|Heaven and the Afterlife – James L. Garlow
I’m about a third of the way through this one and will be doing a full review on it in later in the week. My first reaction is that this book takes a more secular, more scientific approach to this topic than the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn, beginning with the whole NDE or near-death-experience phenomena. (Admittedly, it was the abridged 50 Days of Heaven that I read.) Thus, I see the possibility of giving this one as a gift to a non-churched friend who may not get into Alcorn’s “bible study” approach to the topic. But remember, I’m only one-third in.
The only other major observation is that among many of the early NDE anecodotal stories, Garlow presents a few wherein the subject is not at all headed to a place of light and love — rather, the other direction — but is offered a last chance at salvation, while in some intermediate state between this life and the next. Does this mean Garlow believes that ultimately, everyone is included in Christ’s finished work of the cross?
I guess I’ll have to keep reading.
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