A Brief Eternity by Paul Beaumont
Dan Barker, author of Godless and co-President of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, says of A Brief Eternity, "I started the book and read it straight through, cover to cover. On the last page, I cried and yelled "Yes!" at such a candid, vulnerable, creative, surprising, courageous and satisfying ending."
So what's all the fuss about? The book starts with the Second Coming, which is a surprise to everyone including, we learn later, the heavenly authorities. Christians the world over claim to be looking forward with deep longing to the return of Christ and their lives with him evermore. But what would that really be like? What would they do? What would they eat? Would they wonder what had happened to their non-Christian friends and relatives? Indeed, what would happen to those who would have failed heaven's entrance exam, including the Devil himself and the leaders of all the other religions, like the Prophet Mohammed? A Brief Eternity answers these questions, and many others, with charm and wit, drawing us to think that, surely to God, heaven cannot be the place of eternal bliss that we have been led to believe it is. The book gently pokes fun at Christianity's most enduring myth with an engaging plot that draws the reader into a story of love, hope, redemption and, ultimately, freedom of choice. Shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, this is a highly original, entertaining and thought-provoking book.
A Brief Eternity is Paul Beaumont's debut novel. Paul was an evangelical Christian for over 20 years but has subsequently parted company with Jesus. There are no hard feelings on either side.
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