Vest was participating in a rodeo when he fell off his horse. He was dead. Fellow cowboys did CPR continuously for the forty five minutes it took for the ambulance to arrive.
Vest shares his childhood in a Christian home and how his dream to be a cowboy was birthed. He tells how he veered from the straight and narrow and his return to God. He also reveals the spiritual lessons he learned.
His experience while physically dead is unlike most others I've read. He didn't see any angels or loved ones but he did see a representation of the prayers of believers. He experienced love from Jesus that was so real he thought of nothing else.
Vest says dying was the easiest thing he's ever done. It was the shock of being alive again that was hard.
He writes, “being in heaven with Jesus is an intensely private experience – so private it almost seemed off limits for conversation.” (93) He asked God for guidance on what to do with his experience. He realized God would give him the appropriate message each time. He knows he has something of eternal value to share with others.
He completes is book by looking at what Scripture says about heaven and other topics and what that means for our Christian lives.
This is not a book for people who want the latest description of what it is like in heaven. Rather, this book is for those who need reassuring that heaven is more real than anything we can imagine. It's a good book for any Christian who fears death. It would be a good book to give to someone who has lost a loved one (providing that person was a Christian). It would also be a good book to give to an unsaved friend as the eternal importance of faith in Jesus comes across clearly.
Freddy Vest is a custom home builder, part-time cowboy, and full-time Christian. He has been married for twenty-seven years and has three children. He has acted in several movies and commercials. He has told the story of his life-after-death experience on CBN's The 700 Club and shares his testimony in churches.
Charisma House, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.