it,” Glenn said. “You could see the joy in him. You could see the truth in him and what he had seen. He explained what his condition was through these cards. And then explained how he died and what he saw afterwards. It was such an amazing video.”

“We had the Breedlove family on with us. And then Tania and I took the family to dinner, and we just got to know them. And they are remarkable people,” he continued. “Ben's sister, Ally is joining us now. She's written a book, When Will the Heaven Begin? And it's an important story, especially for anybody who has lost hope in anything and you are struggling to hold on. This will restore your confidence in God and put your feet back on a good path.”

To start, Glenn asked Ally to explain the message of the book.

“Well Ben went through a lot of suffering in his life, but he lived everyday with peace, hope, and joy,” Ally said. “And despite what he went through, he knew that the peace of God was available to him. He knew that there was the hope of heaven, and he knew that he was here for a purpose, and that we need to live our lives with purpose and with joy everyday.”

On December 6, 2011, Ben went into cardiac arrest, and his heart stopped for a full three minutes. As Ally explained, during that time, he awoke in what he described as ‘the waiting room of heaven,’ where he was able to reflect on his entire life. In that moment, Ben believed that he was able to see himself through the eyes of God, and he wholeheartedly believed he was going to go to heaven. But then he woke up and found himself back on earth.

“And when he woke up, he was disappointed because he really believed that he was going to heaven. At this point, he was really struggling with that – being back and why he couldn't have just left the suffering of this world,” Ally said. “And he had a very intimate conversation with me, one of the only serious conversations I've ever had with my brother because he was such a jokester, where he described the vision in detail to me. And at one point, I asked him if he was happy that he had woken up. And he said, I guess. And then he started crying really hard. And I just had to remind him that if he was back, he was back for a reason. And essentially, he said, ‘I think you're right. I think God let me have that vision so I wouldn't be afraid of dying. And so I would know that heaven is worth it.’”

That story is the premise behind When Will the Heaven Begin?: This Is Ben Breedlove's Story.

Ally hopes that the story will serve as a source of hope and joy in spite of pain and encourage people to recognize the reason and the purpose in every situation. During her stay in Dallas ahead of her interview this morning, Ally was already able to accomplish at least a small part of her goal.

“There are people that are writing you guys, telling you how you have changed lives,” Glenn said. “You were coming here, you were in the [the hotel] and you sat down coincidentally, some would say. Tell the story. Can you?”

“I was in the lobby of my hotel, and a man asked me, you know, what was I there for. And I told him about the book. And coincidentally – well, I don't believe in coincidences – but he had a form of cardiomyopathy,” Ally explained “And I told him how Ben lived everyday with joy. And he looked at me and said, ‘Does the joy last because I don't think it has for me.’ And so I handed him a copy of the book, and it is my deepest desire that this story will bring peace and hope to people’s lives.”

“I think it will,” Glenn said. “I can't encourage you enough to read this story and pass it on to a friend. It will lift you up. I believe that it was a story given to Ben. You may say it was given to Ben, and maybe it was given to Ben for Ben, but I believe [it was] for a reason. And you who are listening, you may be the reason it was given. Pick this book up, When Will the Heaven Begin?: This Is Ben Breedlove's Story, by Ally Breedlove available in stores and online everywhere.”

Watch the entire interview below:

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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