To sum up the book, it is a look into pioneer and early settlers in the Salt Lake Valley's near death experiences. The recounting of these visits to the other side are told by the person who experienced them or from those who were asked to keep the record.
I think everyone is curious about what happens when we die. It's only natural to ponder these things especially if we lose a loved one or friend. Gaze into Heaven is a respectful recounting of people's visits to the other side of the veil and back.
From Amazon: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 form latter-day prophets. After reading this book, you won't ever think of life - or death - the same way.
What I Found Interesting
In all the accounts recorded and shared not one person said that it hurt to die. Sure, some of the suffered illness or pain leading up to death; but, the actually separation of the spirit from the body didn't hurt. Then, once they were free form their body they were also free from pain.
I also pondered over the work being done in the Spirit World. Most of the people mentioned genealogy information being prepared. Some talked about gardening and building projects. I think, as we become burdened with the necessities of this life, like paying bills, advancing in our careers and such, we loose track of the eternal perspective we once held. Reading these stories helps to bring that perspective back. It reminded me of what is most important.
Because the stories were presented in a respectful way and not in a fanciful, sensational voice the messages that the people brought back with them from the spirit world remain intact and carry weight. If you're curious about the next step in our eternal progression or even if you are fearful of death and/or dying this would be a good book to read.