The Heavenly Oak


Christian - Fiction
202 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2018
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Reviewed by Stacie Haas for Readers' Favorite

What happens when we die? Find out in The Heavenly Oak by Philip Bauer. The story finds several individuals—from varying times and spaces—all at the end of their physical lives on earth. Each of them—a televangelist, superstar performer, Confederate soldier, explorer, and more—find themselves under an idyllic oak tree in another realm of the universe. When they arrive, all find someone is there to greet them. Who is this person and what is the book he has with him? Each person soon discovers that it’s their own book of life and how they react to what they find there determines what happens next. Is death an end or the beginning of something new?

The Heavenly Oak by Philip Bauer presents a picture of heaven that many readers will find familiar and comforting. There is something very reassuring in the way that Bauer writes about the moment of death and one’s arrival at the heavenly oak. And if what comes next seems a bit too easy, the novel makes the definitive point that heaven is available and attainable, but not automatic. In The Heavenly Oak, Philip Bauer presents a lovely picture of heaven and appropriately demonstrates that God is the perfect judge of our lives, taking into account all of our choices and circumstances.

The Heavenly Oak is written as a series of vignettes—one for each individual making the journey to heaven. Each of these people has a unique path and circumstances to appreciate and reckon with. I especially enjoyed the final vignette—one that brings you directly in the path of and to the point of Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice for all sinners. Recommended.

Brian Newsome

This is the best explanation of the grace of a loving Heavenly Father that I have ever read. It inspired me, broke my heart , encouraged me and made me laugh.
I could not put it down. Do yourself a favor and read this fantastic book!

Betty Randall

Wow! What a refreshing take on an old subject. I was swept away by the authors’ descriptive writing. Thank You Philip Bauer for giving me many things to think about.
This book will change lives.

Marie Schroeder

This book turns conventional dogma about an afterlife upside down.
I loved the characters as they face their respective pasts.
What a great book. I found myself thinking about it again and again after I finished it.

Terry Peters

I just finished The Heavenly Oak by Philip Bauer. This book was a breath of fresh air . I have always struggled with the idea that a loving God could condemn us to eternal hell without even having a conversation with his beloved child.
This wonderfully written book describes a God that loves us enough to show us who we really are.
I found it hopeful and inspiring.