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One Heartbeat Away: Your Journey Into Eternity

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The question of what happens to us after we die is on the minds of many? Can you prove to them that there is a God? What about evolution? Can the Bible be proven true? This book, which is inspired by conversations with lost people, is written specifically to those who have objections or are seeking answers for eternity, and guiding them to truth. Why have so many atheists, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 31st 2005 by Mark Cahill Ministries (first published September 5th 2005)
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Dec 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Mark Cahill is a fundamentalist Christian who has written a book about why everyone should convert to Christianity. I have read a number of books by atheist and agnostic apologists, and wanted to give a Christian apologist a fair chance to present his case. I carefully read “One Heartbeat Away: Your Journey Into Eternity” from cover to cover. Here are some thoughts on the book.

First, in chapter one, Cahill starts by seeking to prove that God exists. His argument is that the universe is such a c
I am not going to rate this book. My dad asked me to read it so I did and it was alright. I have always believed in Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins. However I do not agree with Mark about LGBTQIA+ people he has 3 stories in this and the first two dance around what he actually thinks about that until the very end and then basically makes it seem like he thinks the only reason people turn put to be gay is cause they must have been molested by someone or they have a crappy relationship wi ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Poorly written. Nothing new. Too many stories that portray himself like everyone is stunned and amazed at his own brilliance and wisdom.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
There are a few good ideas in here.

There are a lot more logical fallacies, unprovable anecdotes, 'proofs' against things that don't need to be disproved for Christianity to be true, and self-congratulations.

The one thing you'll definitely know after you read this book it that the author knows Charles Barkley.
Matt A
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
While Cahill's first book (also fundamentally transformational) was aimed primarily at the church, this book is a conversion tool.

It is meant to be read by the individual who has no faith in any element of the spiritual world, the Gospel, or the Messiah. It carries this person along various proofs which are, in short:

1.) Evolution is unscientific, illogical, and unproven
2.) There is a Designer
3.) The Designer must be the biblical God
4.) The biblical God was manifested by Jesus
5.) Understanding
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book to show your friends that they’re sinners and going to hell.
Crista Crawford
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please get this book. When I first learned about this book, I literally bought a case of them and used them as my way to witness. I emptied the box of books in less than a month. Mark does an amazing job discussing tough topics that tend to trip up nonbelievers and gives believers a fresh view on our beliefs. I just recently bought two copies for my girls to read now that they are old enough to understand. We are waiting each day for the package to arrive. I can't wait to discuss with them their ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My mother requested I read this book. Although I have been saved since I was 8 years old, so I am not really sure why. The book is a nice refresher on the basics of the Christian faith, scriptural background, proofs, and quite a few basic, rudimentary stories, testimonies, and analogies (somewhat far-fetched in my personal opinion) to back the author's opinions. This is a fundamentalist Christian's handbook to saving souls and securing your eternity into heaven. While I am a Christian and believ ...more
Vic Munala
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
A great book, especially for those who are not yet believers of Christ and are asking questions about faith and the life after. The author has adequately provided the answers in a logical manner. This is a book that seeks to push that individual over the cliff, to make that concious decision to receive Christ in their lives.

A good book for those who are already in Christ as the writer seeks to challenge us to live out the lives that Christ called us to live; making disciples and sharing about ou
Patrick Breck
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
If you died tonight, are you 100% sure you'd go to heaven? That's the general premise of the book. The author does a good job in the beginning of presenting a clear apologetic for the existence of God and the truth of the Bible. He outlines the Ten Commandments and leads the reader toward a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ who satisfied the commandments and paid the price for our sins. The latter portion of the book challenges the reader to share their new found faith in God - other's e ...more
Debby Stephan
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a giveaway and want to thank the author for sending it my way. When I entered the giveaway I had a different idea of what this book would be. Having experienced a few minutes of "death" myself I was looking for a book that told of other's experiences and had different theories of what happens when we die. However, this book was a Christian book and a type of study of what the Bible says happens when we die. There is even a chapter entitled "The Flames, The FLames" which I thin ...more
Michael Krauszer
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Although I don't think this is the best apologetic book, it's still worth the read, especially for someone seeking truth. My biggest hesitancy in giving this book a better rating is the fact that Cahill repeats many of the same stories that he did in his first book. His content is not anything completely new or unique, but his personal stories definitely are (witnessing to Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Kanye West, Charles Barkley, and many non-famous people with incredible stories). This is the s ...more
Emily Speller
While I didn't quite agree with everything in this book, I found it a very good read and it is one I would definately recommend for non-Christians wanting to know more about God. As a Christian, I found the last section on evangelism very challenging, may the Lord help me to be bolder in proclaiming His name and telling others about Him! The main area I would disagree on, however, is the emphasis the writer seems to place on near death experiences or death-to-life-again experiences. One must be ...more
CJ Scurria
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those eye-opening books that if you haven't thought about eternity before you will now. The book tells life's ultimate and important thought: If you at this moment died do you know where you are going?

This book might make take you to tough places as it did me. It made me remember a young person in my life who after seeing her one week had her life cut short by a car. It made me dwell on just how precious life really is as we never know (even though we will still claim) how long ou
Jun 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
I should have read some of this before buying it. The author is a joke just like this book. The introduction makes you think the author is going to look at different ideas and beliefs about the afterlife and do actual research about them. He even asks near the end if there is a god or not or an actual afterlife. Then at the beginning of chapter one he starts in on how there has to be god and how he tries converting athiests to believe. Based on that alone I realized with his bias views this book ...more
Jessica Halt
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
This book had its moments, but in between those it was a real drag. The theory behind it was good, but I wish the author had chosen a Bible translation that used modern language, since the target audience is non-Christians who may be turned off by all of the thees, thous, and arts. I loved his first book (One Thing You Can't Do in Heaven) and was a bit disappointed in this one. I was hoping to be able to share it with non-believing friends as a conversation starter, but it took me 3 months to ge ...more
Jan 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own
pretty much all that needs to be said is that THIS WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR ATHEISTS. It is written for beginning Christians who don't already have a preconceived notion that they're right and Christianity is wrong.
As a result of this Atheists will have many problems with the content. But for a beginning Christian it helps dispel some of the doubts and and answer some questions they may still have. But don't expect to cater to your worldview if you've already decided God doesn't exist!
Linda Johnson
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on creation and the fact that everyone knows and nobody especially likes: "10 out of 10 people die!" As some would say, "Everyone wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die." This book was given to me by my dentist. He repairs teeth and puts his Christianity into practice by offering Cahill's books, free of charge. He knows Mark Cahill and gets books to hand out in exchange for a donation. They are very interesting books, indeed.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for those seeking the truth of the Lord and for those who are trying to figure out how to share the truth. I found the author's conclusions to be believable and accurate. He makes a very valid point when he asks, "When you die, can you afford to be wrong about God." My heart goes out to those who don't believe in our Creator and try to lead others astray. If this book doesn't convince you, find someone who can talk with you personally and answer all of your questions.
Benjamin Kittleson
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Mark Cahill's second book pressing the importance of preaching the Good News of God's mercy to the world after you've shared the Bad News of God's Wrath toward those who die still in their sins...

This book concentrates on the fact that everyone you meet, including yourself, is only "One Heartbeat Away" from eternity... either with God, or without Him...
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
For those non-Christians, especially aethesists, this a great book to read to learn why Christianity may just be the most important decision of your life.
For those Christians, this a great book to remind you of what's important in this life and what to be working towards for the next one.

So......if you died tonight, are you 100% sure you'd go to heaven?
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
This books makes a great deal of assumptions and doesn't really provide any compelling reasons to start believing that the bible is the inerrant word of God. Using quotes from the bible to prove that the bible is true simply isn't enough for most people with doubts. I have faith that there are better books on this subject out there.
Clint Mccain
Jan 02, 2011 is currently reading it
This is my next book to read (I've had a copy for a LONG time to preview and have recently given out copies--I guess it would be good to actually know what it contains so I can discuss it with others!)
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mark Cahill's in-your-face writing style and focus on the truth of the Bible makes you want to get off your feet and do something for the kingdom of God. I met Mark a few years back and he's a great guy who walks the walk (everything he writes about and more).
Erika Mathews
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We all have a last heartbeat. What's on the other side? Mark Cahill addresses this question thoroughly, logically, and Biblically. Whether you're a Christian or not, this book is thought-provoking and well worth the read.
Don Gubler
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Adds nothing to knowledge or inspiration.
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great book to pass out to people and Mark has a great ministry
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book asks the question if you died today are you 100% sure you would go to heaven. Lots to think about, gives you ways to confront people about their beliefs. Great book
Mary Allen
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A must have book for sincere Christians wanting a great resource for evangelism not to mention a major kick-start in witnessing!
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book and is meant to be given to those who have questions and arguments about God.
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