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Monday, March 06, 2006


I Saw Heaven Opened
David Andrew
Outskirts Press
10940 S. Parker Rd - 515, Denver, CO, USA
ISBN: 1598000454, $29.95, 199 pp, 2005

Allow me to quote from the book’s webpage: "What happens before birth? What happens at death? What is the meaning of existence in this world of violence and suffering. What is the meaning of Christ: His death and resurrection? What do the events of our lives tell us? What is our future? How does freewill operate on this physical plane. How do we know we are on the right path?

This novel, rooted in truth and fact, details the life of Andrew as he searches to find the answers to these questions. His quest leads him in spirit to encounter an entity named Uraeus who helps him understand and accept the muddle and riddle of existence without platitude."

Andrew’s search is related in a manner similar to Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge and Dan Millman’s The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. If you find such books inspirational in your own personal search, you may want to add I Saw Heaven Opened to your collection. It certainly addresses contemporary problems in our society. The story carried me right along, although sometimes I felt like I’d stepped into The Sound of Music.

The author writes: "Since age 14, I have sought to experience God. My journey has been one of rebellion, personal failure, and now a wonderful period of growth as I move into my middle sixties."

He forewarns the reader that the depiction of events in Andrew’s life are realistic, and the language can be raw and shocking at times.

This is good writing–as well it should be–for David Andrew has a M.A. in English and a strong background in biblical studies. His vocabulary is colorful, challenging, and I love going to the dictionary to learn a new word.

Reviewer: Kaye Trout, March 6, 2006 Copyright


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