Dr. Reggie Anderson with Jennifer Schuchmann writes the autobiography of a rare country doctor who visits the “front porch of Heaven” when the “veil” between this world and the next parts, a doctor also known as the “midwife to souls.” He sits with patients, their hand in his and experiences what they see and feel when their souls depart. His soul-stirring accounts with the afterlife are shared in Appointments with Heaven: the True Story of a Country Doctor’s Healing Encounters with the Hereafter that releases Friday, August 30.
In the first part Anderson writes about his early years and the tragedy that challenged his faith and drove him from God where he questioned If There’s A God Where Was He? His journey into that desolate “spiritual wilderness” would end with a “fantastical” dream seven years later.
He recalls the dream as an “enhanced version of reality,” complete with lush meadows, vibrant colors, cascading crystal blue waters and fragrant citrus and lilac scented breezes. That’s where he saw Jesus and felt the warmth of His love wrap itself around his heart and soul. He couldn’t know it was only a foretaste of divine “appointments with heaven” as future babies arrived and souls departed.
Readers meet several patients with severe medical problems, among them a lady named Irene who was Anderson’s favorite from his “eighties ladies” group. She arrived at the ER with a heart attack and they both knew her time was near. She asked Dr. Anderson to be her “escort to heaven” since she’d heard “Jesus calling her name.” Anderson said, “of course” and sat with her until he smelled a “citrus, lilac” scent, saw a soft glow and felt soft warmth caress his cheek as Irene’s breathing slowed to a stop.
However, not all encounters had such sweet endings. Eddie was a heavy smoker under treatment for cancer who thrived on “being mean and hurting others.” Anderson had treated many of Eddie’s victims and felt the man was “truly evil.” While he cared for him, Anderson tried to talk to him about spiritual matters, but Eddie said, “Shut up…take care of my cancer.”
Two weeks later he sat at Eddie’s bedside praying and saw his eyes widen, his labored breathing and a look of terror overshadow his face. Instead of the warmth and heavenly scent of God’s presence Anderson saw the lights dim, felt the temperature plummet and smelled diesel and sulfur as dark shadows turned the room into a fearful “dark abyss.” These and other encouraging, supernatural encounters illustrate the reality of eternity and the important choices that determine our eternal futures.
Grammy-award winning Steven Chapman, whose son Caleb married Anderson’s daughter Julie wrote the foreword and said, “Reggie’s appointments with heaven…provide a glimpse of God’s eternal purposes…that you and I need to hear, know and experience in our own hearts.” The Chapman’s lost their five-year-old daughter to a freak accident in 2008. www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=5519704&page=1
Writer Jennifer Schuchmann captures Anderson’s sweet sense of humor and his remarkable journey from atheism to faith-filled Christian after experiencing murders, suicides and a horrific massacre of six extended family members. However, the real story is his return to faith after his encounter with Christ and the souls he escorted through the valley of the shadow of death to heaven’s doorway.
Appointments with Heaven by Dr. Reggie Anderson: YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCDW8MjjGvI
Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter’ by Reggie Anderson w/ Jennifer Schuchmann, Foreword by Steven Curtis & Mary Beth Chapman, Tyndale Momentum, September 1, 2013, 336 Pages, 978-1414380452, $15.99
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