This book was not what I thought it would be. I never read Cold Noses at the Pearly Gait so I have nothing to compare it too. The book does bring some comfort to those who have recently lost a pet, but I feel it has some inconsistancies and dwells too much on evil.
Many people have experienced a *sign* from their pet that they are ok and that they're in heaven. This brings much comfort to those of us left behind. The author states that those signs are not from God, or from our pet, and that they are really from Satan trying to fool us. I don't get the point. If I pray to God or my higher being for a sign, and I get one, I then thank God for my sign and I feel at peace. I don't get what Satan gains from that. It reinforces my belief in God.
Also, the author states many times that God does not change. That much I believe. God doesn't change His mind or His character. Since the beginning of time, God has done miracles here on earth, yet the author doesn't believe in them. He stated that God hasn't peformed any miracles since biblical times, after all, the Red Sea hasn't been parted recently. Well, if God never changes, and God did perform miracles, that I think it's probably safe to say that God will always perform miracles. Whether we believe them is up to us, but God won't stop performing miracles even in our disbelief. Maybe the Red Sea doesn't need to be parted now.
Maybe it isn't our pet coming back to show us a sign. Maybe it's our loving Father who gives us the sign that we will recognize and it appears to be our pet. After all, God can do whatever he wants and he's not bound by our limitations.
He also states that heaven is for human and animals only, and that it doesn't include bugs. How does he know that? God doesn't create junk. If God created life, then it serves it's purpose. Maybe there are butterflies and ladybugs in heaven. Maybe mosquitos, fleas and tick don't bite in heaven. I can't imagine how he can surmise that some life makes it to heaven, but others do not. In the end, I believe that all life returns to it's creator. It won't be a replica of life on earth, but life will be restored to the way it was meant to be from the beginning until the end of time.