Is this life all there is to living?
Most of us have ideas of what life after death might be like, but seldom do we even give it the time of day. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because we’re too busy with our day-to-day responsibilities and activities. Or could it be we’re afraid––afraid of, and unsure about, what really does happen to us when we die?
Not knowing what will happen the instant one’s heart stops beating can be terrifying, so we avoid the issue as long as possible. But when a loved one dies or we hear of a tragic event, we’re prompted to consider the big questions of life, such as:
·Is there life after death? If so, what will it be like?
·Will I be rewarded or punished?
·Will I walk or float?
·Will I ever see my loved ones again?
·Does God really exist?
In this informative and comforting book, author Brian C. Stiller explores these and other significant questions, offering many perspectives and choices of belief about life, death, heaven, and the afterlife.
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DR. BRIAN C. STILLER is president of Tyndale College (Toronto). A well-published thinker and thought-provoker, he holds five degrees, including two honorary doctorates. He is founder and former editor-in-chief of Canada’s national magazine Faith Today and host of Cross Currents, a national weekly television program. He is also the author of seven books, the most recent being Jesus and Caesar: Christians in the Public Square and When Life Hurts: A Three-Fold Path to Healing. Dr. Stiller and his wife, Lily, have two grown children: Murray and Muriel.From Publishers Weekly:
Understandably, many of us aren't fond of pondering our own death. Yet, as is evidenced by the popularity of "life-after-life" books, we are often grateful, even fascinated, when someone else takes the time to do it for us. In this plain-spoken but strangely placid meditation on the great themes of death, heaven and hell, the president of Canada's evangelical Tyndale College links our performance in this life with our destiny in the next. Rejecting philosophies like Platonism and reincarnation as insufficient to explain the mysteries of suffering and death, this conservative author and television personality endorses a traditional Christian understanding of sin, atonement and punishment for the ungodly. "Heaven is for those who trust in Christ for the resolution to our failure and rebellion. He is our `ticket' to heaven." Saved by grace, the soul who confesses Christ, asserts the author, will be eventually be re-united with the body in a restored "heaven on earth." Enlivened with historic references and enhanced by the writer's familiarity with literary classics, this volume still seems oddly dispassionate, which may be inevitable in a book meant to both encourage and exhort. It is tantalizing to speculate how much more compelling this would have been if Stiller had spent more time helping readers to consider how the prospect of resurrection, judgment and cosmic renewal could transform the way they live now.
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