Well, I have to admit I am always a little skeptical when I come across a book written by someone who has had a near-death experience. You never know what you are going to get when you read a book like this. "The Glory of Heaven" by Betty Malz was unlike any other book in this genre I have read before. Apparently Malz tells her whole story in another book, so the topics in this book focused more on, as the title says, the glory of heaven.
The book itself is an easy read and contains lots of true stories that will keep you interested. It is very uplifting, as well.
I did have a couple of small problems while reading the book. I felt that a lot of the book focused on reassuring us about the glory of heaven. I think Malz is accurate in feeling that many of us as humans need some type of reassurance about our life in heaven, but at times I felt that she reduced (unintentionally) the glory of heaven.
After all, isn't the glory of heaven all about God? She answers common questions in this book. One question is, what will we eat in heaven? Malz jokes about children eating candy in heaven and Italians wanting lasagna. Another question was, what kind of work will we do? And Malz talks about teachers instructing new arrivals to heaven, and mechanics working on the mansions in heaven. She talks about animals in heaven, and possibly even being with our spouses for all eternity (although she does say there is no marriage).
I'm no theologian - far from it - but pardon me, isn't the glory of heaven the fact that we will be in God's presence? I cannot imagine stepping into God's presence and thinking about what my job is going to be, or looking for my old cat who was hit by a car 20 years ago.
I'm not trying to be rude to Betty Malz. And until we get to heaven (and stay there) these questions won't be answered. So I'm not saying she is wrong. I'm just not sure about some of the statements in the book.
I do think this book has a different feel from any other "near-death experience" book I've read. So with that, I'll leave it up to you whether or not you'll pull this book off the shelf.
Thank you to Chosen Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.