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Danny's Day in Heaven

Afterword by Brinkley
Published by Beyond Words
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

This beautifully illustrated children’s book follows a young boy through his near-death experience to heaven and back, a happy ending helps to open the conversation between children and adults about what happens when we die.

Danny is like any other kid on the beach—he wants to have fun, though he’s a bit of a bully. While he’s surfing the waves one day, a storm rolls in, catching him by surprise. The water pulls him under, and Danny finds himself going through a tunnel of colors and light, appearing in a radiant world with unexpected friends. What he discovers, who he meets, and the lessons he learns before returning to Earth will ease children’s fears and give hope to readers both young and old about life after death.

Inspired by the New York Times bestseller Saved by the Light by Dannion Brinkley and dozens of other near-death experiences, this book features author Marie Antoinette Kelley’s transcendent paintings and is designed to comfort and reassure children about the reality of an afterlife. Danny’s Day in Heaven is a wonderful gift for anyone who has ever asked—or had to answer—the all-important question: “What happens when we die?”

About The Author

Photograph by Meghan Kelley

Marie Antoinette Kelley is an award-winning artist who has done hundreds of commissioned portraits, as well as the art for the Angel Quest Oracle. She has appeared on dozens oo TV, radio, and podcast shows, and has been published in such magazines as Edge and Authority. In 2019, her bison portrait in the form of woven blankets began selling throughout Yellowstone National Park’s general stores. To find out more about Marie Antoinette Kelley and her work, visit her website at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beyond Words (June 13, 2023)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781582709079
  • Ages: 6 - 10

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Raves and Reviews

“Breathtaking! Simply breathtaking! No one else has given a child’s near-death experience the full heart this book does. Lots out there. All good. But in Danny’s Day in Heaven, we feel anger’s hurt and heaven’s breath as if it were our own. Each page a painting our heart makes. I treasure this book. You will too.”

– PMH Atwater, L.H.D., author of The Forever Angels and The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences

“Dannion Brinkley as a surfer and the living sea as a metaphor for Heaven? Yes, a perfect environment for Dannion’s magical story. Marie Antoinette Kelley has done wonderful work with this colorful story.”

– Paul Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of the Afterlife, Closer to the Light, Transformed by the Light, and Saved by the Light

“Surrounded in a sea of light after an accident, a young boy encounters an angelic being assuring him of unconditional love and Life Eternal. Beautifully written and illustrated, Danny’s Day in Heaven is perfect for children of all ages.”

– Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author of Dying to Be Me, What if this is Heaven, and Sensitive Is the New Strong

“The loss of a loved one, whether it be a person or a pet, will be made a little easier when sharing Danny’s Day in Heaven with a child. This beautiful book offers wisdom, comfort, and kindness through the stunning illustrations and heartfelt story. Highly recommended.”

– Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret

“This luminous book is a revelation of the true nature and beauty of our reality—both here and hereafter. Drawn by the spiritual beauty of the art into the miraculous words of the story, there occurs for you, the reader, a quickening of your soul and a rising tide of happiness.”

– Jean Houston, author of The Wizard of Us and The Hero and the Goddess

“Marie Antoinette Kelley did it again with her gorgeous artwork and powerful message to children that life really does go on after we leave the physical body. Danny’s Day in Heaven will bring comfort and understanding to children and grownups alike who wish to know more about what they had previously thought was a scary subject. As perfectly stated in this beautiful and inspiring book, ‘You never lose who or what you love. Love is forever.’”

– Karen Noé, author of Your Life After Their Death and the Angel Quest Oracle

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