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TIME Visions of Heaven

Where do we go from here? TIME brings you a visually inspiring exploration of humankind's speculation about the afterlife, from the Christian view of heaven to its myriad spiritual and literary versions: Valhalla, Nirvana, Shangri-La and many other concepts of paradise. The quest is not just a spiritual one, but a scientific and eyewitness journey as well. Fully 85% of Americans believe in heaven, according to Gallup, and now TIME takes you on an unforgettable quest into what it may look like.

Our quest for understanding the afterlife include:

  • What are the common elements (and key differences) in how cultures around the world view the afterlife?
  • Ware Near-death Experiences and why do so many people report similar accounts?
  • Do we have a psychological need to believe in life after death?
  • How did the biblical version of heaven take shape?
  • What are the best literary depictions of heaven, from "Pardiso" by Dante to "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold.

About the Author
Name Lisa Miller
Bio Lisa Miller is the former religion editor of Newsweek and the author of many cover stories on faith and society. her 2010 book, Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife, earned a starred Publisher's Weekly review, which declared, "this marvelous work is a readable and wonderfully realized study of this constant hope that we share." Booklist said, "Miller's whilwind tour of heaven is an entertaining primer on a most complex subject."
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Publication Date April 8, 2014
Dimensions 7-3/16" x 9-3/4"
Number of Pages 112