NEXT LIFE: A Novel, by Dave Swavely
One Christian’s adventure of a lifetime…in the NEXT LIFE!
What happened to Tim Carler is so hard to believe that he had to call his story a novel to keep from being mercilessly mocked (or locked up “for his own good”). But ironically, this account rings true in a way that none of the other “heaven tourism” books do. Unlike those supposedly non-fiction books, there’s nothing in this one that contradicts Scripture.
After the shock of finding his soul in the Intermediate State (IS for short), the surprises compound when Tim finds out who else is there, who’s not, and how different it is from our common conceptions. In a dimension not bound by time, he is sent on missions into the past where he meets some extraordinary everyday people, as well as famous ones like the Jewish Patriarchs, Adolf Hitler, and two favorite Victorian Charleses—Spurgeon and Dickens.
Speaking of Dickens, this novel is reminiscent of A Christmas Carol, but with much more gospel content. It’s a Pilgrim’s Progress where the journey takes place in the life to come rather than in this one. More modern comparisons could be made to The Shack (with better theology) and Alan Moore’s graphic novel From Hell (except it’s from heaven).
Next Life is an utterly unique genre- and mind-bending book that will make you look at life in heaven, and on earth, in a whole new way, and look forward to both of them like never before.
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