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About the Author

Frank Santora is pastor of Faith Church. He also serves as president of Faith Ministries and Faith Preparatory Schools, Inc., in New Milford, Connecticut. He has been a spiritual coach and motivational speaker, and his television show, Destined to Win, challenges people to discover the winner within themselves. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

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CHAPTER 1

Grandpa and JFK Jr.

MY GRANDFATHER WAS a man’s man. I remember him being big and strong, even with the prosthetic leg he had from the knee down. When he put it on, he would say, “It’s time for me to become the Bionic Man,” and back then I believed he really had a super-robot leg like Steve Austin on the TV show.

He adored his grandkids. There were five of us: myself, my sister and brother, and my two cousins who lived next door. Whenever my grandfather came over, he would show up with gifts for all of us. And not just little gifts—he went all out. One day he showed up with Kick ’N Go scooters, the kind with a pedal on the back that you’d stomp to propel the scooter. These were the toys of all toys back in the day and cost about a hundred dollars each. My grandfather bought five of them: one for each kid. I’m sure the neighbors thought he was spoiling us, but he didn’t care. He loved us, and we loved him.

Sometimes I would go and spend the night with Grandpa and Grandma at their home in Brooklyn. On those nights when he came home from work, he’d bring this huge hero sandwich from a deli, the largest sandwich you ever saw, and he’d hold it up in front of the two of us. Then he’d start eating from one end and I’d start eating from the other, and we’d have a race to the middle of that hero sandwich.

As you can imagine, he was my hero. He was Grandpa, and there was nobody more alive than he was.

One morning my parents came into my room and woke me up. But they were not as happy and jovial as usual. They sat down on my bed and told me something I didn’t want to believe, that I couldn’t believe. Grandpa had died.

Grandpa? Big, strong, happy Grandpa? He was gone? It didn’t happen, it couldn’t happen, not to Grandpa.

I was eleven years old and my grandfather was dead. It was the first loss of my life, and a pain hit me that I had never felt before.

But he was only the first.

Over the years I experienced other deaths. My cousin John, who was like a brother to me, died of cancer not two years later. My grandmother, Grandpa’s wife for thirty-eight years and widow for nineteen more.

I know this is sad, but hang on. There’s a point.

I’ve seen other deaths, too. As a pastor, I get called to preach at funerals. I get called to go to hospital rooms and emergency rooms and talk to people who are dying and to the people they leave behind.

Death is a part of my life.

Guess what? It’s part of yours, too.

WHO’S GOT A TICKET?

Remember those ticket machines you see at bakeries and ice-cream shops? The sign says take a number, and when you come in, you grab that little ticket and stand around, trying to find something to do, until the clerk calls out your number. You hand the guy your ticket, give him your order, and then all in a rush you’re done and out of there.

Well, the moment you were born, you grabbed a ticket. And no matter how you spend your time kicking around in this world, finding something to do, at some point you’re gonna have to give up that ticket. You’re done, and you’re out of here.

Bam.

Just like that.

A few years ago I turned on the TV and saw pictures of a small private plane next to images of John F. Kennedy Jr. “Plane missing, presumed dead,” the caption read. Pretty soon the presumed became fact. The heir to the Kennedy legacy, a handsome young man whose life and political and business future were constantly mused about by media stars and pundits, was dead. Gone. Life over, story over, musing over. All that fame, fortune, and favored-son glory didn’t mean a thing when his plane slammed into the ocean.

You see, it doesn’t matter if you’re a hero to your grandson. It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy who beat cancer as a baby, a grandmother who cooked unbelievable lasagna, or even the famous golden boy of the political world. You are going to die. And you don’t know when.

As they say in the movies, “Nobody gets out of here alive.”
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141659731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416597315
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book before it came out in mass publication. It is not only about death but an excellent review of what Christians believe and why. I have five adult children. I plan to order one for each of them with a personal note, and a couple of extras to loan out. Even for me, a lifetime Christian, Frank Santora helped put things back into perspective again. He discusses the questions that all of us seek to understand. It ties together all you've ever heard about our faith, and makes you feel proud and confident to continue, or to believe in the first place. Why were we created? What is our purpose? What are heaven and hell, and what will our choices mean for our future. The book is both scriptural and interpretive. When a friend handed me the book and told me it meant so much to her, I thought "not another book on Christianity". I didn't want to read it, but very quickly I didn't want to stop reading it. I had to return her copy, but now this new book is out (as of today, I think), I will have my own copy. It just isn't like all the other books. Read it and you'll be glad you did.
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After ordering this wonderful book and reading it, I realized the author Frank Santora is pastor of Faith Church in Danbury. Ct near our home. We have been attending his church ever since! You feel as if you are sitting down with him in conversation as you read the book. It is revealing, lines up with the word of God, and makes a great gift to someone who has just lost a loved one. Thank you Pastor Frank for pouring your heart into this book and opening ours to the wonders of our Heavenly home.
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Frank Santora, pastor, author and motivational speaker tackles the hard questions of life and death with captivating logic and humor in his new release, “After you die…” Where he notes, “Nobody gets out of here alive.”

He begins with a story about his beloved grandfather and hero. He was eleven-years-old when he learned his grandpa died. It was the first of many personal losses that prepared him to deal with death not only then but later in life as a pastor. It was where Frank learned that “…death is a part of life.”

He uses the analogy of customers who “take a number” from ticket machines to wait their turn. Then writes, “…the moment you were born, you grabbed a ticket…” It’s a ticket everyone receives for a journey that begins “…thirty seconds after you die…”

In this book he provides solid evidence to state his case for why we are born with body, soul and spirit which means we have eternal souls that go to Heaven or Hell determined by our choices. With that in mind, he hopes to persuade readers to live in light of eternity because there are no second chances.

Forty-two chapters, divided into eight segments raise fascinating questions about life, death and the afterlife. Such as, is there a God, do Heaven and Hell exist, is Jesus the only way to Heaven, are there second chances and more. He uses “…cultural, scientific, philosophical, and biblical evidence to unveil the truth about the mysteries of the afterlife…” which he argues with brilliance and sprinkles of humor.

Several chapters include NDE’s (near death experiences) from all walks of life, although Frank clearly favors the NDE’s of children such as described in “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back.
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This explains so well the argument FOR heaven and how to GET there, in easy to comprehend terms. Especially good for a new believer, an UN-believer, or a seasoned believer who wants the right words when discussing this with a seeker or doubter. It held my interest throughout and remains a keeper in my home library.
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Another book to make money off grieving, suffering, vulnerable people in order to pay down his debt of $220,000 he STOLE from a business in Danbury, CT WHILST he was head pastor of his church in 2013!. Wonder what Faith Church preaches exactly? Don't let him STEAL the $ this book costs. What a horrific shame. $= ROOT OF ALL EVIL. The Biblical author knew His stuff!
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By MAMELLE on September 11, 2012
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THIS IS TRULY A MUST READ. IT IS BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN AND WELL RESEARCHED. IT DEFINITELY HAS THE WOW FACTOR. THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. THE AUTHOR TACKLES THE VERY MANY QUESTIONS PEOPLE HAVE REGARDING THE AFTERLIFE AND FINALLY SOMEONE GIVES THE ANSWERS(WELL RESEARCHED). PEOPLE DO NOT DENY YOURSELVES THIS BOOK UNCOVERING THE MYSTERY WE ALL WANT TO KNOW. THE AUTHOR COULD HAVE ONLY WRITTEN THIS BOOK BECAUSE HE LINKED INTO THE LOVE OF GOD AND WANTS TO SHARE IT. AFTER THE AUTHOR PRESENTS THESE FACTS HE CHALLENGES OUR MINDS TO MAKE AN EDUCATED DECISION OF OUR OWN. BE BLESSED AS YOU READ THIS BOOK.
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Frank Santora sheds light on many of the lingering questions we have about life now and in the eternal hereafter through evocative, well-researched arguments. His down-to-earth straight talk reaches us at that personal level where most theologians fail to connect. He understands how we can simultaneously tremble with trepidation and fear yet seek hungrily to uncover life's greatest mysteries. Pastor Frank marches the reader boldly into the unknown with humor, testimony and unwavering faith.
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