A VISION FROM HEAVEN by Mary Stephens Landoll


The Risen Christ
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In this slim volume, Landoll relates a vision she had of Jesus, Moses, the devil, and heaven.

Landoll had several other visions before this particular vision, but this one seemed to be the most complex and vivid. In it, Landoll found herself on a dark path that led to a set of gates opening onto a bright valley. Among the wonders of the valley, a “devil man” accosted her, but she was rescued by angels and taken to Jesus. She communicated with Jesus both verbally and telepathically about a variety of topics, through which she realized that “spirit satisfies, not matter.” Her appearance changed drastically during this time, and she was given visions of her future as well. She was then baptized and anointed, then took communion. After that, she encountered Moses, an angel, and the Holy Ghost before witnessing what she believes to be Armageddon. Landoll’s narrative is somewhat jumpy, with variable chapter lengths and a generally disorganized presentation. The prose is descriptive and rich, though it often varies in tone: “the street…was the purest of gold I had ever seen as if it had a sheet of glass covering it,” while elsewhere, “a lot of fluid and crap flowed out of his mouth as he threw up frogs and bled, too.” With its abrupt ending, the narrative has an unfinished feel, since Landoll doesn’t come to any particular conclusions besides deciding to no longer listen to secular music. Numerous typos—in a hailstorm, “Several hit me didn’t kill me”—don’t help. Readers who are interested in prophecy and writing inspired by direct contact with the divine may find symbols and mysteries to ponder, but others are unlikely to be able to decipher Landoll’s tale.

Mysterious and mystical reflections, disjointed and hurried.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1477288900
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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