An excellent book about Heaven: "The Real Heaven: What the Bible Actually Says" by Chip Ingram and Lance Witt

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about the book....

With all the sensationalized stories of Heaven told from people who claim to have died and come back, how do you really know what to believe about Heaven?

Heaven has received a lot of attention in recent years as bestselling books and movies have told the stories of people who claim to have been there. 

What does the Bible actually say about heaven? 
What difference does it make? 
What happens the moment after we die? 
What will our relationships be like in heaven?

Chip Ingram sets aside the hype and myths and digs into the Scriptures to discover what God actually wants us to know about the afterlife hereafter. Most importantly, Ingram shows why our understanding of Heaven matters now, in this life. Because what we believe about Heaven actually affects us today in ways we may not have imagined.

my review....

Ingram and Witt offer up a very insightful book on what the Bible has to say about heaven, one that is clear, well-written, and laid out in easy to read chapters that can be read all at once or pondered one at a time. I have read many books on heaven, many written by people claiming to have visited the after-life in a near-death experience. What I appreciate about this one is that it is utterly grounded in the Word of God, and consequently is all the more compelling because readers can be certain it is based on truth. As we live in a culture that is all about satisfying our own desires and amassing treasures on Earth, this book is so very timely, as the authors urge us to keep our focus on the eternal life that is waiting for us. How quickly we can forget that all of these things we work so hard for, the good jobs and nice houses and things like that, ultimately don't matter in the face of eternity! I especially like how clearly the authors point out that we cannot earn our way to heaven, but that it is a gift of God's grace. So many people today seem confused about how to get to heaven, that you have to just be "good enough", which of course is impossible.

We all need the hope of Heaven to get us through the trials of life, and to keep our eyes set on what really matters in life. "The Real Heaven" is a wonderful addition to realm of literature focused on the afterlife, one that will point readers to the Truth of Scripture. 4 out of 5 stars. 
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the authors....

Chip Ingram

Lance Witt

Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian 
Church in Los Gatos, California, and teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. Chip is the author of many books, including God: As He Longs for You to See HimThe Invisible War; and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and ten grandchildren and live in California.

Lance Witt is the founder of Replenish ministries, the author of Replenish the book, and often referred to as a pastor's pastor. Before launching Replenish, Lance served for twenty years as a senior pastor and six years as an executive/teaching pastor at Saddleback Church. Lance and his wife, Connie, have two grown children and four granddaughters.