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A Travel Guide to Heaven

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  273 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
A recent Newsweek poll reports that 76 percent of Americans believe in heaven. Yet even avid believers have difficulty conjuring up more than vague images of halos, harps, and wispy angels in flowing robes. Anthony DeStefano knew there had to be a more complete, meaningful, and comforting vision of what heaven is like, and A Travel Guide to Heaven is the entertaining and e ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Image (first published 2003)
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Anthony DeStephano’s A Travel Guide to Heaven is a very upbeat, lighthearted look at a subject which is too often only broached by serious theologians. Without going into denominational debates DeStephano presents a truly inviting description of Heaven as a real place—or rather the Place of all places—inhabited with those we love, beautiful beyond imagining and completely physical, all the while drawing from what we know of the revealed God—both in Scripture as well as the glories of His created ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok
This book gave me a new perspective on Heaven. It makes you want to go there, and calm your fears of the unknown.
Loved Loved Loved the book!!! Definitely going in the list of books I will always keep with me forever. I will probably read it again soon because I feel like I need to read it almost in one sitting to get the full effect of the book. This first time reading it I was always interrupted while I was trying to read this book and I kind of felt incomplete reading it this way or like something was missing or my full concentration wasn't in the book due to life lol. But I did love the book. I just had ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Capoppy rated it it was amazing
This book is written just as the title indicates, a travel book you would get for going on vacation to a new destination. Telling you what to expect when you arrive, things you don't want to miss and how to recognize what you may see. Even for someone unchurched you would be able to make the connections the author refers to. He references scripture,then explains what he believes you will encounter. Chapters on accomadations, relationships, pets and animals, tour guides food and even jobs. There ...more
Sep 02, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: Heard the author on a radio talk show 5 years ago.
I bought it for the chapter on dogs going to Heaven, but I found the whole book inspirational. It was a very easy read, simplistic in the author's presentation, which kept my interest. I sent the book to a person I know who has life-issues, in the hopes of finding some inner-peace.
Oct 22, 2012 Yolanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dove, swl
This is one of those books that I found myself smiling along while reading. The author lays out the where, what and why of Heaven in a pleasing, fun manner. The hope of who you will "run" into and talk to in Heaven is certainly worth the work to get there.
Oct 10, 2008 Paulette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how this was scripture based and how postive it was. Really gave a good insight into what heaven will be like based on God's character.
Sep 22, 2008 Kathy rated it really liked it
Written by a Catholic, this is an amazing description of what Heaven might be like. Makes you wonder . . .
Ashley Kelly
Apr 15, 2011 Ashley Kelly rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful, scripture based picture of what Heaven will be like. This book inspired me to start a Christian based book club to be able to discuss spiritual matters.
Jul 01, 2011 Marsha rated it it was amazing
This is the best inspiring book about heaven that I have read. You will enjoy the trip.
Feb 20, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it
I read the first chapter of this book and decided to toss it. The author describes himself as "far enough away from being a professional theologian to avoid bogging us down with too much formal theology." He has a bibliography at the end of the book that he says backs up his points. There were several items I was curious about after the first chapter and decided to check his biblical references to see what the bible had to say. I'm very disappointed to report that none of the references I checke ...more
Jun 10, 2008 Ann rated it did not like it
Is it me???? I cannot seem to get through a book lately. I find myself 1/3 of the way in thinking, 'GOOD GRIEF. Why am I spending my time on this? Why do I care????' In this case, the author - a Catholic author with no theological training - is writing about Heaven, speculating on what he thinks it is like. It's totally - in my estimation - based on his opinion. He throws a few Bible verses in as proof to his ideas - namely that it is a physical place, but as Catholics, don't we believe that the ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Dzillich rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. Its a unique perspective on what to expect in heaven and our journey on earth. It may change how you look at things. It's definitely not a religious book but there are references to the Bible and other religious scripture.
Jan 28, 2010 Richelle rated it it was amazing
A different view of Heaven. Loved it!
Jan 17, 2017 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
Awesome book! I learned so many things I didn't know about heaven.
Jan 07, 2014 Maureen rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and several Interesting statements DeStefano makes about Heaven:

"If heaven is anything at all, it’s fun". Then he references C,S, Lewis to support his view:
C.S. Lewis said that the serious business of heaven is joy.
Heaven, it’s a physical place (not just a state of mind) Jn 14:2-3; Cor. 5:1, Dt 26:16
It’s bursting with excitement and action. While heaven is a spiritual reality, it is also very much a place. It is real and it is physical.
God prepares us for death with days en
Jul 22, 2012 Nancy rated it did not like it
I was dissapointed, I thought this book would be one person's personal experience of what heaven was like, maybe a near death experience. But it's just what he thinks it will be like, based on the bible, which is fine, its just not what I expected. I guess if I am going to visit a place (on earth or otherwise) I would expect the tour guide to be familiar with the place, not just have read about it. A Travel Guide to Heaven is for people who have the same religious views as the author. I couldn't ...more
Steven Szewczyk
Dec 13, 2013 Steven Szewczyk rated it really liked it
Awesome book. It is a light read that describes what Heaven must be like. The author uses scripture to form his opinion . Whether or not his interpretations turn out to be 100% correct, does not change the fact that the book makes you think about the joys of heaven in a real way. It was a fun read. The author is Catholic but it is meant to be read by any denomination.
Beez Beasley
Jul 21, 2013 Beez Beasley rated it liked it
It's a book that helps us look at heaven in a different way than regular's also a book that talks about our "ticket" to heaven.
The author talks about heaven as being the most outrageously happy place we could ever imagine.
Karen Klein
Mar 26, 2013 Karen Klein rated it liked it
It was ok.........didn't agree with some of the author's points but for the most part it was a fairly good read. It will be a wonderful thing when we get to live in God's new Kingdom with no pain, sorrow, evil, etc. only good things.
Birney Bull
Mar 27, 2014 Birney Bull rated it it was amazing
Excellent! The one that got him noticed. This one in particular I originally assumed this would be a superficial fluff piece. Light, in places, it is; but lacking in depth? Not at all! He has a gift for making complex theological principles recognizable in everyday life.
Jul 09, 2014 Kathy rated it it was ok
Friend recommended it, so I really needed to finish it and wanted to like it, but it fell short of my expectations. Interesting in parts, but nothing new. Hard to define, but would seem far more like a novel than a spiritual guide.
Chris Cutter
Jun 23, 2015 Chris Cutter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholic
Gave me a brand new perspective, really opened my eyes rather! Before this book I was one of those that felt rather bland about Heaven but now since I have finished this book I am really excited about it! I hope Mr. DeStefano writes another book!!
Jun 20, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a view of what Heaven will be like when we get there!
Jun 22, 2014 Stacinator rated it it was ok
I must confess that I didn't finish this one. It was interesting in the beginning, but I quickly began to lose interest as it was more of the same. It's just not my style.
Cristian Marrero
Sep 20, 2015 Cristian Marrero rated it it was amazing
A positive read for any age of life. This is a book to smile and be thankful to praise God for all that is done and all that he is doing.
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Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, Angels All Around Us, and the children's books, This Little Prayer of Mine, Little Star, The Donkey that No One Could Ride, and gift book, I Just Can't Take it Anymore. He has received many prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian belief ...more
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