With a slow-moving economy, wars raging overseas (not to mention at home), and everyday worries weighing folks down, many readers are finding solace in a final destination where those problems (hopefully) won’t follow. Free your mind and spirit with these titles, ranging from the breakthrough memoir Proof of Heaven to sentimental smash novel The Five People You Meet in Heaven. A certain reality show star even makes the cut. Read in peace!
Proof of Heaven
Proof of Heaven is leading the charge in the surprise bestselling boom subgenre of near-death experience (NDE) books. Eben Alexander’s journey from a neurosurgeon who was skeptical of the afterlife to a fervent advocate of heaven following a near fatal brain condition has resonated with millions of readers. It shares the NDE staple of an encounter with dead relatives (previously unknown to the survivor).
Heaven Is for Real
Few celestial travel narratives have captured as many hearts the one belonging to Colton Burpo, who was just 4 when he had his experience during emergency surgery. As recounted by his father, Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo, the youngster met several unfamiliar relatives, including a sister who was miscarried and a great grandfather, both of whom passed before his birth.
Opening Heaven’s Door
Challenging current assumptions about what we know and what we are still unable to explain, Opening Heaven’s Door is a groundbreaking, beautifully written exploration that will forever alter your perceptions of the nature of life and death.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
by Mitch Albom
Sports columnist Mitch Albom shared the life lessons that he gained from a mentor facing mortality in Tuesdays With Morrie and paid it forward with this bestselling novel about a carnival employee who comes to understand the meaning of life after workplace tragedy. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for NDE readers.
There’s More to Life Than This
Theresa Caputo, star of TLC’s Long Island Medium, regularly offers her direct line between here and the afterlife to connect her sizable client list with their loved ones on the Other Side. Fans of her show and others curious about the Great Beyond made There’s More to Life Than This an instant bestseller.