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About the Book

Book: Climbing into Eternity

Author: Michele Pulford

Genre: Non-Fiction

Release Date: April 2018

“I died twice and came back to tell about it.”

Michele flirted with death for six years, trying to numb her pain following a sexual pervert’s attack. Attempting to protect herself, she allowed hatred of men to control her, and used mind control to manipulate others. Suffering with acute anorexia nervosa, she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital at age twenty-three.

She woke up in hell, a place of eternal damnation, horror, torment, and fire. Rescued by the Savior whose soft, gentle voice she had rejected, Michele was given a new chance at life and turned wholeheartedly to the Lord.

When her body was completely paralyzed from an anaphylactic allergy attack as a young mother, she found life leaving her body once again. “This time,” she says, “I was ushered into the splendorous glory of Heaven—a place of almost indescribable light and love.”

Sent back to tell her story, Michele Pulford warns others of the horrors of the kingdom of darkness, and tells them of the glory of true abundant life in God’s kingdom of light.

This personal love story, as well as a story about death and eternal life, is both a warning and a promise, and ultimately an unforgettable account of the love of God that would not let a young woman go.

Click here to get your copy.

 

About the Author

Michele Pulford trained and worked as a fashion designer and textile lecturer from 1982 to 2009. After attending evening Bible school, she was further trained at MES Aksie, an evangelical missions ministry, before doing missionary outreach and relationship building among the locals in the Maghadighadi Pans of Botswana from 1990 to 1996. A marketplace intercessor and teacher on prayer, she makes her home with her husband Charles in South Africa. Their family consists of a son Cyle-jay, his wife Natasha, and grandson, Asher Ethan; and a daughter Brontii-ann.

 

More from Michele

After a sexual pervert’s attack at ten years of age, I invited evil into my life. I became an embittered, hateful teenager consumed by acute anorexia with murderous hate towards men. This led me into an abusive marriage of two years which ended with a failed murder attempt. Due to my failure I landed up DOA at my local hospital from premeditated suicide. On dying, I was taken to the evil and fiery demon invested accusing, tormenting pit of hell. It was here where the miraculous Light and Life of Jesus ripped through and rescued me.

I began my new life with my best friend, the Holy Spirit. Miraculously I married my high school sweetheart. The miraculous continued when after being declared completely barren, God’s love and grace stepped in resulting with me giving birth to a son and a daughter. Our family joy was shadowed by my soul-destroying bulimic addiction which God’s grace eventually set me free from. The life-death challenges did not end there. I found myself in an intense battle with witchdoctors as well with the dangers of onset anaphylactic attacks. It was one of these attacks that found me dying once again, with my husband and doctor watching. This time I was taken to the gates of heaven and glory. This is my story of life and death, heaven and hell, blessing and cursing.

 

My Review of Climbing into Eternity:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read Climbing into Eternity, but this book spoke to me on many levels. Even if you took away the experiences the author had with hell and Heaven, the truths I was reminded of were priceless. Always praising and thanking God for who He is despite what circumstances I’m going through; that God wants to heal us of all the bondage/addictions we suffer from and will stop at nothing to help us gain that freedom when we truly ask for His help, and even when we have been saved from eternal damnation through salvation, we still sometimes have to fight (with God’s help) to gain victory over every area of our lives. We are all at varying levels in our walk with God and He is patient and kind (moreso than we are to ourselves) while we gain the freedom from our strongholds. God never gives up on us! This book is one I will be talking about with many of my friends and while the subject is very deep, and some chapters very dark, it is encouraging and full of hope.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

 

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, January 23

janicesbookreviews, January 24

Simple Harvest Reads, January 25 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 28

A Baker’s Perspective, January 29 (Author Interview)

Spoken from the Heart, January 30

Inklings and notions, January 31

My Devotional Thoughts, February 1 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, February 2 (Guest Review from Kelsey Barela)

For Him and My Family, February 3

For the Love of Literature, February 4 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, February 5

Giveaway

To celebrate her the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card and ‘signed’ copy of Climbing Into Eternity, My Descent In Hell and Flight To Heaven!!

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Think with me for a minute about that one person (or people) in your life who seem to be able to handle anything. No matter what they’re up against, they always have strength to get through … and then have time and energy to help you with your crises as well.

 

I worked in the foster care/adoption field over two decades ago. We would license foster homes of some exceptional parents. They seemed able to handle any issue children would bring – emotional, physical, mental, educational, or psychological. It didn’t matter what they were up against because they were strong enough to handle it.

 

However, we would still have to be careful to keep a good balance for these parents because even the best parents, even the best individuals, have a breaking point.

 

Everyone has that breaking point. It’s at a different level for different people, but everyone has one. The key is to be in tune with your emotional health so that you take a break before you get to that point.

Sometimes, though, life comes hard and fast and you don’t have the luxury of stepping away or dodging what’s being thrown. God knows … and that’s why He has never asked us to handle life by ourselves.

 

In John 16:33 (NIV), Jesus explains, ““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

 

God reassures us He doesn’t want us handling life alone. There are so many verses in the Bible telling us to cast our cares on Him, not to worry but instead to be strong and courageous. Not because God is trying to get us to be stronger in ourselves, but because He knows how hard life can be and wants to handle it for us. He wants us to leave our worries and cares with Him … trusting in His timing, His answer.

 

Maybe those people you think are strong, who can handle anything … maybe they know the answer. Maybe they are bringing all their worries and cares and laying them at His feet … and then waiting to see how He’s going to work out the problems, the “hard.”

 

Maybe …

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

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I got a text from my sister a few months back. She was in town for my parents’ 75th birthday celebration. We were getting ready to meet to shop for the party and she said, “Sorry, got distracted,” and went on to finish our conversation. My immediate thought was, “Oh, how nice. It’s a house full of relatives she hasn’t seen in years, so she’s sitting at the table, drinking coffee, catching up,” when in reality she was probably running around making sure everything was going according to schedule before slipping out to by the food.

 

I was the same way with each of our kids’ births. Every time a friend tells me “we got home from the hospital with the baby,” I envision the new mom relaxing on the couch with the baby while everyone else is relaxing, watching TV, or enjoying being home together.

 

When our reality, each time, was far from that truth. Our oldest was hospitalized for a week at birth so we came home with empty arms. Our daughter was born healthy but three days later we were in the doctor’s office because our two-year-old decided to knock her Moses bed off the coffee table without warning (and she went flying with it!). Talk about mom guilt mixed with post-pregnancy hormones! And our third had jaundice so it was appointments, blood draws, and instructions about how to use a “biliblanket” as soon as we arrived home (which, by the way, is not a blanket at all!).

Why do we do that? Envision calm and peaceful or adventurous and fun for others when we know the reality of life is usually far from picture perfect? Maybe, it’d be better, if we took our own life’s experiences and thought instead, “I bet things aren’t going according to my friend’s expectations. What can I do that might help bring calm and peace into her life during this season?”

 

I’m optimistic that if we started responding with offers of help, maybe that calm, peaceful picture we envision could become the reality, even if only for an afternoon or a few hours. And, more importantly, I think it’d be a gift your loved one would remember for many years to come.

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

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If your daily diet consisted of two pots of coffee, donuts for breakfast, Cheetos and M&Ms for lunch with a 2-liter of pop, and fried chicken, green beans, ice cream, and water for dessert, how do you think you would feel over time? Sluggish? Lazy? Maybe you would even start packing on the pounds and develop irreversible health problems. I’m thinking you probably wouldn’t feel like running a marathon, or maybe even getting off the couch for a leisurely stroll.

 

It’s not healthy or sustainable to try and survive on a diet that consists 90% of junk food and 10% healthy food (here’s to green beans and a glass of water!).

 

In the same way, it’s not spiritually healthy to consist on a diet of 90% messages that point you to a worldly view and 10% messages from God’s Word. Going to church every Sunday is a great way to start one’s week, but if it’s the only time in seven days you are exposed to God’s words, soon your spiritual life will be lacking in essential vitamins and minerals needed to live an abundant life.

 

Philippians 4:8 states we are to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. I try to live my life according to that standard: making sure that 90% of what goes into my mind is Christ-centered, wholesome, and clean to counteract the 10% worldly messages that I allow to penetrate my mind.

Living this type of lifestyle doesn’t make me a weirdo or out of touch with society. But, as a Christ follower, I want to focus on things that please my Father. And I have a husband and three children who see the way I live my life – out in the community as well as behind closed doors. Being authentic no matter who I’m with is important to me.

 

This question is asked periodically in our house: “How balanced is your diet lately?” and it has nothing to do with the food they are eating. Instead of lecturing or deciding for our kids what they expose themselves to, it helps them “check” themselves and bring their lives back into balance when they have swerved too far in the wrong direction.

 

It’s not just for them though. I need to assess the balance in my life regularly as well.

 

Let me bring you into the circle of our family and ask: “How balanced is your diet lately?”

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

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I was listening to the radio a few months back and heard the above saying. There is a lot of truth packed in between the quotation marks. It got me thinking …

 

How often when we’re dating do we spend tons of time wondering, considering, and analyzing the person we’re interested in?

 

While it’s important to go into any relationship with eyes wide open and not sugarcoating another’s actions, I think it’s important to work on your own values/morals before you enter into the world of dating so that you’re attracting the type of people you want to spend the rest of your life with.

 

For those of us who are married, we’re not off the hook either. While I’ll never again be who I was almost 23 years ago when my husband first met me, am I still making an effort to “be the person the person I want to be with wants to be with?”

Is growing in Christ still my top priority? Do I regularly take time to fill up with God before pouring out to my family? Am I compassionate? Slow to anger and quick to forgive? Do I encourage and build up or do I focus more on what needs to be done and forget who I’m doing it for? Do I take care of myself physically so I’m ready to have fun and share activities together with the person I pledged to love “’til death do us part?” Do I bring life and peace into our home or do I deplete it the moment I walk through the door?

 

I think there is a lot of truth packed into that one sentence: “be the person the person you want to be with wants to be with.”

 

What does the sentence above speak to you?

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

 

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I was having a conversation with someone about God the other day. I was encouraging this person about how much God desires a relationship with us – He doesn’t care where we start, He only wants us to want to grow closer to Him.

 

I was making the statement, “you don’t have to start on top of the mountain.” Start where you are, because God will meet you there and help you climb.

 

For the past six years, I’ve been steadily climbing up the mountain. I started way down at the bottom and had been steadily climbing month after month, year after year.

However, I noticed this past year, I felt as though I was starting to lose ground… and didn’t understand why. I was still reading my Bible every day, I was still praying often, I was still in love with God … so why did it feel more difficult to keep climbing?

 

I realized it was because I had allowed some sand to get in my boots and it was weighing me down. Grumbling … complaining … a sarcastic comment here … a critical remark there … they all lead to the slippery slope of disconnection from God.

 

It was then I made the connection. I need to rappel back down the mountain some (get back to the basics) and begin doing the same things I did as I was beginning to climb in order to gain that ground back.

 

I needed to ask forgiveness, I needed to remember all the blessings God has given me in life and speak His promises over my life to quench the fire of criticism and sarcasm … and it was okay to give myself grace. God is all about grace. It’s okay to sprinkle some into my life as well.

 

God doesn’t care where you start on the mountain. He doesn’t even mind helping you relearn some things you have forgotten. God simply wants our hearts – and when He has those, watch what He can do!

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

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Life is a marathon …

I have got to learn this life is a marathon, not a sprint. Every year I run the risk of burnout. Every year I pile too many things on my plate and then wonder why I’m crabby, irritable, lack energy, and “work all the time.”

Last March, my blood pressure spiked to 183/112, dangerously high due to work stress. I wasn’t taking care of myself and I don’t know about you, but when my readings were at that level, worrying about them caused them to go higher or stay high.

 

God helped me put some action steps in place in order to get it lowered naturally and stay down. However, as spring rolled into summer and different stresses vied for my attention, I slowly went back to baseline with more stress, more work, and less self care.

 

This year, I want to make my health a priority. While I could easily be replaced in a heartbeat at work, I am irreplaceable to my family.

 

Starting last fall, I started getting serious again about my health. Staying off the computer on the weekends so I could catch up on things around the house, spend time with my family, and give my brain a break.

 

I’ve limited my late nights (and working at night) to twice a week. I have started to exercise regularly again; I have healthy foods (some quick and easy like apples, string cheese, walnuts, etc.) that are pre-planned for breakfast and lunches, and more importantly than work and eating/exercise changes are the emotional changes.

 

In order to function at my best, I need a break from working mode to allow myself to relax. Maybe that means going to bed early some nights; maybe it means staying up 30 minutes later to engross myself in great Christian fiction. Maybe that means spending the evening on a date with my husband or an impromptu after-school date with one of our children.

 

Life is a marathon, not a sprint and while I’ve said those words for years, it’s about time I put into practice ways to keep myself healthy for the long haul.

 

What about you – what do you do to take care of yourself? You’re priceless to your family and friends.

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

 

 

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