Flight to Heaven : A Plane Crash...a Lone Survivor...a Journey to Heaven - and Back Paperback
by Dale Black, Ken Gire
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 01/06/2010
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780764207945
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Review by kaykwilts
When I picked up this book I could not put it down until I had finished it all. At age 19 he was in a plane flight in which he survived only by the grace of God. Others in the same plane did not survive. It was indeed a miracle that he survived. For days after the wreck it did not look like he would pull through. For days he hovered between life and death. He experienced an after death experience but did not tell his story for some 40 years after the incident. He wanted his story to be focused on God and not him. He managed to focus on God entirely in the telling of his story. I highly recommend this book.
Review by Lee-P
I was given an advance copy of Flight to Heaven by a friend, having read no less than fifty books about life after death, heaven and NDE (near death experiences). Without doubt Flight to Heaven by Capt. Dale Black is the most comprehensive description of heaven I’ve ever read. The book kept me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover but the concepts regarding heaven were a little deep for me at first. The story was very credible, even to my critical mind, but as such, I was not able to fully comprehend the magnitude of the heavenly experience without reading those chapters twice. I strongly encourage anyone searching to understand more about the God and life hereafter to read this book. In fact, you should read it twice.
Review by JDorman1978
In "Flight To Heaven", Captain Dale Black has put to paper one of the most incredile stories of survival, recovery and faith that you will ever read, and that's before he even tells you about heaven. As a young pilot in training, Dale was a passenger in a small jet with two other experienced pilots. Just after takeoff, the plane clipped a grove of trees which diverted its path and they slammed into a seven-story monument known as "The Portal of The Folded Wings," which ironically is a memorial to famous aviators who have passed away. The other two pilots died from the impact of the crash, but Dale somehow survived and was rescued and brought to the hospital. What follows in the book is a two-sided story: one of recovery from massive and brutal injuries, and one of a brief but mesmerizing view of Heaven. Being somewhat of a skeptical person, I have generally held a cynical view of claims people have made about going to heaven temporarily and returning back to earth. However, after having the pleasure of meeting Dale and then reading his book, I have no doubt that his story is true. The man is the definition of genuine, and to me the most striking part of his story is that he waited 40 years to tell anyone about it. While some people have attempted to cash in or commercialize their out-of-body experiences, Dale kept his a secret from everyone except his grandfather for four decades. Imagine having experienced Heaven and not telling anyone about it! But this particular aspect of the story made me truly believe. As far as Dale's descriptions of heaven, they are truly breathtaking. I won't try to do them justice here or recap them, but rest assured that you will be mesmerized and inspired by his experience with the afterlife. It's hard to know what to say after reading it; but you will come away with a sense of awe and wonder, and longing to hear more about it. The other half of Dale's incredible story has to do with his physical recovery after his Heavenly experience. His injuries were so severe that most would not have survived at all. Evel Knievel's doctor was called in due to the nature of the injuries, and he took on a challange that most would have given up on. The relationship that grows between Dale and the doctor is one of the most touching parts of the book, and the ending of that subhead is gratifying. What comes across very clearly in reading about the injuries and recovery process is the depth of Dale's faith, even as a young man. He refused to give up in the face of insurmountable odds; even with setback after setback. However, Dale's story is also one of human doubts, and his frustration with God and doubt through the recovery are there, and this makes him all the more real. Who wouldn't doubt God through such an arduous and painful process? But God continued to show his power and plan to Dale through his recovery; and this is extremely interestin to read about. The way this book is written is phenomenal considering the subject matter; and it is definitely very difficult to put down. The ending to the story is incredible, and I won't give it away here. But you will come away with amazement at Dale's life and story, and also at his faith and God's faithfulness to him. An incredible person and an incredible story. Mr. John Dorman, Sr. Business Banker
Review by making1949
"Flight to Heaven" will inevitably be compared to "90 Minutes in Heaven." I found "Flight to Heaven" more to my liking than "90 Minutes." While the description of heaven is not especially vivid, it evokes a feeling and impression in the reader. I preferred the emphasis on the change that a glimpse of heaven made on the author's life to the endless details of physical suffering that made up much of "90 Minutes." Having recently lost a loved one, I find myself searching for information about heaven. "Flight to Heaven" was a satisfying read.
Review by Madcow299
I had a love hate relationship with Dale Black autobiography. On the one hand it is a story of one man’s powerful spiritual experience that changed his life and led him to dedicate himself to helping folks around the world with his gifts of piloting. He is a person who loves people and cares for others and tells a good story of growth and spiritual development after suffering a great personal tragedy.However, it is again one of those books that makes the most important experience the one that the individual has with God apart from others. It’s “you and me, Baby (God)” Christianity and faithfulness is measured by how much you love Jesus and feel all warm and fuzzy about your Christianity. I do not believe that reflects a true Christian experience, does not speak to a realistic faith experience and is not an experience that is even biblical. So in that respect, the story endlessly annoyed me. However, that said, it is an uplifting story, and for someone who wants an example of a fine personal relationship with God, and need a story to inspire them, it works great.
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