Imagine Heaven

Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You
Narrated by: Tristan Wright
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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All of us long to know what life after death will be like. Best-selling author John Burke is no exception. In Imagine Heaven, Burke compares over 100 gripping stories of near-death experiences (NDEs) to what Scripture says about our biggest questions of heaven: Will I be myself? Will I see friends and loved ones? What will heaven look like? What is God like? What will we do forever? What about children and pets?

For decades, Burke has been studying accounts of survivors brought back from near death who lived to tell of both heavenly and hellish experiences. While not every detail of individual NDEs correlate with Scripture, Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of survivors - including doctors, college professors, bank presidents, people of all ages and cultures, and even blind people - point to the exhilarating picture of heaven promised in the Bible.

This thrilling journey into the afterlife will make you feel like you've been there. It will forever change the way you view the life to come and the way you live your life today. You'll discover heaven is even more amazing than you've ever imagined.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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Great book

Great book- amazing stories .. I very much enjoyed this book. I could do without the readers change in voices thought out the story. It was distracting and took away from the stories.

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Suzanne

This book is wonderful, A must read!
I miss my mother so much but now i I can imagine how well and happy she is.
She was a light of Christ in the world and now she is with him.

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Don't make this your only book on the subject

One purpose of learning about NDE's is to open oneself to a good experience as one transitions from life on Earth to the Afterlife. Many report that the experience of the Afterlife is responsive to one's beliefs about it, so these beliefs may matter. This book is not by authors who say that they have experienced an NDE. It is about NDE's of others filtered through a literal reading of the Bible. If you read only this book about NDE's, you will have received a distorted picture of the experience and, possibly, limited your Afterlife experience, at least temporarily.

I highly recommend also reading or listening to books by people who have actually experienced an NDE: Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Mary Neal, Nancy Rynes, and so many others.

On the one hand, I'm glad that the authors have not taken the position that NDE's are the work of the Devil. NDE's usually involve so much love, forgiveness, and, often, beautiful descriptions of God and Jesus, that it makes no sense to maintain, as some Christians do, that the Devil creates these experiences.

On the other hand, the authors bend the reports of NDE's to fit Biblical doctrine. For example, frequently, "Experiencers" report going through a tunnel on their way to Heaven. Apparently, there's no Biblical quote that supports this report. As I recall, the authors mention a tunnel only once and then they "correct" that report. They maintain that the person must have misinterpreted what he really saw.

The authors attempt to persuade readers that, based on quotations from the Bible, our task on Earth is to be obedient, as children are, to a fatherly God. They say that if we are sufficiently obedient to God, we will earn rewards in Heaven beyond what is possible on Earth and beyond description. These rewards are described in very materialistic terms—homes, good jobs, fun activities like sports events, etc. While all those who accept Jesus as their Savior will be admitted to Heaven, only the obedient will receive ineffable honors and rewards.

Those who do not accept Jesus as their Savior will consign themselves to Hell for eternity.

At the same time, nothing in the NDE reports that they quote from supports these claims about accepting Jesus, obedience, rewards, and eternal Hell. The authors do not explain that they have based these claims on the Bible and Church teachings rather than what Experiencers have reported.

I've read or listened to 100's of reports of NDE's. Many of these describe a loving and powerful God and Jesus, so loving and powerful as to be impossible to describe in words. While I've learned about only a fraction of the reports available, none have described God or Jesus as demanding obedience or handing out rewards as a father would. This description very much conflicts with NDE characterizations of God and Jesus. Nor have the authors of "Imagine Heaven" provided supporting quotes from Experiencers.

At the same time, I want to thank the authors of "Imagine Heaven." I believe that this book is a step forward for many Christians, in that it does not demonize NDE’s. In addition, for me, it was the clearest and most logical explanation of Christian doctrine that I've read regarding the role of Jesus. The book’s explanation is complex, involving two times of judgement of humans. But, it all fits together. It just doesn't fit the picture one gets if one reads a lot of reports by NDE Experiencers. Nevertheless, I feel the book has an important contribution to the literature on Christianity and NDE's.

I gave the narration two stars because the male narrator is distracting with his attempts to mimic women, children, and various accents. He's actually a pretty good mimic, but it's an annoying distraction nonetheless.

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  • 08-10-17

I wish a different person narrated.

Would you consider the audio edition of Imagine Heaven to be better than the print version?

No

What was one of the most memorable moments of Imagine Heaven?

High pitched male voice of the narrator.
He changed his voice when he read
the quotes of different people
and it was sort of annoying.
I wish it was read by Dan Woren.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tristan Wright’s performances?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. The book sounded so light because of the narrator.

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Great job I just lost my son and the book was so much help getting thought it

I love this beautiful written book that 's so much,now I can carry on cause I'm ok

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By far the best book I've read so far.!

Once you finish this book your faith will increase by far. Amazing book very worth it.

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Wonderful

I loved this book very much. It was well written. however the narrator really should do voices.

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To listen again!!

Loved it. It has soften my heart. I though the knowledge will be great, but I was wrong, after reading it, God open my eyes to what it means to love and how important relationships are, specially the one with HIM.

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Great Book, Great Stories, Terrible Reading

The book and storyline are very good, but narrator creates a different voice for every character that is very offputting. I feel like it takes away from the actual stories being told.

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Fascinating to hear of the beauty, love and mercy of the God.

I had recently lost my son to drug addiction and this brought me such comfort to know of the Extricable Mercy of God. Though the void in my heart will never be filled I take comfort in knowing that He is in the hands of his creator. Thank you for writing this book.

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  • Jason Williams
  • 02-25-18

Life changing

This book is amazing. There's much greater impact in hearing it than reading it, although the reader should have stuck to using his own voice rather than trying to sound like those about whom he was speaking.

This said you cannot help but be influenced and touched by the book. God's love and grace is powerfully demonstrated in this book and I cannot recommend it enough, even as a good book to leave around so the non Christians in your life can pick it up.

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  • stephen
  • 04-10-19

A must read book for everyone

A brilliant book on near death experiences that should be read by everyone interested in the subject or not. It will change your life.

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  • Lawrence Howey
  • 02-23-19

A fantastic piece of research insight into heaven.

this was a book that I couldn't wait to listen to. once I started listening I couldn't stop.

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  • John Steele
  • 01-16-19

Narrator's stereotypical impersonations ruined it!

Interesting topics raised and I'd have given the book a higher rating had it not been for the narrators almost comedic impersonations of everyone from woman to children, it was seriously off putting and borderline condescending to attribute the most stereotypical voices to the people he impersonated. Ridiculous narration spoiled what was otherwise a good and interesting book full of profound and thought provoking topics.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-18

A great book and glimpse into the afterlife.

I found this book compelling til the very end. it's given me a new sense of purpose and belief in Jesus Christ.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-19

Fabulous book!

So captivating, loved all the stories he retold and how he linked it back to scriptures highly recommend!!

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  • Louise Bayley
  • 06-14-18

Can’t wait

John Burke did a wonderful job of compiling and presenting all the Near Death Experiences and they are truly amazing I really am excited about Heaven.
I wasn’t thrilled with the Narration and all the different voices. And that Aussie accent, well!!!
Still I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about Heaven.