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Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You Paperback – October 20, 2015
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1 out of 25 Americans has had a near-death experience.
Do they reveal the Heaven of the Bible?
All of us long to know what life after death will be like. Bestselling author John Burke is no exception. In Imagine Heaven, he compares more than one hundred gripping stories of near-death experiences (NDEs) to what Scripture says about our biggest questions of Heaven: Will I be myself? Will I see friends and loved ones? What will Heaven look like? What is God like? What will we do forever? What about children and pets?
Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of near-death survivors--including doctors, college professors, bank presidents, people of all ages and cultures, and even blind people--point to the exhilarating picture of Heaven promised in the Bible.
This thrilling journey into the afterlife will make you feel like you've been there, forever changing the way you view the life to come--and the way you live your life today. You'll discover Heaven is even more amazing than you've ever imagined.
"Burke has managed to write this book like a detective novel--it's very hard to put down, yet filled with important content that answers the questions a typical person would have with this subject. In all honesty, this is now the go-to book on Heaven and NDEs."--J. P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Biola University
"In his engrossing book, my friend John Burke surveys the vast literature on NDEs, examining them in light of the Bible and showing how they can help us live with an eye on eternity."--Lee Strobel, bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Grace
"It's been a long time since I have enjoyed a book as much as this one. Imagine Heaven is clearly reasoned and draws relevant applications for our lives."--Gary R. Habermas, distinguished research professor and chair of the department of philosophy, Liberty University
John Burke is the author of No Perfect People Allowed, Soul Revolution, and Unshockable Love. He is the pastor of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas. As an international speaker, John has addressed hundreds of thousands of people in twenty countries on topics of leadership and spiritual growth.
About the Author
John Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of Imagine Heaven, No Perfect People Allowed, Soul Revolution, and Unshockable Love. The founder with his wife, Kathy, of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, John is also the president of Gateway Leadership Initiative (GLI), a nonprofit organization. As an international speaker, John has addressed hundreds of thousands of people in twenty countries on topics of leadership and spiritual growth. He and his family live in Austin, Texas.
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I had a couple of secret beliefs about heaven that appear to be borne out in these accounts. I wondered if we would be the best version of ourselves (the energy of youth, the wisdom of experience, etc.), and that seems to be what people recount. We are still ourselves, and we still know the people who are important to us here. Another interesting point is that there is a life review -- a sort of highlight reel (or lowlight reel -- this ain't Facebook) of what you've done. You can see the ripple effects of your actions. That's something I've believed would happen, but it came with a surprise: those who had this experience didn't feel judged or condemned by God; on the contrary, any condemnation was self-inflicted.
One of the clearest features of many of these experiences was being asked what one did with one's life... how well you loved others while on earth. It really does come down to the way Jesus simplified it for his followers: Love God and love people. All other laws or rules proceed from this.
Words matter. Actions matter. The point of this life is to love others. Our choice to follow God (or our rejection of Him) has eternal consequences. But the choice is entirely ours; He has given us the free will to choose or to reject Him.
Imagine Heaven has encouraged me to try to see others through God's eyes -- His love, mercy, and grace. Naturally I fail at this daily. But knowing a little about the amazing place that God has prepared for us makes me see this life differently, in the best possible way.
Disclaimers: I finished reading an advance copy of this book a couple of weeks ago. I agreed to write an honest review. John Burke is my pastor of 18 years and a friend. However, if he'd written a dud, I'd be honest about it. Currently this ranks as my favorite of Burke's four books.
Do we slip into a different dimension? I know one thing, part from having my own experience I doubt these are anoxic brain reactions. I do believe there is a ' here after' a God and, unfortunately a hell, as I had one patient I personally resuscitated describe in all too much detail. Great read, make your own mind up after this book.
The author set out to analyze the many reported NDEs across cultures to determine if there were common, consistent elements and compare these reports to the many beliefs of life and death that exist in society.
It's interesting that the author didn't initially set out to write this book but rather conduct a scientific analysis of NDEs, which the author was sceptical about. Also interesting is how the conclusions of just about all such studies tend to agree with one another. This book is a sort of encyclopedia of apl such research that reads like a novel.
We invest much time and effort making sure we receive a sound education, succeed in sports, hobbies, consumer purchases, marriage, raising children and careers. Yet the question of what and why we believe what happens after we die barely receives a thought. If we do live on after our bodies die does it not make sense to also prepare for forever, which will make our lifespans seem like a pinpoint on history's timeline? This book can be an aid in doing so, and it is written in an engaging and exciting way that people can relate to, regardless of whether are religious, aetheist or unsure of what they believe.
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Gave me much to think about.
Near death experiences happen.
Again a lot to ponder
That began my search for God.Read more