WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
I am personally more interested in life before death than life after, but Steve has done a marvelous job bridging the two. I found this book relevant and helpful.
When my wife and I first met Steve Musick, we had a quiet hunch that this man had something in his life that put him in a rare category. We could not figure it out until he shared all of his story with us. He is a man of unusual depth, care, honesty, and relational brilliance—qualities that I know come from what you will read about here. Having been invited to be his whole-life mentor, I trust his story in every detail. He relives his time with Jesus daily and shares it through every encounter he has with others. One caution: prepare for your own life to experience some welcome, needed change and growth as you encounter Jesus in these pages of deep truth and life-giving love.
My dear friend Steve Musick is not an angel, but he is an ambassador sent back to us from ‘Our Father which art in heaven’ to show-and-tell us what we’ve been missing here ‘in earth, as it is in heaven.’ Reading this book will give you a window to look through and a map to follow so you can experience your own moments in life when heaven touches earth.
As I read Life After Heaven, I happened to be mourning the loss of my dear father-in-law, Cowboy Ken, who joined his Savior in the coming world, a world described in gorgeous detail by Steven Musick. I found deep comfort in Steven’s eyewitness account as I imagined my loved ones experiencing the rich, saturated sensations and fathomless love and peace in heaven. But this book goes beyond just describing heaven. It encourages, energizes, and brings zest, power, and hope to us in the here and now. I find myself watching and waiting for ‘bubbles of heaven,’ the ‘beautiful closeness of the kingdom of heaven,’ to break through and change everything. This is a book of radical comfort and outrageous hope.
People like Steven Musick telling of visits to heaven always raise my Missouri-bred skepticism. But I remember Paul’s visit recounted in 2 Corinthians 12:1–9 or John’s visit in the Revelation and look to the results of the story. Musick’s is to make God’s presence all the more real here on earth. He tells powerful stories, ‘bubbles of heaven,’ times when God’s love meets earth’s needs. There is much wisdom in the story: ‘Poverty in God’s kingdom…is tightly holding on to what you’re supposed to give away.’ The blandness of worldly living is overcome by the personal presence of God who is Emmanuel, promising ‘Lo, I will be with you always.’ Ponder prayerfully with Bible and heart open.
Scrap what you know about to-heaven-and-back stories. At least if the ones you know are silly and saccharine. Steven’s account of his time in ‘That Place’ is raw, credible, and profound. Most important, it will inspire you to draw closer to God—and to fill earth with heaven’s light.