Julie isn't going to write any more books about her experience. Her 2 books aren't meant to be works of scholarship, they are simply meant to testifyJulie isn't going to write any more books about her experience. Her 2 books aren't meant to be works of scholarship, they are simply meant to testify of Christ and tell what to expect and how to prepare for his coming.
There is new information in this book, and it is worth the read. It was published to answer questions that came up due to her first book. Many of the answers in this one are, "I'm not allowed to say," "I don't know," or "that's a great question for you to pray about and get an answer yourself." I think it's meant to be that way; a strong message that Julie isn't to be followed around like a celebrity. She has said what she is allowed to say and if you have a question, pray about it.
I can sum up both books like this:
Trust. in. the. Lord. DON'T miss a broadcast on a Sunday evening from the Prophet. Follow the prophet. Get at least a year supply of food, more if possible, because 7 years would be great. Get warm clothing. Get a 4 season tent. Get a water purifier. Get a tent stove. LOVE camping. (That's a hard one for me) Expect miracles. Every kind of miracle from the scriptures and more. Those are the survival basics.
I don't have a problem with getting information about how to spiritually and temporally prepare for the coming of Christ from people who have had NDE, dreams and visions. Use the spirit to know which are valid and of worth. The scriptures say that in the latter days people will dream dreams and have visions. The events of this book have been prophesied about in the scriptures and from modern day prophets. Many of those quotes are in this second book. The detailed coming events described in these two books can't come to us over the pulpit, it just can't. Think about it.
I've read 4 NDE books that describe the same events. I've read dozens of dreams and visions about different aspects or parts of what these NDE books describe. If I've read of that many, there must be thousands of accounts of such experiences. The Lord is merciful and is getting the message of what we need to physically (and spiritually) prepare for His coming out to people.
I pray God will be with us and that we waste no time becoming a Zion people. ...more
I listened to the audio as I inadvertently reserved it at the library.
It is unfortunate that the top review of this book is from an agnostic, it deseI listened to the audio as I inadvertently reserved it at the library.
It is unfortunate that the top review of this book is from an agnostic, it deserves better treatment than that.
I usually don't seek out NDE books, but enjoy them when I do. The writing wasn't great, but I don't expect a whole lot from non-fiction stories like this. They usually aren't out for awards or fame. Well, there was that one...
The morning after I miscarried, I was laying in bed thumbing through Facebook on my phone. A post from The Blaze caught my eye and I tapped it. It was a link to a report about a movie being made of this story. What got my attention was that during a near death experience, this 3 yr old boy learned that his mom miscarried a pregnancy before he was born and he meet his sister in "heaven."
My church (LDS) has no official statement on what happens to the spirits of miscarried babies. Do they try again to come down to the same family, do they go to another family or did they get the earthy body they needed and that was good enough for them? Stillborns get to be added to family group sheets and given a name, but nothing is said if the miscarried baby is now considered part of the forever family.
I think, and still do, that we probably haven't had any official guidance because it is completely arbitrary. All of the above can happen and much of the time, there isn't really a definitive manifestation of which path was chosen. Though I have heard several stories of answered prayers as to what happened.
So what struck me was that it is possible for a miscarried baby/spirit to be counted as part of the family unit. This boy was in "heaven" (to us it is paradise, a waiting place, as judgement day and consequent rewards haven't happened yet) and he meet a girl who called herself his sister and a part of his family. Yes, I know this is based on someone else's experience, but I still can't count it out. This family doesn't even believe in forever families, we're the only one that believes that the family unit can extend beyond the grave. They don't even see the significance of this girl calling herself their daughter, though they are excited to beat each other to the grave so they can be the first to name her.
This is significant to me as I had a pretty incredible experience that told me we were supposed to have anther child and I'm pretty sure he was/is a he. This story might be an answer to a prayer that had not yet been conceived.
I was impressed that after Colten related an experience, that his dad could recall right where the supporting scripture was. Good job knowing your scriptures!
I don't agree that all angels/spirits/dead people have wings. I believe that it is entirely possible that that is they way he was shown things so he could process it. He could have seen auras or billowing robes.
One last significant experience that I think this family totally missed is the nature of the Godhead. Colten saw three separate beings. He sat on the physical lap of Jesus. He saw three separate chairs with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost in them. Therefore the traditional, man-made, irrational, Christian definition of the Trinity was debunked by a 3 yr old. Or at least those that believe in his experience.
Some of this book was a repeat from what is said in Led By the Hand of Christ. So while I loved the additional information on what she saw of the founSome of this book was a repeat from what is said in Led By the Hand of Christ. So while I loved the additional information on what she saw of the founders lives, the chapter that moved me the most was Joan of Arc's. We've read aloud Mark Twain's biography of her and loved it, and this made her all the more admirable. I accused Twain of going a tad overboard on his description of her goodness, but I'm not far behind him. It wasn't as inspiring as I hoped it would be, but maybe that was due to my "check that book off my list now" rushed reading. ...more
I could hardly stand how this book was written. What took 4 pages to say could have been said in a single paragraph. I prefer this genre to be simplyI could hardly stand how this book was written. What took 4 pages to say could have been said in a single paragraph. I prefer this genre to be simply stated without all the flowery stuff, it gives it a fiction feel. Suzanne had someone else write it for her and I think it would have been much better if she wrote it. However, I did not rate the book based on the quality of writing. ...more
I read this a few pages at a time, even though it should have been a relatively quick read. I had a lot going on and not a lot of time for personal reI read this a few pages at a time, even though it should have been a relatively quick read. I had a lot going on and not a lot of time for personal reading. Excellent paradigm changer, like all his and Arbingers books. All are must reads to get through life as emotionally and spiritually healthy as possible. I was reminded of a few paradigm changes that didn't stick, and introduced to a few more. ...more