From the apostle Paul 2,000 years ago to modern-day Christians like pastor Don Piper, many have claimed they've visited heaven. What was it like? Who was there? How did the experience change them? In this fascinating collection, some of history's most dramatic stories, as well as present-day accounts, provide a vivid glimpse of eternity. 304 pages, softcover from Regal.
True stories of those who have experienced the most wondrous place anyone could ever image.
In these challenging times, when life on earth in difficult for many people, there is a longing for heaven, not as an escape from our "momentary troubles" (2 Corinthians 4:17), but as a promise that there is an eternal home waiting for those who put their trust in God. In I Believe in Heaven, Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk have assembled and re-told some of history's most dramatic stories about heaven and the people who have had a taste of this glorious place. Included are stories from the Bible, stories from history and present-day accounts, many presented for the very first time. Cecil Murphey's heart-warming, uplifting style helped to make 90 Minutes in Heaven a New York Times best seller, and it will surely make I Believe in Heaven a must-read book.
Cecil Murphey | Atlanta, GA
Veteran author Cecil Murphey has written or co-written more than 135 books, including the bestsellers 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). He’s the author of Making Sense When Life Doesn't and Knowing God, Knowing Myself. Murphey is a recipient of the Gold Medallion Award, two-time recipient of the Silver Angel Award and Retailer's Choice Award, and the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. His books have sold in the millions and have brought hope and comfort to countless readers around the world. (www.cecilmurphey.com)
Twila Belk | Davenport, IA
Twila Belk, also known as the Gotta Tell Somebody Gal, is a writer and speaker who works fulltime with bestselling author Cecil Murphey. She co-authored (with Murphey) Because You Care: Spiritual Encouragement for Caregivers, Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware, and I Believe in Healing: Real Stories from the Bible, History and Today. (www.gottatellsomebody.com)
The recent renaissance of interest in heaven is inspiring. After all, the death rate here on earth is 100 percent. Cec Murphey and Twila Belk’s new book couldn’t be more timely. Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. Cec and I wrote a book about my trip to heaven several years ago. I’ve glimpsed heaven, and you're going to like it a lot! I Believe in Heaven is an excellent book that will help you and those whom you love be prepared. Read and enjoy...you’ll love what happens next!
- Don Piper, Bestselling co-author of 90 Minutes in Heaven
In a fast-moving text, Murphey (coauthor of the bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven) and Belk take the reader through a series of vignettes from people who have had out-of-body and near-death experiences, as well as close encounters. A quote from religion scholar Carol Zaleski sums up the book: “Life and afterlife flow together as an unending stream of fresh opportunities for personal growth.” After examining many stories from the Bible and the Church Fathers, and from history in general, the authors attempt to answer such theological questions as “Do babies and animals go to heaven?” and “Can Christians believe in reincarnation?” What begins as a spiritual look at the experiences of people who have seen Heaven and returned to tell about it turns into an examination of the nature of God and the Christian faith. The authors do a good job of describing the nature of near-death experiences and summarizing research on them. This book will appeal to readers who have read Murphey’s 90 Minutes and want to dig a little bit deeper. Agent: Knight Agency. (June 3)
In a day of economic upheaval, family collapse, and moral disintegration, people are looking for hope; and many are looking beyond this life. is there life after death? What will it be like? Who else will be there? In an effort to provide hope, Murphey and Belk have gathered more than 65 stories of near-death experiences—stories from the Bible, history, and today—to reinforce the Bible’s assurance that there is life after death. The book’s second half answers more than 35 frequently asked questions about near-death experiences, heaven and what we will do there, hell, purgatory, reincarnation, rewards, and more.
Brief profiles describing the person in each story serve to increase the stories’ credibility.
I Believe in Heaven: Real Stories From the Bible, History and Today by Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk (Regal, $14.99, softcover) is a collection of stories about people who have been to heaven and back, from biblical times to current day. It also includes numerous question and answers about heaven. Murphey has authored and co-authored many best-selling books, including 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is Real with Don Piper. Belk works full-time with Murphey and has co-authored other books as well.
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