Rating: 7/10 (interesting... but not for theology)
Have you ever heard of a near-death experience? According to statistics, 1 out of 25 Americans claim to have had one. This is when you are clinically dead and come back to life. When people first started claiming to experience these events, they were thought to be anything but scientific. Then, strange things started happening. People started explaining what went on in the room while they were considered dead. It was fascinating to hear about people being able to recite complete conversations family members had in their hospital room. I honestly had not thought much of these claims until one of my favorite Christian apologists, Gary Habermas, started talking about research he was uncovering. Told from a Christian perspective, author John Burke makes a compelling case about what these experiences are and what we can learn about the afterlife.
Disclaimer- I have no problem with people telling of their experiences. However, we base our faith and theology on Scripture and not on books like this. Enjoy it, but keep your faith in God's Word.
Questions this book thinks through:
- What will Heaven look like?
- Will I be myself?
- Will I see friends and loved ones?
- What about children and pets?
Quotes Worth Sharing:
All of us long to know what life after death will be like. Bestselling author John Burke is no exception. In Imagine Heaven, Burke compares over 100 gripping stories of near-death experiences (NDEs) to what Scripture says about our biggest questions of Heaven: Will I be myself? Will I see friends and loved ones? What will Heaven look like? What is God like? What will we do forever? What about children and pets?
For decades, Burke has been studying accounts of survivors brought back from near death who lived to tell of both heavenly and hellish experiences. While not every detail of individual NDEs correlate with Scripture, Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of survivors--including doctors, college professors, bank presidents, people of all ages and cultures, and even blind people--point to the exhilarating picture of Heaven promised in the Bible.
This thrilling journey into the afterlife will make you feel like you've been there. It will forever change the way you view the life to come and the way you live your life today. You'll discover Heaven is even more amazing than you've ever imagined.