Selling the Stairway to Heaven

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About the author:
Jim Osman was born in May of 1972 and has lived in Sandpoint since he was three years old. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1990. Jim came to know Christ through the ministry of Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp in the summer of 1987. Kootenai Community Church has always been his home church, attending Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Youth Group.
After graduating from High School, Jim attended Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, Saskatchewan. It was at Bible College that Jim met his wife-to-be, Diedre, who was also enrolled as a student. Jim graduated with a three year diploma in April of 1993 and married Diedre in August of that same year. He returned to Millar to further his education in September of 1994 and graduated from the Fourth Year Internship Program with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Ministries in April of 1995. He was inducted into the Honor Society of the Association of Canadian Bible Colleges and appointed a member of Pi Alpha Mu.
Jim and Diedre returned to Sandpoint where Jim began working in construction as a roofer until he was asked to take over as the preaching elder of Kootenai Community Church in December of 1996. Now he counts it his greatest privilege to be involved in ministering in the church that ministered to him for so many years.
Jim loves to be outdoors, whether it is camping, hunting, or working in his garden. He enjoys bike riding and watching football, especially his favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers, for whom he has cheered since childhood. Jim and Diedre have four children: Taryn, Shepley, Ayden and Liam. They are all 49er fans!
Jim is the author of Truth Or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare. You can contact Jim through Kootenai Community Church.

Selling the Stairway to Heaven

Critiquing the Claims of Heaven Tourists

Authored by Jim Osman

Heaven visitations are all the rage today. A retelling of the sights, sounds, and smells of a supposed trip to Heaven can land an author at the top of the bestseller list and produce enough speaking engagements, morning television appearances, news segments, and interviews on Christian TV and radio to keep him at the top of the bestseller list for quite some time.

In this book, author and pastor Jim Osman of Kootenai Community Church examines the claims of Heaven Tourists: Don Piper (90 Minutes in Heaven), Colton and Todd Burpo (Heaven Is for Real) and Eben Alexander (Proof of Heaven). Pastor Osman offers a critical theological critique of their writings and media appearances, comparing their claims to Scripture and to each other. He also examines their stories for internal consistency. He shows that these "eye-witness" testimonies of Heaven are not only self contradictory, but more importantly, they contradict Scripture.

Pastor Osman calls upon faithful Christians everywhere to reject these cleverly devised fables and affirm their commitment to the sufficiency of Scripture as God's infallible and final revelation. This book will equip you to expose the errors of the Heaven Tourism industry and to defend the truth of Scripture. By providing critical theological reviews of these three bestsellers, this book helps expose the errors made by ALL those who claim to have visited Heaven.

Chapter headings are as follows:
Chapter 1 - A Critical Theological Review of Don Piper's Book 90 Minutes in Heaven
Chapter 2 - A Critical Theological Review of Todd Burpo's Book Heaven Is for Real
Chapter 3 - A Critical Theological Review of Eben Alexander's Book Proof of Heaven
Chapter 4 - Conclusion: The Problems with Heaven Tourism
Chapter 5 - Do You Know the True Gospel?
About the Author

All the proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Kootenai Community Church building fund. For more books by Jim Osman, visit or visit the Kootenai Church website at

Publication Date:
0692535608 / 9780692535608
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christian Theology / General

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