I Believe in Heaven: Real Stories from the Bible, History and Today

I Believe in Heaven: Real Stories from the Bible, History and Today

by Cecil Murphey, Twila Belk


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What is heaven like?
When I die, will I go immediately to heaven?
Will I see my loved ones there?

Have you ever asked these questions? Maybe you can only imagine the answers, but now you can better know what to expect. I Believe in Heaven contains inspirational, true stories from the Bible, history and today that will give you hope, comfort and assurance about the place that awaits you. You'll read . . .

• Firsthand accounts of people who died and returned to tell their stories
• Biblical and historical evidence of life beyond this life
• Consistent reports of overwhelming peace, love and joy in another realm
• Insights into what happens in our final days and hours here on earth
• Trustworthy answers to questions people have about the after-life

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800796907
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 519,034
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 10 Years

About the Author

Cecil Murphey has written or coauthored more than 135 books, including the bestsellers 90 Minutes in Heaven with Don Piper and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story with Dr. Ben Carson. Murphey is a recipient of the Gold Medallion Award, two-time recipient of the Silver Angel Award and Retailer's Choice Award, and the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. His books have sold in the millions and have brought hope and comfort to countless readers around the world. Visit www.cecilmurphey.com.

Twila Belk, also known as the Gotta Tell Somebody Gal, is a writer and speaker who works full time with bestselling author Cecil Murphey. She coauthored (with Murphey) Because You Care: Spiritual Encouragement for Caregivers, Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware, and I Believe in Healing: Real Stories from the Bible, History and Today. Belk lives in Davenport, Iowa. Visit www.gottatellsomebody.com.

Table of Contents

How to Read This Book 7

Introduction: What Is Heaven? 13

Part 1 Stories and Testimonies of Heaven

"Not on Our Guest List" Marie C. Senter 17

Priceless Memories Stan Cottrell 19

A Suicide: The Story of Tamara Laroux 20

Fear to Freedom: The Rosemary Trible Story 22

Hospice Deepened My Faith Michael W. Elmore 25

The Coma of Marietta Davis 28

Death Before Life After Life 29

Seven Days of Death 32

"I See Jesus" Dr. Emmanuel Rudatsikira 33

Maureen's Meeting with Jesus Don Buxcey 34

Louis Tucker, a Catholic Priest 36

Angelic Trio David Michael Smith 37

A Christian Soldier's Near-death Experience 40

The Strange Case of George de Benneville 41

The Hinge Point Lonnie Honeycutt Vicki H. Moss 43

The Resurrection of Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu 45

Listen to the Thunder Barbie Porter 49

Close to Death: The Story of Carl G. Jung 51

"He Won't Make It Through the Night" Terry Leininger Donna Frisinger 52

Only Kidney Stones: The Story of Dean Braxton 55

A Soldier Named Er 57

Traditional Accounts of Heaven 57

The Account of Hung Hsiu-ch'uan 61

Beyond Human Imagination 61

Pope Gregory and Last Things 62

Movie Star Near-death Experiences 65

Mom's Final Gift Ann Van De Water 66

Near-death Experiences from the Past 69

The Throne Room Susan M. Watkins 73

"I Get to Go Home Today" 75

He Died Three Times: The Kenneth Hagin Story 76

"I Am with You" Susan Avery 78

Swimming in the Crystal River Barbara Wells 80

The Life Beyond Death: The Story of Arthur Ford 82

Daddy Talked? Susan Dollyhigh 84

Holding Her Hand Marilyn Wallberg 88

Vision of the Heavenly Choir Karen Whiting 89

A Descent into Hell: The Story of Howard Storm 91

"Go Back and Be Happy": The Story of Julie Papievis 93

The Face of Forever Kristi M. Butler 96

Seven Minutes Jenny Farrell 97

Proof of Heaven: The Story of Eben Alexander 98

Freddy Vest's Amazing Trip 101

My Desperate Prayer Loo-Gen Seah-McCrea 103

What He Saw: The Story of Marvin Besteman 105

To Heaven and Back Ann Knowles 107

Touched by Gabriel Marcia Gaddis 110

A Visit to Hell: The Story of Ronald Reagan 112

My Mother's Heavenly Visit Marlene Kelly 115

Garrett's Secret Christy Johnson 117

Waiting Right Here: The Story of Barbara McVicker Dye 120

A Glimpse of Eternity Diana Leagh Matthews 122

Do Not Resuscitate Susan K. Stewart 123

John Bunyan's Vision 125

I've Been There Ed Long Jr. Anna L. Russell 126

Stoning Stephen Ann Sullivan 128

Stories from a Hospice Chaplain Gary Roe 129

Home Karen Jordan 135

Without Words 136

To Heaven and Back: The Story of Dr. Mary C. Neal 138

You'll Never Go Alone Ginger Garrett 141

A Self-made Man Scott Hutcheson Penny Shreve 143

Heaven Is for Real: The Story of Colton Burpo 146

Roll Call Russell Tidd Sr. Barbie Porter 149

Reprise Phil Leftwich 151

It's Not Time Yet Marie Weaver 154

The Little Boy Who Went to Heaven: The Story of Alex Malarkey 156

Not Yet Louise Lankford-Dunlap 159

The Day I Died Pat Laye 161

90 Minutes in Heaven: The Story of Don Piper 163

Part 2 Questions about Heaven

What Does the Bible Mean by "Heaven"? 171

How Can We Explain Heaven? 175

What Is Paradise? Is It Different from Heaven? 177

What's the Difference Between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven? 179

What Does the Bible Say About Death? 181

What Will We Do in Heaven? 185

When Do We Receive Our Rewards? 187

What Form Will the Rewards Take? 191

Will There Be Different Punishments in Hell? 193

Are There Different Levels of Heaven? 195

What Are the New Heavens and the New Earth? 197

Who Will Go to Heaven? 201

When We Die, Do We Immediately Go to Heaven? 203

What Happens to the Wicked? 211

What Is Hell? 217

Will There Be Time in Heaven? 219

Can Our Dead Loved. Ones See Us Now? 223

Could We Be Happy in Heaven if Our Loved Ones Are in Hell? 225

Will We Have a Different Body in Heaven? 227

Will We Recognize Others in Heaven? 231

Do Babies Who Die Go to Heaven? 233

Will There Be Animals in Heaven? 237

Do Christians Believe in Reincarnation? 241

Will We Be Sexual Beings in Heaven? 247

What Are Near-death Experiences? 249

What Causes Near-death Experiences? 253

What Typically Happens in Near-death Experiences? 259

What About Those Who Say They Went to Hell? 263

Doesn't the Bible Speak of "Once to Die"? 265

What Are the Aftereffects of Near-death Experiences? 271

What Are the Characteristics of Near-death Experiences? 275

What Is "Nearing Death Awareness"? 281

What Do Individuals Do as They Approach Death? 283

What Should We Consider When Communicating with the Dying? 287

Can a Deceased Loved One Actually Appear to a Person? 289

Last Words of the Famous and Infamous 291

Endnotes 295

Acknowledgments 301

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I Believe in Heaven: Real Stories from the Bible, History and Today 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GrammyGeek More than 1 year ago
We all have wondered at some point in your lives if heaven is real, I know I have. Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk address this question in their new book “I Believe in Heaven”. Wonderful stories fill the first section of the book. True accounts include near death experiences, those that went to heaven and returned, and more. The stories are beautiful. I especially enjoyed the story of Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, who was skeptical of the spiritual. He found his proof of heaven. The second section is the theological section that answers questions about heaven – no speculation, just biblical answers whenever available. Some people may still doubt after reading this book, as for me - I Believe in Heaven. I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Texasjanie More than 1 year ago
Well written and documented. Makes a person wonder more in some ways though...can we go to Heaven if we have not been perfect? And do any of the sufferings we have here on earth pave the way for us? I have always felt that some of what we go through here is sort of our "Purgatory" and that was not addressed in any way. Overall though it gives lots of "food for Thought".
PattiShene More than 1 year ago
Cecil Murphy and Twila Belk have done an outstanding job of presenting the essence of Heaven in their book, I Believe in Heaven. This is one of the best books I have ever read about the subject of near death experiences and life after death. The first part of the book is packed with a series of authenticated testimonies of people who have had experiences that took them to the life beyond this one, either heaven or hell. Many of the stories have similar elements, others chronicle unique observations and sensations. These various accounts encompass different beliefs and span many generations. Some of the stories speak to major changes in a person’s life after the experience. Part II addresses frequently asked questions about Heaven. The answers are based on Biblical truth and not speculation.  This book is inspiring and brimming with the hope that a painless, joy-filled eternity in the presence of our Lord awaits. It urges the reader to pause and think about where he or she will spend eternity when his or her life journey is over without preaching, but a simple presentation of facts. I recommend I Believe in Heaven to anyone who has lost a loved one, who fears death and what lies beyond, or who is curious about our future eternal home.   I received this book from the publisher through Fred St Laurent of the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Would you like to settle some questions in your mind, once and for all, about whether all this stuff the preachers say about heaven and hell and faith in God is true or relevant to you? What legacy would you choose to gift your loved ones with after your last breath is taken this side of heaven? Maybe you care for those who are terminally ill, or have loved ones who are preparing for their final earthly journey. I Believe in Heaven is a well-written book that includes dozens of verified (where possible) accounts of men and women who had visions of heaven or hell. Others had been determined clinically dead or comatose for periods of time lasting minutes or months, those who had clear memories of visiting either heaven – or hell. The source of the accounts come from varied, from the Scriptures to people who were helping the person who experienced the event write out what they remember. Through these near death experiences, this book brings hope to each of us who believe what the Bible writes about heaven. It also helps those who do not yet believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior to better understand what God, heaven, and hell are all about. This is also true for the question and answer section in Part Two. Many questions included are those that I have had or that I’ve heard others discuss about heaven and about near death experiences. One of the things that I appreciate about the authors is that they do not give “feel good” answers that they think readers want to see – they stand on what is found in the pages of the Bible. Yes, there are questions that this reader would like to see “my way” answers for, but this book can help one come to understand the answers, or lack thereof, in the Bible. There are some questions for which the authors discuss two or more theories or beliefs held by various denominations or historical teachers, as well as what Scripture says. Some of the responses inspire awe to the reader, some bring hope or comfort, while others may help them find acceptance. I Believe in Heaven has brought this reader renewed hope and peace. I would absolutely recommend this book for adults of any age, especially those who have questions about heaven – or hell – or those who are grieving the recent passing of a loved one, even those who are sitting on the fence about giving their life to the Lord. This reader believes this book is an essential read and re-read blessing for loved ones, clergy, and caregivers of the terminally ill to help them understand the phenomena that occurs with many in their final earthly journey and to help their loved one or patient with their unique needs in the journey. It is also, this reader believes, a book that encourages every believer in Jesus Christ to live out their faith with action as truly is far more than life on this earth. I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely a great read!  It is put together in an easy to follow format.  You are able to read a couple of the stories if you are short on time or read it start to finish!  The stories that the authors uses are full of love and hope.  They speak of a beautiful place that we cannot begin to imagine.  The stories will definitely make you think about your life and those you love, it will bring you to tears as you feel  the loss the families felt but also bring tears of joy with the knowledge of what awaits us.   I Believe In Heaven is a book that I will recommend to friends and most likely read again! I received this book from Book Club Network for my honest opinion and review.  
chrisg21 More than 1 year ago
Very believable stories of Near death experiences, and how real our God is. The examples are from many years, many different countries God bless all of you I got this book from tbcn for my honest review. Chris Granville
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful affirmation of the existence of heaven. For those of us who believe in heaven, it is simply confirms our belief in the reality of it. For those who don’t believe or are unsure, it offers evidence of its existence with examples from Biblical times to the present. Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk have presented the events in others lives. Following the stories relating others near-death experiences and the experiences of those watching others passing from this life, the authors give an overview of heaven and hell based on a Biblical point of view without delving into denominational ideologies. I highly recommend this book to encourage those of us still living on this earth to hold fast to our faith. I also recommend it to those who don’t believe in heaven/hell as a source of study on a matter of importance to each of us. This book was given to me by Book Club Fun in exchange for my honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I Believe in Heaven is the third book I’ve read by Cecil Murphy. I thoroughly enjoyed 90 Minutes in Heaven and A Walk Through the Dark. This book was just as wonderful. I enjoy reading stories about people who have experienced Heaven and what really intrigued me about this book was that in addition to present day accounts, this book talked also about accounts of people from the Bible who experienced Heaven, bringing my understanding of Heaven and what I may encounter there full circle. This is one book that I will enjoy discussing with others, either in a book club or just talking a walk with my husband or family or friends. Thank you, Mr. Murphy and Ms. Belk, for writing a book that captured my attention in such a terrific way. I received this book for free from BookClubNetwork in exchange for my honest review.