DeStefano persuasively argues that the idea of heaven is a positive force on earth, since "faith in God and heaven makes you more interested in what you do in this life—not less.
Many readers will find DeStefano's solid Christian framework reassuring and his exciting picture of heaven compelling. Forecast: One remarkable element of DeStefano's work is its theological similarity to Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's active, growth-oriented, neighborly vision of heaven in The Gates Ajar and Beyond the Gates Doubleday is surely hoping that this encouraging title will enjoy similarly celestial sales: Phelps's books sold more than , copies in the U.
View Full Version of PW. More By and About This Author. Buy this book. Definitely going in the list of books I will always keep with me forever.
I will probably read it again soon because I feel like I need to read it almost in one sitting to get the full effect of the book. This first time reading it I was always interrupted while I was trying to read this book and I kind of felt incomplete reading it this way or like something was missing or my full concentration wasn't in the book due to life lol. But I did love the book.
I just had Loved Loved Loved the book!!! I just had a hard time having time to read it. Sep 09, Capoppy rated it it was amazing. This book is written just as the title indicates, a travel book you would get for going on vacation to a new destination. Telling you what to expect when you arrive, things you don't want to miss and how to recognize what you may see.
Even for someone unchurched you would be able to make the connections the author refers to. He references scripture,then explains what he believes you will encounter. Chapters on accomadations, relationships, pets and animals, tour guides food and even jobs. There This book is written just as the title indicates, a travel book you would get for going on vacation to a new destination.
There will be some jobs that are no longer required because there will be no illness and no crime. Aug 21, Yolanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: dove , swl. This is one of those books that I found myself smiling along while reading. The author lays out the where, what and why of Heaven in a pleasing, fun manner. The hope of who you will "run" into and talk to in Heaven is certainly worth the work to get there.
Sep 22, Kathy rated it really liked it. Written by a Catholic, this is an amazing description of what Heaven might be like. Makes you wonder. Apr 15, Ashley Kelly rated it it was amazing. What a wonderful, scripture based picture of what Heaven will be like. This book inspired me to start a Christian based book club to be able to discuss spiritual matters. I loved how this was scripture based and how postive it was. Really gave a good insight into what heaven will be like based on God's character. Jul 01, Marsha rated it it was amazing. This is the best inspiring book about heaven that I have read.
You will enjoy the trip. Feb 20, Sarah rated it did not like it. I read the first chapter of this book and decided to toss it. The author describes himself as "far enough away from being a professional theologian to avoid bogging us down with too much formal theology. There were several items I was curious about after the first chapter and decided to check his biblical references to see what the bible had to say.
I'm very disappointed to report that none of the references I checke I read the first chapter of this book and decided to toss it. I'm very disappointed to report that none of the references I checked and I checked most had anything to do with the point he was making.
He just found a bunch of verses with the word "heaven" in them and listed them. I was actually looking forward to this book. But if its not really biblically based then why bother?? Mar 16, Ann rated it did not like it.
Is it me???? I cannot seem to get through a book lately. Why am I spending my time on this? Why do I care???? It's totally - in my estimation - based on his opinion. He throws a few Bible verses in as proof to his ideas - namely that it is a physical place, but as Catholics, don't we believe that the Is it me???? He throws a few Bible verses in as proof to his ideas - namely that it is a physical place, but as Catholics, don't we believe that the Bible is not to be taken literally but figuratively??? I guess if I were in a playful sort of lay in the grass, stare at the sky and speculate mood, this would be a fun read.
Sep 12, Steven Szewczyk rated it really liked it. Awesome book. It is a light read that describes what Heaven must be like. The author uses scripture to form his opinion.
It was a fun read. The author is Catholic but it is meant to be read by any denomination. View 1 comment. Jan 18, Dzillich rated it it was amazing.
Search for:. Chapters on accomadations, relationships, pets and animals, tour guides food and even jobs. He said, for example, that in his Father's "house" there are many "mansions," and that he was going there to prepare a "place" for us. Original Title. It was a very easy read, simplistic in the author's presentation, which kept my interest. A recent Newsweek poll reports that 76 percent of Americans believe in heaven.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. Its a unique perspective on what to expect in heaven and our journey on earth. It may change how you look at things. It's definitely not a religious book but there are references to the Bible and other religious scripture. Jan 21, Richelle rated it it was amazing. A different view of Heaven. Loved it! Jul 31, The Overflowing Inkwell rated it liked it Shelves: challenge-books.
I don't know what to rate this one. It's a quick, light read; nothing too serious, and takes less than a day to read much less , but also feels like some places need to be reread to get them fully for me, anyway. I dunno - I'm not a Christian, and I don't agree with some of the viewpoints expressed here or that Christianity really is all it's cracked up to be: this is probably one of the better portrayals of Jesus I've ever read. But I enjoyed thinking about Heaven as a physical location, and I don't know what to rate this one. But I enjoyed thinking about Heaven as a physical location, and the things that naturally come from such a premise.
There's some good stuff in here.
Jun 15, M rated it it was ok Shelves: theo-afterlife-nde-death. A very hyperbolic almost mythological description of heaven. Book Condition: New.
Language: English. Using the Bible as his guide, the author notes that heaven is not only a spiritual place, but also a physical place, a fabulous luxury resort more sumptuous than any on Earth. The residents are real, their bodies transformed into their most perfect selves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. By making a spiritual subject immensely physical, the book provides a picture of amazing places to visit, things to do, luxuries for pampering not to mention deep, abiding joy.
Eadie s Embraced by the Light in its tremendous message of comfort and reassurance.
Bookseller Inventory Ask Seller a Question. About this title Synopsis: A recent Newsweek poll reports that 76 percent of Americans believe in heaven.
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