â€œWhat does it mean to love God with all your mind? What are some ways you can increase your awareness of heaven while exercising your intellect?â€ Reggie Anderson with Jennifer Schuchmann asks in their book, "30 Daily Appointments with Heaven: Devotions to Bring the Hope & Joy of Heaven to Your Every Day."
Based on the book written by the authors, "Appointments with Heaven," this eighty-four page eBook targets readers looking for a thirty-day devotional that focuses supposedly on heaven. Using only the New Living Translation of the Bible, this reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
After an introduction, the thirty devotions are followed by a plug to purchase the original book. The ending includes over twenty pages of the foreword and first chapter of the initial book along with the authorsâ€™ biographies.
Each devotion starts with a Bible verse written out, Scripture reading to look up, and several pages regarding the topic, followed by a personal question and prayer. Topics sometimes include Biblical characters such as Job, Moses, Lazarus, Paul, and Stephen that are linked to concepts of heaven.
However, mostly mentioned are the writerâ€™s experiences of his childhood dreams coming to pass, family tragedies, going to medical school, dealing with job frustrations, marrying his wife, and camping. Honestly admitting to losing his faith in God, he does explain his thought process to establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
As a family-practice doctor in rural Tennessee for twenty-five years, the author does tell a few end-of-life experiences of his patientsâ€™ â€œgazes of gloryâ€ and how he has the gift of â€œlisteningâ€ with his hands so he can feel what his patients feel. As one passes from death into new life with Christ, he reports witnessing a glow, breeze, or smell of lilac, citrus, and cedar as he catches glimpses of heaven.
While never mentioning eternal damnation, the book reads more of an autobiography of the doctorâ€™s spiritual walk through life than a reminder about eternity with inserts on the importance of being raised in a Christian home, the healing power of tears and prayers, and bands of angels taking one to heaven. The questions asked at the end of each devotional read as an afterthought to revert to the subject of heaven with no pin-point plan of salvation.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for furnishing this book no charge through Facebook.
My husband, Rick, and I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Reggie Anderson when we hosted him on the Atlanta Live program in October 2013. We are so thankful we had this opportunity, as we learned of his incredible book, "Appointments With Heaven." It is the best book I have read that describes a personal journey with Heaven and seeing through to the other side of the veil. The way Dr. Reggie shares his life's experiences makes it hard to put the book down, as you are eager to hear more of how he turned towards God after experiencing immense pain and had amazing encounters with Heaven and God's presence here on Earth as his patients left this realm and entered the next. We are excited to have the opportunity to host Dr. Reggie on another program at the WGGS TV studios in January 2014, and greatly look forward to sharing his book with our viewers and others who need comfort after a loved one has passed. We highly recommend, "Appointments With Heaven," as a must read! Sincerely, Tanya Curren / Co-Founder Boundless Limits International & Co-Host of WATC TV's Atlanta Live and WGGS TV's Nite Line