Monday, March 05, 2012

Book Review: We Lived in Heaven by Sarah Hinze

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and someone who has sought my own testimony of the gospel through fasting and prayer, I believe that we lived in heaven before we came to this earth. I believe that we existed there with the personalities we have here, and that we were excited to come and take upon ourselves physical bodies. I believe that we knew certain things about our lives, and that we felt ready for the challenge because we knew that all our Heavenly Father had promised would be given to us, for He never breaks His promises.

This is the basic theme of the book We Lived in Heaven by Sarah Hinze.

Sarah was blessed to have foreknowledge of her mission as a mother before her children were born, and she learned that other people had been given the same sorts of experiences - they had seen spirit children in their home, only to later look into the eyes of their newborn and realize they had already met, or to dream about the coming of a new child, either while asleep or awake. Sarah compiled these stories into We Lived in Heaven so we can all read them and feel uplifted by the experiences these people had.

Some of the stories are a little more in-depth than others, and to be honest, I wasn't sure why some were included, although spiritual stories are always important and I don't mean to give the impression that some are more important than others. It just seemed to me that some of the inclusions made their point more clearly.  I also was a little bit distracted by the editing style - many of the sentences were short and choppy, and I would have preferred to see them hooked together to create more of a flow.

Regardless of my editing pet peeves, I enjoyed reading this collection of stories, which has done nothing but emphasize the testimony I already had of the premortal life from which we all came, and reminds me how very thin the veil between that world and this actually is.

You can purchase your copy here and your Kindle download here.

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