Heaven by Lisa Miller audiobook

Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife

By Lisa Miller
Read by Linda Emond

9.73 Hours 03/23/2010 Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Drawing on history and popular culture, biblical research and the beliefs of everyday people, Heaven offers a new understanding of one of the most cherished—and shared—ideals of spiritual life. In this groundbreaking, accessible history, Lisa Miller raises debates and discussions not just about our visions of the afterlife, but about how our beliefs have influenced the societies we have built and the lifestyles to which we have subscribed, exploring the roots of our beliefs in heaven and how these have evolved throughout the ages to offer comfort and hope. She also reveals how the notion of heaven has been used for manipulation—to promulgate goodness and evil—as inspiration for selfless behavior, and justification for mass murder. As Miller demonstrates in this absorbing and enlightening book, the desire for a celestial afterlife is universal—shared by the faithful around the world and across religions. It is as old as the Bible itself. While there are many notions of what exactly heaven is and how we get there, Jews, Christians, and Muslims all agree that heaven is God’s home. From the Revelation to the Left Behind series, Augustine to Osama Bin Laden, Muslims in the West Bank to American Mormons baptizing their dead, Heaven is a penetrating look at one of our most cherished religious ideals.

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Summary

Summary

Drawing on history and popular culture, biblical research and the beliefs of everyday people, Heaven offers a new understanding of one of the most cherished—and shared—ideals of spiritual life. In this groundbreaking, accessible history, Lisa Miller raises debates and discussions not just about our visions of the afterlife, but about how our beliefs have influenced the societies we have built and the lifestyles to which we have subscribed, exploring the roots of our beliefs in heaven and how these have evolved throughout the ages to offer comfort and hope. She also reveals how the notion of heaven has been used for manipulation—to promulgate goodness and evil—as inspiration for selfless behavior, and justification for mass murder.

As Miller demonstrates in this absorbing and enlightening book, the desire for a celestial afterlife is universal—shared by the faithful around the world and across religions. It is as old as the Bible itself. While there are many notions of what exactly heaven is and how we get there, Jews, Christians, and Muslims all agree that heaven is God’s home. From the Revelation to the Left Behind series, Augustine to Osama Bin Laden, Muslims in the West Bank to American Mormons baptizing their dead, Heaven is a penetrating look at one of our most cherished religious ideals.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This fascinating, thoughtful, and challenging study tells us a great deal about what it means to be a human being.”  Karen Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of A History of God and The Case for God
“Lisa Miller has long been the fairest and most engaging journalist covering religion in America. In Heaven, she has accomplished the impossible: she has written a book about religion that fundamentalists, moderates, liberals, and nonbelievers alike can read with extreme pleasure.”  Sam Harris, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation
“With grace and insight, Lisa Miller has done a remarkable thing: she has written a wonderful book that weaves together contemporary reporting and historical scholarship, with skill and energy. The result is a smart and accessible take on the ultimate question: what is heaven? Lisa’s book is a good place to begin to find an answer.”  Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and American Gospel
“A rare combination of journalism, memoir, and historical research by a self-professed skeptic who nonetheless believes in hope, this smart yet heartfelt book leads us into the center of one of the greatest conversations of all time. And Lisa Miller is the perfect conversation partner, regaling us with the wisdom (and folly) not only of the official theologies of the ancients but also of the everyday improvisations of ordinary Americans wrestling with the Big Questions forever swirling around this most audacious of hopes.”  Stephen Prothero, New York Times bestselling author of American Jesus and Religious Literacy

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Author Bio: Lisa Miller

Author Bio: Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller is an award-winning journalist in the field of religion. The senior religious editor at Newsweek, she writes a regular column on the intersection of spirituality, belief, ethics, and politics. She also regularly contributes to the Washington Posts online global conversation about religion and faith,OnFaith. Formerly on staff at the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English