50 Things You Need to Know About Heaven

50 Things You Need to Know About Heaven

by Dr. John Hart (With)


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Answers to Your Questions About Heaven

We all want to know what happens after we die. Will we go to heaven? What will we do there? Will we see our loved ones?

It turns out the Bible is filled with answers to your most important questions, explaining what heaven looks like, who will be there, and how to get there in the first place. In this book you will find clear explanations of these passages, giving you an honest and beautiful picture of our eternal home.

Find comfort and peace in the truth about heaven.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764211669
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 182,132
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dr. John Hart (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; ThD, Grace Theological Seminary) is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute, and he is the author of Demonology and the Mission Field. Dr. Hart lives in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

1 Who goes to heaven? 13

2 How good must a person be to get to heaven? 16

3 Do Christians go to heaven immediately after they die? 19

4 If people die without Christ, will they get a second chance to go to heaven? 22

5 Is heaven the same now as it will be in eternity? 24

6 Is Jesus in heaven right now? 26

7 What did Jesus mean by "mansions" in heaven? 29

8 Do people in heaven know what is happening on earth? 31

9 What does the Old Testament say about heaven? 33

10 What does the Bible mean by the "new earth'"? 36

11 What will we do in heaven? 38

12 Will we have to work in heaven? 40

13 What will heaven look like? 43

14 Where is heaven? 45

15 Will animals be in heaven? 48

16 Does anything ever change in heaven? 51

17 Will we be bored in heaven? 53

18 Will we know our Christian friends and loved ones in heaven? 56

19 Are there marriages and families in heaven? 59

20 Will we remember our earthly life in heaven? 61

21 Is heaven a physical place? 63

22 What is the new Jerusalem? 65

23 Will we be singing and playing harps all the time in heaven? 69

24 Will there be time in eternity? 71

25 Will we see God in heaven? 74

26 What will it be like to worship God in heaven? 76

27 Will we have bodies in heaven? 78

28 Will we live with the angels in heaven? 81

29 What is the difference between reincarnation and resurrection? 83

30 Will everyone be alike in heaven? 85

31 Will there be any sin in heaven? 88

32 Will we eat and drink in heaven? 90

33 What does the Bible say about hell? 93

34 What do the words Sheol and Hades refer to? 96

35 Are the stories true about people going to heaven and returning? Are the stories of near-death experiences true? Have people come back from heaven? 98

36 Don't other religions have a similar teaching to the Bible's teaching about heaven? 100

37 Is anyone just annihilated at death? 103

38 Is there such a thing as soul sleep? 105

39 Do some people go to purgatory after death? 108

40 How can I explain heaven to my young children? 110

41 If I live in hope of heaven, won't I neglect earthly needs around me? 112

42 What happens to those who are unable to believe in Jesus, like aborted babies, young children, or those who have a severe mental disability? 115

43 What should I do if I am afraid of death? 117

44 How can I be sure I'm going to heaven? 119

45 What is the great white throne judgment of Revelation 20? 122

46 What does the Bible call the "judgment seat of Christ"? 125

47 Will others in heaven know my secret sins on earth? 128

48 What are "heavenly crowns"? 130

49 Why will some believers rule with Christ over the new earth? 132

50 What can I do to prepare for eternity in heaven? 135

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50 Things You Need to Know About Heaven 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
I started this book with many fears, even though I was raised in a Christian church and continue in faith to this day. Am I a good enough Christian? Am I kind enough? Do I have the required faith? Is there something I'm missing? What if I die and stand before God and find out...too late...that I missed the mark, missed the point, failed to reach the goal...just didn't quite make it. And then hear those dreaded, fatal words...go away! I never knew you! Oh, what a blessing this book was to me! The fifty questions answered my fears with the face and heart of God, through Jesus.  Read it! Get your questions answered! And if you aren't a Christian, take the steps now to change that.  
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Heavenly FAQ’s This is a book that attempts to answer questions about Heaven. Fifty topics are covered that range from whether or not there will be animals in Heaven, to what we will be doing in Heaven, to the question of near death experiences. Each query is explored by the author giving his perspective supported by scriptural references. The author also gives interesting examples of the subject from his own life, or from the world. For instance, he addresses how angels are viewed in the popular Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, and the Biblical viewpoint–and if there is a difference. At the end of each section, more Bible references are given if the reader wants to do further research on a topic. This book is easy to read, and it is written in an uncomplicated style. The reader can pick out a subject of interest, and find it effortlessly, making it unnecessary to read the entire book to get an answer. The author is a Bible professor at Moody Bible Institute, and received advanced degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and Grace Theological Seminary. The references provided for each question, make it easy to check out if the Bible really agrees with what Dr. Hart writes on a given subject. You may or may not concur with the author’s take on a topic, but his thoughts will provide a jumping off place for further investigation. If you have some questions about Heaven, I would suggest you start with the Bible first. This 5-star book, would be a good additional reference. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Book gets you thinking. It would be great for youth groups and new Christians who have many questions about Heaven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Answered lots of questions
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book answers many of the questions I have had over the years. Easy to read format. Recommended.
xraysue More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this well written book......
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Most people are curious about Heaven and what eternity will be like, especially after someone they love has gone on.  The author does a wonderful job of addressing 50 questions that are usually asked about Heaven.  Some of them I hadn’t even thought of. I liked the way the table of contents had the questions listed so I could go directly to the ones that interested me most right away.  It will also make it easier if you want to use the book as a reference.  He not only covers what Heaven is, but misconceptions about it too.  I was impressed and how well he discussed most of the subjects in just a few pages.  Not only was there a lot of scriptural references to back up what he was sharing, but there were even more verses at the end each one for further study and reading.  I enjoyed the interesting illustrations, some of them personal ones, that he used throughout the books. There were only two things that I did not like about the book.  One was the many Bible translations he used, 14 to be exact.  For me it made answers disjointed and harder to read.  I easily remedied that by using my own Bible and looking up each verse, and that definitely wasn’t a bad thing at all! Secondly I felt a few of his answers were more his speculation than Bible truth.  In those incidents, the Bible references did not match up with his explanation. All in all, this book was a pleasure to read and made a wonderful Bible Study.  I think it would be great to use in teaching a Sunday school class.   I received this book free from Bethany Publishers, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
KyKim More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of 50 Things You Need to Know about Heaven by Dr. John Hart, a very easy to read book full of questions and answers that also give you reference for further Bible study for the answers to the questions so many have about Heaven. Some of the questions that you will find answered are. What will Heaven look like? Where is Heaven? What will we do in Heaven? Are there marriages and families in Heaven? Will we eat and drink in Heaven? What will we do in Heaven? Do Christians go to Heaven immediately after they die? Do people in Heaven know what is happening on earth? How can I be sure I'm going to Heaven? This is a book you can read from cover to cover, just look through and read the answers to your questions, or use it as a study guide along with your Bible, to learn more about the answers to Heaven. I liked that the author doesn't merely answer your questions but also gives Bible scripture under each section (question and answer) for further reference that you can personally read for yourself.   I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Heaven, or would make a great gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book by the title and the synopsis that the Bible can answer our most important questions about heaven. As a long-time student of the Bible, I was curious to see what Dr. Hart would share in his book. While I do not share Dr. Hart’s prevailing religious conviction that all we must do is believe in Jesus to receive the eternal life promised in the Bible, I thought Dr. Hart’s handling of Biblical text was fair and for the most part unbiased.  The organization of the book of one question per chapter worked well. I liked how Dr. Hart referenced multiple translations of the Bible as he addressed different questions. I also like how he briefly referenced scripture in the text but then at the end of each chapter included additional references if we want to study more about a specific topic. It was helpful how he referenced other chapters in the book as needed instead of repeating material he already covered or would cover later in the book.  I found the book easy to read, but thoughtful and thorough in its presentations of the chosen topics. I was particularly intrigued about Dr. Hart’s discussion about the “new earth.” While this discussion of heaven might not answer all your questions, it does an excellent job of showing us how much information the Bible has to share with us about heaven. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of 50 Things You Need to Know about Heaven by Dr. John Hart to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone has questions about heaven. This is a resource book that may help many others with explaining about heaven. It covers many topics and such, from kids, to worshipping God, to the white throne Judgement in Revelation 20 and plenty of others. As I said this is a great resource that would benefit plenty of leaders/lay persons. It has scripture to back everything up to back it up to the Word of God. ***this book was sent to me from Bethany Publishers and all opinions are my own.***
letheridge2 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading 50 Things You Need to Know About Heaven. The author answers questions many have asked or will ask at some point. The Bible scriptures used to support each question and answer eliminate doubt, provides insight and speaks the truth. The gift of eternal life is often ignored; death is viewed as the end of life and feared by many. However, Christians know death is the beginning of a new life. We are given the opportunity to live a eternally with God after departing this earth. This book gives a clear understanding of life in Heaven. After reading this book, I remind myself daily what the gift of eternal life means. Thanks Dr. Hart for writing an awesome book. Thanks Bethany House for selecting me to read this book free of charge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of 50 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEAVEN by Dr. John Hart from Bethany House. The title alone caught my attention, but once I read the synopsis, I knew this would be a book to share. Many people question what happens after death. They wonder if everyone goes to Heaven and what people do there. They also wonder if they will see loved ones. I’ve heard people ask these things many time, from many religions and backgrounds. Well, this book dives into the Bible to answer these queries. On page 11, the book states that it is a “guide to what the Bible says about heaven.” Once I started reading, I settled back in my chair and kept going. The chapters are short, fifty chapters total, and the book is altogether 137 pages. Because the sections are short, you’re able to read, ponder, and then discuss them. It is also a great opportunity to pull out a copy of the Bible to read the verses mentioned. The chapter endings also include a “for further study” paragraph that lists crucial verses. Overall, this is an excellent book to compliment your bookshelves and to share with others, especially for a Bible study group.
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
50 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEAVEN BY Dr. John Hart I think this book is one of the best I have read on the subject of Heaven. I found Dr. Hart's answers to be informative and scriptural based. He gives very easy to understand answers to 50 questions about Heaven we all should know and may have asked. The 50 subjects about Heaven the author chose to answer are very important and asked many times. Some of the questions are about who will go to heaven, what does the Old Testament say about Heaven, what we will do there, who we will see, and many more. Some of the answers may surprise you and will confirm what you already know. One thing this book is not is boring. When I started to read the book, I did not want to stop but I also wanted to understand each answer before I continued into the next answer. I would recommend this book to be used in discussion sessions and would help all involved to a better understanding where Christians are going to spend eternity. I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
This book was even better than expected. The common questions posed, and the author’s conversational tone in delivering the answers is so easy to comprehend. Far more than just inspirational, this book is educational—the greatest lessons for life, and the life-after. Here is an example of some of the questions answered (with sound Biblical answers) in this 144 page book: Who goes to heaven? What will we do in heaven? Will animals be in heaven? What does the Bible say about hell? There is a wealth of information on each page. A question is posed at the beginning of each chapter, followed by an inspirational contemporary ‘story’ that relates, a clear, easy to understand answer, and verses listed at the end for further reading. This book can easily be read in a day, but is a keeper for referring back to. It would also be a great gift for new Christians. Kudos to Dr. John Hart for answering these questions in an uncomplicated, easy-listening way—as if he’s sitting across from you in an easy chair, having a friendly conversation. There isn’t anything I don’t like about this book. It’s a great source, and the newest book to my ‘keeper’ bookshelves. Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Pages: 144 Pace: steady First Line: A story is told of an angel who appeared to a man and granted him any single wish he desired. He thought for a long time, contemplating how he might use this fortunate event to gain a lifetime of wealth. He finally said, “Let me see tomorrow’s newspaper.” Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255