Our Enduring Fascination With the Afterlife

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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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060554750
Branch Call Number: 202.3 Miller 03/2010
Characteristics: xxvii, 331 p. ;,23 cm.


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debwalker May 29, 2011

Is heaven a place on earth?

Belinda Carlisle once sang that "heaven is a place on Earth" and Robert Smith of The Cure once sang about his lover being "just like heaven." Countless songs, from Eric Clapton to Led Zeppelin, express our idea of the afterlife, and music represents just a part of our fascination with heaven.

Author and Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller explored musical lyrics and 2,000 years of other writing for her book Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife. In the book, she provides a vast history of the afterlife across cultures — and she finds that while our notion of heaven may vary by our religion, the desire for an afterlife is universal.

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May 07, 2011

I didn't realize I had some sort of expectation for this book until I realized that I was disappointed after reading it. While Miller is a good writer, has done her research and presents a coherent set of ideas, I just wan't grabbed. Concepts of heaven have plenty of history in Christianity, Judiasm and Islam - so the book felt particularly religion-heavy. But then again, what was I expecting?

I suppose I found it a bit bland, that's all - I bet plenty of other will have and will enjoy this book, and they wouldn't be wrong to do so.


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