Book Title: Gaze Into Heaven
Author: Marlene Bateman Sullivan
Genre: Non Fiction, Historical, Memoir
Gaze Into Heaven
Gaze into heaven is a compilation of memoirs about near death experiences in the pioneer times. I have always enjoyed hearing personal experiences of this nature, but have a hard time wrapping my head around them. This book proposes nothing as fact, or gospel doctrine, but just shares the tales, memories, and journal entries of those who had a story to tell about their own near death or out of body experiences.
The book is an easy read, and I like that rather than being a compilation of short stories in an unorganized manner, they are sorted by topic. It strikes a cord with me when stories reflect similar experiences, when the two people didn’t live at the same time. For instance, when I read Heaven Is For Real, the boy tells of seeing his mother and father in different rooms, looking over his body from above, and remembered details he could have never known if he hadn’t experienced what he did. Nie Nie mention’s in her book, Heaven Is Here, that when she was in a coma for months, she was able to talk to her deceased grandma and was given a choice as to whether or not to come back and raise her kids. All of these experiences were shared by people in the 1800’s and are told in this story. I find it comforting and inspiring to read these collections, and I love the conversations this book has sparked with my own family.
If you liked this book for the historical and real story aspect, you would like For All The Saints. If you liked the after death / spiritual side of this book, you would enjoy reading Heaven is for Real, and Nie Nie’s book.