Savannah Watkins is haunted by a dream of losing her family in a tragic car accident, which causes her to vacillate between two lives—before and after the car accident. As she struggles between realities, Jesus Christ suddenly appears to offer her unorthodox guidance. He accompanies her to the grocery store and for walks on the beach while answering some of life’s toughest questions.
“Dreams of Heaven” takes you on a fantastical journey with Jesus, who leads the way through an alternate interpretation of his ancient teachings and applies them to one of our worst nightmares—being separate from the ones we love.
“It is one of those gems of spiritual literature that becomes a permanent fixture in our lives...heartfelt and deeply moving.” —Hal Zina Bennett, Ph.D., Best-selling Spiritual Author
ELIZABETH M. HERRERA is a shamanic healer and author of life-changing books. Her stories encourage people to stretch outside their comfort zones and reexamine their own beliefs.
She inherited her rebellious spirit from her father who was raised by his grandfather—a full-blooded Apache who smuggled sugar and flour from Mexico into Texas, exchanged gunfire with Texas Rangers and crossed paths with Pancho Villa.
Elizabeth was raised in a Christian home, but lost her faith in her early twenties. For over a decade, she searched for something to fill the void, eventually discovering Native American spirituality (shamanism). Through this spiritual practice, she unexpectedly became a catalyst for healing and miracles. These events led her back to a belief in a higher power.
Always drawn to the spiritual side of life, Elizabeth began her shamanic path in Michigan where she learned to shamanic journey with Stephanie Tighe (a certified Sandra Ingerman instructor). Elizabeth continued her studies through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies for shamanic journeying, soul retrieval, and death and dying (psychopomp), but her major source of learning has been from her spirit guides, who offer limitless guidance and lessons on living a more spiritual life. To learn more, visit her healing website at ShamanElizabeth.com.
Elizabeth is the author of Shaman Stone Soup (Memoir, Spirituality), and Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators (Contemporary Fantasy), Dreams of Heaven (Spiritual Fiction), and Of Stars and Clay (Science Fiction & Fantasy).
Dreams Of Heaven by Elizabeth Herrera is an absolutely beautiful Christian fantasy novel, that really 'spoke' to my heart. The novel has Jesus at the centre. He is always with us. There is nothing in this life (or death) that we ever have to face without Him. He will always support us, carry us and love us. He is the embodiment of love. The love just radiates from the story. The love of a mother for her family and her love for Jesus. This love extends to the reader. I felt myself awash with love and with peace. Dreams Of Heaven is simply beautiful. It will soothe your soul. It will speak to your heart. It will fill you with hope. In its simplicity, Dreams Of Heaven penetrates your very being. I loved it. Refresh your life and read Dreams Of Heaven today. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Dreamtime is a time of healing, but sometimes our dreams can haunt us. This is the case for Savannah Watkins – she dreams of losing her husband and children in a horrific car accident. She, however, survives. Or does she? As she struggles with the two realities, Jesus Christ appears to her. Not only to her, but to her entire family! Her children are excited to be talking to Jesus – her husband does not want to believe that Jesus is right in front of him. It bothers him to the extent that he keeps fainting whenever Jesus appears.
This book is written in a very pleasing format – alternating between one reality and the other, and bringing in other family members, and pets. Jesus sits and chats with Savannah about all sorts of things. He walks with her on the beach, and he takes an incredible trip through a grocery store with her!
Savannah is on very much a fantasy journey with Jesus, as he tries to get her to understand who she is in relation to God (indeed, who we all are!), and what powers she actually has. Savannah asks questions about life, and Jesus answers them – in his own manner. What he actually wants is for Savannah to come to her own answers.
As Savannah comes to know herself better, she begins to feel the love emanating from spirit, the love that we are capable of gifting to each other. She see that love emanating from herself, her husband, and her children. It fills her with peace and joy. Knowing this, she makes the decision on which reality is hers. No spoilers – I won’t tell you what she decides!
It is interesting to note that the inspiration for Dreams of Heaven came from a vivid dream that Herrera had. In the dream, Jesus Christ appeared, and showed her four scenes. This became the foundation for this book. Jesus acts as a guide in one of the most wonderful stories that I have ever read.
Beautifully written story that a gone , no matter your faith should read, Savannah has a talk with Jesus when she has a nightmare ,turned to reality ,Jesus helps her through her fear and leaves the reader feeling peace,with the unknown.
I received this book via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. It was ok.
As can be read in the synopsis, the main character is a woman who loses her family in a car accident. It shifts back and forth between before the accident when she had nightmare premonitions about it, and after the accident when she is in rehab. Jesus visits her to help her through. The synopsis stated that Jesus answers some of life's toughest questions and offers the woman unorthodox guidance. That was what grabbed my attention and made me want to read the book, but, honestly, I was disappointed. I dislike leaving less-than-glowing reviews, but since I received it via First Reads, I felt an obligation to write my thoughts. Some people might enjoy this book, but it wasn't for me.
*Spoilers to follow*
When Jesus first appeared, the woman's husband fainted at the sight of the Son of God like three times. I thought once was an over-the-top reaction, but multiple bouts of losing consciousness? It seemed absurd, and it was equally ridiculous when Jesus decided to hide himself from view from the husband due to his lack of belief, while allowing himself to be seen by the rest of the family, leaving his roasting marshmallow over a fire floating in thin air. I also thought it was absurd that the woman's father had a heart attack at the hospital after learning about the news of his daughter's accident and loss of his grandchildren and that the woman's sister had a panic attack and needed hospitalized. It seemed overly-dramatic and distracted from the story. Usually when I read a book, I'm completely immersed, much like when watching a good movie. But with this book, I kept getting jarred out of storyline, and I'm not sure why...perhaps it was its sheer unbelievability.
Something else that bothered me was when a child went missing, Jesus told the woman to think about the boy, tune in to divine or cosmic energy or something like that, and that she could do all the things and more that Jesus had done in the Bible. In this case, she focused and had a vision of what happened to the kid, how he got lost, and how he was hiding in the basement. It was a bit much for me, although I suppose it makes sense from a shamanistic perspective of the world. I'm not a shaman, so I don't know for sure. It was just too incredible and reminded me of the whole Law of Attraction stuff.
Jesus was full of love and spoke in what seemed like riddles to the main character, but I guess they were supposed to be great spiritual truths. The Jesus in this story was somewhat different from the Jesus that I grew up learning about, but the unconditional love was the same. He was not judgmental. Unfortunately, every time the woman's son would exclaim, "Jesus!" in greeting, it reminded me of the Family Guy episodes when they'd speak to Jesus. Thinking about Family Guy while reading a spiritual book was obviously less-than-ideal.
The ending was sufficient and somewhat satisfying based on how it led up to the end. On the whole, it was a very sad story. I felt kind of down when I finished. I had hoped to feel thoughtful and introspective, and also learn some unique perspectives on life. My expectations were not met. I actually went back to reading romance novel to put myself into a better mood before bed.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I just finished reading this one. It's a very quick read. But, now I feel like I'm going to need to take some time to process it. It's both beautiful and heart-wrenching. It makes you feel and leaves you thinking.
I won this book in a giveaway. This is not something I would typically buy; however, I did enjoy the story. It was not a long book so it's an easy read for an afternoon you feel like curling up with a book that will make you cry and make you think. It was difficult not to cry at certain parts because the author made it very easy to understand the mindsets of each of the characters. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Christian Literature or just likes a story that focuses more on characters than on plot. I prefer character development to plot every time. I gave it three stars because while it moved me it wasn't a story that a felt a burning desire that I needed to finish it right this second which is what I save four and five stars for.