Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife  -     By: Lisa Miller
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Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife

Harpercollins Publishing / 2011 / Paperback

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"Addresses what and where heaven is, and why the concept endures. Miller discusses the heavenly city, afterlife in the Hebrew Bible, resurrection, and salvation, including a chapter on visionaries; and comments extensively on how heaven is portrayed in pop culture. An entertaining primer,"---Booklist. 358 pages, softcover. HarperPerennial.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Harpercollins Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 X 0.828829 (inches)
ISBN: 0060554762
ISBN-13: 9780060554767
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Publisher's Description

A groundbreaking and accessible history of heaven—from the earliest biblical conceptions of the afterlife to the theologians who frame our understandings to the convictions and perceptions of everyday people.

The desire for a celestial afterlife is universal. It is as old as the Bible itself. While there are many notions of what exactly heaven is and how we get there, Jews, Christians, and Muslims all agree that heaven is God's home. Drawing on history and popular culture, biblical research and everyday beliefs, Heaven offers a new understanding of one of the most cherished—and shared—ideals of spiritual life.

Author Bio

Lisa Miller is an award-winning journalist and an editor at Newsweek, where she writes regularly about religion, values, culture, and politics. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Editorial Reviews

“This fascinating, thoughtful, and challenging study tells us a great deal about what it means to be a human being.”
“Lisa Miller has long been the fairest and most engaging journalist covering religion in America. In Heaven, she has accomplished the impossible: She has written a book about religion that fundamentalists, moderates, liberals, and nonbelievers alike can read with extreme pleasure.”
“Delightful and insightful. . . . This marvelous work is a readable and wonderfully realized study of this ‘constant hope’ that we share. . . . Whether we’re informed by scripture or by popular culture, HEAVEN will delight and edify readers at every level.”
“A rare combination of journalism, memoir, and historical research by a self-professed skeptic who nonetheless believes in hope, this smart yet heartfelt book leads us into the center of one of the greatest conversations of all time. And Lisa Miller is the perfect conversation partner.”
“Readers of HEAVEN will more likely than not find their own imaginations enriched, their experiences enhanced, their taste for exploration enlarged, and their impulse to reach out in empathy and hope quickened.”
“Miller’s whirlwind tour of heaven is an entertaining primer on a most complex subject.”

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