This stuff makes me sad.
I have been walking with the Lord Jesus Christ passionately for eight & a half months now. For 23 years before that (my whole adult life), I was immersed in various forms of paganism & Eastern religion. I taught witchcraft professionally all over this country. I was a Shiatsu & Reiki therapist. I studied various forms of meditation intensively. These are just a smidgen of what I explored & practiced.
The process that Mrs. Franklin describes to bring people into heaven is *exactly* the method thru which I lead trance-journeys for *hundreds* of people. She gets people to relax & use their imagination as a starting point. As a professional witch, I've had people "meet Jesus" & "go to heaven" by this very same process (yes, modern Wicca is quite willing to include Christ in its pantheon)! This is not Biblical. God does not need any unresurrected human to put you into a trance state in order to be in His presence.
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" ~ 1 Timothy 2:5
I am not against true visions. The Lord has given me dreams, & I have spent many an hour in His spiritual presence. I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I've experienced miracles & healings. I do not doubt the power of God; I am saying that He does not need human help to give us power, certainly not in an unbiblical form.
To be sure, I often find myself spontaneously imagining Christ as I read about Him in the gospels or as I say Psalm 23 to myself before falling asleep. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with that. However, it is not the same as a God-given vision. And the natural process of imagining on your own is different than giving authority to another person who says she is leading you in "having visions" & then using simple trance induction techniques that will provoke your imagination at best & lead to occult experiences with ungodly spirits at worst.
The people in the Bible who had open visions were not guided into them by a human mediator. If you want to have a genuine vision from the living God rather than from the one who loves to counterfeit Him, I recommend this:
* Steep yourself in the Bible, particularly the KJV
* Give the Lord thanks often, in everything
* Worship Him in spirit & in truth
* Ask Him for faith
* Resist & rebuke your own pride, in the name of Jesus Christ
* Obey Him
* Love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, & strength
* Spend time with Him *every day*
*After worshiping Him, reading His Word, & praying, leave some time to listen to anything He might want to say to you; if you hear anything unbiblical, disregard it
* Ask Him for visions
Maybe He will send you some. If not, don't despair. If you are born-again, you will see Him face-to-face before you know it! This worldly experience is gonna seem like it was nothin' once we are outta here!
I recommended another book on my first writing of this review, but to be honest, I am so burnt on books by humans at the moment. Instead, I'm gonna recommend reading the book of Acts in the Bible. Those are the acts of the Holy Spirit thru His people. You can see clearly how He works there. You will never see the apostles leading people in "having visions." You will see them praising the Lord in the Spirit, evangelizing, & overcoming all manner of persecution while rejoicing all the while! They didn't have any energy for pouting about not being able to visit heaven yet.
The apostle Paul has an open vision in Acts. You can read other examples of open visions in the books of Daniel & Revelation, for starters. If you are already aware of these, read them again & ask the Holy Spirit to reveal more to you. He loves our hunger, but *He* wants to be the One to fill it & doesn't want us leaning on substitutes. There are no benevolent substitutes for His genuine power.
May God bless you in the power & might of the Lord Jesus Christ.