Visions of Heaven, by Lisa Miller

Released just in time for Easter is this new book published by TIME:

Visions of Heaven: A Journey Through the Afterlife, by Lisa Miller, TIME, April 2014

Visions of Heaven, by Lisa Miller

(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:


Lee Woofenden is an ordained minister, writer, editor, translator, and teacher. He enjoys taking spiritual insights from the Bible and the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg and putting them into plain English as guides for everyday life.

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