Gaze Into Heaven is a collection of true near-death experiences from the lives of early-day Latter-day Saints. These accounts date back to the early 1800s and relate what Saints experienced when they visited the Spirit World. These accounts have been carefully researched and are interspersed with scriptures, insights, and quotes from latter-day prophets and other Church leaders. After reading this book you will never be able to think of life or death in the same way.
I never imagined the impact this book would have on my life when I was asked to read it. I was asked to read it a few weeks ago, and at that time I didn't know anyone that was going to die anytime soon, or so I thought. My husband's aunt had been having some strange health problems, but I don't see her very often and I didn't really think a lot about it. Now, that situation is different, as she has been diagnosed with cancer and she's going downhill really fast. I am amazed at the comfort this book has given to me during this time. I love the way Marlene Sullivan tells about these near death experiences. I love that she talks about just how the people who experienced them felt as they were dying. I love that she uses scriptures and quotes from the prophets as well as the experiences from the people to back them up. I really love that she is able to show just what we the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) believe through her book. Even though this book is non-fiction, I was able to read it somewhat rapidly. Thanks to Marlene Sullivan for such an inspiring read.
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the author
Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they are the parents of seven children. Her hobbies are gardening, camping, and reading. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has written a number of non-fiction books, including: Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, and Brigham’s Boys. Marlene also wrote the best-selling novel, Light on Fire Island. Check out Marlene Sullivan's website.
Labels: LDS non-fiction, Marlene Bateman Sullivan