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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion; 1 edition (September 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038550988X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385509886
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Forget angels playing harps. In this fascinating, comforting book, DeStefano takes the reader on a tour of heaven, painting it as a dynamic place of unlimited joy, and using Scripture and dramatic imagination to fill in details about the afterlife. "God doesn't throw away the good things he creates," he writes, an idea which is the basis of many of his speculations about heaven. Heaven is a tangible place, believes DeStefano, and at least part of it will be a transformed new earth. People will have their own recognizable bodies, only perfected. DeStefano tackles tough questions about heaven, including the role of angels, the measurement of time, marriages and whether pets will be there ("Of course!"). Fears of boredom are dispelled with his depictions of possible activities ("How about a tour of the Andromeda galaxy?") and creative work ("Books will be written and read, public structures will be built and utilized"). However, he writes that nothing will compare with the thrill of meeting God, the source of true happiness. 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." He is neither an academic nor a professional theologian, which gives the book its delightfully conversational tone and frees him to conjecture without restraint. Many readers will find DeStefano's solid Christian framework reassuring and his exciting picture of heaven compelling.
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Review

"'This heavenly guidebook ought to come with a warning for unwary earthbound readers: CAUTION. THIS BOOK COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE!'" National Review --This text refers to the Digital edition.

More About the Author

Anthony DeStefano is the best-selling author of five Christian books for adults: "A Travel Guide to Heaven", "Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To", "Angels All Around Us", "I Just Can't Take it Anymore" (a photo-gift book), and "A Travel Guide to Life- Transforming Yourself from Head to Soul." Anthony has also written several bestselling children's books, including: "This Little Prayer of Mine", "Little Star", "The Donkey No One Could Ride", "A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids", and "The Sheep that No One Could Find."

Anthony is the host of the television series, "A Travel Guide to Life", broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He has received many awards and honors from religious communities throughout the world. In 2002, he was given an honorary Doctorate from the Joint Academic Commission of the National Clergy Council and the Methodist Episcopal Church for "the advancement of Christian beliefs in modern culture." The commission is made up of outstanding Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant theologians and educators.

Anthony is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the oldest Order in the Catholic Church. He is an avid pilot, a successful businessman, and a longtime pro-life activist.

He has appeared on many national television and radio programs, including Fox's America's Newsroom, Fox and Friends, CNN, the 700 Club, Focus on the Family Radio, and Janet Parshall's "In the Market." His books have been endorsed by Dr. James Dobson, Pastor Jack Hayford, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Renato Martino, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Regis Philbin, Quincy Jones, Delilah, Pat Boone, Mark Taylor, William Bennett, Lee Iacocca, Dr. Paul Cedar, Dr. Dick Eastman, Bernice King--daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others.

Customer Reviews

This is a very easy book to read, but true to the scriptures.
Beatrice E. Nicholls
Sadly, not very many people even think that much about heaven and all the good things in store for us there!
Gary Walterscheid
This is the first book by Destefano that I have read but I intend to read his other books.
Pappa Place

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
An extraordinary work that sits directly at the intersection of inspiration and entertainment. In this charming, witty, uplifting work, Anthony DeStefano did for me what 30 years of church couldn't: he made me believe in Heaven.
With chapters like "Luxury Accomodations," "Our Tour Guides," and "A Heavenly Makeover," the author of this book paints a picture of the afterlife that's equal parts comforting and edifying.
But by far, my favorite chapter is "Do All Dogs go to Heaven?" Having just lost my golden retreiver, my best friend for 13 years, the author's answer ("Of course!") gave me hope that one day I might see him again.
Everyone I know is getting a copy of this book for Christmas.
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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on September 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Wow...I bought this book on a lark, and I'm so glad I did. I've read other books that explore the subject of the afterlife, but none was ever as uplifting as this one. Other books on life after death were always either a little scary or strange. This author doesn't claim to have actually been to Heaven, but instead uses solid research to back up his vision of life after death. After I finished the book, I was left with feelings of hope and security. I can see how it would be comforting for someone who recently lost a loved one, or someone who is struggling with illness themselves. I've already purchased this book for two of my friends--it's the kind of book that, once you read it, you want to share it with others. Overall, a great read!
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By R. Pince on October 20, 2003
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I was touched and delighted by this beautiful work. This book does more than anything I've ever read to make heaven real and accessible to the average Christian. I loved the logical speculations and imaginative ideas, and I admire Mr. Destefano's attempt to make this book as ecumenical as possible, focusing on what all Christian sects teach in common about the afterlife. Devoid of jargon and full of hope, A Travel Guide to Heaven is something I recommend for anyone who wants to know the basis for Christian optimism.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! It's well written, exciting, comforting, and "down to earth" -- quite a feat for a book about heaven!
I lost a close friend recently, and this is just the book I needed to feel a sense of comfort and to ease some of my pain.
I will be getting several copies to give to friends who have lost loved ones. It will probably be the best thing they could receive to help them during this tough time.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having recently lost a loved one, I found this book comforting and reassuring. I have already reccommended it to many friends and family members. I enjoy the 'travel' theme and think it was an ingeneous way to present a timeless subject!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I think it is better than Lewis' The Great Divorce, and that is saying something. It is easy to understand but with some very sublime insights. Moreover, its happy message cannot miss.
I am hopeful that this book might possibly lead to a renewed faith-based discussion of the afterlife, devoid of all the new age nonsense about communicating with the dead.

I strongly recommend it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2003
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If you have ever gone through a time in your life that seemed hopeless, as so many of us have, this is the book to read! When so many bad things happen in life there is almost never a way to bring your spirits up. This book made me laugh and cry at the same time. I've read it twice already, and I will continue to remind myself again and again of all the comforting and hopeful insights that this book covers! I LOVE IT!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2003
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Travel Guide to Heaven was a terrific book. It was spiritual and uplifting, however not only was it well written and fun to read but it made me think. when I stopped after every chapter to reflect on what I had just read I knew that I was reading a great book.
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