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Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash...a Lone Survivor...a Journey to Heaven--And Back

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,567 ratings  ·  280 reviews
Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash...A Lone Survivor...A Journey to Heaven--and Back

Flight To Heaven is a beautifully written and amazing account of life, death - and life again. In the early days of his flying career, Capt. Dale Black was a passenger in a horrific airplane crash which some have called the most ironic in aviation history. He was the only survivor. In the grue
Paperback, 187 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Joey R.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
3.0 Stars— Sometimes a non-fiction book is well written and interesting but because of “false advertising” you can’t recommend it. This is that book. “Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash...A Lone Survivor... A Journey to Heaven and Back” by Dale Black tells the life story of Dale, and how he was able to survive a horrible plane crash in his early 20s. The book primarily details how Dale’s medical recovery from these horrific injuries paralleled with his spiritual journey of becoming closer to God. T ...more
Back again with my yearly guilty pleasure of reading a book about people who have out of body experiences and have had visits to heaven. I'm not sure what my obsession stems from. Insurance that heaven and God are real? A morbid fascination with death and dying? I have no idea what keeps fueling this, but I do enjoy hearing first hand accounts of people who have had these experiences. If there is a Dateline or 60 Minutes on this my DVR is set. I am struck by the similarities that are described b ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dale Black was 19 and probably pretty arrogant when he got his pilot's license. He'd just been kicked out of college and didn't really care. He hopped into an airplane with two other pilots who had more experience and was ushered to the back seat, mere inches from the pilots. Minutes later, the acting pilot took off without gaining proper air speed. The airplane began losing altitude and, ironically, smashed into a memorial structure built to honor pilots who had previously died called "Portal o ...more
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I was fifteen, six friends and relatives abruptly passed away during a nine month time period. Their sudden passing left me shaken, feeling like my world as I knew it had tilted, and wondering what it was like for my loved ones now. My grief and questioning led me to a deeper faith in God through Jesus Christ.

I have remained very curious about what we have in store for us when we leave this life, and what it is like for my friends and relatives. I have read the descriptions of Heaven in t
E. H. Nathasia
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 In the book “Flight To Heaven”, the writer shares his experience being the only survivor in a twin-engine corporate aircraft crash on a beautiful Southern California morning.

Captain Dale Black said that the decision to get on that airplane would almost be the most life-changing decisions of his life.

Why almost?
Because of the crash, he has found God.

This book is an accident buy, I was testing the Google Playbook apps because of the 90% discount I received. And poof, it's downloaded to m
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Captain Black is a retired pilot who was the only survivor of an "unsurvivable" plane crash when he was a young man. He sustained horrific injuries that were expected to cripple him for life, but he was determined to fly again. He had the faith to ask for healing and believe he would receive it, faith that came from an incredible thing he experienced after the accident.

While he was in a coma, Dale Black went to Heaven. What he saw, heard and felt there changed his life. He talks about angels, mu
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dominique by: Bethany Publishing
If you read one book this year, let it be this one! As someone who has lived with a chronic illness for over 20+ years, and have had my own visit to heaven, this book spoke to me in a powerful and impacting way. Black says, “I didn’t have strength for the whole journey, just enough for the next step.”

That one statement summed up what I have learned after walking out my journey with a chronic illness all these years.

Black open’s his testimony in the middle of a major plane crisis in which the
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual, hoopla
The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary)
Extraordinary spiritual, fight for life story. The life after death experience is detailed but is secondary to the religious belief and healing aspect.
Lee Price
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lee by: Friend
I was given an advance copy of Flight to Heaven by a friend, having read no less than fifty books about life after death, heaven and NDE (near death experiences). Without doubt Flight to Heaven by Capt. Dale Black is the most comprehensive description of heaven I’ve ever read. The book kept me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover but the concepts regarding heaven were a little deep for me at first. The story was very credible, even to my critical mind, but as such, I was not able to fully ...more
Stephen Beecroft
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is not "litt-ra-chaw"; it is a testimonial. As such, I approach it differently from fiction or even from other non-fiction. While I expect such a book to conform to minimal standards of literacy, such as complete sentences and reasonable fluidity, my main criterion is how the book moved me. Was it believable? Did I learn anything important and/or new? Did I gain insight?

As a Christian (Latter-day Saint), I am somewhat predisposed to look sympathetically on NDE stories, and I had heard
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars.

I expected the book to be more focused on the journey to Heaven, but the book was mostly about the plane crash and the survivor's recovery. I did like the parts where the survivor put his faith in God to heal him when modern medicine could not. But preachy Bible verses and attempts to convert people to believing in Jesus Christ by asking them if they knew Jesus seemed awkward and forced.
Karen & Gerard
I never read a book like this before. It is Captain Black’s true story about his Flight to Heaven—a plane crash…a lone survivor…A Journey To Heaven—And Back. At age 19, he was the lone survivor in a plane crash. His body was wrecked and he was in a coma for three days, during which time he experienced a bit of heaven. His story is both interesting and amazing! The book takes the reader through his spiritual journey as well as his physical one of making a recovery to fly again just a year after h ...more
Margaret Douglas
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
More than one book referencing an 'out of body' experience appeared to dominate my view of the smallest rack in a garage convenience store as I was travelling out of the hot Arizona desert to enjoy cooler climes. Why I chose this one is somewhat of a mystery because although I was familiar with the other titles, I had not read any of them. On reflection I am so very glad I chose Flight to Heaven. Faced with what appears to be an insurmountable task of overcoming horrendous injuries when Capt. Bl ...more
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I was a little apprehensive about this book when I first started reading, as I always am with books about near-death experiences involving trips to or visions of heaven, hell, and everywhere in between. I had previously read 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper, which I wasn’t thrilled with. In addition to the weak writing, I was disappointed to read Tim Challies’ review at Discerning Reader which denounced the book as theologically incorrect. (I’m no theologian, but I think it’s important to exerc ...more
Cheri Swalwell
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading A Flight to Heaven by Captain Dale Black. This wasn’t your typical
“heavenly experience” book. I love reading those books too - about people who have died and gone to Heaven and then been brought back to life, which is why I read this book to begin with, but this one was so much more.
I love how the majority of the book focused on Captain Black’s life both before and after the crash. I love how he took us through his spiritual experiences and how his heavenly experience c
Sian Barry
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This book restored a lot of my faith in God. Due to, what seems never ending obstacles in my life over the past few years, my faith in God has been shaken, but through reading Dale's beautiful story, and incredible description of heaven, I feel a lot closer to God than I have in a while.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really appreciate how Dale was able to find and then share his love for Jesus Christ. Even though his expressions are different from mine, his life is an inspiring tribute to his Savior. The book is uplifting and heartwarming.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry to say that I approached this book with an open mind and heart but it felt like this authors relentless assault on logic and reasoning of a non-Christian readers belief in how God influences events in the world makes it impossible to be worth the while.

His primary attention seems to be in simply explaining a big event like a plane crash and everything after that as some sort of manifestation of God's master plan from a Christian perspective. The title has little to do with the bulk conten
Most of these 'been to heaven and back' should in actuality be entitled: my brush with death and how i got well again. As that, the story was well-told and interesting.

But it's not. It's 'a journey to heaven and back.' Not much of the story is about his heavenly visit. And this trip to heaven was mostly something about seeing colourful lights and a bright city with a gate- not sure why God needs gates around his city. And then his very christian testimony fills the rest of the book.

But nowher
Dave Wheeler
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A life and life returned situation

Not sure how many times i hear people at well no one's been to the otherside and returned, and on the other hand how many books there are by people who have. I have read a few of those books some well may be more novels than really a heavy night before, but some like this one that seem far too real to discount, maybe the others are real it's not fair to judge others. This account is one of the best i have read not only do we hear (or read) of Dales experience bu
Vic Zarley
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captain Dale Black is revealingly transparent in writing this account of his life before and after the horrific plane crash that catapulted him to heaven for a short stay. Other reviewers were disappointed that he dwelt on the heaven experience for only a few pages but not my wife and me. We were absolutely enthralled with observing the Hand of God transform the captain's selfish life into one of service and sacrifice for God. I love the serendipitous workings of God, the "chance" meetings that ...more
Curtis Russell
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read! Life changing message and story!

Few books, outside of the Bible have made such an impact on me. Captain Black's journey from a driven youth with a pilots dream to tragedy and a rediscovered and greatly strengthened faith in the God of the Impossible, will humble and encorage you as it did me. This book will encorage the believer to a closer walk with and trust in God through faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.For the unbeliever, to trust Jesus without delay.
Marta Stojanova
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A personal story of a pilot’s journey to God

It is difficult to credibly share stories of heaven. Dale Black makes a good attempt. Although like his grandfather warned him, the sacred doesn’t always translate well on paper. Only when you breathe life into it. And he is right thus the 4 stars.

This is ultimately a personal journal and story, if you will. If you expect a more “scientific” approach, there are other books, such as Journey of Souls. However, I do think it requires the reader to alread
Joe Bertone
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Dale Black is not a professional writer and the prose and flow reflects that. But, in a book with the purpose of revealing a vision of heaven I am looking for two essentials. One, I want to sense a tone of sincerity and authenticity. Mr. Black seems very sincere (particularly in the audio version). Second, I want to know that the reason f9r writing the account this not for monetary gain. Once again, I think Mr. Black is without guile of any kind. So, I’m left with an incredible conclusion: this ...more
Romy P. Arcilla
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks for sharing

This is a good book to read. The vivid details of heaven as Dale described them are so inspiring that my commitment to God became more intense. His experiences and the pain he had undergone are indeed unbelievable but his desire to share the love of God is indeed so commendable. Please read his book for you to be challenged in sharing the gift of life that God has blessed you with. Thanks once again Me Black for sharing your wonderful encounter with God. Praise be to His Name.
Maureen E
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Interesting book about one man's journey with the Lord.

I read with horror the chapters describing Dale's plane crash and resulting recovery and operations. I was amazed by his detailed, yet inadequate description of his visit to Heaven. What truly impressed me was how Dale's life focus changed from what was all about him to what God wanted from him. A true Born Again experience I was glad to have read.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Difficult to rate someone's heartfelt memoir. (audiobook is read by the author and you can hear the emotion in his voice). The author is in a serious plane crash as a young man. He has a near death experience /visit to heaven that transforms his life. He has an interesting life but the audiobook gets off to really slow start. At times the storytelling is repetitive and it feels like this whole thing could have been told adequately in a condensed version.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Glory to God Almighty, to Jesus Christ our Lord, Who gifted Capt Dale Black with a glimpse and experience of His presence, people, and the Home He has prepared for those who believe in Jesus Christ. I was greatly moved and encouraged by this testimony of persistence in following Jesus and living a life in Him no matter what. The experience of heaven is beautiful. I highly recommend this book.
Charlotte K. Lowrie
Engaging and Inspiring

This is one of the best Christian books I’ve read. Not only does Cpt. Black provide the horrible circumstances of the plane crash that led to his visit to heaven, but he shares the incredible insights he gained from his experiences. I learned as much about how a God loves as the importance of sharing my faith with others. I will read this book more than once. Highly recommended.
Sharon Zink
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book is disappointing if you are wanting to read about heaven. It is mostly about the author's plane crash and its aftermath. When he went to heaven, he writes almost altogether about love and light and music and colors. He didn't even see Jesus or anyone he specifically recognized. And the ending was way too long.
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