Thursday, October 6, 2011
Booking Through Thursday: What's the oddest book you've ever read?
I'm participating in Booking Through Thursday today, and the question is:
What’s the oddest book you’ve ever read? Did you like it? Hate it? Did it make you think?
The book that immediately comes to mind is a self-published one that I read when I was working at a Christian radio station.
It was by a preacher who claimed he had died and gone to Heaven and then come back.
No, it wasn't the more recent ones--90 Minutes in Heaven, or Heaven Is For Real. I've read those too, and they have a ring of truth, whether or not you believe in near-death experiences.
This one--and I'm sorry I don't remember either the title or the author--was really outlandish to the point of laughable.
The author claimed that while in Heaven, an angel showed him a large room over which was a sign reading "Unclaimed Blessings," or something like that. In the room was shelf after shelf of body parts--legs, arms, hands, you name it--which were to be sent to people on earth who needed to be healed. Mmmm, yeah.
He also claimed all the flowers in Heaven have faces.
It's been years, so I don't remember much else about it. I just remember thinking this guy was crazy to think anyone would believe him. I remember just thinking it was absolutely ridiculous.
(And by the way, I do believe in Heaven, but I think it's so amazing and incredible that there aren't human words to describe it. And for me, the jury's out when it comes to near-death experiences--are they real or can they be scientifically explained? Not sure!)
So I can't say I "hated" it...I just pretty much scorned it.
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