How do you get to the heart of a life well lived?
It’s all about the questions.
“If you can hear the questions and apply them to the way you live your life on earth today, then when the time comes, your soul will be ready to take that stairway to heaven, prepared to answer the Seven Questions with a resounding ‘Yes!,’ and take your rightful place among the angels.”
—from the Prologue
In this charming, inspiring and wise guide to a well-lived life, beloved teacher Ron Wolfson provides an advance copy of the Seven Questions you’ll be asked in heaven—whether you’re a believer or a non-believer. The answers to these questions will help you shape a life of purpose and meaning on earth today.
Supported by wisdom from the Jewish tradition, life’s experiences, and personal anecdotes, Wolfson tells you about these transformative questions and explores the values that are at the heart of a life that matters. He offers funny, insightful and poignant stories of how people—ancient and contemporary—have answered the Seven Questions through their everyday actions. He encourages you to reflect on your own life goals and provides ideas both big and small for achieving them.
“The best of its genre: a self-help manual with gravitas.”
“Offers us timeless wisdom for living a full and meaningful life…. Wolfson has blessed us with a map for finding heaven on earth. Dr. Wolfson is a masterful guide and the journey he offers us is nothing short of transformational.”
—Rabbi Naomi Levy, author, To Begin Again and Talking to God
“Charming, shocking, and uplifting....The ideas are sound sense for all readers.... Highly recommended.”
— Library Journal starred review
“Unique.... More than just a good read.... Thought provoking.... Prompts us to action.... Inspiring.”
“Poses questions that will provoke you to develop your ‘after-life skills.’ This book will lead you into a deeper reflection on your life now from the vantage point of heaven.”
—Fr. Steven E. Boes, national executive director, Boys Town
“[Helps us] to reflect in a compelling way about the quality and nature of our own life journeys. It is moving, inspiring, and thought-provoking—especially at this time of uncertainty and fear in our world. [It] challenges us to live lives of meaning and grants us comfort and hope.”
—Rabbi David Ellenson, president, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion
“This ingenious approach to proper conduct will appeal to those who believe in an afterlife, and possibly even a few who don’t.”
“Draws wisdom from secular and religious sources, from erudite scholars to light-hearted comedians. Not out of text alone, but out of the context of living, our author coaxes questions not fully asked and answers gently proposed. With keen eye and sensitive ear, he captures the poignant moments of human relationship.”
—Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, California; author, Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey
“[A] life-affirming manual for living a prayerful life.... User-friendly and easy to read.”
—Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
“A masterful translation of Jewish tradition as a prescription for everyday living. Follow the pages of this beautiful book and you will be grounded in values while discerning the priorities of a meaningful life.”
—Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, author, The Bridge to Forgiveness: Stories and Prayers for Finding God and Restoring Wholeness
“A page-turner ... filled with fascinating personal anecdotes and profound ideas to help enrich our lives.”
—Jewish Media Review
“Deceptively simple ... reveals a remarkable depth of Jewish thought.... Lays out the essential values that should guide our lives.... Seamlessly pieces together Jewish teachings with contemporary real-life situations.”
—Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Online
“In this thought-provoking and engaging book, Ron Wolfson prepares us for the true final exam.”
—Rabbi David J. Wolpe, rabbi, Sinai Temple; author, Why Faith Matters
“In some religions, like Christianity, preachers of the word will say that the kingdom (heaven) has already begun here on earth; it’s just incomplete. Forget the eternal version of heaven for a moment. Dr. Ron Wolfson has provided seven ways to bring about peace, justice and dignity here on earth. A true catechist is one who turns people around to see things not so easily apparent. Wolfson is one of those teachers. This is a book not only for the ‘65 percent who believe in heaven.’ Buy it, read it, and then give it to the others who don’t.”
—The Rev. Richard Vosko, PhD