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"A Chicago area pastor, lecturer, and radio speaker, the author has written other books about Christian doctrine and life after death. This unabridged work has a positive if ominous message:  Do the right thing because no one will escape the judgment the Bible promises when we die. Using New and Old Testament verses, the likable speaker explains God’s teachings about judgment day and debunks alternative scenarios in the popular culture such as reincarnation, contact with the dead, near-death experiences, and the idea that we can escape final judgment. Listeners comfortable with biblical authority will find an enjoyable coherence in this audio, and a reassuring, uplifting tone in the author’s voice." 
T.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"One minute after you die you will either be elated or terrified. And it will be too late to reroute your travel plans."

Death comes to all, and yet death is not the end. For some, death is the beginning of unending bliss, for others, unending despair. In this latest edition of the bestselling book One Minute After You Die, Pastor Erwin W. Lutzer weighs the Bible's words on life after death. He considers:

·      Channeling, reincarnation, and near-death experiences

·      What heaven and hell will be like

·      The justice of eternal punishment

·      Trusting in God's providence

·      Preparing for your own final moment

Though the afterlife is shrouded in mystery, the Bible does peel back the curtain. Dr. Lutzer will help you understand what is on the other side.

May the reality of eternity quicken and comfort you today.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802463061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802463067
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Erwin W. Lutzer is senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Loyola University, he is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner "Hitler's Cross" and the best seller "One Minute After You Die." He is also a teacher on radio programs heard on more than 700 stations throughout the United States and the world, including "Songs in the Night," "The Moody Church Hour," and the daily feature "Running to Win." He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three married children and seven grandchildren.

Rebecca Lutzer

Rebecca Lutzer is the wife of Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, where they have enjoyed 28 years of ministry. For more than 30 years, Rebecca has been a pastor's wife and has used her gifts of hospitality, mercy, and teaching to minister to many women. She has taught Bible studies, counseled and discipled women, organized conferences and seminars, and spoken to women's groups. Rebecca was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she attended Dallas Bible College. She is an RN and enjoyed working as a surgical nurse for several years. God provided numerous opportunities for her to bring comfort and peace to those going into surgery by sharing the love of Christ with them. It has always been Rebecca's passion to teach women how to grow in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. The heart of her message focuses on helping women learn how to live faithfully in the seasons of life, waiting for God to meet their needs in His time and way. She is the mother of three lovely married daughters and the grandmother of six adorable grandchildren. Rebecca and her husband coauthored "Jesus, Lover of a Woman's Soul," a book about Jesus' real relationships with women throughout His life--and how He changed their worlds.

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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Clare Chu on December 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Erwin Lutzer writes a compelling book about a topic sure to interest every one of us: what happens to you after you die. "One minute after we die we will either be elated or terrified. And it will be too late to reroute our travel plans."

First he reviews the commonly held opinions about death, near death experiences, the bright white light and experiences drawn from the modern entertainment industry. Why take the fantasy and myths from someone who had an altered state of consciousness or a near death experience as a witness? Far better to rely on someone who was really dead, dead in a tomb for three days and then raised from death to life. This is none other than Jesus Christ, the Son of God, uniquely qualified to reveal to us what is on the other side of death.

Using examples and explanations from the Holy Scriptures, Lutzer presents the bad news first, the descent into gloom for those who die in their sins. In contrast, for those who know Jesus Christ as their Saviour, death is an ascent to glory, with life continuing eternally in the New Jerusalem and all of the gifts and privileges for the redeemed in Christ. At the end of the book Lutzer shows how you can make sure that you will be ready when the final call comes by trusting solely on Jesus Christ for your salvation.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Leslie C. Rinaldi on March 30, 2008
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This book is an encouraging read for the Christian who is losing or has lost a loved one who is a believer. It helps to remove the fear of death. It also answers so many questions, and well, like about what is going on when people think they are being contacted by the dead. I gave this book to my mother and she not only read it but keeps it on her coffee table to look at on a regular basis. It's also very comforting to know the beauty and the glory that awaits us when we finally go home to Jesus.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. Albert on March 2, 2009
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Life does NOT end with the death of the PHYSICAL body. Life begins at conception and continues throughout eternity. We were created to know and love God, and for Him to know and love us. If you've never gotten to know Him in this Life through His Son, Jesus, you will briefly meet Him when you physically die and the door to Eternity opens. However, your meeting with Him will be short and you will find that while you should have been preparing for Eternity while on earth, you may have been "skipping" class. You will fail your final exam if you do not know, or don't wish to know anything about Jesus. In spite of what most religions teach about good works, the only way life throughout eternity will joyfully continue for you is to come to personally know Jesus, the Savior of all mankind. This book explains Heaven and Hell in real, easy-to-understand language. The entire subject of death is discussed, helping to alleviate fears about our future life when our physical life here ends. You may not choose to agree with the material presented. One Minute After You Die is too late to change your mind. Your location in eternity is unalterably fixed at the moment of death, by the choice you made on earth.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Judy Ramminger on December 30, 2008
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I originally checked out this book from our local library and it was such an inspirational book that I ordered a number of them from Amazon and gave them to my family and friends for Christmas presents.
A fantastic reading for all Christians and those who are on the wishy washy side, not sure of their beliefs.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By pilgrim0795 on August 11, 2011
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'What is life but preparation for eternity,' states Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor at Moody Church in Chicago, in his introduction to the intriguingly titled book 'One Minute After You Die'.

Who has not at some time, conjectured about what happens at the moment of death? From blissful ignorance to obsessive, morbid interest, we all have ways of dealing with this unavoidable issue. While millions of Westerners believe in some kind of afterlife, upon what evidence is this belief based?

Dr Lutzer examines what the Bible has to say about life beyond death, offering also, biblical perspectives on channelling, reincarnation and near death experiences. He clarifies confusion over the terms 'sheol', 'hades' and 'hell'; and the unbiblical teachings of Purgatory and 'soul sleep'. The Bible doctrines of heaven and hell are clearly presented and moving testimonies about families (including Dr Lutzer's) and others who have experienced bereavement are included.

For non Christians, the biblical teachings about hell may be challenging. Dr Lutzer examines different attitudes and perspectives, addressing difficult issues about death, including the death of children, and our eternal destiny. Challenging yes, but there is also wonderful comfort.

While the Bible provides sufficient information about heaven to thrill the soul, I feel that occasional speculation by the author, fascinating and imaginative as it may be, can dilute the impact of the word of God. Dr Lutzer speculates for instance, that skills or talents we have on earth, whether as an artist, scientist or musician for example, will be developed and used in heaven. In addition, those in heaven, he suggests, may be able to 'ask for regular updates' about their loved ones on earth.
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