Released just in time for Easter is this new book published by TIME:
(We picked up a copy at the local supermarket checkout stand under a different title: Discovering Heaven: How Our Ideas About the Afterlife Shape How We Live Today.)
Visions of Heaven: A Journey Through the Afterlife, by Lisa Miller (Time Books, April 2014), is a quick and easy read. It offers plenty of large, full-color illustrations, from medieval artwork to contemporary scenes. This 112 page book offers a brief survey of concepts of the afterlife from ancient times to the present. Though it focuses on Judaeo-Christian perspectives, it also touches on views of heaven in other religions and cultures.
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) shows up on page 65 as a leading figure in the trend toward a more realistic, practical, and earth-like view of heaven.
This beautiful coffee table book has no sectarian agenda, just as it comes to no definite conclusions. This makes it an ideal starting point for conversations with family and friends about what awaits us after we die—and about building a more heaven-like community right here on earth.
To purchase Visions of Heaven: A Journey Through the Afterlife on Amazon, click on either of the title links, or on the cover photo above.
For further reading on the afterlife:
- Heaven and Hell, by Emanuel Swedenborg
- What Happens To Us When We Die?
- Who Are the Angels and How Do They Live?
- Is There Really a Hell? What is it Like?
- Where is the Proof of the Afterlife?
- Where are my Children who have Died? Will I Ever See Them Again?
- What Does it Mean When My Parents Die? Will I See Them Again?
- If there’s One God, Why All the Different Religions? Do you Have to be Christian to Go to Heaven?
What do you think?