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.
Carry-On Bags Obsolete (Review of I Believe in Heaven by Cecil Murphey & Twila Belk)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
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.
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.
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.
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.