As a follow-up to last week’s post on heavenly visions and the books that are written by those “visionaries”, here are two additional posts this week by Tim Challies (whose reviews I cited last time).
Travelling to heaven and back is where it’s at today. Don Piper spent ninety minutes there and sold four million copies of his account. Colton Burpo doesn’t know how long he was there, but his travel diary has surpassed 6 million copies sold, with a kids’ edition accounting for another half million. Bill Wiese obviously booked his trip on the wrong web site and found himself in hell, which did, well, hellish things to his sales figures. Still, 23 Minutes in Hell sold better than if he had described a journey to, say, Detroit, and he even saw his book hit the bestseller lists for a few weeks. There have been others as well, and together they have established afterlife travel journals as a whole new genre in Christian publishing—a genre that is selling like hotcakes, or Amish fiction, for that.
Read the rest here: http://www.challies.com/articles/heaven-tourism
After writing about this new genre of I went to heaven books, I received many comments and emails asking me about biblical examples of those who glimpsed heaven—John in the book of Revelation, Paul in 2 Corinthians, Isaiah in his prophecy. I will address this briefly today.
There are several themes in today’s “I went to heaven” books:
- Each of the people experienced heaven after dying a natural death. In every case, the soul had left the body so the person was clinically and spiritually dead.
- After the experience of heaven, each of the people was restored to life so that the soul returned to the body and the body was no longer clinically or spiritually dead.
- Each of the people describes as much as they can remember and does so in order to offer encouragement and in order to validate what the Bible says.
Read the rest of this post here: http://www.challies.com/articles/what-the-bible-says-about-the-heaven-books