Saturday, August 21, 2010

Flight to Heaven – A pilot’s true story: A Review

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the author or the publishers.


Imagine getting a glimpse of heaven, a preview of life in God's presence. Could life here ever be the same?

Capt. Dale Black has flown as a commercial pilot all over the world, but one flight changed his life forever--an amazing journey to heaven and back.

The only survivor of a horrific plane crash, Dale was hovering between life and death when he had a wondrous experience of heaven. What he saw, what he heard, and what he learned there continues to ripple through his life and touch others.

Against all odds, Dale miraculously recovered from his injuries and learned to fly again. Now, with his life as a testament, he shares his inspiring story--offering hope and encouragement for those dealing with serious injuries or the loss of a loved one, and those looking for assurance about this life and the next.

My Review

Tuesday, May 22 - 01:16 - 41,000 feet
 Somewhere over Zambia, Africa

“All passengers and crew will be dead in twenty seven minutes if something drastic doesn’t change. And I will be responsible.” 

So begins the story of Capt Dale Black, an airplane pilot who has just found himself in the midst of a dire situation.  His story is a chilling account of his traumatic accident and near death experience but it is also an uplifting story about his miraculous recovery, his glimpse of heaven and his message about God’s love for us.

For what it’s worth, the book is very inspirational and would prove very useful to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one or someone who has undergone similar traumatic experiences. The main themes raised were that of Faith and Spirituality, reconnecting with God and questions about Heaven. The book is filled with great passages from the bible that serve to cement Paul’s personal spiritual experiences that he makes along the way. After his accident, Paul also begins to spread the word of God and so the reader is exposed to this in the book.

Additionally, it’s hard to believe that a biography can read so much like fiction at times but this is exactly how some portions of the book was dealt with. The author wrote the book in third person which I thought was odd for a book that was meant (and which would probably make more sense) in first person narration. Paul was very candid and vivid with his descriptions throughout the entire book and where that seemed insufficient; pictures were used to further solidify the image that the reader should generate in their minds. Yet some of his writing felt a bit out of place and didn’t really translate very well when being read. At times I found myself questioning some of the things that he raised in the book.

On a lighter note I did enjoy the story being told in the format of a flash back; it begins with his present flight over Zambia and then to create some background, goes on to talk about his devastating accident when he was younger. It brought the reader full circle to a completely changed man.  I also really appreciated the author sharing his glimpse of heaven with the readers. It’s not really fair to judge or critique his description since I have not had the opportunity to be in a near death situation. However, if that is how heaven is going to look like, then I guess we have a lot to look forward to in the afterlife.

All and all, spiritual readers and those of us who are looking to reconnect with god will enjoy this one.

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