By: Larry Welch
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-076842014, $ 14.99, 2013, 156 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
An Airline Captain Relates His Supernatural Encounters
A routine flight on a cold winter night near Houston, Texas turned into what some might call a trick of fate. Larry Welch suddenly found himself facing a life and death crisis. In flight and miles from his destination the engine of Larry’s Lake Amphibian Seaplane failed.
Suspense building action race across the pages of “The Miracle Landing” as split- second timing set a miracle into motion; the “invisible hand of God” parted the rush hour traffic on Houston’s Loop 610 to provide Larry a way of escape. Larry relates the story of his miracle landing as “a holy and divine moment,” a supernatural encounter.
Just seven months earlier Larry had experience a miracle of another kind. Even as a child Larry had a tender heart toward things spiritual. This sensitivity continued through his high school and college years although he was not actively involved in church or any other religious activities.
Just before graduating with a degree in aeronautics, Larry sums up his college years this way, “…I pushed myself hard. I was graduating with one of the highest grade point averages and had acquired more pilot licenses and far more flight hours…than was usually completed by others.”
Rather than sensing accomplishment and purpose Larry felt a deep hollowness within, a void. Something was missing. This feeling led to a radical transformation – an encounter with Jesus that forever changed his destiny, a first step in his journey of faith.
Although a great deal of the book deals with details of Larry’s personal conversion experience and a positive testimony leading to an invitation for the reader to become a follower of Christ, Larry writes without sermonizing or espousing any religious denomination’s beliefs or teachings
“The Miracle Landing” also looks into Larry’s career of 36 years as an airline pilot. In 2011, Larry faced yet another divine encounter which resulted in his taking an early retirement from American Airlines to respond to God’s “summons” to share the gospel of Christ through his story.
Welch writes with sensitivity, a careful balance of scripture, instruction, and personal insights. A unique story, well-written, highly recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.