I'm sure you have heard of thing like "bucket lists" or "things to do before you die" but I found a much better book that offers you something more. It's a wonderful little gem tucked between the hard cover and provides you with more than simply a list of ideas of things you should accomplish before you go to heaven. This is definitely a book for believers in Jesus Christ, because there is only one way to heaven and that is found in Christ. Yet the book offers us a glimpse at some of the wonderful ideas we can do while we are still living here in this world.
I believe as adults, life comes at us too fast. We have responsibilities to manage, families to care for, jobs to perform and along the way, I feel we simply forget how to enjoy this life. God created it for us to enjoy while we are here and inside are a list of some amazing things to do. It offers you a chance at bringing back some of that fun and imagination we had when we were children. The best part is that you are more than welcome to bring your family, friends and children along for the journey and remind them life doesn't end once you've become an adult and some "playtime" is definitely par for the course at keeping us happy and healthy.
"If you are a Christian, you can look forward to a magnificent eternity in heaven and your arrival there will be an indescribable homecoming. A new beginning. A new body. A new intimacy with God. A new life - one without end. No more pain. No more tears. No more sun or moon, because God's own glory will provide enough light. Although God hasn't provided you with a crystal-clear picture of what your eternal home will be like, you can be sure it will exceed your wildest dreams. It will be what your heart has always longed for here on earth but could never quite touch. It will be paradise in every sense of the word. But you're not there yet.
This book is designed to help you make the most of every day God has set aside for you here on earth. Take hold of the wonderful adventure God has planned for your life. And if you have not done so, take hold of His grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. Then go out there and really live. There's a wild and wonderful world that's longing to catch a glimpse of God - and heaven - through you." (excerpt from Introduction.)
Some of the ideas listed in the book are:
Read the Classics
Do Something That Scares You
Celebrate a Traditional British Tea
Spend a Day Alone with God
Watch a Meteor Shower
Become an Undercover Encourager
Make Yourself at Home in a Cemetary
Greet the Dawn
There are simply so many great ideas and suggestions that do more than offer a place to go. Some suggestions offer ways of getting beyond your own wants and needs and help others. It's all about making the time you have here, worth while. It will be the one thing we can take with us to heaven are the memories we have of our time here. So if you're looking for something to do to make your life more meaningful or simply a great gift idea that goes beyond what you had dreamed, you might just want to pick this book up.
I received 101 Things You Should Do Before Going to Heaven by David Borden and Tom Winters compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own, unless otherwise notated. Hands down, I can't wait to finish checking off quite a few of the ideas listed in this book and give it a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
I had received this book several years ago on a mission trip and over the years I had shared excerpts from it with our couples Bible study group. So...my husband & I decided to give it to the other 6 couples for Christmas. They were surprised and delighted to get their own copies and thanked us profusely for our thoughtfulness.