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Gaze Into Heaven: Near-Death Experiences in Early Church History by Marlene Bateman Sullivan

What is life beyond the veil? Many authors have recounted their near-death experiences in modern memoirs, but such experiences are not limited to this day and age. Gaze Into Heaven is a collection of stories from the early Saints who also had a glimpse into heaven.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462111275
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,283,631
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marlene Bateman Sullivan has collected accounts dating back to the 1800s of what Saints saw as the veil was momentarily lifted from their eyes. These stories are filled with insight and inspiration and are accompanied by scriptures, perceptive commentary, and quotes from latter-day prophets and other Church leaders. After reading this book you will never be able to think of life, or death, in the same way again.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction-If You Could Gaze into Heaven 1

Chapter 1 What Happens First During a Near-Death Experience 11

See Lifeless Mortal Body 11

Pain Is Gone 15

Met by a Spiritual Guide 19

Chapter 2 Arrival in the Spirit World 23

Life Continues, Feeling Natural and Real 24

Same Person as Before Death 26

Feel Joy, Peace, Love, and Happiness 30

Have a Review of Life 31

Chapter 3 Meet with Loved Ones 35

See Jesus, Joseph Smith, or Other Prophets and Leaders 38

Chapter 4 Light in the Spirit World 47

Light Around Spiritual Personages 49

Chapter 5 Attributes of the Spirit Body 53

Spirits Are Composed of Pure, Refined Matter 53

The Spirit Body Looks like the Physical Body 53

Vision Is Increased 54

Able to Move Quickly and Effortlessly 56

Resurrected Personages 60

Chapter 6 Mental Characteristics of the Spirit Body 69

Mental Faculties Are Quickened 69

Able to Read Thoughts 72

Memory Is Restored 74

Chapter 7 General Appearance of the Spirit World 79

Trees, Flowers, Rivers, and Lakes 81

Animals, Fish, and Birds 83

Chapter 8 Cities in the Spirit World 87

Buildings 91

Chapter 9 Other Aspects of the Spirit World 97

Time is Different 97

Music 102

Clothing 108

Chapter 10 People in the Spirit World Are Active and Busy 111

'Earthly' Activities in the Spirit World 113

Chapter 11 The Restoration of the Gospel 125

Chapter 12 The Gospel Is Taught in the Spirit World 129

Some Mortals Are Called to the Spirit World to Teach 134

The Gospel Is Taught to Those in Prison 136

Chapter 13 Agency and Repentance 139

Chapter 14 There Are Different Spheres in the Spirit World 143

Children Are Saved in the Celestial Kingdom 146

Chapter 15 The Spirit World Is Organized and Is Governed by the Priesthood 151

Requests Made to Priesthood Authorities 154

Chapter 16 The Importance of Ordinance Work 157

Ancestors Are Anxious to Have Ordinance Work Done 160

Chapter 17 Those in the Spirit World Ask What People on Earth Are Doing 165

Chapter 18 See Someone They Didn't Know Was Dead 175

Discover That a Mortal Is Going to Die Soon 176

Chapter 19 Message Is Given 181

Tell Loved Ones to Stop Grieving 183

Chapter 20 Given Choice to Stay or Return to Mortality 187

Told They Must Return 191

Chapter 21 Coming Back to Mortality 195

Return Occurs Because of Prayer or a Priesthood Blessing 195

Physical Sensations Upon Re-entering Physical Body 199

Don't Want To Return-Body Appears Loathsome 201

Chapter 22 How People Were Affected by Their Near-Death Experiences 205

Chapter 23 Comparing Modern-Day and Early Church Near-Death Experiences 209

Chapter 24 What Can Be Learned by Gazing Into Heaven 213

Chapter 25 Near-Death Experiences Are of Great Worth 219

Appendix 1 Common Elements in LDS Near-Death Experiences with a List of Corresponding Accounts 225

Appendix 2 Index of Names 249

About the Author 255

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Gaze Into Heaven: Near-Death Experiences in Early Church History 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Kelly7 More than 1 year ago
Gaze into Heaven is a fantastic book for anyone interested in the Spirit World or the life beyond. I admit I have a vested interest in this book, as my wife wrote it. But even if she weren't twisting my arm (I'm kidding) I would have to say this is a great book. I know how hard Marlene worked to research these experiences. She's been as meticulous in her research with Gaze into Heaven as she was with her previous six non-fiction LDS books. These experiences are amazing and gave a clear idea of what happens when we die. I especially liked the quotes from Church leaders, which helped explain a lot of things. This book increased my faith and testimony and I found it hard to put down--I wanted to keep reading just one more account, and then another. It's a great book and I recommend it highly. (Okay honey, you can let go of my arm now . . .)
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
GAZE INTO HEAVEN was a book filled with actual accounts from people who have experienced near-death experiences. The book was written from a LDS church perspective. While I personally do not belong to that faith, I found the book very interesting. I enjoyed reading the accounts from people who have had these experiences. Recommended for anyone interested in the subject. Rating: 5 No heat rating Reviewed By: Rae My Book Addiction And More
DianeStringamTolley More than 1 year ago
I love stories from people who have 'died' and come back to tell about their experiences. Okay, I'm just quirky that way. I just finished reading Gaze Into Heaven. It is the best of this genre. Never has a book been so interesting and yet filled me with such hope and quiet reassurance. Each of the stories have been extensively researched and most come from actual diaries and journals of the people who experienced them, with other footnotes from family members who witnessed the retelling and thus shared in the experiences. Categorized according to theme, 'buildings', 'music', 'activities' and many, many more, and with scriptural references to add weight and plausibility to the stories, it is compelling, riveting reading and I enjoyed every. Single. Word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the read, I have gained a stronger knowledge of what awaits us. I have always had a belief of a life after death and that they are closer than we think, however this book made me ponder much. With the passing of my husband it has helped me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could give this book no stars I would!! BORING!!
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
Gaze Into Heaven is a fascinating easy read. I do love reading about “out of body” or “I died and went to Heaven” books, just something of “out of the ordinary” that I like about them. I love reading about the differences and yet the underlying similarities in the different experiences. I guess we all have asked ourselves what happens when we pass, and this book gives you insight on just that! If you ever asked yourself questions, then I would suggest this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago