It's obvious from the bookshelves and the big screen that heaven is on everyone's mind. All of us long to know what life after death will be like. Bestselling author John Burke is no exception. For decades, he has been studying accounts of people who have had near-death experiences (NDEs). While not every detail of individual NDEs correlate with Scripture, Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of survivors clearly point to the God of the Bible and the exhilarating picture of heaven he promises. Imagine Heaven is an inspirational journey through the Bible's picture of heaven, colored in with the real-life stories of heaven's wonders. Burke compares gripping stories of NDEs to what Scripture says about our biggest questions of heaven: Will I be myself? Will I see friends and loved ones? What will it look like? What is God like? What will we do forever? What about children and pets? This book will propel readers into an experience that will forever change their view of the life to come and the way they live life today. It also tackles the tough questions of heavenly reward and hellish NDEs. Anyone interested in NDEs or longing to imagine heaven more clearly will enjoy this fascinating and hope-filled book.
In 2015, John Burke's Imagine Heaven took the book world by storm, landing on the New York Times bestseller list and selling more than half a million copies. Its exhilarating picture of heaven, drawn from Scripture and illustrated with true stories of near-death experiences, enthralled readers and offered real-life evidence that supported their faith and answered some of their most pressing questions about life after death. Scripture tells us to "Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth" (Col. 3:2). Now readers can meditate daily on the realities of heaven with the Imagine Heaven Devotional. Each of the 100 devotions includes near-death stories from the bestselling book, Scripture, a prayer, as well as brand new stories and content that helps readers apply these heavenly promises to how they live life today.
Author: Christopher D. Bader
Publisher: NYU Press
Release Date: 2017-10-10
A venture into the art and science of measuring religion in everyday life In an era of rapid technological advances, the measures and methods used to generate data about religion have undergone remarkably little change. Faithful Measures pushes the study of religion into the 21st century by evaluating new and existing measures of religion and introducing new methods for tapping into religious behaviors and beliefs. This book offers a global and innovative approach, with chapters on the intersection of religion and new technology, such as smart phone apps, Google Ngrams, crowdsourcing data, and Amazon buying networks. It also shows how old methods can be improved by using new technology to create online surveys with experimental designs and by developing new ways of mining data from existing information. Chapter contributors thoroughly explain how to employ these new techniques, and offer fresh insights into understanding the complex topic of religion in modern life. Beyond its quantitative contributions, Faithful Measures will be an invaluable resource for inspiring a new wave of creativity and exploration in our connected world
Author: Ken Crispin
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2019-04-04
What would happen if you faced your doubts, set aside your preconceptions, and decided to follow the path of truth wherever it might lead? Most people, whether believers or atheists, doggedly defend what they have always believed. Many see this as an expression of faith. Yet, there is something almost inexpressibly sad about the plight of people living out their lives in reliance upon beliefs they dare not question. Perhaps that is why many of us come to a point at which we feel compelled to pursue the truth, no matter what the implications. But even if we found the courage to embark upon such a journey, could we really find a path through the scientific, philosophical, experiential, and theological thickets that surround the great questions of life? And if we did, would we know the truth and be set free? Would we be forced to face a long-feared despair? Or would we find ourselves still staring impotently at an enigmatic universe? This is a book unlike any other. It addresses these questions with unflinching honesty, drawing evidence from a diversity of scientific fields and subjecting the competing arguments to rigorous skeptical analysis.
Author: Ron Jones
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release Date: 2016-02-01
Is there a more important topic than one's eternal destination? Pastor, church planter, and radio personality (more than 100 radio stations and expanding) Ron Jones believes the gravity of this topic deserves the utmost in both biblical accuracy and compassion. In Mysteries of the Afterlife he delivers a clearly written and compelling explanation of heaven, hell, and the afterlife. You'll find answers to questions such as: What happens 60 seconds after we die? Are heaven and hell real places? Is there a future resurrection and judgement? Are we reincarnated after death? Can we communicate with the dead? Are "near-death" experiences real? And the most important question of all--what is your eternal destiny? "Whether you realize it or not, your journey toward your final destination began the day you're born. And the beginning of your discovery of what lies beyond the grave starts right now."--Ron Jones
Author: Daniel E. Bollen
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2012-01-18
These sermons attempt in the authors theological point of view try to answer many questions such as: Why do we refer to Jesus as the Good Shepherd? Who according to Corinthians and the Apostle Paul is entitled to take Holy Communion? What does Easter mean to Christians? How do we handle temptation? Why forgiveness is so important, yet so difficult? These Sermons are well researched and provide Biblical references to support the sermons. These Sermons are not meant to replace attending worship but to provide an additional insight to God and his Son Jesus Christ.
Author: Mary C. Neal
Publisher: Convergent Books
Release Date: 2017
"Dr. Mary Neal's unforgettable account of a 1999 kayaking accident that took her life, and what happened next, has riveted more than a million readers. But something happened as she shared her story in the years since. Not only did Neal realize she had more to tell, she discovered she had yet to answer the biggest question of all: How does knowing heaven is real change our lives on Earth?" -- Amazon.com.
The Gallup Poll reports that 1 in 25 people has had a near-death experience. Their heart stopped beating, their brain waves ceased, yet they claim they were more alive than ever. With improved medical resuscitation, more and more verifiable evidence indicates that life doesn't end with our last breath--it's just beginning. Drawing out the similarities found by studying over 1,000 accounts of near-death experiences around the globe, John Burke unfolds a compelling and comforting vision of a world where - we are free from pain - we feel fully known and accepted - we are greeted by loved ones - we encounter indescribable beauty - we discover a God of unconditional love If you've lost a loved one, if you've received a frightening diagnosis, or if you're just curious about what happens after death, this concise look at the life to come will bring you hope and reassurance. Content derived from the New York Times bestseller Imagine Heaven.
If life is about the journey and not the destination, could it be that this is heaven —this physical life we are living here on Earth? What we experience in our daily lives often feels like anything but heaven. But what if we understood how powerful we are —that we are powerful enough to mold both our internal and our external reality? Anita Moorjani, the New York Times bestselling author of Dying to Be Me, is convinced we can do exactly that. The process, she explains, requires dismantling many cultural myths mistaken for indisputable truths. Beliefs such as "We get what we deserve," "Loving ourselves is selfish," and "Coincidences are just that —coincidences," are ingrained within us from birth, pervasive and influential, leading to generations of misguidance. Following her near-death experience, Moorjani began to embody truths she learned in the other realm, discovering that letting go of these outmoded myths allowed her to experience heaven not as a physical place but as a state of mind, right here and right now. In this examination of our common myths, she shares stories and examples from her own life, revealing the lies beneath the surface of what she was taught and absorbed. By freeing ourselves from these falsehoods, Moorjani asserts, we can leave fear, heartache, and self-imposed boundaries behind and instead live lives full of purpose and joy.
Is there a heaven? Is hell real? Is there life after death? Discover the answers that will change your life forever! People genuinely want to know if there is life after death. However, there are many different ideas about the afterlife. Some believe that once you are dead, “that’s it.” Nothingness. Others sincerely hope that there is something beyond this life, but are not sure. Uncertainty. Is it possible to know that there is life beyond the grave? If so, how does this change your life today? In A Rabbi Looks at the Afterlife, Jonathan Bernis takes you on an unforgettable journey of faith, exploring Scripture, history, and first-hand accounts of those who have experienced the afterlife. Get ready to: Re-Imagine heaven and get a clearer vision of the glorious eternity that awaits all believers Live with a greater sense of purpose and urgency, motivated by the realities of heaven and hell Be inspired by four unforgettable true stories of individuals who had near-death experiences When the afterlife becomes more real, you will live every moment in light of forever and recognize the eternal significance that your life plays in God’s unfolding plan!
Author: April Michelle Lewis
Publisher: Inspiring Voices
Release Date: 2012-12-19
THIS SPIRITUAL GUIDE PROVIDES A PHILOSOPHY DESIGNED TO BOTH HEAL THE INDIVIDUAL AND ULTIMATELY CARRY THE WORLD INTO A NEW ERA OF UNITY. SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE AND SCIENCE. STABLE: The Keys to Heaven on Earth offers a new and different message as religious barriers are broken down. STABLE is defined by author April Michelle Lewis as Sound Thought, Always Believe, Life of Excellence—truly the keys to experiencing heaven on earth. For thousands of years, humankind has envisioned a peaceful world. Peace can be obtained. It is not impossible and is, in fact, well within our reach. Various scientific studies support the existence and the true nature of God and heaven. When these discoveries are applied to our lives, it launches us all toward an existence that God has intended for us here on earth. Through the STABLE philosophy, people of all backgrounds across the world can learn to love each other, share their possessions, strengthen their faith, turn their dreams into reality, and find hope in the face of debilitating depression. This spiritual guide seeks to heal individuals in every aspect of their lives, and ripple out like a beautiful wave to unite the entire globe. It is time to live as though heaven is on earth.
Author: Patricia Pearson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-05-13
The first book by a respected journalist on Nearing Death Awareness—similar to Near-Death Experience—this “fascinating” (Kirkus Reviews) exploration brings “humor, sympathy, and keen critical intelligence to a topic that is all too often off-limits” (Ptolemy Tompkins, collaborator with Eben Alexander on Proof of Heaven). People everywhere carry with them extraordinary, deeply comforting experiences that arrived at the moment when they most needed relief: when they lost a loved one. These experiences can include clear messages from beyond, profound and vividly beautiful visions, mysterious connections and spiritual awareness, foreknowledge of a loved one’s passing—all of which evade explanation by science and logic. Most people keep these transcendent experiences secret for fear they will be discounted by hyperrational scrutiny. Yet these very common occurrences have the power to console, comfort, and even transform our understanding of life and death. Prompted by her family’s surprising, profound experiences around the death of her father and her sister, reporter Patricia Pearson sets out on an open-minded inquiry, a rare journalistic investigation of Nearing Death Awareness, which Anne Rice praises as “substantive, eloquent, and worthwhile.” Opening Heaven’s Door offers deeply affecting stories of messages from the dying and the dead in a fascinating work of investigative journalism, pointing to new scientific explanations that give these luminous moments the importance felt by those who experience them. Pearson also delves into out-of-body and near-death experiences, examining stories and research to make sense of these related but distinct categories. Challenging current assumptions about what we know and what we are still unable to explain, Opening Heaven’s Door will forever alter your perceptions of the nature of life and death.
Author: Karla Clark
Release Date: 2008-10
Genre: Family & Relationships
Kylie can't believe her luck! Just when she is certain that her dream of having her own dog will never come true, a stray German Shepherd unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep. She and her family try to do the right thing by taking it to the animal shelter so they can find his owner. Because the animal shelter has too many animals, they ask Kylie and her family to foster the dog until they have more room. Kylie hopes that during the time they foster the dog, her mom will fall in love with him and they would get to keep him forever. It's the perfect plan... unless, of course, his owners show up to claim him! Will Kylie's dream become a reality, or is she up for the biggest disappointment of her life? Kids and their families really can help animals by becoming foster parents. To find out more about fostering animals, contact your local animal shelter, humane society or animal rescue group. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to animal welfare groups.
In reading my literature, you will not only be able to relate to it but will also come to understand that with faith, hope, and love in our Lord Jesus Christ, you will also be able to endure the hardships of your journey to be rewarded with a life of happiness and prosperity.