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Heaven, the Heart's Deepest Longing

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A major book on the subject of heaven, this expanded edition examines the hunger for heaven that is so strong in all of us. Fascinating and upbeat, Heaven, the Heart's Deepest Longing thoroughly explores the psychological and theological dimensions of this search for total joy and for the ultimate reality that grounds it.
Paperback, 281 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by Ignatius Press (first published 1980)
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Oct 19, 2008 Wanda rated it it was amazing
I just started this book, and I think I'm really going to like it. I am very impressed with the author's intelligence and knowledge. He is definitely very well read!

In chapter one he discusses a thought experiment proposed by St. Augustine: "Imagine God appeared to you and said, 'I'll make a deal with you if you wish. I'll give you anything and everything you ask: pleasure, power, honor, wealth, freedom, even peace of mind and a good conscience. Nothing will be a sin; nothing will be forbidden;
Michael McCloskey
May 26, 2009 Michael McCloskey rated it it was amazing
Kreeft dares us to "ask our heart what it wants". This work on the longing of our hearts for our true home will deepen your faith and help you to understand why we are not yet happy. Highly recommended.
Trae Johnson
Jan 02, 2011 Trae Johnson rated it liked it
Kreeft makes good insights about the longing for heaven that is particular to all men. I found parts of the book really abstract and difficult to understand. He, at times, seemed to get lost in the grandeur of the reality of heaven. This came across in some of his explanations.
I particularly liked the introduction where Kreeft discusses the history of heaven's desire going back to ancient times to its current state of being altogether ignored. Kreeft is a tremendous thinker and author, and I hav
Jan 11, 2015 Clint rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books I cannot get enough - I guess any book by Kreeft becomes this for me!
Jul 30, 2015 Dianne rated it it was amazing
I love this book for it's view of heaven.
Jul 07, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it
Peter Kreeft. My teacher of philosophy at BC, he's a Calvinist turned Catholic who's an expert on CS Lewis and Tolkien and Socrates. I took every class he taught, for 6 years. So yeah, I know his arguments and his books. I haven't read his book about the philosophy of Tolkien, but I took his Lord of the Rings class. It was pretty cool.
Dec 01, 2010 Patrick rated it it was amazing
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This was the first Kreeft book I read, and it made me search out everything else of his that I could find. If, like me, your initial reaction is "How can anyone write about heaven without having been there?", read the book anyway. Kreeft is a trustworthy guide.
Gordon DeLand
Jun 20, 2015 Gordon DeLand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent. Kreeft asks some questions you never thought of asking because they are so ... basic. And his answers point to something far beyond human.
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This isn't really a 'possible' purchase...this is one I'm going to buy! Loved Wanda's review!
Jan 15, 2009 Erica marked it as to-read
It's on my bookshelf at home...can't wait to pick it up!
Jun 06, 2007 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing look at how and why we long for something more.
Andrew Boyle
Jun 12, 2011 Andrew Boyle rated it it was amazing
Now that's a book.
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Peter Kreeft is a Catholic apologist, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College, and author of over 45 books including Fundamentals of the Faith , Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven , and Back to Virtue . Some consider him the best Catholic philosopher currently residing in the United States. His ideas draw heavily from religious and philosophical tradition, ...more
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