Books about what happens after death (so the authors say) are popular.
Do people really see a light at the end of a tunnel when they have a near-death experience? And could that be heaven up ahead?
That light is shining brighter than ever these days. Heaven is hot. Hotter even than that other place. Just ask any bookseller in America.
Folks have been going to heaven with amazing regularity lately. They look around — one even sat on Jesus’ lap — then come back to report on the trip. It’s a lucrative journey.
Three of these tales have ascended to heavenly heights on USA Today’s best-seller list recently, and more are on the way.
Best sellers include “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” by 4yr old Colton Burpo (a minister’s son), Eben Alexander’s “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife” and Mary Neal’s “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story”. None of these stories are supported by anything other than the tale of the person’s experience. It can’t be studied and it can’t be taken for proof of anything. But stories like this are VERY persuasive to believers. They aren’t at all convincing to scientists.
As the article notes, in uncertain times, people are looking for something reassuring to cling to which may be why these tales of the great beyond are on a roll these days.