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Scot Hodkiewicz thought he had his life planned out to the last detail, but a few seconds of horror on the highway would change everything.
Award-winning author Hodkiewicz was a veterinarian with a beautiful wife, Mona, who participated in his practice, three children, two dogs, and a vacation cottage. They were all returning from some seasonal maintenance to that cottage one Sunday morning when a drunk driver crossed the median and rammed into their car.
Hodkiewicz passed out almost instantly from the pain of the impact. His wife Mona was also knocked unconscious, leaving their oldest child, ten-year-old Alexa, to help the EMT team gain entry to the car. The children were miraculously the least inured; they and their mother were rushed to the nearest hospital while Scot had to be extracted with the “Jaws of Life” and air-lifted by one of the many “angels” the family encountered in this time of life-threatening peril.
The author sustained the worst injuries from the accident, with a crushed leg that would eventually lead to dependence, for a time, on painkilling meds. As he notes: “Within a few seconds, we had gone from a normal, healthy family traveling with hundreds of other cars down the highway to a mangled mess of broken and battered bodies.” Little did they know at the time, worse was to come.
In the ensuing weeks and months, the family became more attached to their church and spiritual practice. This link to God, in Scot’s case, almost a conversational connection, would become even more vital when they found that there was more trouble ahead.
Their struggle with the various diagnoses, hopes, false hopes, and deceptive despair remarkably brought a new kind of shared strength. When Mona learned that the crash injuries were just the start of her struggles, she took to heart what her husband had been telling her. She began to personalize the idea that everything that happened was part of God’s plan. The accident itself, world-shattering as it was at the time, was a blessing in disguise and how God chose to reveal His true plan for them; a plan that was so much better than their own.
Now Hodkiewicz avows that he has become more diligent in watching after sick animals and is, in general, more charitable toward his fellow humans. After their church gifted the family food until they were able to take care of their own needs, he followed their example, giving money and other assistance to those he encountered in need. Even Alexa, now in her teens, felt this impulse, involving the family in mission trips.
Hodkiewicz writes with singular conviction and self-abnegating humor that gradually reveals his faith in God’s plans for true happiness in place of his own schemes for worldly success. His medical acumen provides the reader with a wealth of detailed information about the injuries that he and his wife sustained, and his sense of justice allows him to acknowledge that the person from whom he learned most in all this terrible trauma was the man who so carelessly drank, got behind the wheel, and nearly destroyed five lives.
Going Through Hell to Get to Heaven is a memoir about love that moves from one person to another in the form of grace, and about a family that came to see the actions of ordinary people as angelic and divinely purposed. The ordeal and subsequent blessings that Scot and Mona have experienced can, hopefully, inspire others.
Going Through Hell to Get to Heaven by Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz won 1st Place in the CIBA 2017 Journey Awards for Narrative Non-Fiction.
KiCam Projects, publishers of inspirational books that “change the world one story at a time”, has republished my memoir! The title and cover were changed slightly and some editing done from the original book entitled “Getting to Heaven By Going Through Hell”. We are very excited to have added Bible verses and questions for reflection at the end of each chapter. We hope that these changes facilitate “Going Through Hell to Get to Heaven’s” use as a Bible study or simply allow the reader to get a deeper understanding of how my struggles relate to yours.
I hope you enjoy the newest version and I hope you see your life reflected in mine. My trip through Hell was tough, but it enabled me to find my Heaven on the other side!
The Authors Show http://wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow.html will be broadcasting an interview with Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz on October 11th following the “Reader’s Favorite” First Place Award in the Inspirational/Spiritual Category. “Reader’s Favorite” is an international literary competition where only one first place award is given out every year in each category. The first place award winners are then granted an interview on the Author’s Show. The interview details many new aspects of “Getting to Heaven By Going Through Hell”. Please tune in.
I was asked to speak at The Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry, Illinois on February 24. Will be speaking on surviving tragedy and accepting God’s plan after the Stations of the Cross service. Stations of the Cross at 6:30 PM with talk to start afterwards approximately 7:00. A good night for those dealing with hurt and anger to try to find their heaven here on earth.
Had a table at Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital annual charity event. Sold a number of books (“Getting to Heaven by Going Through Hell” https://www.createspace.com/5277471). All profits went to help injured and orphaned wildlife. Response was great and people were generous raising lots of money to help these beautiful animals get back to the wild. It is an honor to work with them. Truly these people are angels and these animals a testament to God’s great design.
Yesterday was the nine year anniversary of the car crash that nearly killed our entire family. A 8 time drunk driver came across the median on the interstate and hit us head-on at 70 mph. Our world changed that day in so many ways and none of us were ever going to be the same. At one point I was given a 1 in 100 chance of survival after 8 hours of surgery just to get me to those odds. I never imagined that I would be now calling that day one of the BEST days of our lives.
We were saved physically and spiritually that day by a multitude of angels who were placed in our lives. Dr. Jerry Lang, my primary surgeon at the hospital and his gifted team, the EMT’s who got us out of the mangled car and stabilized us until we got to the hospital, as well as all the friends and family that helped pull us through were all angels to us.
My book “Getting to Heaven By Going Through Hell” tells how this terrible day didn’t destroy our family but saved it in a very real way. We could have never foreseen how it would but this was God’s plan, not ours. We did not know it but we HAD to get into that crash for our family to survive.
Like I always say, “If you want to hear God laugh, just tell Him your plan.”