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A Travel Guide to Heaven [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Destefano
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A recent Newsweek poll reports that 76 percent of Americans believe in heaven. Yet even avid believers have difficulty conjuring up more than vague images of halos, harps, and wispy angels in flowing robes. Anthony DeStefano knew there had to be a more complete, meaningful, and comforting vision of what heaven is like, and A TRAVEL GUIDE TO HEAVEN is the entertaining and enlightening result.

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.

Combining the clarity and logic of C. S. Lewis with a terrific sense of fun and adventure, DeStefano creates a brilliant, reassuring portrait of heaven, a place that has intrigued and puzzled humankind throughout history. With its clear view of the afterlife, A TRAVEL GUIDE TO HEAVEN might best be compared to James Van Praagh's Talking to Heaven or Betty J. Eadie's Embraced by the Light in its tremendous message of comfort and reassurance.

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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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

Product Details

  • File Size: 242 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 038550988X
  • Publisher: Image; 1 edition (September 16, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJAQ4
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read September 17, 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting view of Heaven, and a great read, too! September 22, 2003
By Lisa
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm buying 6 copies... September 19, 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! October 23, 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Fascinating Read. October 7, 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Consoling October 23, 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A beautiful reminder of being reunited with our loved ones in heaven.
Published 1 day ago by Carol Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this as a gift and they were thrilled with it.
Published 1 month ago by J. Jamieson
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book to anyone who has ever lost someone ...
A powerful reminder of what truly awaits us. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever lost someone he/she loves--it will be a hope and a comfort.
Published 2 months ago by doodless1
5.0 out of 5 stars Help for the downhearted.
Such a reassuring and logical little guide to our next lives. I have bought a couple as gifts for friends, to lift their spirits. Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Huber
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Published 3 months ago by virginiaduke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love his writings.
Published 4 months ago by Maxine Bushaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Ready for the Trip of Your Life
There’s that old tongue-in-cheek saying: “Everyone wants to go to Heave, but nobody’s dying to get there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. G. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
DeStefano always delivers.
Published 5 months ago by Catherine B. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars It was well written and provided me great comfort.
I puschased this book almost immediately after my husband passed away. It was well written and provided me great comfort.
Published 5 months ago by nashqueenofheart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
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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.


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