Top critical review
Interesting but at times disjointed
5 April 2017
An interesting account of how a young man survived a plane crash following horrific injuries. His faith in God was often tested and with prayer some parts of his body which were diagnosed as impossible to heal were brought back to a functional level. However, there are some unanswered questions which I will briefly note below.
The book skips back and forth from events without any explanation. He shifts from a fairly detailed account of his first year following the crash later events that seem to just pop into the story without explanation, leaving readers puzzled and lost. What happened from 1969 to 1994 and beyond? Why did he not reveal his account of visiting heaven when so many people experience very strong fears of death? What message did God give Dale that he could share with others? Can people go to heaven having followed non Christian religions, or even no religion? In his 1994 photo (in the book) his face looks normal, yet despite having sustained major facial damage during the crash, nothing is ever mentioned about how these major scars were treated or resolved.
To conclude, I felt the book was a draft that needed major editorial assistance to ensure continuity, resolution of unanswered questions, and to allow the reader to understand why he did not write about this sooner. Lastly, given the author's statement that he suffers from extreme loss of short term memory as well as some other medical deficits, how can it be that he has been hired by major airlines as a pilot? Because of these matters, I could only rate this book 3/5.