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Visions of Glory: One Man's Astonishing Account of the Last Days

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,525 Ratings  ·  650 Reviews
In this true account of near-death experiences, we learn about the miracles of the millennium, the return of the Ten Tribes, the building of the New Jerusalem and Temple, and many other astonishing events long prophesied in scripture but never before described in such vivid detail. Visions of Glory is a mesmerizing and fascinating read that you will not be able to put down ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Cedar Fort, Inc.
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Aug 12, 2013 Cheryl rated it did not like it
If I could give the book zero stars I would. I know there are many people, mostly LDS, who have read this book and just loved it. If it had been presented as a work of fiction, I could have tolerated it. However, the author who related the story to Mr. Pontius, claims this was his real experience. He does add some disclaimers to his story saying that he doesn't pretend to say that the events in the future will happen exactly as he "saw" them, but that hasn't kept many of the readers from believi ...more
Amy Carr
Jul 22, 2013 Amy Carr rated it did not like it
So many people I know have read this book and it has been the center of more than one discussion in the last few months. I started to read the book and was truly fascinated but the further I read, the more I started to doubt this account and the very existence of the "anonymous" man who claimed to have had these visions and revelations. There are SO many inconsistencies and things that just don't add up. If this account is true, then it is way too personal to be sharing with a general audience. ...more
Josh Steimle
Dec 26, 2012 Josh Steimle rated it really liked it
Quite...interesting. I'm not sure it matters whether the book is true or not, although I didn't read anything that conflicts with my religious beliefs. If it's true, then great. If it's not, it still got me thinking that I need to focus more on the eternities and less on the world, that I need to be less judgmental and more loving, and that I need to care about what really matters rather than merely entertainment.
Nov 07, 2012 Lorena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Latter-day Saints, Christians
I'm hesitant to write about this book right now, because I just finished it today, and I'm still so awestruck by what I read that I'm afraid I will resort to heavy hyperbole and not be believable. Having been introduced to John Pontius by a friend who said his lectures were life-changing, I read The Triumph of Zion: Our Personal Quest for the New Jerusalem and Following the Light of Christ into His Presence, two books by this author. I found these books to be inspired and life-changing for me al ...more
Heather Hansen
Feb 03, 2013 Heather Hansen rated it really liked it
I did not add this book to my gospel shelves as I consider it an expose, non-fiction, personalized account rather than a gospel narrative. I also read it with an understanding that I was reading what I considered to be an analogy or dream version of what may or may not happen in the last days. Many people have decried this book as trickery and deceit. I don't see that at all but I don't treat it as it being gospel for the church. Many people can't separate good story from a revelation. This is a ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Christy rated it it was amazing
Life altering, one of the best books I have ever read. Not because it is an example of expert writing that will be held up through out time, but for the accounts that inspires one to come unto Christ. There is no question left as to what it means to trust in Him implicitly. I am left with an eternal perspective that, I am quite sure, will never fade.
Apr 18, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it
I started a review of this but it got to be so long I had to stop. Even in the first 100 pages I found so many problems...
Fortunately, I found this review (I know it is from FAIR and they can get a little intense but this review is good) which makes most of my points but if I get time later I will add a few more problems I found in this book...

When reading this book PLEASE, PLEASE remember all the doctrine you have been taught, the scriptures you have read and give those sources more credence th
Aug 23, 2013 Jenben8426 rated it did not like it
This one was almost impossible to rate. I did not give it a one because I did not like it, but rather that I felt it should never have been written in the first place.

I will not post a summary of this book--but rather just say my thoughts on it. First and foremost--Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are blessed to have the scriptures and the words of living prophets. It is my belief that that is what all members should stick to when studying out the signs of the last days
Jan 26, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing
Hands down this was THE most amazing book I have ever read! I am so grateful that I have confirmation of my own experiences from reading this. I didn't doubt my own personal experiences, but I feel I have found a kindred spirit in the first 1/3 of the book. (Although I have to say I have not died and come back, nor seen the end of times.) It was very difficult to get through the pages as I felt emotionally drained at times. I was very teary eyed, in a happy way, while reading this. I felt the sp ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Dlora rated it it was ok
I would have liked this book better had it been labeled as fiction rather than truth. So many things didn't ring true to me as I read it, although it was obvious the author/accounter knew his scriptures and prophecies. For instance, his lack of concern for his own family--wife, children, grandchildren at the time of the big earthquake in Salt Lake City seemed odd to me. That was repeated at the description of the second coming of Christ when everyone "dropped everything and ran. We didn't need t ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
Wow! I'm not often a 5 star kinda gal, but this book deserved it. I loved this book. I love the way it makes me love those around me more. I love that I feel MORE faith in Heavenly Father's plan, and less despair. Let me make a minor note. I have no idea if the things in this book are true or not. It could just be a nice story. However, the intensity of my desire to be a better person tells me - this is a good seed. Whether or not it is true, I believe it is good. Be ye warned... this book is in ...more
Jul 14, 2013 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
First of all, this book is written by an LDS man for an LDS (Mormon)audience. If you aren't LDS you won't understand a lot of what is being written. The religious terms, the beliefs, etc.

The book was absolutely fascinating. I couldn't put it down and read it in a couple of days. I would give it 5 stars for fascination and interest.

But here is the big BUT - I don't find it credible. There are too many things wrong with it.

1. If I experienced what this man says he has, I certainly would not shar
Wayne Hollingshead
Feb 05, 2013 Wayne Hollingshead rated it it was amazing
I don't understand how this book, with its content, is allowed to be read by mortals. It is like a pearl of great price, if you will, of vast information about spiritual things and future events. As I read this I kept thinking, why am I being allowed to know this? I walked away with a greater understanding of spiritual things and I know it has improved my life because of it.
Tim Malone
Jul 13, 2013 Tim Malone rated it it was amazing
Note added 6-11-13: Greg Smith has published a much more complete review on the FAIR website. And I thought I was being a little harsh in my review here. Well, it’s good to have multiple sources to make comparisons. I hope I made it clear that I got a lot of good from the book even though I had problems with it, which I delineate below. Let the spirit be your guide.

I had not intended to write this review, but could not resist because the impression to share was so strong. I had intended to revie
Dec 10, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
I have read many people's accounts of NDE's and dreams/visions, but this one tops them all. The author, John Pontius, has a blog called Unblog my Soul where he chronicled his meetings w/ 'Spencer' and the development of this book. Spencer kept his visions of the future secret for 3 decades (except telling his wife and close family,) and it wasn't until he met John that he felt God gave him permission to share his visions. It also took John's understanding of Spiritual things (he has written othe ...more
Mar 14, 2013 Adrianna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was a little skeptical going into this book, as most previous near-death experiences I've read have not settled well with me. However, I quickly found that this man's experiences during his deaths (yes, more than one) and his many visions in-between, closely aligned with what we, as LDS, know about the other side of the veil, angels, God, Christ, and the last days. I felt as if it were confirming and filling-in much of what I already believe about these things from scripture study and the Spir ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Mary rated it did not like it
Shelves: drama
I can understand this book's appeal to some. Who doesn't want to know exactly what the other side of the veil and the last days look like?

It is disturbing to read other reviews of this by people who feel this is a pearl of great price and who are in awe that God has allowed us mortals to have this information. Or one reviewer said they would read this often and use it as a guide. Do these people feel the same way about the scriptures? The words of our prophet and apostles? I shudder to think th
Feb 01, 2013 Laurie rated it it was amazing
When I was in high school, I read a book called "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". I thought the book was great. Inspirational even. But, an older gentleman told me that the book was awful; that it inspired rebellion, especially among teenagers. This was very puzzling to me.
The reason I say that, is that I think this book could be controversial too.
I love the book. I gave it five stars because I think it is inspirational and wonderful. It makes me want to be a better person. I don't know if everyone
Feb 20, 2013 Bethany rated it it was ok
This is a very interesting book about a man who has had different visions during 4 near death experiences in his lifetime. I thought the first half of the book was very I interesting and felt many of his ideas were possible. Having said that, I am now 70% through the book and don't feel like I can finish it. I have tried to just get through it and get it over with. But the 2nd half of the book had been almost uncomfortable to me. I don't feel like it is doctrinally sound, according to what I bel ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Mary rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I started this book but honestly everything about it was unsettling. After spending a day trying to decide if what I was feeling was the spirit or an anxiety attack I decided it didn't matter either way. I have the scriptures, personal revelation, and the words of the prophets. I think thinking too much about the end of the world is going to seriously effect the quality of the one I'm living now. I'm pretty sure thats not what God wants. I wouldn't recommend it.
Mar 09, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
i tried to not get hooked on this - especially because none of it can be "proven," but i couldn't help it. it's expanded my view of my life and the future. very thought provoking and even character improving.
Dec 29, 2013 Deanne rated it it was ok
I started out liking it. He had some interesting insights and perspectives. Then it got strange. I skimmed the second half because it was just too weird to waste my time and brain cells trying to understand it all. My gut reaction is that this is a work of fiction, based upon scripture, conjecture, and folklore about the second coming. Kind of a wanna-be, delusional attempt by the author to... to..., well, I don't know what he was trying to accomplish. His frequent references to his high up chur ...more
James Davis
Oct 18, 2013 James Davis rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
Before I read Visions of Glory I was warned about some issues and inconsistencies it contained with LDS doctrine. Keeping that in mind, and remembering Pontius' disclaimer to not take everything in the book literally- I was enthralled from beginning to end. If someone reads this book and reveres all of the details and specific events as truth it might cause me to cringe because I don't believe that they are all true (or are even meant to be portrayed as such). I also thought the contents of the ...more
May 09, 2014 Shauna rated it did not like it
I was intrigued by the idea of this book, however, I did not end up enjoying it. I have thought a lot about why it made me so uncomfortable when I read it, because I do fully believe in Jesus Christ, angels and Heavenly messengers, visions and healings and the like, but I had a very hard time reading this book. I think it comes down to the premise of the presentation. If these stories had been presented as just that: stories, ideas, speculation even, or better yet, couched in a tale of fantasy, ...more
Sep 13, 2013 Janis rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, own
Okay. I knew people had issues with this book before I read it and went into it with a grain of salt. Did I find it compelling? Oh, yes. I was enthralled with the descriptions and possibilities. Did I find it to be gospel truth? I took it as one man's interpretation without expecting the details to be accurate. Anyone in history who has had a vision interprets it from their time period's perspective. They describe it in terms others can understand. That doesn't mean that it will turn out to be e ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Catherine rated it did not like it
Wow, "Spencer" sure talks himself up for someone who is supposedly just a regular man. The initial NDE part of this book seemed like it could be true, but much of the rest of the book is sensational (in a bad way) and full of grandiosity despite the supposed humility of the visionary giving the account. Too much of what he shares seems like "pearls" which shouldn't be cast before the public eye in this way. I think this book with its current hype is the "Embraced By the Light" of this generation ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing
This book came recommended to me, although the person knew I was not a Near-Death-Experience reader. Even if nothing in this book is real, I will forever work harder to become closer to God. This book has changed me and I will never be the same again. (PS- I know from my own experiences much of what is written is true)

A book I think everyone should read. Having said that, a reader needs to (1) have an understanding of LDS beliefs, and (2) be able to keep all things in perspective. A reader could
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Jun 05, 2013 Erika B. (SOS BOOKS) rated it really liked it
4 ermergersh stars! You know that old saying, "If everybody was jumping off a cliff would you?!" My answer would apparently be a resounding yes along with a WOOO HOOO all the way down! Did you just see me cliff diving because kerrrrrr-splat I did! I work in a bookstore and on average in the last month I have had about 1-3 people per work shift ask for this book! That's a significant number peeps! So I hoped on the band wagon! I'm just a cute little curious cat of a soul! Early bird or second mou ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it
I have a hard time knowing what to write about this book. With it being based on a person's personal experience, you do have to weigh what you read and decide if and how it personally applies to you. A lot of people give me a look when I try to explain what the book was about and I know that they think I've gone off the deep end. Having said that, I certainly don't simply accept Spencer's experiences as church doctrine, and they don't claim to be in any way. There were moments when what I read j ...more
Hannah Crowther
Apr 17, 2015 Hannah Crowther rated it it was ok
The first part of the book was intriguing to me, as narratives of near death experiences often are. But once it got into last days events, I just felt I couldn't trust the account. Here are a few things that bothered me:

1) The anonymity of it all.
2) The association with his "apostle friend" and other members of church leadership, as if to establish credibility.
3) The sense that the author is "chosen" throughout all the events leading up to the second coming. Though the author may indeed be a
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