Book Reviews: Heaven, Hell and Life After Death

Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor’s Healing Encounters with the Hereafter

Reggie Anderson (©2013); Rating: 5

Doctor Anderson’s personal story is a fascinating read, because it candidly deals with human responses to tragedy and God’s involvement in death and near-death experiences. Through his description of his personal struggle with tragedy at age 10, turning against God, then his life-changing encounter with God years later, the reader can identify with his reactions. All of his early experiences seemed to prepare him for a life of witnessing his patients’ spiritual transitions from life to death. This and his own heavenly encounters gave him insight that helped him deal with the trauma of losing loved ones. As a human-interest story and for gaining insight to the reality of the spiritual realm, I highly recommend this book.

The Hell Conspiracy: An Eye-Witness Account of Hell, Heaven, and the Afterlife

Laurie A. Ditto (©2019); Rating: 5

This is a credible and horrifying account of the author’s experience in hell. She explains the excruciating physical torment she experienced, the guilt for the sin that sent her there, and the hopelessness of knowing there would be no relief. Her experience was temporary, however, and God gave her that experience to motivate her to address the sin she’d been justifying; also, to cause other Christians to get serious about their own sin. Wow! I’m much more alert to my own attitudes and behavior now, and more strongly motivated to become increasingly like Jesus and improve my relationship with my loving and just heavenly Father.

100 Days in Heaven

James Durham (©2013); Rating: 3

It’s encouraging that visitations of heaven are possible and God’s intent and this book provides insight to what one might expect, so it’s beneficial reading. I strongly agree with the author that it’s crucial for us to spend more quality time with the Lord to experience what he’s prepared for us. The author gives numerous references to what God spoke to him, which I also experience, but I’m concerned such emphasis may discourage those who believe they can’t hear God speak. I don’t remember any explanation of such in the book. Overall, I found the book disappointing because I expected much more after reading the author’s original, “Beyond the Ancient Door.”

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