Culture is enamored with "gone to heaven and now back" stories. I just saw a deal at BJs Wholesale with three of the books in this genre packaged together for a great price.
All of you who think the book, Heaven is for Real is cute (and plan to see the movie) as well as all the other "I left earth, went to heaven/hell and came back to write a book" books are now upset with me. I'm sure I "shouldn't say these things about books that touch people and help them." Sorry. Not sorry. This isn't about throwing anyone under the bus. This is about shining light on stories that enamor many believers, but do not line up with the Word of God.
It is frightening how many church attenders, members and Christians are so confused when it comes to eternity. I hear it when planning funerals all the time.
Take a look at David Platt's wonderful explanation about these stories and the biblical viewpoint.
"Why are we buying this stuff, when we have the Word of God?" - David Platt