When Dr. Reggie Anderson is present at the bedside of a dying patient, something miraculous happens. Sometimes as he sits vigil and holds the patient’s hand . . . he can experience what they feel and see as they cross over. Because of these God-given glimpses of the afterlife—his “appointments with heaven”—Reggie knows beyond a doubt that we are closer to the next world than we think. Join him as he shares remarkable stories from his life and practice, including the tragedy that nearly drove him away from faith forever. He reveals how what he’s seen, heard, and experienced has shaped what he believes about living and dying; how we can face the passing of our loved ones with the courage and confidence that we will see them again; and how we can each prepare for our own “appointment with heaven.” Soul-stirring and hope-filled, Appointments with Heaven is a powerful journey into the questions at the very core of your being: Is there more to life than this? What is heaven like? And, most important: Do I believe it enough to let it change me?
For me, the best part of this book is the author’s honesty in how he questioned his faith after the horrific murders of the Alday men during his youth and through his college years. I think it is a familiar experience where people are brought up in the church and have very firm beliefs and a firm foundation, only to flounder when they attend college or get out on their own. I always appreciate it when authors honestly share of their struggles or questioning of their faith.
This is a great book and an honest accounting of a man seeking to find his way in life. Sometimes he got knocked down and experienced disappointment, but he found his way to faith in Christ and was able to use his faith to minister to others at some of the most difficult times in their lives.
Sometimes I find that when people tell their life story in a book, it comes off as a little self-indulgent. However, I found Anderson’s book refreshing and encouraging. It wasn’t at all self-important or condescending. It was simply a story of his life and journey of faith. I enjoyed it very much and it was a very quick read.
As a warning, some parts of it at the beginning were very difficult to read when Anderson recounted the Alday massacre. It might turn off some readers, but you can skip over the parts recounting the murders if it bothers you.
This book has a companion devotional book which is also excellent. If you are looking for a great non-fiction book with a supplemental devotional book (sold separately) this is a great choice. I actually read the devotional book first, so you can read them in either order.