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Publication Date: 18 Aug 2011
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 208
Author: Paula Gooder
ISBN-13: 9780281062348, 9780281066810


By Paula Gooder
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Paula Gooder considers the ways in which the Bible sees heaven and earth connecting, and explores all the major strands of belief about life after death, including the role of paradise, and what happens between death and resurrection. She shows how the biblical writers see heaven and earth as closely connected, so that what happens in heaven affects events on earth and vice versa.
About the Author
Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in New Testament studies. She is also a visiting lecturer at King's College London and Canon Theologian of Birmingham and Guildford Cathedrals. Her previous books include Searching for Meaning (SPCK 2008).
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As Paula Gooder puts it, this book tackles all the “weird stuff” the Church tends to shy away from. We are in the realm here not of fluffy clouds and harps but of God’s presence, angelic beings and mystical visions. Heaven, we discover, is not just about the afterlife but the here and now – about how we live with each other, the planet and God. This is indeed the essential ‘rough guide’ to heaven, and much more.

- Steve Hollinghurst, author of Mission Shaped Evangelism

In this profound, lucid and compassionate book, Paula Gooder demonstrates that heaven is not a vague future hope but the presence of the God who made heaven and earth. This means that believing in heaven involves us in God’s passionate commitment to earth. A concept of heaven that is only about the fate of the pious individual after death is a meagre diet compared with the feast that this book lays before us: heaven and earth renewed, restored and reconnected.

- Jane Williams, author of Lectionary Reflections

Paula Gooder has an extraordinary ability to offer top-class biblical scholarship in an accessible form. She makes a complex topic interesting and surprisingly relevant.

- Christopher Rowland, author of Christian Origins

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