You can now listen to the audio drama of one of my favorite books for free. My pastor, Colin S. Smith of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in suburban Chicago, wrote Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross and had actor Stephen Baldwin record the audiobook. The Unlocking the Bible radio program aired portions of the audiobook and put programs on YouTube.
I’ve learned something interesting about unbelievers after several years of engaging them with the gospel: while many feel uncomfortable discussing sin, the exclusivity of Christ, or eternal punishment, most don’t mind discussing the afterlife.
This fascination with the afterlife can be a great inroad to gospel conversation. Heaven is often seen as non-threatening and profoundly interesting—one of the reasons so many I-went-to-heaven-and-back books have flown off the shelves in recent years.
What if there were a book you could share with your non-Christian friends that would scratch their “heaven itch” while compellingly sharing the gospel?
I believe Heaven, How I Got Here could function similarly to Tim Keller’s The Prodigal God by contrasting mere religiosity with gospel grace. Its accessible format makes it easy to give away and even read in one sitting. Pastors would be wise to have a few on hand to give to seekers, those struggling with assurance, and those needing a deeper and more personal look at the good news.
Listen to Heaven, How I Got Here
Download the audio of the five-part series. Learn about a similar book highlighting Judas: Heaven, So Near – So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot.
Also be sure to check out The Gospel Coalition’s story on this book: How Stephen Baldwin’s Thief on the Cross Reached Millions.
Listen to the Spanish audiobook for free or use it on the radio for free.