Heaven Is Beautiful

How Dying Taught Me That Death Is Just the Beginning
Narrated by: Dan Woren
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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Based on the author's real-life story of dying on a mountain, this enthralling audiobook combines the thrills of a wilderness adventure with the awe inspiring elements of a paranormal novel.

In March of 1980, college senior Peter Panagore went ice climbing on the world-famous Lower Weeping Wall, along the Ice Fields Parkway in Alberta, Canada. His climbing partner was an experienced ice climber, but Panagore was a novice. On their descent, they became trapped on the side of the mountain. As the sun set, he was overcome by exhaustion and hypothermia. He died on the side of that mountain in 1980. In his minutes on the other side, he experienced hell, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Heaven was beautiful.

Panagore's near death experience (NDE) changed his life and resulted in an intense spiritual journey that has continued for decades. It impelled him to pursue a master's degree at Yale Divinity School focusing on systematic theology and Christian mysticism. His educational background coupled with 30 years of yogic and meditative practice and 20 years of professional work with the dying and grieving has given him unique insight, language, and perspective on heaven, God, death, life, love, beauty, and hope.

"I have told my story to audiences large and small for a decade now.... My story touches people's hearts; every time I tell it the audience is gripped and silent.... This book is about hope. It is meant to give real hope to the dying, hope to the fearful, hope to the hopeless, hope to the grieving."

©2015 Reverend Peter Baldwin Panagore (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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Too much repetition & overly detailed side stories

Describing the near death experience is well done and the explanation for what he experienced is excellent. However I found the book spent way too much time on nonrelated background and overly detailed mountain climbing tech info.

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Some serious continuity and credability issues

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really.

What was most disappointing about Peter Baldwin Panagore’s story?

The story jumped around a little bit.Two friends climbed this ice-ridden mountain.Suddenly they noticed that the sun was setting.As they watched others descend the mountain,it became clear that they were in trouble.Why were they in so much trouble?? Did they not figure out how to climb down? All of these scenarios then ensued,as one climber suffered from serious hyperthermia,and then a near death experience.After all was said and done,they are both back in the car driving around.Most people need medical treatment after something that dire.Although there were some lasting effects,there are some important details left out of this story that impacts its credability.

What three words best describe Dan Woren’s voice?

Dan Woren's voice was clear,believable and emotional.

Did Heaven Is Beautiful inspire you to do anything?

Not really.

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Very accurate depiction!

After hearing Peter's story on a radio show I just had to get this book. I too experienced this wonderful experience he describes in his book. I was the most profound thing ever to happen in my life. To all that will read or listen to this book know that everything he explains is truly real and is very hard put into words. To experience death is to experience the true unconditional love of the one we all know as God. This love has nothing to do with the man made religion as we know it.

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Can't wait !

This book held us spellbound but I was distracted by the whistle of the reader!

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Beautiful Truth

Well written truth of Gods eternal love for us and the plans he made for us before we were in our mothers womb.
The story kept my attention from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book for those who are seeking truth and those who indeed know the truth. God is love and he is our father. We just have to open the eyes of our hearts to understand this.

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More about his experience alive

I wanted to read this book after listening to his testimony on youtube. I thought it would be more in detail about his experience in the afterlife. This book is more detailed about his climbing adventure and wrecking his friend Tim's truck and how they got home. I wouldn't buy the book if I knew that. I want to read more about the afterlife and NDE. I hope this info helps someone else not waste their time on this book. His interviews are much better.

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A dark, repetitive, and potentially dangerous book, with some interesting content

This is a difficult and potentially dangerous book, with some interesting information and thoughts. Only about one fourth of the book is about spirituality; the rest is ordinary autobiography. The author is unbelievably shame-based—so much so that at one point I stopped listening. He really really needs therapy and a good positive psychologist. Also, the book could easily drive the listener toward suicide—particularly if the listener has mental illness to begin with. It was also tough to get through because he is more repetitive than any other author I have ever encountered. He does have some interesting thoughts and information about spirituality. He talks about going to hell, but in referring to hell, he is referring to his life review (his would not be classified as a hellish NDE). His hell is really his shame, and he could really use some help emerging from that. A big part of what drove me to finish the book was my desire to be able to review it so I could let people know that they would do well to listen to other books on NDEs and spirituality instead if they suffer from mental illness (I struggle with severe mental illness, myself, so I was taking a bit of a chance by listening to it). Hope this helps!

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Life giving

Opened my spiritual life up to new levels of authenticity. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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I will never be the same after reading this book!

I have never enjoyed anything more than listening to this book. Love Audible! Simply WOW!

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Leaves you wanting more

This is a great story that should bring comfort to those who have lost a loved one, struggle with daily life, or who want more

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Emphasis is lost on spiritual experience

An interesting story but if you are expecting a more detailed account of a spiritual experience then you might be disappointed in this story. We get to read a story about a young mans adventures in the snow packed Canadian mountains and it is very well described and elongated but the actual spiritual experience is very sparse so much so, that I felt I was reading about a mountaineering experience of a young man rather than a trip to Heaven. The author is misleading the reader by the title.