I’ve been greatly encouraged by the responses to the little 60-page Heaven booklet, which contains a sampling of the questions and answers found in my Heaven book. Heaven has reached over one million copies sold, and this small, affordable booklet has sold over 1,500,000. I never would have guessed it of either! (Here’s a short excerpt from the booklet.)
The Heaven booklet has been widely distributed at memorial services. Some churches, including my own, make it available at every memorial service. Sometimes it’s handed out at the door; sometimes it’s placed on the seats or pews.
Many people, including myself, also regularly give away booklets. It doesn’t take much effort, and when it does, it’s more than worth it. I leave them with servers at restaurants (always with a tip that’s 20% or more), give them to people on planes, and have them on me for checkers at stores. In some cases, we won’t be in a position to follow up and may not see the person again in this life. But consider that one day, in the presence of Christ, you may have a person who read the booklet and came to faith in Christ, or were strengthened in their faith, say to you, “Thank you for giving me that booklet—God used it powerfully in my life!”
Here are some of the notes we’ve received from readers over the years. Their ideas for sharing booklets may inspire you:
Our 22-year-old son passed away a few months ago suddenly from a stroke. I have given out many Heaven booklets to his friends. I write in the booklet that I appreciate their love and care after our son’s passing, and that I am sure they would like to read about where he is today. Then I pray as I share the booklet with them. It is then God’s job to work on their hearts, not mine. The booklet is written so simply and gives the “message” in such tactful ways. When I give the booklet to a person I know is a Christian, I ask them to read it and then pray about who to pass it along to who is not a Christian. This helps to make sure that the person I thought was a Christian really is, and then the additional benefit when it is passed along to others. —B.
I always have a few Heaven booklets with me wherever I go. …While I was waiting for my number to be called [at the DMV], I offered one to the gal sitting next to me. I was surprised when she said, “I already have one”! We had a great conversation while we waited, she said she knew all about Randy Alcorn and his ministry, and had read many of his other books. So… since this woman I asked already had a HeavenBooklet, I gave them to the DMV worker who helped me instead, and he gave one to his coworker at the next station! —D.T.I gave some Heaven booklets in gift bags with chocolate to my neighbors this Christmas. It fills me with joy that I can use these booklets this way! At least one of my neighbors is not a believer, so I prayed over the bags before they went out. —M.G.
Our church will be giving out food baskets at Easter, and we plan on giving each recipient one of the booklets. If it has as much impact on those receiving the booklets as the book did on my Sunday school class, we will have a revival in this city. —Anonymous
I work in a medical office and regularly order Heaven booklets to keep in the office for patients to read or take. Each morning I make sure there are three Heaven booklets in each exam room, along with the other reading materials, hoping people will take them to read. I purchased 200 four months ago, and they are almost all gone already and I’m ordering 200 more!—S.L.
God laid a new idea on my heart the other day when I passed a homeless guy with a sign: to buy $5 gift cards to McDonalds, etc. and put them in the Heaven booklet along with the “How Can We Know We’re Going to Heaven?” tract and give them to them. …Now I look forward to seeing someone with a sign instead of dreading and avoiding them! —C.Z.
Recently I used the Heaven booklet in an English fellowship class with Chinese ladies. We started with the last chapter, “How can we know for sure that we’ll go to heaven?” We read, translated, and discussed. It was a perfect way to make the gospel clear. They each had a booklet to take home and one to share if they wanted an extra. —M.W.
My elderly mother has been in a nursing home for about a year. She has been sharing Heaven booklets with visitors and staff for almost as long. I had purchased 100 booklets to send with sympathy cards and filled a wicker basket with Heaven booklets for her to keep on her night stand. Many people are curious about the books and most are delighted to take one home with them. Nursing homes are excellent mission fields! —A.B.
I have really enjoyed passing out the Heaven booklet and the tracts. It makes spreading God’s love easier. I own a small landscaping business and have several aging monthly customers whom I really care about. It has been very meaningful to give them the Heaven booklets, as I have been praying for them for years. —M.F.
Someone suggested to me using the Heaven booklet as a tract. A friend and I took them as we travelled by car to Pennsylvania for a funeral, and we have been using them for years now. Only once has someone rejected my offer. These beautiful little booklets are planted all over the country. —M.W.