I recommend this book for Christians and non-christians alike. It is Marietta Davis' vision she received during a 9-day trance in 1848. It relates Heaven and Hell as having similar features in other near death experience books I have read, and is consistant with scripture. It actually has dozens of scripture references. I believe this relates to what this woman actually observed and I think God helped her remember all the details and instructed her to tell these details to people on the earth during her last 7 months here. During part of this vision, she visited Infants' Heaven, where people who died as babies are given the Gospel, and Marietta got the same presentation. The Bible stories were told as the Bible does, but with scenes of angels(and demons) that are not visible to humans in the flesh-- like Luke and John were when their Gospels were written. This gave me a greater appreciation of what God sent His Son to do for us to save us. This book was rewritten in today's English, making it much more readable.
Quite disappointed was I after reading this book. Maybe because I know many that go much deeper? A big part of the book was about the suffering of Christ and how children who grow up in heaven were shown this.
A) I already know it from the Bible
B) I have doubts about the truthfulness.
I am always on the look-out for books I might use for evangelisation. This one for me is definitely not okay for that purpose.
I would maybe, just maybe share this book as something that might, just might help a little bit for people who have been christians for a long time and are mature in Christ, after they have lost a child.
But only maybe.
Not recommended at all. Don't know anybody whom I would risk to lend it to.
Nine Days in Heaven by Dennis & Nolene Prince is the classic story of Marietta Davis' vision of Heaven updated with contemporary language for today's readers. In 1848 a twenty-five-year old woman named Marietta Davis lapsed into a coma or trance. Her family worried and prayed over her body for nine days, while doctors tried to determine the cause of her illness. When she awoke, Marietta spoke of a vision she had been given by God of Heaven and Hell for those here on earth, as well as for the woman herself. Her family had recently come to faith in the Lord, but she had had questions and doubts. Her journey erased those doubts for her, and she died seven months later in exactly the time and manner she had predicted after her trance. Her story was written down by John Loughran Scott and became well-known, but in time it lost its popularity because it was written in the flowery language of the day which by the twentieth century has become quite impenetrable. When the Princes lost two infants in less than seventeen months, a friend gave them a copy of the original book and it gave them great comfort. Dennis determined to update this powerful testimony for modern readers. This book is his labor of love. Marietta is whisked away first to the lower realms of Heaven, then down to Hell, then back up to Heaven where she witnesses how infants are raised in the Holy City. She is moved to tears several times by the depth of her own sinful nature, and she comes to understand the wisdom of God's decision to separate his children from those who refuse to follow him. Prince supports each chapter with several verses from Scripture giving added depth and meaning to Marietta's vision. The school for infants will offer comfort for anyone who has lost a child too soon. There is a great deal of wisdom here for readers who are familiar with the Bible and those not so familiar. Her description of Hell isn't that of pop culture with flames and demons with pitchforks; it is frighteningly believable and real. Pop culture's hell is easily parodied and ignored. Marietta's refuses to be denied and will create an indelible image in readers' minds. I would have liked to have read more about Heaven itself and less of the trial between Justine and Mercy, but I was still very moved by Marietta's vision. The Princes have given Christian readers a great gift in updating this classic for today's readers.