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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven, but Never Dreamed of Asking

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A book by Peter Kreeft

"Standing on the shoulders of C.S. Lewis," Kreeft provides a look at the nature of heaven. A refreshingly clear, theologically sound glimpse of the "undiscovered country." Kreeft speaks to the heart and the mind for an unexcelled look at one of the most … see full wiki

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Author: Peter Kreeft
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Ignatius Press
1 review about Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About...

A Glimpse of Paradise

  • Mar 9, 2008
Even with the seventies-esque title, Peter Kreeft's, `Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven, (But Never Dreamed of Asking)', is a timeless work. Primarily Catholic and Christian in import, the book draws many passages from scripture, writings of saints, literature, philosophy, and other religions to make his points about existential paradise in the next life.

Much of the chapter titles tell a good deal of the story, but not much of the wisdom of the text. "What Will Our Bodies Be Like?" "Is There Sex in Heaven?" and "Where Is Heaven?" are all intriguing chapters, but the answers he gives are even more alluring. For instance, one assertion he provides states, "Our heavenly power over nature will be as great as our present power over our own bodies, because nature will then be our greater body." And this is just a taster.

Of course he doesn't just dwell about heaven. He also uses the concerns of our world to compare and contrast with other worldly affairs. His smoothly presented premises sort out our preconceptions of heaven with what he is cogently able to provide about the afterlife.

As is characteristic of Kreeft's other works, he is able to take the most difficult topics and present them as child's play. After reading `Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven, (But Never Dreamed of Asking),' I felt a taste of rekindled joy, the kind that gives one the benefit of those transcendent moments where all the mean and trivial aspects of life lead one to look elsewhere for something more meaningful.

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