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Snatched Up to Heaven: Astounding testimonies of heaven and hell from the mouths of babes Kindle Edition
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The Pauls offer the essence of this very short book in their synopsis – ‘“I had a dream about heaven!” exclaimed Priyanka. Running up to her mom one morning, four-year-old Priyanka nonchalantly mentioned that Jesus had taken her and her two-year-old sister Deepika to heaven during the previous night. In the days that followed, the sisters amazed their parents with their vivid descriptions of what they saw and experienced in heaven and hell over the course of several visits there. Within the constraints of their limited preschool vocabulary, the girls described deep theological truths about eternity that often belied their years, speaking with remarkable clarity and boldness. Their mom initially recorded their testimonies in a written journal as well as a video log. Now, for the first time, “Snatched Up to Heaven” documents their true accounts alongside the purifying lens of the Word of God.’
The book reads well – Jemima manages to transfer her children’s visions and conversations very well, avoiding the ‘sensational’ side of children’s language and opting for the inner truths they share. For example, ‘One night, as Priyanka and Deepika were sleeping, angels carried their souls to heaven. They flew up and went deep into the clouds. When they were going high, Priyanka looked down and saw houses getting tinier as they went up into the skies. They saw planets as they were flying. The angels took them around the sun but were careful not to go too close to it. The angels let them go, and suddenly a wind pushed them. Priyanka had purple wings, and Deepika had pink wings. They flew up in the sky with their wings. Priyanka yelled, “Five, four, three, two, one!” while Deepika shouted, “One, two, three, four, five!” and they were walking on grass in heaven. That was the greenest and the most well-watered grass they had ever seen. Jesus told them that they could stay in heaven for two days. While they were in Jesus’ house, God was in their house. After that, Jesus and the angels brought them home. As they were returning, they saw their bodies sleeping on earth where as they say, “Priyanka saw Priyanka,” and “Deepika saw Deepika.” Once home, the kids led the angels to their princess room. The angels told them that one of the lamps in our house looked very pretty. After they returned, they wanted to go back to heaven. Priyanka prayed very hard asking to be able to visit heaven again. The angels took her and her sister to see heaven again over the course of several more dreams.’
Each of the experiences of the children is presented with Bible references that share how the parents interpreted what they had heard from their children. We learn form the children what the trip to heaven was like, meeting Jesus, who is in heaven, Heaven’s rules and rewards, what their visit to Hell was like, and each shared experience is followed by the author’s interpretation of the significance and the relation to biblical references. Interesting thoughts and interesting reading. Grady Harp, April 18
I remember once having a dream about an angel who told me that Heaven wasn't as important as Earth. As a child, I interpreted that as meaning I should focus on being a good person here on Earth, rather than spending all my time focused on what was to come after, but I recall an adult twisting it to be a demon disguised as an angel trying to sway me from the right path. That experience left me with a bitter feeling about how interpretations can be easily twisted to fit whatever preconceived idea we, as people, have.
The parents encouragement and almost obsession with their daughter's religious dreams/experience at time felt almost fanatical to me. Having an 8-year-old myself, this book really led me question the way in which the girls were unintentionally influenced my their parents interpretations and beliefs. I almost feel like their "visions" would be more compelling and meaningful had they been more skeptical or less "leading the witness". To me, true testimony (both spiritual and non-spiritual) comes from life experience and wisdom.
The dreams were fun to read, because I love the perspective of the girls and how they viewed the world and the teachings. Some of those views are fed through a funnel of familial religious sources (all children encounter this), but, nevertheless, how they experience those things and apply them is unique and interesting to read about. I think it would have been better without the parental interpretations though.
I found this book both startling and fascinating. Like the author, the mother of two remarkable little girls, I found myself concerned about them, and quite surprised at the clear visions they described. Paul's daughters Priyanka and Deepika simultaneously reported going to Heaven, and from heaven, seeing Hell. Paul does not attempt to prove or defend these visions, but describes them as her children told them to her, and includes their drawings of both "places." Many of their descriptions match with Biblical text (it would have been interesting also, to compare them with the ideas of Heaven and Hell expressed through other religious beliefs). The little girls talked to Jesus, who showed them red marks on his hands and feet from his crucifixion, and gave them cups with which to catch fish (there are many life-forms in Heaven, including snakes). Heaven they reported, is surrounded by a rainbow and has huge golden gates. Hell is dark, filled with people who are either enslaved and tormented, or, what seems at least as bad, perpetually bored and lonely. The word "sorry" is often heard in Hell, which is heated by orange flames. These visions can never be corroborated, of course, but author's life has changed because of them, making her and her husband less concerned by earthly worries and more attracted to eternal verities.
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