Visits From Heaven


One Man's Eye-Opening
Encounter with Death, Grief,
and Comfort from the Other Side


About the Book

A tragic suicide may have ended the earthly life of Harriet Deison, but it didn’t end the love story she shared with her husband, Pete. Their connection continued through Pete’s vivid dreams of Harriet sent from her new home in heaven.

Pete and Harriet Deison were enjoying a full life of being parents, grandparents, and partners in ministry when deep depression spiraled Harriet into a darkness that caused her to take her own life. Suddenly thrust into unimaginable grief, Pete, a Presbyterian minister, turned to his roots as a student and educator in an attempt to make sense of it all.

Visits from Heaven is the love story of a man and his wife of forty-three years, which quietly becomes the story of God’s love for his children. The narrative of strange coincidences, amazing answers to prayer, and dozens of dreams by Pete and others affirms that there is a continued existence of loved ones that can be experienced here on earth.

Is heaven a place where real life continues, or is it all clouds, pearly gates, and long church services? Visits from Heaven answers those questions, giving readers a clearer picture of what life is like for a believer after he or she leaves earth. It’s also a wake-up call for those who secretly think heaven is a dry and boring place.

Deeply grounded in the Scriptures and in the classic works of writers such as C.S. Lewis, Sheldon Vanauken, John Claypool, Randy Alcorn, and N.T. Wright, Deison shares biblical truths about the reality of our continued existence and the nature of our heavenly home. Visits from Heaven gently leads grieving people on an effective and insightful journey through the grief and recovery process.








About the Author

Dr. Pete Deison is a pastor, teacher, and president of Park Cities Presbyterian Church Foundation. He has served as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church of America since 1978 and was on the National Team directing the campus ministry of CRU. He now serves as associate pastor of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas where he has directed the men's ministry, workplace ministries, evangelism, and officer training, and where he currently teaches a large adult Sunday School class. He is a featured speaker at the Kanakuk Institute and the author of The Priority of Knowing God. Pete has two married daughters, eight awesome grandchildren, is an avid fisherman, and loves to travel. 






I have known Dr. Pete Deison for many years now and have utmost respect for his wisdom and love of people. In Visits from Heaven, Deison’s understanding and compassion shine throughout the book to help its readers work their way through the stages of grief, including from the loss of loved ones who have chosen suicide. He also encourages us with the hopes and wonders of what heaven will be like—for us as believers as well as for believers who may have committed suicide.
— Paul Meier, MD Author and cofounder, Meier Clinics
Out of tragedy and heartache Pete Deison discovered hope that heals. Now in Visits from Heaven he offers that inspiring gift to us. I highly recommend it.
— Dr. Robert Lewis, Author and founder, Men’s Fraternity
In a world where people are driven by social media to stay connected, Pete reveals his love story and the beautiful connection he had with his wife, Harriet, long after she arrived in heaven. Though we don’t know much about the aspects of relationships in heaven, Pete shares hope in his own experiences and makes heaven seem so real. You will be brought to tears as you see God’s hand at work and the peace He has given to Pete after such a devastating loss.
— Keith Chancey, MACE Kanakuk Kamps Kanakuk Institute
A book written with the tears of Christ, Visits from Heaven provides perspective, hope, and inspiration from the valley of the shadow of death. Pete Deison faced the most excruciating loss one can face as a husband. As a pastor, he had to relearn to care for his own soul; and as a writer he charts the map for the deepest terrains of his soul for our sakes. This book is a true gift to those of us walking through the darkness of our earthly path, and a rare treasure of heavenly vision.
— Makoto Fujimura, Artist and director, Brehm Center
Pete Deison has written a book of excruciating honesty. The depth of disclosure of the issues of mental illness, deep love, suicide, and recovery is explored in an uncommon, almost page-turning way. Pete and his wife, Harriet, have been friends of ours for a long time. Her death rocked us to the core. Pete has been given uncommon grace in unpacking an extraordinary set of circumstances that would have shattered a lesser man. This is a breathtaking story for everyone but a timeless book for anyone who’s been in the intimate orbit of mental illness.
— E. Peb Jackson, President, Jackson Consulting Group
Pete Deison has done an outstanding job of embracing his grief and aggressively seeking answers to difficult if not impossible questions. He teaches us some valuable lessons about how to grieve. I recommend his book to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
— Scott Susong, Assistant pastor, Second Baptist Church
Shock, anguish, pain, emptiness, and horror are the emotions I ini- tially felt in reading the saga of Harriet and Pete Deison. However, as I progressed I came to the realization that what is found here is a love story that was both broken by human frailty but also characterized by a love that could only find its origins in heaven. What I found was a work that did not dismiss the terror of human loss, the anguish of liv- ing, and the vacuous emptiness of loneliness, but offers deep insight and help for fellow travelers into the dark mire of pain and loss. The theo-centric and bibliocentric lens through which Pete traverses the nadir of his soul is remarkable; the practical insight and balanced perceptions are wonderful. I cried when I read it, but I placed the volume in my library as a choice treasure of the experience of divine mercy in the midst of pained trust. Some of what is offered may seem controversial and the use of some passages questionable, but the great message of the book is that there is a world of reality that is far larger and more real than this one; there is hope to be found in the character of God that eternity and time interconnect though seemingly in a disjointed fashion, but actually not so much as we earthlings think; there is profound reason biblically and otherwise that our separations are only for a time, our pains having a purpose with reunions afterward that transcend time. ‘But now faith, hope, love abide these three; but the greatest of these is love’ (1 Cor 13:13).
— John D. Hannah, Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology & Research Professor of Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary