After You Die: Unveiling the Mysteries of Heaven

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At a time when people’s curiosity about the afterlife is stronger than ever, Pastor Frank Santora tackles this issue head-on, delivering cultural, scientific, philosophical, and biblical evidence to unveil the truth about the mysteries of the afterlife. Pastor Frank covers issues such as:

* Is there life after death?

* Is there a God?

* Do heaven and hell exist?

* Is hell the torture chamber that it’s been purported to be?

* Are there second chances after we die?

* Do we have a soul, and what does it look like?

*...

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Overview

At a time when people’s curiosity about the afterlife is stronger than ever, Pastor Frank Santora tackles this issue head-on, delivering cultural, scientific, philosophical, and biblical evidence to unveil the truth about the mysteries of the afterlife. Pastor Frank covers issues such as:

* Is there life after death?

* Is there a God?

* Do heaven and hell exist?

* Is hell the torture chamber that it’s been purported to be?

* Are there second chances after we die?

* Do we have a soul, and what does it look like?

* What qualifies a person to get into heaven?

* And what does Jesus have to do with it all?

Written for both nonbelievers and those familiar with the Bible, After You Die gives insightful answers to life’s most probing questions while offering hope to everyone who has ever wondered what happens to us after we leave earth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416597315
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 505,090
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Santora is pastor of Faith Church. He also serves as president of Faith Ministries and Faith Preparatory Schools, Inc., in New Milford, Connecticut. He has been a spiritual coach and motivational speaker, and his television show, Destined to Win, challenges people to discover the winner within themselves. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

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CHAPTER 1

Grandpa and JFK Jr.

MY GRANDFATHER WAS a man’s man. I remember him being big and strong, even with the prosthetic leg he had from the knee down. When he put it on, he would say, “It’s time for me to become the Bionic Man,” and back then I believed he really had a super-robot leg like Steve Austin on the TV show.

He adored his grandkids. There were five of us: myself, my sister and brother, and my two cousins who lived next door. Whenever my grandfather came over, he would show up with gifts for all of us. And not just little gifts—he went all out. One day he showed up with Kick ’N Go scooters, the kind with a pedal on the back that you’d stomp to propel the scooter. These were the toys of all toys back in the day and cost about a hundred dollars each. My grandfather bought five of them: one for each kid. I’m sure the neighbors thought he was spoiling us, but he didn’t care. He loved us, and we loved him.

Sometimes I would go and spend the night with Grandpa and Grandma at their home in Brooklyn. On those nights when he came home from work, he’d bring this huge hero sandwich from a deli, the largest sandwich you ever saw, and he’d hold it up in front of the two of us. Then he’d start eating from one end and I’d start eating from the other, and we’d have a race to the middle of that hero sandwich.

As you can imagine, he was my hero. He was Grandpa, and there was nobody more alive than he was.

One morning my parents came into my room and woke me up. But they were not as happy and jovial as usual. They sat down on my bed and told me something I didn’t want to believe, that I couldn’t believe. Grandpa had died.

Grandpa? Big, strong, happy Grandpa? He was gone? It didn’t happen, it couldn’t happen, not to Grandpa.

I was eleven years old and my grandfather was dead. It was the first loss of my life, and a pain hit me that I had never felt before.

But he was only the first.

Over the years I experienced other deaths. My cousin John, who was like a brother to me, died of cancer not two years later. My grandmother, Grandpa’s wife for thirty-eight years and widow for nineteen more.

I know this is sad, but hang on. There’s a point.

I’ve seen other deaths, too. As a pastor, I get called to preach at funerals. I get called to go to hospital rooms and emergency rooms and talk to people who are dying and to the people they leave behind.

Death is a part of my life.

Guess what? It’s part of yours, too.

WHO’S GOT A TICKET?

Remember those ticket machines you see at bakeries and ice-cream shops? The sign says take a number, and when you come in, you grab that little ticket and stand around, trying to find something to do, until the clerk calls out your number. You hand the guy your ticket, give him your order, and then all in a rush you’re done and out of there.

Well, the moment you were born, you grabbed a ticket. And no matter how you spend your time kicking around in this world, finding something to do, at some point you’re gonna have to give up that ticket. You’re done, and you’re out of here.

Bam.

Just like that.

A few years ago I turned on the TV and saw pictures of a small private plane next to images of John F. Kennedy Jr. “Plane missing, presumed dead,” the caption read. Pretty soon the presumed became fact. The heir to the Kennedy legacy, a handsome young man whose life and political and business future were constantly mused about by media stars and pundits, was dead. Gone. Life over, story over, musing over. All that fame, fortune, and favored-son glory didn’t mean a thing when his plane slammed into the ocean.

You see, it doesn’t matter if you’re a hero to your grandson. It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy who beat cancer as a baby, a grandmother who cooked unbelievable lasagna, or even the famous golden boy of the political world. You are going to die. And you don’t know when.

As they say in the movies, “Nobody gets out of here alive.”

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Table of Contents

Part I The Truth We All Must Face

Chapter 1 Grandpa and JFK Jr. 3

Chapter 2 Don't Be a Fool 6

Chapter 3 Religion, Politics, and Death 10

Part II The Soul: Does It Exist?

Chapter 4 Grandma Wasn't There 17

Chapter 5 Outside Evidence 21

Chapter 6 Inside Evidence 28

Chapter 7 Hey That Looks a Lot Like Me 32

Part III God: Does He Exist?

Chapter 8 God or No God? 39

Chapter 9 Big Bang or Intelligent Designer? 48

Chapter 10 Who Made God? 53

Chapter 11 My Right, Your Wrong 58

Chapter 12 Could So Many People Be Lying? 70

Part IV Hell, No! (You Don't Want to Go)

Chapter 13 What We Can't See Is Real 77

Chapter 14 Visions of Hell 84

Chapter 15 So Why Is Hell Hard to Believe? 87

Chapter 16 Why Hell? 90

Chapter 17 Three Bad Words 97

Chapter 18 Hell Without the Drama 104

Chapter 19 The Choice 112

Part V Heaven

Chapter 20 The Scientist and the Little Boy 117

Chapter 21 Chubby Cherubs Playing Harps? 124

Chapter 22 Beyond Our Wildest Imagination 127

Chapter 23 Our Here Affects Our There 132

Chapter 24 Our Dream and God's Dream 137

Chapter 25 What About Kids and Animals? 144

Part VI Me: How Should Eternity Affect My Now?

Chapter 26 All About You 149

Chapter 27 Monopoly Money 152

Chapter 28 Live Now 157

Chapter 29 Live Legacy 168

Chapter 30 Live People 171

Chapter 31 Live Loved 182

Part VII Jesus: Is He the Only Way?

Chapter 32 The Ultimatum That Isn't 189

Chapter 33 Can All Paths Really Lead to God? 192

Chapter 34 Profiling God 196

Chapter 35 The God Gauntlet, Part I 201

Chapter 36 The God Gauntlet, Part II 215

Chapter 37 Christ the Myth 224

Chapter 38 Free to Choose 226

Chapter 39 What About Those Who Have Already Died? 231

Part VIII Hope

Chapter 40 Heavenly Oxygen 237

Chapter 41 The Only Man of Hope 246

Chapter 42 The Greatest Hope of All 252

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 261

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

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    "Who's Got A Ticket? Remember those ticket machines you se

    "Who's Got A Ticket?

    Remember those ticket machines you see at bakeries and ice cream shops? The sign that says TAKE A NUMBER, and when you come in, you grab that little ticket and stand around, trying to find something to do, until the clerk calls out your number. You hand the guy your ticket, give him your order, and then all in a rush you're done and out of there.

    Well, the moment you were born, you grabbed a ticket. And no matter how you spend your time kicking around in this world, finding something to do, at some point you're gonna have to give up that ticket. You're done, and you're out of here.

    Bam.

    Just like that.

    You see, it doesn't matter if you're a hero to your grandson. It doesn't matter if you're a boy who beat cancer as a baby, a grandmother who cooked unbelievable lasagna, or even the famous golden boy of the political world. You are going to die. And you don't know when.

    As they say in the movies, "Nobody gets out of here alive." (pg 4-5)

    The question is, what do you believe happens after you die? Is there a heaven and a hell? Is there life after death? Is there a God? Are these second chances after we die? Do we have a soul, and what does it look like? What qualifies a person to get into a heaven? What does Jesus have to do with it all?

    In his latest book, Frank Santora, fills readers in with the most amazing analogies that you can't help but understand the meaning to everything he discusses in After You Die. He begins the book with analyzing if there is life after death and what happens to our bodies when we die. Unlike most people believe, humans are not machines. We can not simply be restarted like a car when we stop running. No amount of food, water and oxygen, the three vital things all humans need to survive will help once we are dead. So what really happens?

    As close to end time events as I believe we are, this book is a compelling read to anyone who wants to know what happens when we stop breathing. Contrary to popular opinion we only have two choices of where we end up when we die, heaven or hell. There is no in between place, and hell is not where you will spend time partying it up with all your friends. No one should ever want to wind up there. So what can you do to make sure you don't? You will have to pick up a copy of this book to find out more, but a great place to start is in church asking Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Savior, then you will want to make sure you spend your time learning more about God, heaven and where you will be spending an eternity, cause it's going to be amazing for those of us that will be going. Do you know where you will be going after this life ends? I would encourage you to not wait if you don't know. You're ticket may be up before you know it!

    I received After You Die by Frank Santora compliments of Howard Books, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review and have to say this is one of the best books that explains things in such a great way, everyone can understand. It even contains some points that atheists will often argue against such as Big Bang versus Intelligent Design. Like I stated earlier, the stories and analogies that Frank Santora uses makes this a useful tool that anyone can relate to no matter how young or old you are. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and think that every single person should pick up a copy of this book, especially those that wonder what happens after we die! It's a compelling look into our futures!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    A Must Read

    Truly a must read. Brilliantly written, filled with answers and well researched. Definitely has the WOW factor. The best book I have ever read. This book could have only been written by an author who knows the LOVE OF GOD and wants to share the power of that love. People do not deny yourselves this read. You will be blessed beyond your blessings.
    Frances Sommese

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