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It's obvious from the bookshelves and the big screen that heaven is on everyone's mind. All of us long to know what life after death will be like. Bestselling author John Burke is no exception. For decades, he has been studying accounts of people who have had near-death experiences (NDEs). While not every detail of individual NDEs correlate with Scripture, Burke shows how ...more
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Joey R.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars— “Imagine Heaven” by John Burke was a book I found on Kindle Unlimited as I was looking to ‘switch it up’ after reading too many thrillers in a row. I have a love for books about Near Death Experiences (NDE), and this one did not disappoint. “Imagine Heaven” is a cross between “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn and “Life After Life” by John Moody. It is the first book I have read on the subject that attempts to reconcile some of the more well documented NDE experiences/books with what the Bible ...more
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been agnostic my whole life. My parents were non practicing Catholics. The Catholic priests I knew could never answer my questions in a satisfactory way, so I wrote them all off as hypocrites at the age of 12. I just so happen to walk into this church, my first time in a church as an adult (not counting funerals and weddings), on the first day of this Imagine Heaven series. John Burke is the pastor there and he is taking 5 Sunday services to cover the content in this book. Burke is an ...more
Kim Wells
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am not sure I have the words to convey how much I loved this book. I needed this book. Every so often I find a book that I cannot wait to recommend to someone that I feel would be touched or encouraged by its contents. This book, however, is one that I feel should be read by everyone who has any interest at all in Heaven. In fact, this book is about SO much more than Heaven.

In Imagine Heaven, John Burke shares stories from many people who have had near-death experiences and ties together the
Nick Imrie
Look, I know the title is 'Imagine Heaven', but I was just not prepared for how often John Burke was going to exhort me to imagine heaven! My kindle counts over 55 instances of the phrase 'imagine heaven' alone, and there's a lot more imagining where that came from:

John says "his eyes were like blazing fire" (Revelation 1:14) Yet not like fire as we know it - imagine eyes so magical, you can't stop staring.

Imagining and living for Heaven is not optional to God - it's the hope God wants us to
I read a lot about the topic of NDE's (near-death experiences) and the afterlife. It fascinates me. Not all of the books I read focus on the religious aspect, but many do. I make that point because this one does include references to God, as you can see in the title, and many people who won't read books that do not include God need to know up front that this one most definitely does.

John Burke has been studying NDE's and recording them for many years. In this book, he talks about the
Blake Western
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an unusual book in many ways. The author takes up many of the NDE (Near Death Experiences) and compares them to what the Bible teaches about Heaven. There is great variety and if you have not read about NDE's, this would be a great book to get a comprehensive view of them. NDE's are somewhat controversial. Regardless of how you may feel about them, there are many thrilling insights given in the book about Heaven. The author believes that many of the NDE's substantiate what the Bible ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Well, The stories of people's death and return to this world were hard to believe. First of all, the stories recorded were all from a Western worldview and perspective. I would have liked to have heard about near-death experiences from people in other countries. I did not read the last chapter completely because it seemed the author was doing a lot of speculating. As a follower of Jesus, yes, this book is comforting but I still find myself being a bit skeptical. I guess the experiences of ...more
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. Gives hope that God exists, to any that still might doubt. It highlights many examples of those who've had near death experiences. After reading this, I have no doubt, there is life after death, and it'll be quite amazing.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm changing the review I originally had on here (2 stars down from 5), because I've had a lot of time to ponder the book ever since I put it down, and I realize two things that are extremely crucial to this book's credibility:

1. This book is based on emotional pleas, not fact-based evidence. What I mean by that is that this book starts from the assumption (I say this in the most generous of terms) that the Bible is 100% accurate in everything that it says. Once you go off of this assumption,
Michael Tuccillo
Great book, exciting for those who question or fear life after death

I've often thought about seeing Jesus Christ, heaven, those who I love that passed and know Him, as well as those who passed and decided to reject Him. What about life after death experiences from people from other countries and faiths, or no faiths such as atheist proclaim. This book studies all these questions and more, empirically and logically, mixing hope and wonder of what is yet to come. Scriptures are heavily used to
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burke provides interesting biblical support for near death experiences. He suggests that those who have "died" have been given glimpses or tastes of heaven and sometimes hell. It was repetitive and I found myself skimming parts, but it still enhanced my hope of heaven.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine Heaven made me feel closer to my son. I’ve always held God’s truth in my heart that He prepared a place for us to live with Him after we pass away from earth. I’ve looked forward to the beauty, peace, His presence, new discoveries, no struggles. The stories in this book, the amount of research done, and the reputation of the author and those he referenced, added strength to my faith. I have fewer questions and concerns about where my son is. I get so much comfort from Gods Word, this ...more
Laura Hiebenthal
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Most humans are afraid of dying. We want to know what comes next, but we don't know. Is heaven real? That's the question this book tries to explore. There has been research on thousands of near-death experiences (NDEs) and the author has compiled the stories and examined them for commonalities. Out of these thousands of stories, there are some curious similarities: an overwhelming sense of love and peace, a celestial welcoming committee, a being of bright light. It all certainly suggests heaven ...more
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, the husband of a dear friend who died a few months ago. Although his wife wanted him to go to church with her, he never would. He had attended only one church service since adolescence, and he's now in his late seventies. This book changed his life. He is a believer now, regularly attending church. Praise God!

Since I had read several books about near-death experiences (NDEs), I didn't expect to find much new in this book. However, this book is
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Imagine Heaven is so thoroughly researched that even a skeptic can see that Burke has thought of every angle. He's researched near death experiences (NDEs) from all sorts of people: those who have nothing to gain and a lot of credibility to lose (e.g., doctors), those from other faiths, those with disabilities here who have no disabilities in heaven, and those who had negative experiences after dying.

I had a couple of secret beliefs about heaven that appear to be borne out in these accounts. I
Erin Weisser
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful compilation of over 120 NDE accounts brought together in one source. Heaven became tangible to me as the author brought these accounts and compared them with biblical scripture. This text brings such vivid picture of Heaven with testimony after testimony from witnesses who've seen it. It also gives several accounts of the horrors that await those who choose to live separated from God eternally -- something I would not wish upon anyone.

This book is a keeper that will remain on my
Debi Jaskulke
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it slowly. Usually at night. I’ve purchased many copies for family and friends. It’s an encouraging book about our forever home and the love our hearts crave. I’m rereading it because I’m in love with this book! It sets my heart on things above ...more
Y.I. Lee
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I read this. Normally I'm pretty sceptical about this subject . However, this was well written, and quite convincing. As a Christian I found it comforting and encouraging.
The fact that most of the testimonies the author used were from children and professional people helped to convince me. As neither of these people groups needed to make money, I felt their stories were more believable.
This is one of the better books on this subject. So yes I can recommend it.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book that shares the experience of many who have experienced NDF (Near Death Experiences). The book is written in a easy to read and understand way. The author has done a great job of gathering and comparing these experiences. It is truly amazing how the basic events of thousand of experiences are so similar. The glimpses into heaven are beautiful and amazing beyond our understanding. This is a fantastic book which I highly recommend.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking!!! The author seems to have researched his subject and has probably leaned heavily on the work of Raymond A. Moody Jr. who is still considered a leading authority on Near-Death experience. I was pleased to find an account of the distinguished psychiatrist George G.Ritchie's wartime vision of the afterlife, dating back to December 1943. This story, which Christian author, Catherine Marshall, urged Ritchie to write down, is, in my opinion, worth reading in its own right.
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Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book-given to me by my mother in law for Christmas. I loved that the author aligned scriptural truth with reports from people who are said to have seen heaven as a result of a near death experience (NDE). such an interesting read. Got me thinking about how I spend my time and how I might change how I spend it to have a more eternal impact.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I have to admit I am skeptical about NDEs and the conclusions this author drew about them.
Joshua Kirby
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent and biblically grounded book that explores numerous personal life after death experiences that affirm Jesus' love for humans and the awesomeness of God that is yet to be revealed when we are in his presence.
Amy Eyles
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! It brings both comfort and peace as well as much self- reflection. Definitely a life changing read!
Jodi M Cornelius
The timing of this book is perfect

When I first got started on learning more about Heaven, it was because of a book I'd heard of called "90 Minutes In Heaven". Upon reading this I wanted to learn more about these NDEs. This was the first book I purchased. I was loving all the descriptions of the NDErs' experiences. Months after I bought the book, my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It wasn't a long illness and she was fortunate to experience no pain. We live far apart (about 700 miles) and
Catherine L.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tricky book for me to review. On one hand, and the reason I gave it four stars, it is great kindling for imagining eternity. I think it was a fantastic idea to compile, compare, and contrast reported near death experiences. Doing so doesn't inherently validate anyone's cuckoo report, but in the instances where a particular theme is repeated hundreds of times over, the sheer accumulation of testimonies deserves attention. The individual reports are fascinating. On the other hand, Burke ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens to you after you die?

Some people float above their bodies, observing the doctors trying to save them, or their crumpled form on the pavement.

Others go into the light.

Some pass through a tunnel.

Everyone goes somewhere, and encounters Love.

This book explores some life-after-death experiences, focusing on what they have in common more than what differs (life reviews, encounters with angels, God, pearly gates, a land without shadows, and the living water). It's an interesting, thorough
Carol Lee
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you have questions about what Heaven will be like, this book will give you insight. It was fascinating to see what different people had to say about what Heaven was like when they gave their accounts after near death experiences. I know the Bible gives us insight, but sometimes seeing what others thing is interesting as well.
Most of the people interviewed has positive things to say even if they did not always correlate with the Bible. Some could be due to their interpretation of what they
J. Ewbank
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-good-read, religion
John Burke has done us a very good service of compiling a lot of information from individuals who have experienced Near-Death Experiences (NDE's). In this book he has studied the common elements (many) and some of the unusual or different experiences people have had. Reading this book will certainly help you look at the afterlife in a different way than you did before reading it. Good job.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern"
Stuart B. Roberts
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a Beautiful Place

This book is well written, with vivid description of the afterlife. Mr Burke preaches how important it is that our actions on earth really matter. How the way we treat others affect what we do now

This book describes what a beautiful place heaven actually can be . Mr Burke reinforces the idea that the way we treat others and the affects that we have on them go beyond what we imagine. Everyone sins and that God has a purpose for all of us. God is very forgiving and loving and
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