Are you having a hard time dealing with your own mortality or getting over the loss of a family member? I have a suggestion. Tune in to EWTN’s new six-part mini-series, “A Travel Guide to Heaven” with Host Anthony DeStefano, author of the bestselling book of the same name. (Airs 6:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Saturday, Nov. 9-14, on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.)
When my husband of 35 years was dying of cancer, this new series wasn’t available. Fortunately, DeStefano’s book was. I showed it to my husband, who was having a hard time reading at that point. So each night, I read a chapter to him. My dog-lover husband especially enjoyed the chapter, “Do All Dogs Go To Heaven?”
We realized that, in the midst of the sorrow surrounding an impending death, there can also be joy when anticipating the happiness that you or your loved one in a state of grace is soon to enjoy!
I’m not the only one who feels that way as is evident from the many testimonials on the “Travel Guide to Heaven” website, www.travelguidetoheaven.com. Here’s what one reader had to say: “I just suffered a loss in my family. I purchased the book and couldn’t put it down. I’ve always believed in Heaven, but it just seemed like some far-away place [where] you just worshipped all the time. You brought Heaven right down to earth and made me really want to go there. It has changed how I view the earth now. I’m noticing my surroundings a lot more. I’m telling everyone they need to read this book.”
DeStefano says that while he has written many books in the 13 years since “Travel Guide” was published, this one remains his favorite and the one for which he is best known.
“Writing about seeing friends and family members alive again in Heaven—and even about being reunited with beloved pets who died—was a truly joyful experience for me, and one I don’t ever expect to duplicate,” DeStefano said.
The mini-series, like the book, answers many important questions, such as: Where is heaven? What is it like? What will we do? Will we be able to have meaningful relationships with our fellow travelers? What will they be like? Do dogs and other pets go to heaven? What is the best thing about heaven?
The six 30-minute episodes were filmed on location in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, Rome’s hill towns, and New York. In other words, the visuals are as fun and uplifting as the subject – which makes this a great mini-series and book for people at all stages of life – including children!
“My goal in writing “A Travel Guide to Heaven” was to create something that seemed lighthearted and playful, but did not in any way compromise orthodox Catholic theology or water down the Bible,” DeStefano said. “To me, a book on Heaven shouldn’t ever languish on some dusty shelf in the back of a seminary library. To me, since everyone should want to go to Heaven, everyone should want to read about it. And when they read about it, they should want to smile.”
So tune in to this series, which is certain to become as beloved as this classic book.
Note: In a hurry? The book – as well as “A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids” – is available now from EWTN Religious Catalogue, http://bit.ly/1MF6tvt, while the series is expected to be available shortly after it airs.