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"Thank you for your book One Heartbeat Away. I was truly impacted by the results of the pulmonary surgeon’s interviews with people who had died on the operating table and had been revived again. It is very troubling to me that about half of those who had a near death experience saw hell. Even more so is the fact that those who saw hell did not talk about it again for a couple weeks after their dreadful experience. The thought of so many people seeing hell will continue to be a vivid reminder to me to witness whenever I am able."
—Pastor B Aldrich
Witness, Mentor, CrossPollination Ministries

"One Heartbeat Away is my favorite thing to leave a lost person with following a conversation. It not only presents all the information they need to make a calculated decision concerning Jesus Christ and their eternal destination, but I find it usually extends on points I made during the conversation -- great edification for non-believers. I gave away three copies to an atheist and two skeptics after a great talk in a McDonald’s parking lot. All three seemed interested in reading it, particularly the atheist. Glory to God!"
—J Hayes
Vice President & Information Director, Project 100 Ministries

"I read through the book in two days. Those days just happened to be before our big evangelistic outreach for our youth ministry that we do several times a semester. I was so impressed with the logical progression of truth that I used the same approach and info in my message. There were 10 students that made first time professions of faith! This is an incredible resource for anyone wanting a solid foundation from which to personally share their faith, and it is a great giveaway for the lost."
—C Walker
Youth Ministry, Lubbock, TX


"This resource can reach a broader range of people than almost any I’ve come across: young, old, kind, or cruel. Solid truth presented in a challenging, readable form. We truly believe this book helps patients leave our office with their spiritual eyes open. We’ll soon be ready for 1,500 more."
—S Kirkham, MD

“I just finished reading your new book, One Heartbeat Away: Your Journey Into Eternity—keep the presses running! This book is a ‘must have,’ ready to give a person who is searching for the most important answer. ‘Where will you be after you leave this planet?’”
—Rick Brothers

“One Heartbeat Away is done very well and does a fantastic job of explaining who we are and what we’re here on earth for. You won’t hear a better explanation of the Gospel than this (other than the Bible of course!). Basically, it’s one giant tract! If only all 7 billion people in the world could read this book! I thank God for you Mark.”
—B McCurdy, 35
Real Estate Agent, Cottonwood, CA

“Now that my friends and I are closing in on 40 and have children who mean so much to us, we need to be able to answer the most important question there is. ‘What happens after this?’ If for no other reason than to lead our children the right way. We all are ‘One Heartbeat Away!’”
—Scott Gallagher

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BDP Publishing; 5th edition (September 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964366576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964366572
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mark Cahill has a business degree from Auburn University, where he was an honorable mention Academic All-American in basketball. He has worked in the business world at IBM and in various management positions, and he taught high school for four years. Mark now speaks to more than 25,000 people a year at conferences, camps, retreats, etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows. Mark's favorite thing to do is to go out and meet people and find out what they believe and why they believe it. You can find Mark at malls, concerts, art and music festivals, airports, beaches, sporting events, bar sections of towns, college campuses, etc., doing just that.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jo Farrell on November 7, 2008
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The past five years of my life has been quite turbulent. Along with being a mom and pursuing my profession, I have taken on the role of full- time caregiver to my mother.
She had an accident that led to End Stage Renal Disease. Her illness amplified her existing adult onset diabetes, a host of cardiac and cardiovascular issues and also she endured numerous hospitalizations after having a kidney transplant. I have spent all of this time practically living out of hospitals. Being a caregiver to your parent is no easy task. In many cases when things go wrong, and then a miracle happens to turn things around, it reinforces your faith in God many times over.

On her recent hospitalization at Mayo Clinic, She was being seen for a small infection in an ingrown toe nail on her left leg. No matter how diligent we were with care. The toe died and we were in the process of facing the amputation of a toe. Some may think it is just a toe. For those who have no idea, most hospitals when things start to happen, would rather take your entire leg below the knee to amputate instead of doing a small ray section amputation. We handpicked specialists who would be conservative with preserving life and limb. This was also her second amputation in a year period of time.

She was emotionally fearful and distraught having to go through this another time.

She was feeling sad and crying while she awaited her appointment in the nephrology department. I had momentarily left her to attend to my daughter and had returned to the waiting room to find a uniquely healthy and practically glowing couple talking to her.

Upon looking at this man and woman, they had such a spiritual presence. You could tell they walked their talk.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mombo on May 20, 2006
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Have you ever wished you could explain the need for salvation and what it means to be saved? Mark Cahill does this in an fascinating easy to read book. I love it!
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In One Thing You Can't Do in Heaven, evangelist Mark Cahill shared a powerful question for helping lead nonbelievers to the Holy Spirit: "What do you think will happen to you when you die?" In One Heartbeat Away: Your Journey into Eternity, Mr. Cahill describes the most often cited evidence in favor of the Christian answer to that question. For someone who doesn't know the Bible and wants to learn more, this book is a good starting point for understanding the evidence in favor of Christianity. Mr. Cahill also does a good job of referencing his sources so that those who want to study the points in more detail will know where to go next. The book is short and accessible: The format is similar to what having a personal conversation with Mr. Cahill might be like.

The book opens with arguments in favor of Intelligent Design, the spiritual counter to various scientific theories such as Darwinism. He next turns his attention to evidence in favor of the Bible, including archeology and prophesies that have proven to be accurate. In chapter four, he describes experiences that people recall who have been resuscitated while dying. While most of us have heard of the tunnel of light and beings dressed in white that receive us in a friendly place, Mr. Cahill also shares stories of people who have experienced great heat, flames, and the smell of burning sulfur. Next, the book examines the Ten Commandments and helps readers to understand how far we all come in following those Godly rules. You'll come away with a strong sense that no matter how hard we try we cannot save ourselves from sin. From there, the book takes a brief look at comparative religions to show that only Christianity provides a way out of being judged for our sins.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By JerseyJeff on August 7, 2006
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I'm less than half way through this book, but as a younger born-again Christian, this book has really helped explain things for me. Each chapter challenges the things/topics that are against God such as evolutionism, Muslims, atheists, etc. The 2nd chapter disproves evolution using amazing facts and even has quotes from famous Evolutionist scholars who themselves said there was no way of a "big bang" to happen. I'd definitely have to recommend Chapter 3, entitled " The Red Silver Dollar," it shows you historically, statistically, and factually, how there HAS to be a God/creator. Great stuff. Check this out if your a new believer, or if you are still unsure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kentucky Tim on December 27, 2012
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Purpose of the Book. This book answers several questions, the primary one being: what happens to us after we die? By asking and answering a series of questions, Cahill takes the reader from understanding the need for a Creator to understanding the need for salvation (and sanctification). In this manner, the book both explains the Gospel and defends the Gospel against the major modern arguments against it. Cahill wants the readers---whenever they die---to be prepared for Judgment Day.

Thesis of the Book. There is a Creator, who is evidenced in Creation; who is revealed the Bible; who is made manifest in Jesus; and who destroyed "the sin barrier between man and God by the sacrifice of Himself [Jesus], and... will come again to judge everyone" (p57). "We have each broken the commands of Almighty God" (p167), will all die (and have no idea when we will die), and will be guilty on Judgment Day. Therefore, we need to turn away from our sins and receive God's forgiveness. In other words, the thesis is basically the salvation story.

Intended Audience. This book obviously is primarily intended for non-Christians. However, it would be useful for Christians who would like to be armed with information to help guide a non-Christian to understanding the Gospel and basic evangelical apologetics. Additionally, this would be a useful book for Christians to purchase in order to give to non-Christians.

Structure of the Book. As mentioned above, Cahill uses a series of questions and answers to build his argument for the need of salvation. He begins with questions such as "where does lightening come from, or a brilliant rainbow?" (p15) to then build a case for a Creator.
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