I Believe in Heaven: Real Stories from the Bible, History, and Today  -     By: Cecil Murphey, Twila Belk
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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Regal
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830766367
ISBN-13: 9780830766369
Availability: In Stock

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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.
 

Author Bio

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)

Editorial Reviews

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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  1. Fran
    Norfolk, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Stories
    July 24, 2014
    Fran
    Norfolk, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We all have wondered at some point in your lives if heaven is real, I know I have. Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk address this question in their new book I Believe in Heaven.

    Wonderful stories fill the first section of the book. True accounts include near death experiences, those that went to heaven and returned, and more. The stories are beautiful. I especially enjoyed the story of Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, who was skeptical of the spiritual. He found his proof of heaven.

    The second section is the theological section that answers questions about heaven no speculation, just biblical answers whenever available.

    Some people may still doubt after reading this book, as for me - I Believe in Heaven.

    I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Janice Garey
    Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Carry-On Bags Obsolete
    May 26, 2014
    Janice Garey
    Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Carry-On Bags Obsolete (Review of I Believe in Heaven by Cecil Murphey & Twila Belk)

    Reviewer: Janice S. Garey

    *****Five Stars

    The book, I Believe in Heaven, by Cecil Murphey & Twila Belk, encourages people to take a look at some really critical moments that a portion of the earth's population have been privileged to experience. The majority who have such experiences end up with a new dimension to their faith and a new trust in a good afterlife. The number of similar types of encounters with death and heaven serve to validate the truth of heaven as revealed in the Bible. Those who are skeptical may have their minds changed through reading this book. Those who are believers will rejoice in the enhancement of their knowledge of the good things God has planned for His adopted children of faith.

    I appreciated the stories researched from the past to show that this kind of experience has been going on through the ages. These days with so much evil taking place in the world, people need to have assurance that Heaven is a real place where they will one day reunite with loved ones. This book gives reason to celebrate the victory God had over death through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. If you are feeling down, read this book about going up! It will make you feel joyful and expectant of good things for eternity.

    The book contains a section of questions commonly asked about heaven. The answers are thoughtful and true. Sometimes the answer is that the author doesn't know. That is okay. God knows and will reveal it to us if necessary in His timing. I had been wanting to read more about heaven for several years. This book was perfect for my needs and concerns.

    This book would make a great gift for your church library, for families facing the death of a loved one (it happens to us all at sometime), and parts of the book would be appropriate to read to children who have questions in church settings when learning about heaven. This book is perfect for a time such as this when scary things are happening like the girls being kidnapped in Kenya. It is affordable for those who are grieving and can not pay the price of a therapist. I highly recommend this book.

    I received this book at no cost from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. I have given my honest opinion in this review.
  3. jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Resource on Accounts of Heaven
    May 24, 2014
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is a wonderful collection of 70 accounts of individuals' experiences of death and a journey to Heaven. Well-known people (Carl G. Jung, author Ginger Garrett's experience with a family member, young Colton Burpo, Don Piper, and John Bunyan) and lesser known people share their unique experiences. From a 6-year-old boy's touching description of angels and Heaven to teens' and seasoned adults' accounts of visits to Heaven or angelic presences, these stories and testimonies of Heaven will touch and affirm a belief in the existence of God, angels, and Heaven. These accounts in themselves are worth a reader's time; yet, part 2 discusses countless questions about Heaven. I recommend this excellent book. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heaven – for real!
    May 10, 2014
    Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Would you like to settle some questions in your mind, once and for all, about whether all this stuff the preachers say about heaven and hell and faith in God is true or relevant to you? What legacy would you choose to gift your loved ones with after your last breath is taken this side of heaven? Maybe you care for those who are terminally ill, or have loved ones who are preparing for their final earthly journey.

    I Believe in Heaven is a well-written book that includes dozens of verified (where possible) accounts of men and women who had visions of heaven or hell. Others had been determined clinically dead or comatose for periods of time lasting minutes or months, those who had clear memories of visiting either heaven - or hell. The source of the accounts come from varied, from the Scriptures to people who were helping the person who experienced the event write out what they remember.

    Through these near death experiences, this book brings hope to each of us who believe what the Bible writes about heaven. It also helps those who do not yet believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior to better understand what God, heaven, and hell are all about.

    This is also true for the question and answer section in Part Two. Many questions included are those that I have had or that I've heard others discuss about heaven and about near death experiences. One of the things that I appreciate about the authors is that they do not give "feel good" answers that they think readers want to see - they stand on what is found in the pages of the Bible. Yes, there are questions that this reader would like to see "my way" answers for, but this book can help one come to understand the answers, or lack thereof, in the Bible. There are some questions for which the authors discuss two or more theories or beliefs held by various denominations or historical teachers, as well as what Scripture says. Some of the responses inspire awe to the reader, some bring hope or comfort, while others may help them find acceptance.

    I Believe in Heaven has brought this reader renewed hope and peace. I would absolutely recommend this book for adults of any age, especially those who have questions about heaven - or hell - or those who are grieving the recent passing of a loved one, even those who are sitting on the fence about giving their life to the Lord. This reader believes this book is an essential read and re-read blessing for loved ones, clergy, and caregivers of the terminally ill to help them understand the phenomena that occurs with many in their final earthly journey and to help their loved one or patient with their unique needs in the journey. It is also, this reader believes, a book that encourages every believer in Jesus Christ to live out their faith with action as truly is far more than life on this earth.

    I received a copy of this book through the "For Readers Only" group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  5. memakf
    Ephrata,PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Making Heaven "real"
    May 8, 2014
    memakf
    Ephrata,PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for .
    This is a wonderful book filled with first-hand accounts and testimonies from people who experienced heaven. The stories are heart-felt and comforting and take away the fear of dying. The second part of the book delves into common questions about heaven and answers them in a clear, factual way, using Bible references to back up the authors' thoughts. Each part of the book could easily stand alone as a book themselves, but together, they are a powerful tool for anyone struggling with the "reality" of heaven. Even if you already believe in heaven, this book will give you comfort and affirmation of your beliefs. The questions in the second part are great to read because they give you another point of view and guidance when you are faced with these questions. This book would be a great addition to every church library.

    I received this book from Bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
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