“The best book on hell ever written”. - Dr. Eastman, founding member and president, America’s National Prayer Committee
Anthony DeStefano, the bestselling author of A Travel Guide to Heaven, takes us on an exploration of hell, the devil, demons, and evil itself. Written with clarity, logic, and vivid storytelling, Hell: A Guide takes up questions such as:
Is hell a place or a state of being?What does hell look like?What kind of suffering do people in hell experience?What are the devil and demons really like?
Rooted in solid, orthodox Christian scholarship, this one-of-a-kind book investigates everything there is to know about one of the most fascinating, yet often misunderstood, subjects of all time.
In this disappointing study, DeStefano (A Travel Guide to Heaven), host of TV show A Travel Guide to Life, aims to report "what hell is actually like." Hell, DeStafano explains, has been famously depicted by C.S. Lewis and Dante Alighieri and furiously debated by theologians and philosophers across time. DeStefano contends that once a person dies, their soul leaves their body, "falling" into a hell of immense pain filled with "spritualized hellfire" that one's material body cannot comprehend, before finally meeting God for the Last Judgment. He sidesteps some of the thorniest issues about the afterlife by not addressing purgatory and offering only superficial treatment of alternative theories on hell and what comes after death within the Christian tradition. Opting instead to preach to his own conservative-leaning choir and declare those who disagree with him "traitors," DeStefano draws on traditionalist readings of classical Christian philosophy, morality, and a supplement of biblical texts that offers little rigor. Instead, DeStefano is left to speculate about many details of hell and closes with an evangelistic call: "the words of Christ and the clear thinking of the church... testify to the real existence of hell, but so does common sense." This flimsy analysis will only find an audience with devoted Christian readers.
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A Good Read
Very solid work from the perspective of conservative Orthodox Christianity. The author provides a surplus of Biblical citations to back up both factual and opinionated aspects of the book. Prepare to learn about anything and everything you may have wondered about hell—and more.