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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth...Review

About the book:
This book is a remarkable collection of accounts of families who have had the opportunity to meet the souls of their sons and daughters before they were born. Read about the vivid memories of life in heaven by young children, and dramatic stories of prayers answered by guardian angels who watch over us. Discover:

* A letter from a mother to her son, whom she gave up for adoption, telling him of the dream that guided her through that painful decision.
* A kidnapped child who survived her ordeal by the guiding hand of the baby sister who would be born years later.
* A little boy's memory of being brought to earth by his grandfather--a man he never knew.
* A woman's vision of a child in a garden, and the powerful certainty that he was her son, waiting his turn to come into this world.

Sarah Hinze's own personal pre-birth experiences complete this inspiring collection, which radiates a universal sense of peace, joy, and hope that touches us all.


The concept of "near-death experiences" is not a new one.  There are many, many resources and studies available that document these experiences. Sarah Hinze has collected many stories similar to near death experiences, but they are ones she calls, "pre-birth experiences".  The stories she shares include those of children who have memories of living in Heaven and parents who have received visits from children yet unborn

I think my favorite parts were the foreward and author's notes.  The foreword was written by a man who has spent years researching near-death experiences and talks about how the belief in a pre-mortal existence isn't new and that there is evidence to suggest that such a belief was discussed not only in the ancient Greece, but also in the early Christian church. We know it's in the Bible because we read in Jeremiah 1:5 where the Lord tells Jeremiah, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  

I am a firm believer that our mortal time on this earth is not the end of life, nor is it the beginnings. Rather, it's just another step in our progression.  I am also a firm believer that we have ministering angels among us and that, many times, those ministering angels are members of our own families, whether they've already passed on, or have yet to arrive.

All of these accounts are short vignettes and the book is easily read in one sitting.  Many will touch you and make you think.  I found the writing style to be a bit distracting in that I would have liked to see a narrative tie these stories together. I believe that the actual accounts are shared here as they were shared with the author and some editing to smooth out sentence structure would have been nice.

Still, this is a unique collection of stories that are sure to touch you and make you ponder your own opinions of mortality.

Thanks to Tristi Pinkston Book Tours for the chance to review this book.  You can learn more about Sarah Hinze here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. This would be such an interesting book. My youngest daughter had some memories about her pre-birth that she talked about until she was about 18 months old. (she was an early talker - sentences by 1 year)

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