A pastor focuses on God, Jesus, and heaven in this debut faith memoir.
Santos, who claims he’s been communicating with God for almost 50 years, here writes a passionate call for Christian rejuvenation: “You need to start now, doing something to renew yourselves.” Passionate faith in God will bear fruit, he asserts: “Your enthusiasm will be rewarded like those who live in unity with Christ, our Lord.” The bulk of this brief book offers fairly standard helpings of Christian exhortation, with the author assuring his readers that if they are sincere and fervent in their faith, all things will be possible, and that true righteousness exists in tune with God’s wisdom. But the volume is shot through with a strangeness that sets it apart from most titles in this genre, deriving from that mention of the author talking with God for nearly five decades—unlike in the majority of similar cases, Santos means it literally. He says that he was given “the most accurate and detailed information” about God and life in heaven directly from the Lord in a series of supernatural visitations in person. He warns his readers that he is not supposed to disclose most of what he’s learned from God and Jesus, aside from what he reveals in this book. He insists explicitly: “All that I am telling you is from God, our Father, and Jesus Christ, His Son. I do not speak on my own; I only speak of what I have heard.” The directness of this assertion—the author is claiming to be a prophet of God—charges some of the work’s other declarations with an extra energy that many Christian readers may find off-putting, as when Santos maintains the soul is dependent on the brain for its movements, which is contrary to Christian doctrine. Or when he oddly declares that true-believing Christians can heal the sick.
An intense Christian account whose dramatic claims raise more questions than they answer.