Not sure why this is a recurring theme this year for my book reading. But I have read three books so far this year by those who say they have visited heaven and returned. Heaven is for Real I finished last night … and I thought it was amazing.
One may quibble with the four year old’s descriptions. The more I read Scripture, the more I realize, especially in the realm of prophecies, visions, and dreams … that God paints pictures of using things we recognize, to illustrate spiritual realities and truths. Did the kingdom of Alexander the Great literally look like a leopard with four heads and four wings? No … but what a perfect representation to illustrate a literal reality! So I am not among the quibblers. I do believe the evidence that the boy experienced something which could not be rationally explained outside of the supernatural — outside of God’s personal and direct intervention — far outweighs the quibbles.
Another book I have read this year is Return From Tomorrow by George Ritchie. His experience took place during WWII in boot camp. He contracted pneumonia while in boot camp and died. His experience was also fascinating and amazing.
I also recently read Nine Days in Heaven: the Vision of Marietta Davis by Dennis Prince. Her experience took place in New York in 1848. She fell into what was described as a trance or coma from which her family or her doctor was unable to awaken her. She awoke on her own nine days later completely transformed by her experience. Dennis Prince updated the Victorian language style into modern English but did not alter the story. Both these books have been continuously in print since the first editions.
If your grief or sorrow for loved ones who have died cannot be comforted, you might consider reading these testimonies.