Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gaze into Heaven: A Glimpse into the Fascinating Book from Marlene Bateman Sullivan

Official Tour Page
Gaze Into Heaven is a compilation of fifty documented near-death experiences of life beyond the veil, drawn from the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filled with insight and inspiration, this book melds engrossing personal experiences with perceptive commentary, scripture, and quotes from latter-day Prophets. After reading this book, you won't ever think of life---or death---the same way.
A Reader's Opinion
Near-death experiences is not a subject on which I would normally choose to read, but this was an interesting read. I found Gaze into Heaven to be a respectful and touching account of many experiences. These aren't boring accounts, but rather inspirational and interesting recollections--each one different, yet similar--and I found myself interested in turning each page. The author does a wonderful job intertwining content, scripture, and words from leaders in with the individual accounts. This book may be accounts from LDS church members, but it's for any audience interested in the subject of after-life experiences. 


What does your book teach us that will help us in our daily lives?
I think that reading and pondering these near-death experiences can give us a better understanding of what is important in life. It helps us realize that this life is a time to learn and increase our knowledge of the gospel. It will help us become better people. We can benefit from the insights given by these near death experience and use them to re-evaluate our own lives—to see what changes we could make to improve. Learning about the next life can help us use our time on earth to be more productive. 
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because Gaze Into Heaven provides as much proof as you’ll ever find that that life continues on beyond the grave, that God lives and loves you, that the gospel is true, and that heaven is, well, heaven—a place where we will be reunited with our departed loved ones, be freed from earthly trials and disabilities and will be filled with joy and happiness.

Book Giveaway
The author will be giving away a print copy of Gaze into Heaven to one lucky commenter. Sorry, but the print giveaway is open to US addresses only.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Lorenzo Dow Young spoke of his near-death experience, saying: “In a moment I was out of the body, and fully conscious that I had made the change. At once, a heavenly messenger, or guide, was by me. I thought and acted as naturally as I had done in the body, and all my sensations seemed as complete without as with it. The personage with me was dressed in the purest white. For a short time I remained in the room where my body lay. My sister Fanny (who was living with me when I had this dream) and my wife were weeping bitterly over my death. I sympathized with them deeply in their sorrow, and desired to comfort them. I realized that I was under the control of the man who was by me. I begged of him the privilege of speaking to them, but he said he could not grant it. “My guide, for so I will call him, said ‘Now let us go.’”
        Harriet Ovard Lee died from injuries suffered after a fall. “I will now endeavor to recount my experience during the forty eight hours that my spirit was out of my body. . . . I heard a voice calling me by name, saying, ‘Harriet,’ three times, ‘Come, I am waiting.’ . . . I saw my husband and all the people in the room, some of them crying and wringing their hands over my lifeless body.  “The voice said, ‘Come,’ and I saw a personage whom I followed . . . and we passed out at the door into what appeared to be unlimited space. Again my guide called me by name, commanding me to follow him, which I did, and we kept moving forward and I felt as light as a feather and as free as a bird on the wing, all pain and uneasiness having entirely left me. . . .”
       Flora Ann Meyer died from diphtheria. Flora’s granddaughter related Floras experience. “She said she felt herself being drawn into a whirlpool-like tunnel. Then she saw a very bright light. A man came from that light and acted as a guide for her. She saw many people she knew who were dead, both friends and family. They greeted and welcomed her. It was a happy reunion. She said it was so beautiful and peaceful there she didn’t want to leave. She was happier than she had ever been.”

Meet the Author
Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Sandy, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they are the parents of seven children. Her hobbies are gardening, camping, and reading. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has written a number of non-fiction books, including: Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, vol.1, Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, vol. 2, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, and Brigham’s Boys. Marlene also wrote the best-selling novel, Light on Fire Island.  To learn more about Marlene and her works you can visit:


  1. Thank you for joining us today Marlene, and for giving me the chance to read your book.

  2. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this book. It certainly enriched my life reading these experiences and think others that read it will find it uplifting, reassuring and interesting. Marlene Sullilvan