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Reviewed by Patricia Althoff for Readers' Favorite
"Beyond Heaven: A New Earth, The Eternal Destiny of God's People" by Joseph Keibler presents an almost radical alternative to the commonly held belief about life after death. He begins with an introduction to his background and how he arrived at his interpretation, apologizing for the confusion the book may produce for the typical Christian. He explains that though most protestant Christians believe "saved" people go immediately to Heaven when they die, and the "unsaved" immediately to Hell, it does not fit with Jesus' Second Coming, the resurrection of the body, and subsequent judgment. But it DOES fit when Heaven and Hell are seen as the temporary residence of the spirit until the Second Coming. The rewards BEYOND HEAVEN will be a new concept to most people, and the book is a must read for anybody wanting to know more about faith and works and subsequent rewards. Clue: it is not about how many gems there are in your crown!
The book begins with several chapters of apology and redundant explanation of why the book was written and how the author came to his understandings, but after that the text gains clarity and becomes more interesting. Whether or not the reader becomes convinced of Keibler's position, there is plenty of meat backed up by scripture to send even the most skeptical Christian back to the Bible to verify or discount the concepts presented. After reading this book I purchased two copies to share with pastor friends so that they can help me decide how much of the material presented I can accept.