The Christian Book of the Dead

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The Christian Book of the Dead

What do Catholics believe about the fate of the soul after death? This fascinating book reveals the distinctively Catholic vision of the afterlife, the soul’s longing for union with Christ, and the meaning our final consummation has for our daily journey.

Christians believe that the glory of being in God’s presence in the afterlife is beyond our greatest imaginings and speculation. When we focus our gaze on our fleeting lives and reflect on the prospect of our inevitable deaths we access important information about our connection to other people, who all undergo the same journey, and our connection to God as the source of life itself.

Reviews and endorsements

"I was born to endorse very few books. Angelo Stagnaro’s The Christian Book of the Dead is one of them: I am a Christian, my last name is Coffin, and I’m a part-time professional magician. Stagnaro’s The Christian Book of the Dead is at once engaging, wise, funny, and ecumenical—an impressive array of threads (including insights from the world of magic performance) that create a tapestry of meditations on the 'up' side of death. If you think there’s a chance you’ll be dead some day, I highly recommend this practical tourist guide book.”
Patrick Coffin, radio host, Catholic Answers Live, author, Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It’s Good For Your Marriage

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"This unique and personal book contains much wisdom about what truly matters: living a good Christian life to prepare well for our final entrance into eternity."
Brian Finnerty, United States communications director, Opus Dei

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"In the grip of terminal illness St. Thérèse of Lisieux wrote a letter to her spiritual brother, Fr. Bellier. 'I am not dying,' she told him. 'I am entering life.' It is in that same fearless and faithful spirit that Angelo Stagnaro urges us to prepare for our own death, the mysterious gateway to eternal life. Death is one of life's certainties and we would all do well to prepare for it by reading The Christian Book of the Dead."
Luke Coppen, editor of The Catholic Herald 

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“This is not a book about an institution. Well-researched, logical and practical, quoting . . . from the Bible . . . St. Teresa of Avila, and even . . . Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Stagnaro's book is about a spiritual people who believe that our afterlife depends upon how we live now . . . [H]elpful for any Christian mourning or anxious over death."
—Anne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of Angel Time

9780824526146
Paperback / 104 pages
Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.5
CROSSROAD, 2010