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Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death (A Giveaway!)

October 9, 2014 by

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Do you have a clear picture of life after death?

Do you know where you are going to spend eternity?

This subject is a very hot topic among believers, non-believers, and everyone in between.

I believe this is an important question for all of us to reconcile in our minds and in our hearts. What we believe about our eternal lives directly affects our earthly lives.

If I believe there is nothing after this life, then I am free to live for myself. If, however, I believe there is an eternity, I’d better know what that looks like.

I recently had the pleasure of reading Kay Arthur, Bob & Diane Vereen’s book Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death. This book is part of A 6-Week, No-Homework Bible Study that has sold more than one million in the series.

Should you have questions regarding this topic, let me share with you my thoughts on this book.

First, the cons:

1. Kay Arthur has a unique way in which she encourages her readers to mark their Bibles with pictures that help them to identify certain truths. While I do see the value in both highlighting and marking our Bibles, her way of doing it would make mine feel cluttered and difficult to read. (I know there are many people who enjoy this aspect of her studies – this is just my personal opinion.)

2. This book is meant to be used as a study tool in a group Bible study. As I was reading it on my own, I didn’t feel as though I got as much out of it as I would have were I using it as it was intended. (This is by no means the fault of the authors – I just wanted to make it clear should you intend to purchase the book to study on your own.)

3. This book presents Bible verses, insights, observations, wrap-ups, and lots of discussion questions. It does not, however, provide the answers to the questions. As a bit of an overachiever, I found myself longing for the answers so that I could know if I was getting everything possible out of the study.

Now, onto the pros:

1. For every con I shared above, there is an aspect to each that I do appreciate. Even though I didn’t mark my Bible per the authors’ suggestions, I did look at the words in Scripture with intention. This helped me to take a deeper look at something that I may have missed was I just reading over the verses. I like this aspect of the authors’ teaching.

2. While this book is intended for group study, I liked that the questions offered much contemplation. While they were often simple in nature, they required deep thought and consideration.

3. After saying that I wished I had the answers, I do appreciate the fact that the authors’ method of teaching is that of presenting Scripture and allowing the reader to contemplate what God’s word says. Sometimes, more learning comes when we have to wrestle with the questions rather than when we read the answers that have been provided for us. This is what I appreciated the most about this book.

I hope that this review does not seem to appear inconsistent. Like I tell my children, with most things in life there are positives and negatives. In this case, some of the things I called cons can also be seen as pros. It’s all a matter of opinion and perspective.

As for which is more accurate, well, you can purchase the book and decide for yourself.

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” ~John 10:28 (NKJV)

To purchase Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death from Amazon, click here.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box to the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

I’d like to give away my review copy. If you’d like to win it, please leave a comment telling me why. 

What do you think? Have you done this study before? Do you know where you are going to spend eternity?

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12 Responses to Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death (A Giveaway!)

  1. Rick

    I think I should win the book because I am your father and you should honor your father. Just kidding of course! Sounds like it might be a good book for our home group to take in. We are currently doing “The Story” (Randy Frazee) which is a long 31 week study and I had the same initial response as you that they did not answer their questions. It has however proven to be a better study vehicle as people are challenged to move beyond just an answer. It has prompted some to go deeper by default, and that makes for a growing Christian. Have a blessed day knowing who we are spending our eternity with!

  2. cathie estabrook

    yes, i think that i would so enjoy reading this book. i am always looking for what God has planned for me after death. at this point i just want to sing to God in eternity. what does He expect of me and what can i do for Him. these are questions i keep asking myself. will this book help me answer these questions? thank you again for the time you put into these writings for me. God bless

    • Heather

      It does an excellent job of taking you through all of the related Scripture verses in the Bible. I hope you get a chance to do it, Susan. Thanks for reading.

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