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Overview Thomas Travis thought the toughest streets in the ghettos of Atlanta were next door to hell. But he didnt know just how close they were until the threat of racial violence sent him fleeing down the stairs of an abandoned building--only to fall headlong into a tortured realm of fire and ice, the place of the damned. Thomas had lived a godless life, and now there was hell to pay.
Publishers Description My Visit to HellBy Paul Thigpen Nearly seven hundred years ago the Italian poet Dante wrote "The Inferno," an epic tale of the fate awaiting doomed souls in the underworld. Now, the story continues... Thomas Travis had always thought the toughest streets in the ghettos of Atlanta were next door to hell. But he didn't know just how close they were until the threat of racial violence sent him fleeing down the stairs of an abandoned building...only to fall headlong into a tortured realm of fire and ice, the place of the damned. The only chance of escape was to trust the strange elderly woman who met him there and insisted on being his guide. She claimed to know the way out, but it would lead through all the terrifying circles of divine judgment, each one deeper and more tormenting than the last. In the lowest pit, the Lord of Darkness himself lay in wait. Thomas had lived a godless life, and now there was hell to pay. If his soul could be purged on the journey, he just might make it. But the odds were against him. In hell, the only guarantee is justice...and the only way out is down. About the AuthorPAUL THIGPEN, PhD, is an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of more than twenty-five books, including "A Dictionary of Quotes from the Saints, Blood of the Martyrs, "and "Seed of the Church." He is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University and also holds a doctorate in historical theology from Emory University.
Awards and Recognitions My Visit To Hell - A Novel by Paul Thigpen has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christian Retailing's Best - 2008 Finalist - Mystery/Suspense category
Citations And Professional Reviews My Visit To Hell - A Novel by Paul Thigpen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 08/20/2007 page 10
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.18" Height: 0.93" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 20, 2007
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 1599790939 ISBN13 9781599790930
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More About Paul Thigpen
Paul Thigpen, who earned his PhD in historical theology at Emory University in Atlanta, is the editor of the national bimonthly magazine the Catholic Answer and the founder and executive director of the Stella Maris Center for Faith and Culture in Savannah, Georgia. A best-selling author, award-winning journalist, and scholar of Church history, he has published thirty books on spiritual topics.Kevin Perrotta is an award-winning Catholic journalist and a former editor of God s Word Today. In addition to the Six Weeks with the Bible series, he is the author of Invitation to Scripture and Your One-Stop Guide to the Bible. Perrotta lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan."
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Reviews - What do customers think about My Visit To Hell - A Novel?
What a great story! Nov 2, 2008
This was an absoluely great story. It's an easy read and makes you think about your life! Wickedly Wonderful!
Compelling and thought provoking. Sep 30, 2008
It has been said that both heaven and hell begin here on earth. This modern day Dante's Inferno will have you questioning your path,helps one to better understand the "slippery slope" and your final destiny. I highly recommend this book to all people, no matter what your beliefs.
Call to Change Aug 27, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed My Visit to Hell. I am certain it would not be an enjoyable read for some. Those who think of God as benevolent Grandfather will surly not like the thought of God inflicting eternal pain and suffering. Those who do believe in God and the bible will remember 1 Corinthians 2:9 where we are told we have never seen or heard what God has in store for those who love Him.
This book illustrates the other side of the equation. Since I have never seen or heard a first hand account of hell that too is left to the imagination. In My Decent into Hell we are faced with the justice of God and what could be in store for those who reject Him.
I would particularly like for my adult children to read the book. As with many 30 somethings they are in the invincible period of their lives. My family and all those busy chasing money and pleasure would do well to remember we are not made for this world. I believe this book could serve as a wake up call. As any Christian knows, we are made for the life to come. How and where we spend eternity is our choice. All in all I see this this book as call to conversion.
Great Book! Mar 3, 2008
It seems a little strange to say that I loved a book about hell, but I did. I have the feeling that the main characters will stay with me for a long time. The book gives cause to think about the way you are living your life and what are your motivations, without being preachy. People of all faiths and no faith will enjoy this book.
It's Between the Ones and the Fives -- Reviews Are Opinions -- Here is Mine. Feb 16, 2008
I checked out others reviews before typing my own. As expected there are five-stars with glowing recommendations and as many one-stars with glowing criticism. So here's my suggestion, if you are seriously considering the book, toss out the five-stars and the one-stars and then read the comments.
Anything as controversial and frightening as Hell and a trip through it is going to step on toes.
Fiction about Hell is probably the last thing I'd like to read. Seriously, there's enough Hell on this earth that I don't even want to consider that the place may be real. Having not read Dante's Inferno I kind of came into the read without any preconceived ideas beyond what I've learned from the Bible. I'm an unapologetic literal-Bible-believing Christian. So before you read any further you may want to toss out my review, too.
But if you are continuing to read you a) have an interest in Hell b) the fear of it c) or you really dig horror.
My Visit to Hell isn't going to please some of the more conservative Christians. Many Christians won't read fiction and they certainly would be offended by a place full of naked, damned souls with constant torture, bigotry and reference to the baser of sins. This novel is not suitable for children, unless a parent reads it first. The imagery is horrifying and would add all sorts of ickiness to dreams. If you are a very sensitive adult, I caution you also. Horror lovers should find plenty of gruesome passages.
If you fear Hell and/or the unknown, don't read just My Visit to Hell alone. Find someone who loves Jesus to help you come to grips with where you'll spend eternity. The book points out pretty clearly that sin is sin and there are going to be all kinds in Hell. From the very, very religious, even pastors, priests and preachers, to those who just ignored the whole question of what to do with Jesus.
Reading because you are interested? Again, don't read just this book and take it completely as fact. This is one man's fictionalized account of a real place. It's based on what he knows from what he's read and studied. The different levels and pits and punishments are interesting and there is truth that there are more severe punishments, but don't take this as Gospel.
If you are concerned that you are headed there, please find someone who knows the Bible and loves people. There are a lot of people who know the Bible but don't know the author, and they are as Hellbound as an ignorant sinner.
My Visit to Hell isn't the most riveting fiction I've ever read. But the story is riveting. I read it quickly, wondering what would happen. I struggled with some of what was said and done. I am not comfortable at all with the idea that people will end up in Hell, a place prepared for Satan and his angels. But each of the dwellers in the story's lower pits were determined to keep their deadly attitudes and hatreds and bitterness, clinging to death even as a few tried to escape with the hero. The hero himself was an anti-hero as he revealed more and more his ugly attitudes and pride. Reading the book made me think about my own attitudes. I struggled with Thomas' guide, Capopia and her limbo faith. I honestly don't know what to do with a repentant soul in limbo, if there is such a thing. I'm very glad the decisions on eternity are made by a loving, just, merciful and all-knowing God.
Whether you agree that there is a real Hell, or whether there are many chances, or whether Hell is populated with Hitlers, Amins and Husseins and all the good folk go to Heaven, I suggest you make sure in your own mind and heart that you aren't dead wrong.