Forget angels playing harps.
In this fascinating, comforting book, DeStefano takes the reader on a tour of heaven, painting it as a dynamic place of unlimited joy, and using Scripture and dramatic imagination to fill in details about the afterlife. “God doesn’t throw away the good things he creates,” he writes, an idea which is the basis of many of his speculations about heaven. Heaven is a tangible place, believes DeStefano, and at least part of it will be a transformed new earth. People will have their own recognizable bodies, only perfected.
DeStefano tackles tough questions about heaven, including the role of angels, the measurement of time, marriages and whether pets will be there (“Of course!”). Fears of boredom are dispelled with his depictions of possible activities (“How about a tour of the Andromeda galaxy?”) and creative work (“Books will be written and read, public structures will be built and utilized”). However, he writes that nothing will compare with the thrill of meeting God, the source of true happiness. DeStefano persuasively argues that the idea of heaven is a positive force on earth, since “faith in God and heaven makes you more interested in what you do in this life—not less.” He is neither an academic nor a professional theologian, which gives the book its delightfully conversational tone and frees him to conjecture without restraint. Many readers will find DeStefano’s solid Christian framework reassuring and his exciting picture of heaven compelling.
“Here is an airy, whimsical tour of the great beyond with some very serious points of interest along the way. What a trip! I just hope I can find my boarding pass when my row is called!”
-- Raymond Arroyo, News Director, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)
"Anthony DeStefano is not only amazingly lighthearted and engaging when he writes about heaven, but he is also paradoxically thought-provoking and even profound. Heaven is completely different from anything we can think of, and yet the Bible, Church Tradition and common sense tell us to remember where we are headed. Anyone who has the wisdom to meditate on eternal life will find this book a Godsend. A Travel Guide to Heaven is prayer-provoking as well as thought-provoking."
-- Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR
“Cardinal Ratzinger has said that the greatest gap in post-conciliar theology is that of eschatology, that is, the branch of theology that deals with the afterlife. In point of fact, when was the last time you heard a homily about “the four last things”—death, judgment, heaven, hell. Anthony DeStefano has begun the conversation on such matters by writing a book on heaven for “the person in the pew.” Combining orthodox theology with speculation and good humor, the author dares us to think about our true home and does so in such a way that the reader should want to make the trip.”
-- Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., Editor, The Catholic Answer