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Heaven Here on Earth
Explore How & Why Heaven is Accessible to Us
Curt Melliger
ISBN: 9781940265537
Book (Paperback)
Ozark Mountain Publishing, Inc.
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
192 pages
October 1, 2018


"Curt’s life exemplifies an emphasis on savoring each moment while following instincts on what experiences to embrace. Living life to the fullest is the overarching theme as essays range from odes to movement and adventure to his honoring of the compassion and wisdom of people often dismissed by society to appreciation of nature up close and personal. His insights were an inspiration to me and I strongly encourage you to read this book." --Pamela M. Kircher, MD, Author of Love is the Link

"This is a wonderful book by a person in love with the world around him. We can all learn from these well done writings. Read this book. Learn from it. You won’t be disappointed. This is an important work." --John Marshall, author of several Silverton, Colorado books with Return to Mountain, Tai Chi, Between Heaven and Earth by Dolores LaChapelle with photography by John Marshall

While attending catechism class as a child, Curt Melliger was taught that if he obeyed the rules all his life he would be allowed to enter a place called Heaven when he died. The priest and nuns described it as a sacred abode up in the clouds that contained all of the very best things in the universe. There was sunshine and blue sky, pretty flowers and double rainbows, peace and happiness, ringing bells and beautiful music, saints and angels and the all-enveloping love of God. The young boy’s mind processed this information and came to the stunning conclusion: “Why, they’re talking about Earth!”

Since that early revelation Curt has been discovering other examples of paradise incarnate wherever he goes. This book is a collection of stories on subjects ranging from water, fire, and stars to adrenaline rushes, near-death experiences, and the place where goosebumps originate, from skiing powder and climbing high mountains and walking in reverse to the changing of seasons, the lessons of night, and the reason for dreams, from wild animals, unseen visitors, and beings that do not die to the magic of the human touch, beatific ecstasy, and what awaits us on the other side of the veil that only partially separates this golden realm from the perfect one.

For the Ultimate is much closer than we have been led to believe. Indeed, it is readily available right here on this planet, this Garden of Eden, this one-of-a-kind oasis in space.

Right now.

Curt Melliger grew up in the very middle of America and left at age 17 to see the rest of it. During and after his travels he worked a number of jobs including pearl diver, pool cleaner, garbage collector, door-to-door solicitor for the Polish Relief Fund, railroader, bridge builder, engine mechanic, apprentice lineman, night watchman, carpenter, custodian, and caregiver before discovering his true calling in 2004. Since then over 80 of his articles have appeared in a wide variety of magazines, newspapers, and literary journals including Alaska, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Catholic Digest, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cribbage World, Mountain Gazette, New Mexico, Oregon Coast, and Snowy Egret. Window Full of Rain is Curt’s first book and a new take on an ancient, almost forgotten subject: Access to heaven while still on earth. He currently lives near Cortez, Colorado, where he spends his free time exploring the wild places.

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