The Coming Glory

Hope Now for Life After Death

Christian - General
175 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2020
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Author Biography

The Coming Glory was written because there is a need for information about life after death that is biblical, clear and concise.

As a minister of congregational care, Paul Swets served hundreds of families when their loved ones were near death. With his experience as a pastoral counselor, he comes alongside the reader with comfort, encouragement, and biblical hope for the life after death.

Dr. Swets is an author of six books and has degrees in Psychology, Theology, American Culture, and Effective Communication. He lives in Holland Michigan with his wife.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite

Every person has his own reason to look for answers. It could be age, illness, injury, or disease of oneself or a loved one, or it could even be a worldwide pandemic. In any case, most people are incentivized at one time or another to look for a work such as The Coming Glory: Hope Now for Life After Death by Paul W. Swets. In The Coming Glory, Swets addresses the issues of grief and of how suffering can be lessened or at least better understood if a person has an understanding of what comes after this life that we know. Swets’s goal is to comfort those in the last stages of their own lives, or who are dealing with loved ones soon to journey beyond. He begins with a note to the reader, providing a summary of what is to come: “Death is not the end of the story,” he says. Then Swets walks readers through what they can do to prepare themselves spiritually for their departure. He emphasizes that God hears His people, and he encourages the reader to keep his faith to the end.

I appreciated how Swets took biblical verses I know well and put them in the context of preparing for an end to this life and for the glory to come. It is always encouraging to be reminded that it is never too late to go to God, to ask for His help and forgiveness, and to rest in His word. Swets covers topics like what happens after death, how to get ready for Christ’s return, what bodily resurrection means, how to face God’s judgment, and how to find present comfort. At the end of each chapter, he poses a series of questions designed to get the reader to think about faith and life. It seems Swets’s questions could be used and meditated upon during a personal devotional, but they could also be used to prompt larger study or support group discussions. This work is sure to be helpful to many, as Swets provides information in a personal way without confrontation or judgment. If you or someone you know is looking at end of life issues, I recommend you pick up a copy of The Coming Glory.

K.C. Finn

The Coming Glory: Hope Now for Life After Death is a work of non-fiction focusing on ideas and interpretations from the Christian faith, and was penned by author Paul W. Swets. As the title suggests, the volume seeks to provide answers to questions that its readers may often worry about, particularly those surrounding death and the afterlife. Pertinent for our current times more than ever, the book offers comfort from Rev. Dr. Paul W. Swets as he addresses the most common concerns of hundreds of individuals whom he has spoken with, and explains what the Bible says about Heaven, Earth and everything in between.

For Christians both devout and in doubt, this book will certainly provide a great deal of gently worded information and warm comfort for their concerns about death and the afterlife. Author Paul W. Swets is a man of great experience in the church, and this lends itself to his compassionate writing style and empowering knowledge of the Bible firsthand. The narrative style feels like a comforting conversation with a local reverend or pastor, and the word usage is kept simple and accessible so that anyone from any walk of life can understand and resonate with the ideas presented. The chapter structure keeps the ideas organized well as the stages of the afterlife are explained, and the warm and loving focus on comfort throughout will certainly assuage the fears of those who believe in Christianity. Overall, The Coming Glory: Hope Now for Life After Death delivers all that it promises and more.

Mamta Madhavan

What does the word 'departure' suggest? Departure suggests leaving one place in order to go to another place, like a ship departing from one port to sail to another. The Coming Glory: Hope Now for Life After Death by Paul W. Swets speaks about looking at departure as leaving earth's shore, surrounded by family and friends, and then arriving at heaven's shores to the cheers of the heavenly host that has been waiting. The book gives profound insights to readers and their family members who are facing a departure now and are pondering what happens to them after death.

Paul W. Swets understands the struggle of readers to have faith, especially when they are dying and when they are overwhelmed by doubt and temptations of life. His words will reiterate readers' faith in Christ and his experiences will help readers perceive death from a different perspective. The author's words are uplifting and give readers answers to the many questions they have been asking. After every chapter, there is a summary, prayer, and reflection that will help readers get clarity on the topic. What I like about this book is that it gives readers the hope of Heaven and diminishes the fear of Departure or death as they look at it. They will feel the peace that is available to them in spite of their problems. The author explains the Scriptures in a manner that everyone can understand and his words give hope, strength, comfort, and encouragement to all those who are facing death and 'The Coming Glory'. The topic has been dealt with methodically and extensively, making it easy for readers to connect with his words and comprehend the depth of what he says. They will wait eagerly for the new heaven and new earth where righteousness dwells.