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By Peter Panagore

Heaven is Beautiful is a profound, actual tale delivering extraordinary facts that there's extra. This e-book and its illuminating fact driven my restart button! most sensible page-turning learn of the year!” — Jennifer Skiff, writer of God tales: Inspiring Encounters with the Divine and The Divinity of Dogs

“Heaven is sizzling correct now—not in temperature, yet in public curiosity. every body who longs to get a glimpse of the afterlife could be thankful for this gripping first-person account via Peter Panagore, who dies on a chilly mountainside after a heart-pounding ice climb within the Canadian desolate tract. There he meets the God who made him and is familiar with him—the God who's loving, omnipotent and actual. This e-book will provide desire and self belief to all who ask yourself approximately what lies past our earthly existence.” — Henry G. Brinton, senior pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Virginia and writer of The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and culmination of Christian Hospitality

When Peter Baldwin Panagore died at the part of a mountain, his existence was once endlessly replaced. a long time later, the serious religious trip keeps, with a narrative that mixes the thrills of a desert experience with the awe-inspiring parts of a mystical novel.

In March of 1980, university senior Peter Panagore went mountaineering at the world-famous reduce Weeping Wall, alongside the Ice Fields throughway in Alberta, Canada. His hiking associate was once an skilled ice climber, yet Panagore used to be a amateur. On their descent, they turned trapped at the aspect of the mountain. because the solar set, he was once triumph over via exhaustion and hypothermia. He died at the part of that mountain. And in these mins at the different aspect, he skilled hell, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Heaven was once beautiful.

Panagore’s demise adventure replaced his lifestyles and led to an extreme non secular trip that has endured for many years. It impelled him to pursue a master’s measure at Yale Divinity institution, targeting systematic theology and Christian mysticism. His academic historical past coupled with 30 years of meditative perform and two decades paintings with the demise and grieving has given him certain perception, language, and standpoint on heaven, God, demise, lifestyles, love, attractiveness, and hope.

I have informed my tale to audiences huge and small for a decade now.... My tale touches people’s hearts; whenever I inform it the viewers is gripped and silent…. This ebook is set desire. it really is intended to provide genuine desire to the demise, desire to the frightened, desire to the hopeless, desire to the grieving.—from the ebook

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And so it is in ice climbing, with each holding the life of the other literally in his or her hands. Tim and I rested a bit to allow the adrenaline rush to subside. Watching that climber fall had made me nervous, and I tried to calm myself with a few minutes of meditation. indd 27 Lower Weeping Wall 27 7/24/15 12:28 PM another—as protection against falling. Tim had trained as an ice climb leader with professionals, but this was his first solo ice lead. All lead ice climbers need superior skills.

All that night, as Tim and I sat on the ledge making choices, frostnip bit into our fingertips, and the tips of our toes and noses, and on our cheeks and earlobes. indd 44 Heaven Is Beautiful 7/24/15 12:28 PM there and I worked the rope, my shivering continued to increase in violence. My body was spastic, bouncing up and down, and difficult to control, making it increasingly difficult to make my hands and arms do what I wanted them to do in order to untangle the rope. Tim, who was not in as bad of shape due to the cold as I was, kept telling me in a calm and caring voice that my shivers were a good sign, because they meant my body was trying to keep itself warm.

It was just a day climb. That is what the guidebooks say. indd 34 Heaven Is Beautiful 7/24/15 12:28 PM day. We planned for the same, and carried only what we needed for a day climb and nothing more. We did not carry a stove or gas, or food for dinner, or sleeping bags, or any extra or extraneous gear—not even extra water or food. Nobody did. We traveled light on purpose, just like everybody else. You might guess that I’ve thought a lot about the mistakes we made that day . . and I have. I attribute it to the exuberance and optimism of my youth and my false belief in my own invulnerability and immortality.

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