Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife

Paperback | March 29, 2011

byLisa Miller

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“Wonderful…. A smart and accessible take on the ultimate question: What is Heaven? Lisa’s book is a good place to begin to find an answer.”
— Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion

“A rare combination of journalism, memoir, and historical research … this smart yet heartfelt book leads us into the center of one of the greatest conversations of all time. And Lisa Miller is the perfect conversation partner.”
— Stephen Prothero, New York Times bestselling author of American Jesus and Religious Literacy

A groundbreaking history of the hereafter, Heaven by Newsweek reporter and religion editor Lisa Miller draws from both history and popular culture to reveal how past and presage visions of heaven have evolved and how they inspire us to both good and evil.

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“Wonderful…. A smart and accessible take on the ultimate question: What is Heaven? Lisa’s book is a good place to begin to find an answer.” — Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion “A rare combination of journalism, memoir, and historical research … this smart yet heartfelt book leads us into the center of one of t...

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A groundbreaking and accessible history of heaven—from the earliest biblical conceptions of the afterlife to the theologians who frame our understandings to the convictions and perceptions of everyday people.The desire for a celestial afterlife is universal. It is as old as the Bible itself. While there are many notions of what exactly...

Lisa Miller is an award-winning journalist and an editor atNewsweek, where she writes regularly about religion, values, culture, and politics. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:March 29, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060554762

ISBN - 13:9780060554767

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad! Accessible overview of the various monotheistic interpretations of Heaven. Journalist Lisa Miller focuses primarily on Chritian, Jewish and Muslim views of Heaven. The book could have been better had she included a few chapters on viewpoints from Asia, Africa and Native Americans. A fun read but still leaves you with no clarity as Heaven is beyond any human's scope of comprehension.
Date published: 2015-03-11

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“Miller’s whirlwind tour of heaven is an entertaining primer on a most complex subject.”