Thursday, February 7, 2013

Book Review: One Minute After You Die

One Minute After You Die. Erwin Lutzer. 1997. Moody Publishers. 192 pages.

One Minute After You Die is a companion book to Erwin Lutzer's How You Can Be Sure You Will Spend Eternity with God. It is a great little book on the realities of heaven and hell. The chapter titles should give you a hint of what to expect from this one: "Attempting to Peek Behind the Curtain," "The Descent Into Gloom," "The Ascent Into Glory," "Welcome! You Have Arrived," "Living in the New Jerusalem," "When Hades Is Thrown Into Hell," "When God Opens the Curtain for You," and "Knowing Today Where You Will Be Tomorrow." And the stated purpose is "to study what the Bible has to say about the life beyond. Many who read it will be comforted; others will be disturbed; and everyone, I hope, will be instructed" (12). 

Favorite quotes:
The fact that we don't view death with optimism just might be because we think of death as taking us from our home rather than bringing us to our home. (56)
To die is to go home to heaven; to live is to exist in a foreign country on earth. Someday we'll understand this distinction much better; for now the future is ours by faith. (56)
If we want to prepare for our final destination, we should begin to worship God here on earth. Our arrival in heaven will only be a continuation of what we have already begun. Praise is the language of heaven and the language of the faithful on earth. (88)
Entering hell is easy enough. All that one has to do is neglect Christ, the only one who can save us. (115)

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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