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Heaven Our Enduring Fascination With the Afterlife (Paperback)

Author:  Lisa Miller
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060554762
ISBN-13: 9780060554767
Sku: 216379932
Publish Date: 3/29/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1T
Pages:  368
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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 heaven is and how we get there, Jews, Christians, and Muslims all agree that heaven is God''s home. Drawing on history and popular culture, biblical research and everyday beliefs, "Heaven" offers a new understanding of one of the most cherished--and shared--ideals of spiritual life.


"In her brainy, engaging book--a sweeping historical and literary geography of heaven--[Miller] talks to priests, a Dominican monk, Muslim clerics, rabbis, and professors....But once she has finished reporting and researching, Miller's book loses its hard journalistic edge and becomes...a memoir....What [she] ultimately concludes may surprise you. It certainly surprised her." - Tina Jordan 03/26/2010

"[A] fascinating millenniums-long history of the idea of heaven....At its core is a (very politely administered) slap to the American consensus. The heaven you think you're headed to--a reunion with your lost relatives in the light--is a very recent invention, only a little older than Goldman Sachs. Most of the believers in heaven across most of history would find it unrecognizable." - Johann Hari 04/04/2010

"[Miller's] book shows that visions of 'traditional heaven' are as prevalent as ever; what has disappeared, for many of us, is the conviction that such a place exists outside the human imagination." - Scott Russell Sanders 04/11/2010

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