A Texas woman claims in a new book that Jesus cured her daughter’s life-threatening digestive disorders after a bizarre fall inside a hollow tree.
Annabel Beam fell headfirst three years ago 30 feet down the hollowed-out cottonwood while playing with her sisters on their family’s farm.
She wasn’t injured, but the then-9-year-old girl told her parents afterward that she went to heaven and sat in Jesus’ lap while stuck inside the tree, reported the Christian Post.
“(He had) a beautiful long white robe, dark skin, and a big beard — kind of like Santa Claus, but not really," Annabel told her parents.
Annabel, now 12, said she saw her late grandmother during the experience – which is how she knew she was in heaven.
“I asked Jesus if I could stay, and He said: 'No Annabel, I have plans for you on Earth that you cannot fulfill in heaven,'” she said. “Then he said, ‘Whenever the firefighters get you out there, will be nothing wrong with you.’"
Her mother Christy Beam, recently published a book about the experience, “Miracles from Heaven” – which also details her daughter’s struggles with pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and antral hypomotility disorder.
Annabel was diagnosed with the life-threatening disorders when she was 5, and she endured frequent hospital trips for years.
"I remember when she told me, 'Mommy, I want to die and go to heaven and live with Jesus where there's no more pain,'” Christy Beam said. “I remember thinking, 'Don't you do it, don't you take her.’”
Then she fell in the tree, and Christy Beam said her daughter hasn’t had any symptoms since her rescue.
“We believe that I was healed in the tree,” Annabel said. “I'm completely healthy, and I can eat whatever I want.”
The girl said her religious faith healed her, and she wants the book to encourage other Christians to keep their faith.
“You have to stay faithful and have hope, because those are the things that will get you through whatever you're going through, no matter what it is,” Annabel said.
The tale fits alongside "Heaven Is For Real" and "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" in the so-called heavenly tourism genre in evangelical Christian literature.
Alex Malarkey, the subject of the latter book, admitted earlier this year that he made up his near-death experience to gain attention.
Watch this interview with Christy and Annabel Beam about the experience: