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Interesting but not Earth-Shattering
on November 19, 2015
An upbeat and non-sappy presentation of an unusual topic: exploring via the imagination what Heaven is actually like.
Pretty simple premise - Destefano argues for a physical experience of Heaven, which is in alignment with the Church's understanding, and then free-lances a bit. His overall take on it is echoed in some NDEs I've read, as well as various writings of the Saints. I had high hopes of something really innovative or enlightening, but after you've accepted the concept that the heavenly body will be glorified like Christ's, and that the heavenly experience will start with an extended family reunion and move into a endless lifetime of exploration, joy, learning, self-improvement, and vaguely hinted-at physical pleasures that might echo those known via sexuality here (but not there), that's about it.
It's got a Catholic premise that Destefano tries to protestantize, so he gets a bit wishy-washy on important issues at times, but generally speaking, the book is a pretty well-written piece that doesn't go off into any wildly crazy directions (other than his concept that all things that have ever lived will be present in Heaven), and makes for an interesting if unsurprising read for anyone coming at the topic from a Catholic or mainline Protestant tradition.