Appointments with Heaven by Dr. Reggie Anderson, was one of the best books I have read this summer. The author is a great writer who captivates his readers to the point where you dont want to put the book down once you start reading. The author starts out by weaving the story of his childhood and his readers can tell how close his family was and how they loved each other. From there, the author writes about his own family and his patients and you can tell that they are very important to him and he must be the kind of doctor that his patients love to visit. For me, one of the best parts of the book, is when the author writes about what he saw and experienced when he sat with one of his patients as they lay dying. When his patient breathed their last breath, the author saw glimpses of heaven and what it will be like when a Christian dies. For me, this gave me hope because it reminds me that some of my loved ones await me in Heaven and I will see them again one day. This book is a must-read for any Christian especially those who have lost loved ones because it gives them something to look forward to and it reminds us that the earth is not our home: our home is in heaven and it will be better than anything we can and will experience here on earth.
This book is easy to read and hard to put down. Dr. Anderson reveals his visions of heaven, and his experiences confirm that God is real, and God is good. Even through family tragedy, there is hope. His story is thought-provoking, personal, and intriguing. I am encouraged by the message, and I think the Dr. is blessed to have such insights. This is very well written, with beautiful anecdotes, and his faith building conclusions are clearly explained.
I recommend Appointments with Heaven to those who are experiencing bumps in the road, or who are suffering from the illness or death of a loved one. Reading this book is an uplifting experience. The author's prose is clear and easy to read, and the story of his gift is unforgettable.
Powerful stories about trusting in God through the good and the bad. No matter the situation God is always there. The vivid stories make you realize that no matter the situation God is there and trying to tell you something even if you don't want to hear it. As a nurse I often pray for the patients I am caring for but don't always have the time to sit and comfort them. This has shown me that I need to take time and guide my patients.
Rather than sensationalize his experiences with visions of heaven, Dr. Anderson's book leads you primarily to come away with trust in the loving God Who prepares that beautiful place for us and Who planned and provided the costly way for Him to redeem sinners so they could go there.
The author honestly relates his own struggles with "Where is a good God when THAT happens?" with God's gentle mercy in revealing His goodness in a heart running TO Him in pain (Dr. Anderson's recent reaction to tragedy), rather than running FROM Him, as he had done as a wounded teenager.
The book is all the more believable because the descriptions of heaven and the experience of Christ-followers line up with Scripture, as does the reality beyond the veil of death for intransigent God-haters.