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Top 7 Books About Heaven

Biblical Perspectives on Heaven

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For Christians, heaven is a mysterious and fascinating place. There is so much we don't yet know about our eternal home. Even still, we can draw from some of the best biblical perspectives on heaven and take a comforting glimpse into eternity with these top seven books about heaven.

Note: I realize there are eight books on my top seven books about heaven list. When I originally put this together there were only seven. Now that I've added Heaven is For Real, it should be "Top 8 Books About Heaven," but I decided to keep the original title because I like the catchy rhyme.

1. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
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As I read Heaven is for Real, I kept thinking about different people I wanted to give it to. When I completed the book, I thought, "Every Christian ought to read this!" It's about a four-year-old boy, Colton, who has a near-death experience. In the months following, he begins to share snippets of this experience with his parents, who are stunned by what their little boy reveals. The true story was so moving, at times I had to stop and just marvel as I worshiped the Lord. I could easily relate to the characters. The narrative flowed with a casual, conversational, and humorous style that I thoroughly enjoyed. There was nothing artificial or spiritually contrived about this family. Colton's story is told through the eyes of his father, Todd Burpo, the senior pastor of a small Wesleyan church in Nebraska. He's down-to-earth, and his book is incredibly uplifting in light of what we know about heaven in Scripture. It's a short, easy read. And that's good, because you may not be able to put it down.
Paperback; 192 Pages.

2. In Light of Eternity by Randy Alcorn

In Light of Eternity by Randy Alcorn
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Without a doubt, Randy Alcorn has written my favorite book about heaven. He challenges us to live our lives in light of eternity, and helps us realize that what we really crave is found there. I read this book right after the loss of a family member, and it helped lessen my grief. As I dwelled on the exhilarating adventure that God has prepared for us, I could only imagine the joy my loved one was encountering, and I began to look forward to heaven as never before.
Hardcover; 176 Pages.

3. Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Heaven by Randy Alcorn
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Also by Randy Alcorn, this book provides us with a thoroughly researched biblical description of heaven. Many of us have serious questions about heaven, and also some not-so-serious questions. Alcorn addresses these issues and helps us develop a greater understanding and deeper longing for our eternal destination.
Hardcover; 350 Pages.

4. The Slumber of Christianity by Ted Dekker

The Slumber of Christianity by Ted Dekker
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Ted Dekker, one of my favorite Christian fiction authors, has put forth this challenge to believers, asking us to wake up from our bored slumber and remember our central hope. His goal is to ignite our passion for the exotic and pleasurable eternal inheritance that God has planned for those of us who will inherit his kingdom in heaven.
Hardcover; 208 Pages.

5. Heaven: My Father's House by Anne Graham Lotz

Heaven: My Father's House by Anne Graham Lotz
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Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, encourages us to look forward to our eternal home. Many of us live life dreading the unknown, uncertain, and often fearful aspects of our future. Lotz reminds us that we can trust God and look with hope toward God's ultimate vision for us, knowing heaven is sure to be a refuge of peace--the perfect place prepared for us.
Hardcover; 144 Pages.

6. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
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This book by Mitch Albom may not initially appeal to all Christians. Readers must step past the fact that it does not focus on biblical accuracy. Rather, Albom has written an original tale to help us rethink the afterlife and the meaning of our lives here on earth. Too often we are caught up in what we can see, while in God's reality, there is so much more to life than what meets our natural eye.
Hardcover; 196 Pages.

7. 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

90 Minutes in Heaven
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Don Piper, a Baptist preacher, together with Cecil Murphey, details the 90 minutes following a car accident in which he is pronounced dead at the scene. In this true story, Piper recalls hearing beautiful music, seeing people who made an impact in his life, and experiencing an incredible sense of peace. He also recalls the prayer that "brought him back."
Trade Paperback; 208 Pages.

8. I'll Hold You In Heaven by Jack Hayford

I'll Hold You In Heaven by Jack Hayford
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With great compassion, Jack Hayford has written a book for anyone who has ever lost a baby, either through miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, or early infant death. Using a biblical foundation, Hayford helps answer the haunting questions that surround this form heartbreaking loss.
Mass Paperback; 117 Pages.

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