Author: Sarah Hinze
Publisher: Spring Creek Book Company
Release Date: November 2006
Genre: Spiritual/Inspirational Nonfiction
Received from the author for review.
We Lived in Heaven is a collection of 33 stories told by individuals who have had spiritual experiences with spirits who have yet to be born. The author, Sarah Hinze, compiled these stories, researched this phenomenon, and also shared her own personal experience.
I love the feeling in this book! I definitely got "chills" a number of times from the spiritual and sacred experiences that were shared. Theses stories were also enhanced by poems, sayings, and scriptures that the author sprinkled throughout the book. This one captures the overall feeling of this compilation:
I personally have not had a "near death" experience or been visited by pre-mortal beings. However, the emotions that the experiences presented in We Lived in Heaven evoked were extremely sweet and tender and made me ponder on my own beliefs about the spirit world.
I truly believe that we did live before this life so it is only natural to also believe that pre-mortal spirits could visit family members on earth. After being a mother myself, I know what it feels like to look into the eyes of a newborn and see a mature spirit. I do believe that my children and I were friends before we came to this earth and I hope that they were both excited to come here and be a part of our family.
The stories in We Lived in Heaven dealt with spirits that had yet to be born, most of which had visited their mothers sometime right before or during their pregnancy. Some of the stories I enjoyed the most included "The One Who Brought Me to Earth" (p. 27), "A Letter to My Son" (p. 50), "The Castle Where Jesus Lived" (p. 61), and "Kidnapped" (p. 78). Each of these experiences was both fascinating and touching.
I also appreciated the Afterword written by Sarah's husband, Brent in which he discusses evidence supporting pre-mortal experiences. It was intriguing to learn that pre-mortal experiences are not a new phenomena. Since the beginning of earth life, civilizations all over the world have documented these type of events.
We Lived in Heaven is a special and sacred book full of beautifully told, heavenly stories experienced by regular people. I feel privileged that the authors in the book were willing to tell their stories so that others could share in these spiritual experiences.
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