Heaven: My Father's House

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Combining the apostle John's glorious description of Heaven from Revelation with heart-touching reflections on her own father's charming mountain home, Anne Graham Lotz weaves a tapestry of truth through this presentation that will take away your fear of death and fill you with hope for the future.

Jesus promised us, "In My Father's house are many rooms...I am going there to prepare a place for you." Amid the turbulence of today's terror-besieged world, we cling to the hope of a...

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Overview

Combining the apostle John's glorious description of Heaven from Revelation with heart-touching reflections on her own father's charming mountain home, Anne Graham Lotz weaves a tapestry of truth through this presentation that will take away your fear of death and fill you with hope for the future.

Jesus promised us, "In My Father's house are many rooms...I am going there to prepare a place for you." Amid the turbulence of today's terror-besieged world, we cling to the hope of a heavenly home where we will be welcomed into eternal peace and safety. Anne affirms that Heaven is the home of your dreams: a home of lasting value that's fully paid for and filled with family, where you will be wanted and welcomed. Best of all, Heaven is a home you are invited to claim as your own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849906992
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/3/2005
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 199,436
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the President and Executive Director of AnGeL Ministries, a non-profit organization offering Christian outreach. She is the award-winning author of ten books, including Just Give Me Jesus.

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CHAPTER ONE:

Looking Forward to Heaven

Knowing where you are going takes the uncertainty out of getting there.

"For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."

-Jeremiah 29:11

Death is the great equalizer, isn't it? It doesn't matter if we have lived on this earth as:

young or old

rich or poor

famous or unknown

educated or ignorant

powerful or weak

religious or atheistic

athletic or crippled

healthy or sickly

happy or depressed . . .

we all die.


Still, death can come as an utterly unexpected surprise. More than five thousand men and women went to work at the World Trade Center in New York
City on September 11, 2001, and began what they thought was just another routine day at the office. Many of them had likely gotten a cup of coffee,
sat down at their desks, rolled up their sleeves, booted up their computers,
and begun placing telephone calls. None of them had any indication that within the hour they would step into eternity. For them, death came as a thief in the night.

For others, death can come as a longed-for and welcomed relief. Within a three-week period, while I was in the midst of writing this book, I attended both the funeral of my husband's beloved brother, John Lotz, and the funeral of my father's associate T. W. Wilson, who was like a second father to me. John died as a result of a fast-growing, malignant brain tumor. "Uncle
T" died from massive heart failure at the grand old age of eighty-two.
For both John and Uncle T, death came as an angel of mercy.

Regardless of how or when it comes, death does come for each of us.
And each of us wonders: When will it come for my loved one? What will it be like for me?

For the past thirteen years I have traveled all over the world in response to invitations to give out God's Word. There have been times, such as my first visit to India, when I have started out by climbing onto the plane with my stomach churning, my knees knocking, and my heart fibrillating-terrified because I was not sure where I was going, or who would meet me at the journey's end. But what a difference there has been in my attitude when I have had the opportunity for a second visit to that same place. I have left home with peace in my heart because I knew where I was going and who would meet me at the journey's end. In the same way, the prospect of death can fill you and me with terror and dread-unless we know where we are going. Knowing as much as we can about our final destination, and Who will meet us at the end of life's journey, takes the fear out of getting there.

Hope for Today

Picture an old man, living on a remote island. He is about ninety years of age, and he knows it will soon be his time to die. Like many elderly people today, he is isolated and lonely, cut off from family and friends at the very time of his life when he most needs them. He is frail and weak,
facing the great unknown of eternity.

As incredible as it may seem, this man was one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus Christ. In fact, as one of the closest personal friends
Jesus had, he was described as the "beloved disciple."

This was the apostle John, previously just a fisherman from Galilee.
He and his brother James were the sons of Zebedee who earlier had been called the sons of thunder because they had such fiery tempers. But by the end of the first century, John was one of the most respected of all the disciples. And he paid a high price for his well-known and outspoken relationship with the One he believed to be the Messiah, the Son of God,
Jesus of Nazareth.

Exiled to the island of Patmos in the midst of the Aegean Sea, the apostle
John knew he would be facing death in the not-too-distant future. This was the very moment in time when God chose to give John a vision of the glory of Jesus Christ! This vision included a tantalizing glimpse into
Heaven, where one day God Himself will live forever with His people. This glorious vision has been recorded in the final book of the Bible, Revelation,
because John was commanded to write down what he saw. The vision was to be not only for his own personal comfort and encouragement but for all people down through the centuries who, when facing daily challenges, extraordinary circumstances, or even when plunging to certain death, could do so with courage and with hope.

Hope for Tomorrow

Are you facing the future with eyes wide shut, teeth clenched, body tensed, dreading your tomorrows and what they may hold? Do you feel as though you are standing on the brink of a deep, dark abyss of helplessness and despair, caught up in events involving yourself or your loved ones that are beyond your control? Regardless of what those events may be, no matter your mental or emotional or spiritual state, God's vision of the future can fill you with hope right now . . .


If you are elderly like John,

If you are facing death,

If you are lonely,

If you are isolated,

If you are cut off from friends and family,

If you are in emotional or mental or physical pain,

If you are facing the greatest unknown of your life,

If you are hopeless for any reason . . .

or


If you have a loved one who is elderly like John,

If you have a loved one who is facing death,

If you have a loved one who is lonely,

If you have a loved one who is isolated,

If you have a loved one who feels cut off from friends and family,

If you have a loved one in emotional, mental, or physical pain,

If you have a loved one who is facing the greatest unknown of his or her life,

If you have a loved one who is hopeless for any reason . . .

or

If you are spending time in a doctor's office

or a hospital waiting room,

If Alzheimer's has you trapped in a long good-bye

or if divorce has you trapped in a living death,

If you are going to a memorial service

or you have been to a funeral,

If you have wept at a gravesite

or shed tears in the night,

If you hear gunfire in the dark,

or unknown footsteps on the walk,

If you are an unemployed worker facing another day,

or just a weary parent whose spouse is away . . .

or

If you are a doctor or nurse,

a caregiver or a funeral director,

If you are an orphan or a widow,

a single parent or a minority,

If you live in poverty or obscurity,

prison or pain,

If you have been beaten or bound,

bruised or broken,

If you are disabled or abused,

abandoned or accused,

If you are lonely or confused,

wondering or worrying,

If you are despised or rejected,

helpless or homeless . . .

. . . then it is vitally important for you to be prepared for that moment in time when you step into eternity!

As I contemplate the deaths of my loved ones-and yours . . .

As I contemplate our loss and the empty void in our hearts left by their absence . . . .

I am more grateful than ever that this life is not all there is!

Praise God! You and I can look forward WITH HOPE! because we have the blessed assurance of Heaven, My Father's House!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Awesome book!

    I have the hardback version. I have loaned it to those wondering about Heaven. It gives great peace!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2007

    book of peace and comfort

    ann graham lotzs book 'heaven' shows that we are not alone even in death. I think this writer did a wonderful job with this bestseller cause there are so many people dealing with the loss of loved ones and people themselfs getting ready to face death that there is much fear and hurt and I found this little book easy to read and very comforting and I will recamend it to my Bible study class and my minister cause this little book I think will bring alot of comfort and peace and it will let people know that even in their time of sorrow Jesus is a friend of theirs and that is a great comfort.

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