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Heaven: Better By Far is a rare digest of biblical insights into the timeless topic of heaven, and the finale of one who prepared himself for nearly a century for that day when he would experience how heaven is better by far.

If your idea of heaven is having a "mansion just over the hilltop," J. Oswald Sanders has important news for you. While heaven will provide a final home for those who love God, the author of Heaven: Better By Far explains that "so incredibly glorious is heaven that we are compelled to express it in negations and symbols of grandeur and majesty." He says the popular view--that heaven is like the most luxurious place we know, only better--falls far short of reality.

Recognizing that he was near heaven's gates, Sanders approached the subject with more than a scholarly interest. His honesty caused him to challenge some popular notions, and his personal curiosity prompted him to address many relevant questions, such as:

What is Death Anyway?

How Do We Gain Entrance to Heaven?

Is Heaven a Place or a State of Mind?

Will We Know One Another in Heaven?

What Will Our Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

What Will We Do in Heaven?

What Will Heaven Be Like?

Will Mansions Be Awaiting Us?

Who Will Receive Rewards?

About the Author

Dr. John Oswald Sanders (1902-1992) was an international Christian preacher, missionary statesman, and prolific author for nearly seventy years and wrote over forty books on spiritual living. This respected Bible teacher and writer influenced Christians throughout the world for much of the twentieth century. He is primarily remembered for his Christian classic Spiritual Leadership and as the General Director of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (formerly China Inland Mission). Dr. Sanders died in his native New Zealand in 1992 at the age of ninety.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery House; Assumed First edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929239725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929239729
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on August 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Robert K. DeVries tells us in the foreward that Sanders' motivation for writing this book was that as he neared the end of his life, he was researching his future destination. In so doing he brought passion to the work, supplemented by the skills of a scholar. There are various types of books on heaven, some very subjective in their approach, others from a more analytical view. This book presents a look at the evidence, but with zeal and enthusiasm.

He has done a commendable job of reviewing the literature of what other scholars have said on the subject and adds his own research to what he has found. He even presents varying viewpoints on different issues before saying where he stands and why.

The vast majority of this book is excellent. Toward the end I find a weakness. He interprets certain passages in the Bible as symbolic which I see as literal. I think he is just wrong. Other sections of the book, however are quite good.
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This is a good biblically conservative view of heaven that comes in an appealing question/answer format. This book teaches the most popular views on heaven and is a "safe" read for most Christians, including modern Reformers. I do like that the author often addresses (but then dismisses) other questions and views on heaven. I rated this book 3 stars (which means "OKAY") because:

- The authors answers were a bit too short and sometimes a bit shallow and sometimes provide no answer at all

Example: Is heaven a place or a state? - "Yes and no" "Heaven is a location somewhere in the universe, not a material place we can locate" "It is not a place in the material sense like Jerusalem. It will be different from our present space-time environment. It is where God is. He does not occupy space. He had no body. Would this not imply that heaven is a state rather than a place? However, we will have spiritual bodies. This seems to require a location. [The author ends here with no further discussion. No real answer and only 2 1/2 short pages of discussion on this question]

- The authors' opinions were not always solidly backed up with scripture
- I don't agree with all the author's views

The book is about:
Myths about heaven
Humans do not become angels after they die
We will have purified relationships in the afterlife
Can we communicate with the dead?
Is Purgatory real? - No.
What about infants and retarded? - Author teaches "Age of Accountability"
What will heaven be like?
What about our rewards?
What about our resurrected bodies?
Will there be time in heaven?
What will we do in heaven?
What music will be in heaven?
Is salvation universal? - No.
What about the second advent and judgment?
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The book is more like a daily devotional, in how it is written. I was expecting more of a novel with a more linear explanation of it's title. It was ok...just not as deep as I expected. It was like a Q & A session...
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This is an excellent resource tool for biblical studies or learning. It's worth every bit spent on it. It came neatly packaged and did not possess any damage(s) to it. I would recommend this product
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