HeavenIts hard to live toward heaven if you don't have a good picture in your mind of what eternity looks like. These are some of our favorite books that offer a picture of heaven and help us take on heaven's perspective.
To reframe a client's story from heaven's perspective, you need a good picture of what heaven actually looks like! Imagine Heaven offers over 100 gripping stories of people who died medically, only to come back and describe what they experienced on the other side. Author John Burke looks at these stories through the lens of Scripture to answer our biggest questions about eternity:
- Will I be myself?
- Will my friends and family be there? How will we relate to each other?
- What does Heaven actually look like?
- What is it like to meet Jesus?
- What will we do when we get there?
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Sign up for the incredible adventure of having your life story rewritten from Heaven's Perspective! We'll interview you about one of your most painful experiences in life, hear your biggest unanswered questions, and then rewrite your story as a letter from Jesus, as your life would look from the viewpoint of eternity (just like those in the book, Heaven's Perspective). You'll get insight on how your circumstances look from heaven's point of view, what Jesus was doing in those events, and how God is taking evil he didn't cause and transforming it into good.
Simply order here, schedule your one-hour personal interview with one of our trained story-writers (on the 'Thank you for your order' page), and within a week we'll send you a completely unique, 700-1200 word God-story created just for you. It comes in a beautiful embossed journal that includes the story itself, instructions for getting the most out of it, journaling questions, and a companion soaking/worship CD to listen to as you read and journal. The way you look at your own past may never be the same again!
The Great Reversal: Transparency in Heaven
An important key to seeing from heaven’s perspective is understanding the Great Reversal. What is closed and invisible on earth will be open and transparent in heaven, because we will inhabit a new creation with new dimensions. It's going to be awesome!
The easiest way to understand this is by analogy. When you go to a party or to root for your team and meet new people on earth, what part of them do you experience first? You see their hair color, whether or not they have glasses, how tall they are, or some other bodily characteristic. You see the physical part of them first. It is only as you ‘get to know’ a person over time that you experience their inner thoughts, feelings and values. Their thoughts and feelings are hidden inside the physical container of their body, and only the outside of the container is accessible to you at first.
The true self within us (containing our thoughts, feelings, memories, beliefs and desires) can only express itself through the medium of the body—the physical container. We use speech to communicate, and physical sound waves created by our bodies convey our thoughts to another. We move...
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The Great Divorce is a classic by C.S. Lewis (the author of the Narnia books) on heaven, humans and hell. It's probably one of my personal top ten most-loved books of all time. Lewis follows the damned as they take holidays to heaven, and are met by the redeemed who try--and mostly fail--to convince them to stay. It is an incisive take on human nature and how we cling to pride and self-righteousness even on the borders of heaven, as well as a fascinating look at heaven itself: where things are so much more real than on earth that the damned appear there as ghosts, and hell is vanishingly small. It's a great read to flesh out your picture of what eternity is really like.
Performance and Music by Rebekah Van Tinteren and Lydia Hendrickson
Words by Tony Stoltzfus
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Relive the Taste of Heaven experience with this recording by the original artists! Composed of six songs written exclusively for the Taste of Heaven, this album will carry you into the presence of God while opening your mind to what your entrance to heaven will be like.
Beautifully performed by concert violinist Rebekah Van Tinteren and pianist Lydia Hendrickson, and recorded in the studio at Bethel Church, its a work you'll experience again and again.