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

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27 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!

THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!! I've read several books on the subject of heaven - but Flight to Heaven is by far the best. "Flight to Heaven" is NOT just another book about heaven and the afterlife, you see. You will be taken on a journey - to heaven - and then back, but ...
THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!! I've read several books on the subject of heaven - but Flight to Heaven is by far the best. "Flight to Heaven" is NOT just another book about heaven and the afterlife, you see. You will be taken on a journey - to heaven - and then back, but this is NOT the whole story. Capt. Black has written a true, validated and believable story that is a page-turner PLUS a faith-builder. How Capt. Dale was permanently affected by the traumatic experience in heaven is profoundly inspirational! Careful not to commercialize his sacred experience, the author told only his grandfather - for almost 40 years. The author tried to "live" his experience rather than talk about it. And for 40 years that's just what he did. And wow! Can't wait to learn what happens next. I'm sure there will be more books from this author.

Flight to Heaven will not only hold your interest, it will inspire and encourage you too. Certain to become a best seller, I have recommended this book to my church as well as all my family. If you are curious to know what Heaven is like, read this book. If you are curious about near-death experiences, read this book. If you want to learn how to deepen your relationship with God, read this book! If you want to learn about how God can do the miraculous, read this book!

H. Mayer

posted by HeatherMayer on July 3, 2010

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On July 18, 1969, nineteen year-old Dale Black boarded a Piper Navajo along with the pilot and co-pilot. Shortly after taking off, they crashed into the Portal of the Folded Wings' dome in Los Alamitos, California.

On July 18, 1969, nineteen year-old Dale Black boarded a Piper Navajo along with the pilot and co-pilot. Shortly after taking off, they crashed into the Portal of the Folded Wings' dome in Los Alamitos, California. Both of the other men died shortly after impact but Dal...
On July 18, 1969, nineteen year-old Dale Black boarded a Piper Navajo along with the pilot and co-pilot. Shortly after taking off, they crashed into the Portal of the Folded Wings' dome in Los Alamitos, California. Both of the other men died shortly after impact but Dale survived. The doctors didn't think he'd pull through and during his year-long road to recovery he often wondered why he'd been spared when the others weren't. Dale's injuries were severe, including memory loss. Even today, his short term memory doesn't function. It wasn't until later that he began remembering things from that day. He remembers suddenly being in midair, looking at his body while doctors operate in the ER. He then traveled out of the hospital and found himself quickly speeding through a narrow pathway. He was escorted by two angels. "I was fast approaching a magnificent city, golden and gleaming among a myriad of resplendent colors. The light I saw was the purest I had ever seen. And the music was the most majestic, enchanting, and glorious I had ever heard." He describes the colors as being "alive" and light emanating from everything. At one point he encounters a group of people who he feels were there to greet him. "They came here for me. The looks on their faces, their excitement at seeing me, at welcoming me, was overwhelming. I felt so special, so loved. I had never felt such a deep sense of belonging. They radiated profound joy at seeing me. Everyone smiled, their eyes warm and kind; their hearts so filled with unconditional love that it spilled out of them onto me. No one was recognizable as an earthly acquaintance, but all seemed remarkably familiar. I didn't know these people, but somehow I knew they were my family - my spiritual family, my brothers, my sisters, spanning generations." He talks about feeling as though he was about to receive a gift and all of these people knew what it was. Before he could accept it, he was swept away.

This encounter with heaven has colored Dale's perspective every since. He had been told he'd never walk again but he refused to believe it. On the one year anniversary of the crash, he flew back over the Folded Wings' dome. He overcame setback after setback, stumping the doctor who couldn't understand why Dale would seemingly need surgery one day and then as he was about to operate, find out he didn't need it after all. It wasn't until a few years later that Dr. Graham would give his life to Christ, finally believing in the God who had remarkably healed Dale. He now is a missionary pilot, having been to fifty-one countries and flown over 1,000 mission trips.

This was an interesting read. I had thought there would be more than a chapter or two devoted to Dale's experience in heaven though his recovery consisted of miracle after miracle. The one moment that stood out to me was when he made his first anniversary flight and the dialogue between him and the tower:

Dale: "Burbank Tower, this is Cherokee 37 November. One year ago today a Piper Navajo crashed into the air memorial Portal of the Folded Wings, just south of the airport. Two pilots were killed. I alone survived. I dedicate this anniversary flight to the glory of God."
Tower: "37 November, two of us were on duty that day.we didn't think anyone survived.37 November, we're glad you made it! Congratulations!"
Following his landing, the Tower had one more thing to say, "37 November, Burbank Tower. A very.big.congratulations to you.from all of us."

posted by snidbits on July 26, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Amazing

    If u like this book, youll probably like heaven is for real, or 90 minutes in heaven.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    Very inspirational

    Tuesday, May 22 - 01:16 - 41,000 feet
    Somewhere over Zambia, Africa

    "All passengers and crew will be dead in twenty seven minutes if something drastic doesn't change. And I will be responsible."


    So begins the story of Capt Dale Black, an airplane pilot who has just found himself in the midst of a dire situation. His story is a chilling account of his traumatic accident and near death experience but it is also an uplifting story about his miraculous recovery, his glimpse of heaven and his message about God's love for us.

    For what it's worth, the book is very inspirational and would prove very useful to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one or someone who has undergone similar traumatic experiences. The main themes raised were that of Faith and Spirituality, reconnecting with God and questions about Heaven. The book is filled with great passages from the bible that serve to cement Paul's personal spiritual experiences that he makes along the way. After his accident, Paul also begins to spread the word of God and so the reader is exposed to this in the book.

    Additionally, it's hard to believe that a biography can read so much like fiction at times but this is exactly how some portions of the book was dealt with. The author wrote the book in third person which I thought was odd for a book that was meant (and which would probably make more sense) in first person narration. Paul was very candid and vivid with his descriptions throughout the entire book and where that seemed insufficient; pictures were used to further solidify the image that the reader should generate in their minds. Yet some of his writing felt a bit out of place and didn't really translate very well when being read. At times I found myself questioning some of the things that he raised in the book.

    On a lighter note I did enjoy the story being told in the format of a flash back; it begins with his present flight over Zambia and then to create some background, goes on to talk about his devastating accident when he was younger. It brought the reader full circle to a completely changed man. I also really appreciated the author sharing his glimpse of heaven with the readers. It's not really fair to judge or critique his description since I have not had the opportunity to be in a near death situation. However, if that is how heaven is going to look like, then I guess we have a lot to look forward to in the afterlife.

    All and all, spiritual readers and those of us who are looking to reconnect with god will enjoy this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Captain Black is a retired pilot who went through a near death

    Captain Black is a retired pilot who went through a near death experience when he was in training to become a pilot at the age of 19. Being the only survivor of an unsurvivable accident, Black suffered from many horrific injuries in which doctors believed would change his life forever- for the fact that he wouldn’t be able to do the things he once did due to the injuries. But what really changed his life forever was his out of body experiences that he almost always had during the process of his healing. While Black was in a coma for some time, he literally took a trip to heaven; which changed his life forever. He had forgotten what had happened to him during the coma but once he remembered he began to tell his mentor- who had told Black not to tell the world of his sacred experience as it would lose its value. Instead Black goes on to inspiring thousands of people by sharing his story- not by telling details of his visit in heaven but sharing his faith and how to appreciate more. He never fully shared his story until he felt he connected with God well enough to share the story in which God would want him to share the out of body experience. He never actually told the full story to anyone for about 30-40 years because he never felt it was the right time to share. His wife was unaware of his story still but she knew that something had changed him forever- for the better and the way she viewed him newly living his life in a positive way. While Dale was still healing from his injuries, he constantly questioned who had God in their life and who needed Him. He had many times where people would be going through rough times and he would take the time to go and discuss and help those to accept Jesus into their life. He would be amazed at what he could do to change others lives as all he wanted was to help everyone to be accepted in Heaven for eternity. Black went on to become an airline pilot to go onto mission trips, as he would share his story with many to inspire and fill them with faith. His journey opened his eyes for the better, as he now had compassion for people and their small successes on helping others. -K Coleman
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  • Posted February 9, 2014

    recommended

    A very interesting book,,,
    Anything is possible with God- so- this experience was a sign from God.
    I believe it to be true- that He honestly experienced this,,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    It was a quite flight, reading this book!

    I usually don't leave any reviews on any of the books I read, but it's so helpful when deciding what book to read next. Personally, I really enjoyed reading this book. It's my first book I read about the experience of someone facing death, but having the privilege of seeing the glory of God. This book stimulated more my faith to believe in the God of the Supernatural, and have touch my heart to keeping in continuosly seeking His kingdom and presence. If you are looking for a miracle, a closer relationship with God, healing in both body and soul, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Good

    Amazing story of recovery and faith

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Great book

    This book kept your interest to the end a must read book

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Superb Read!

    Although I would have loved more insight into his Heavenly visit, this book is still an exciting, can't-put-it-down book. Dale Black shares his journey from a lukewarm Christian to a On-fire Spirit filled man of God in a way that makes you feel you are there taking the walk with him. Loved this book. I was so deep into this story that I hated for it to end. Do yourself and favor and read "Flight to Heaven". It is the reminder we all need that God is still in the business of miracles!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2010

    Very compelling story!

    Captain Dale's story of survival, love, faith and healing has touched my heart as I'm sure it will for multitudes of others. Anyone who is curious about near death experiences - what a glimpse of the 'other side' might be like - must read this book.

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