Shirley says: Having personally dabbled in writing not only history but also in the paranormal field, it was interesting to delve into Marlene Sullivan's "Gaze into Heaven" which is a masterful combination of both. This book is worthy of any scholar as well as curiosity seeker, with its first-hand accounts of death from historical figures accompanied by thorough footnotes. I especially liked the section toward the end that compared past near-death experiences with modern ones. I recommend this fascinating read to everyone who wonders what will happen when they die.
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Backliner: Gaze Into Heaven is a carefully compiled collection of more than 50 near-death experiences that occurred during the early years of the Church. These documented accounts give fascinating glimpses into the Spirit World by those who have actually been there. Besides being filled with stories of insight and inspiration, Gaze Into Heaven has pertinent quotes from latter-day Prophets and other leaders, scriptures, and perceptive commentary. After reading this book, you will never think of life—or death—in the same way.
Endorsement from Alice Gold: “I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! I can't even tell you how grateful I am to you for writing it. My 12 year old nephew died in May and this has been a healing balm to my soul. I can't wait to send a copy to my brother. I have always been afraid to die, but not now. This book has power in its pages.”
Most of us have wondered exactly what will happen when we die. What does the Spirit World look like? Will we see departed family members and friends? What do people do there? Do spirits there know what is happening on earth? What did people who had near-death experiences learn from their visit? All of these questions and many more are answered in Gaze Into Heaven. There have been many books written about modern day near-death experiences, but this book is the first to focus solely on those that took place in early church history.
Studying near-death experiences can bless us with a better understanding of this life and increase our knowledge of the life to come. By reading about those who actually entered the spirit world and saw conditions there, we can benefit from the insights they gained and use that information to reevaluate our lives and use our time on earth productively. Choose one of 3 links to get your own copy of "Gaze Into Heaven" online!: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gaze-Into-Heaven-Near-Death-Experiences/dp/1462111270/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360955844&sr=8-1&keywords=gaze+into+heaven
Seagull Book: http://www.seagullbook.com/lds-products-770255.html
(Also also available at physical LDS bookstores, such as Deseret, Seagull, and others.)
Be sure to visit Marlene Sullivan's website at: www.marlenebateman.info where you'll find all kinds of interesting things about her, including how she came up with the title: "It's from a quote by Joseph Smith. It’s a really cool quote, but a bit lengthy, so I’ll shorten it a little. Joseph Smith said; “All men know that they must die . . . it is important that we should understand the reasons . . . of life and of death, and the designs and purposes of God in our coming into the world . . . and our departure hence. . . It is a subject we ought to study more than any other. . . Could you gaze into heaven five minutes, you would know more than you would by reading all that was ever written on the subject.” Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Period I, vol. 6, (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9 October, 1843), 50.
Duane S. Crowther, author of Life Everlasting—A Definitive Study of Life After Death says: “With this book, Marlene Bateman Sullivan has done a valuable service for Latter-day Saint readers. Previous life-after-death studies published brief extracts from numerous sources and combined them to define spirit-world events and conditions. Returning to those sources, she has compiled many of their complete accounts, which add additional insights that will be enjoyed by many. Well done!”