Wanted to say thank you for the effort and time it took to write this book. I have been a reader of the Urantia Book for about the last twelve years. After reading your book it made me feel very humble and realizing how far I have to go just to get started on the journey.
I’m reading your book Heaven Is Not the Last Stop and I wanted to tell you what an extraordinary work you have done. I read only about one page a day and I meditate on it as I go along. Every once in a while I have an inspiration that comes up based on this reading. I can easily imagine many other persons doing the same thing. I’m a French speaking person and I’m looking forward to reading it again, but this time in French when it comes out in order to gain new insights from this new perspective.
If you have the opportunity read Sheila Keene-Lund's marvelous book Heaven Is Not the Last Stop, do so by all means. Every one of this book's 445 pages has at least three or four insightful paragraphs, each worthy of additional thought. Thank you, Sheila, for your 12 years labor of love. The finished product is wonderful.
"Heaven Is Not The Last Stop" is a thought provoking introduction to epochal revelation for those not familiar with its teachings. For those who study The Urantia Book this work is invaluable in understanding and living the new revelation.
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Sheila Keene-Lund has given the world a book remarkable on many levels. First, it takes the vast and sweeping cosmology of The Urantia Book and, without compromising any aspect of that book's message, explains it in a clear and understandable way for any reader. Second, she does this in such a way that even someone with no familiarity with The Urantia Book can easily grasp the philosophy of life being set forth in this incredible volume. Sheila writes in an engaging and easy to understand style. She demonstrates a working knowledge of a wide array of philosophers, theologians, and theorists, and she invites the reader to take a journey beyond heaven, to mansion worlds of transformation. She challenges humanity to shoulder the serious work of cultural progress. Readers will have to decide for themselves if they accept the world-view set forth here, but this much is certain: they are presented with an astoundingly new way of looking at and thinking about life and reality.
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This must read book synthesizes science, philosophy,history, religion and revelation into an easy read of knowledge for a personal transformation of cosmic consciousness, spiritual unity and cultural progress. All research is documented in the notes with an extended bibliography. I could not put it down; I was hungry for the information.
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I found a copy of The Urantia Book at the library back in the early 90's. For me it was pretty difficult to understand; especially all of the different orders of celestial beings and their assignments. Even though I didn't understand a lot of the things in the book, I knew it was a lot of truth in it and I just needed some other source to explain it. Almost 20 years later, I found that source of information in Heaven Is Not the Last Stop. This book is so well written I can hardly put it down. I am about halfway done as I have only started it about a week and a half ago. For anyone interested in The Urantia Book or desires to know the truth about where we came from, and where/what our ultimate goal is (even after we leave this planet) I most definitely recommend this book. Through epochal revelation it corrects the errors in our most sacred books such as the Bible,Quran, and many others and clearly reveals the truths that are in all of them.
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Wonderful summary of the world and our place in its history. I Particularly liked how the author takes religions, stories and myths from the past and weaves them into an understanding of the evolutionary process.
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I stand in awe of your wonderful research and development of a truly fascinating work of art. The depth of your writing ability, research, and chapter development, takes one's breath away. God has truly prepared you to be a bridge in touching the hearts of God's people with the power of love and with the story of God's plan for God's people during our lives here on Earth and our journey to heaven and beyond. I congratulate you on your achievement and I look forward to recommending Heaven Is Not the Last Stop to many.
Author, The Power of Peaceful Thinking
President and Founder
Center Of Unconditional Love
Thank you for Heaven Is Not the Last Stop. I am reading it and its doing great work in me. Please continue sharing this work with others.
Let me congratulate you on your book, Heaven Is Not the Last Stop. I have read The Urantia Book many times (in french) and you have made it a lot easier to understand with such a systematic and logical approach. I like very much how you have put into context with the old and also present teachings of most religions, with references.
I am truly amazed at the research that you have put into this work. WOW!. I feel so blessed to have met you and to have read your book. I also like the fact that you refer to the feminine sex so many times, I had a chuckle every time ... cute!. I also do the same when I speak of humanity, specify both sexes, as opposed to man only. I think that men have had their share long enough.
Thank you for giving me a more profound sense of spiritual meaning of the teachings of the UB. I will use your book as a reference in explaining certain parts of the UB, as you have simplified it so well, so clearly and easy to comprehend.
I am short of words to express my gratitude to you for writing such a book with so much spiritual potential in today’s world. Thank you for sharing your life experiences that have shaped your spiritual growth. I thank God for giving you the intellect to write this book and admire your initiative and courage to go ahead with that huge project.
As well as the content itself, I do appreciate your excellent index, notes, everything.
I would like to recommend Heaven Is Not the Last Stop by Sheila Keene-Lund. I have read the book and I am profoundly enlightened by her co-ordination of documented knowledge and synthesized information of Revelation, The Urantia Book! Her book is a great read which is enlightening as to self consciousness or God Consciousness. I believe she will expand and uplift readers with her perspective
Minister, United Church of Christ, Retired
Author, Spiritual Psychology and The Abridged Urantia Papers
Co-author, A History of the Urantia Papers
(McCormick Theological Seminary)
Professor of Social Work
University of Puerto Rico
Author and Consultant on Religious Diversity and Spirituality
In Heaven Is Not the Last Stop, Sheila Keene-Lund bravely steps out of the box and draws information from science, philosophy, evolved religions, metaphysical sources and common knowledge, bringing it all together with the gift of Revelation. This valuable gem offers a balanced, intelligent and sensitive approach that will support all genuine Truth Seekers in achieving a deeper understanding of the universe and our role therein. I was pleasantly surprised and grasped many new concepts while reading this book. I believe it has the capacity to appeal to all people and create a new wave of advanced thought. I also believe that Heaven Is Not the Last Stop will assist both new and seasoned readers of The Urantia Book while we continue to strive for the ideals thus far unattained: the global recognition of One Universal Parent and the sincere loving service of all humanity.
International Recording Artist & Minister
I want to tell you that I am very touched by your book and in awe of the volumes of information you have conveyed both from The Urantia Book and from human sources as well as your own personal experiences. I believe you really have something here that will be a significant “portal” to The Urantia Book. You have so eloquently harmonized the revelatory information with evolutionary subject matter and tactfully and comprehensively explained how and why the conflicts exist where they do. I am not easily impressed; but you have done so with this book Sheila.
I am currently reading Heaven Is Not the Last Stop. It is truly excellent. I think this may well be the most important bridge to the UB for years to come, indeed a classic in Urantia literature . . . an amazing job!
In my 40 years of reading, Heaven Is Not the Last Stop tops my list.
My hearty thanks for Heaven Is Not the Last Stop, which has arrived safely here. I fell eagerly to reading it straight away. It's a fine labour of love you've done here, full of wise observations. Few people could have tackled a book like this - but, from what I've read so far, I must say you've handled it pretty marvellously.
Magnificent work on your book Heaven Is Not the Last Stop!!! I am tremendously impressed! What an incomparable asset this will be to UB study!!
I'm so appreciating the beautiful way you integrate material from the UB with world religions so that we get the bigger context. It helps keep the wider focus when in conversations that get tied up in knots. I so appreciate your writing.
Thank you for your book. I am reading it by pieces, using the index to find answers to questions I have. It is amazing--how such a sweet, caring and fun personality could produce such an erudite, comprehensive book on the most important subject on this earth.
I am pleased to tell you that I have finished reading Heaven Is Not the Last Stop. Needless to say, I am extremely impressed and found the book to be very well written with every sentence having impact and bringing out the object of your tremendous task of having written such a book: Heaven is indeed NOT the last stop . . . I hope your book becomes a best seller at some point and it will surely be a companion to The Urantia Book itself. I feel as if I have read an updated copy of portions of The Urantia Book and that is a sure sign to me that it is inspired.
The book arrived today! It was well worth the wait. I am so very pleased with the overall look and content of Heaven Is Not the Last Stop. It's the sort of volume that just makes you want to pick it up and read it from cover to cover. I have hoped SOMEONE would write a book that explains in less complex language the basic worldview of the Urantia Papers, and I believe your book, finally, is what I have long awaited.
I received a copy of Heaven Is Not the Last Stop Monday (actually I got nine copies, and I think I will need to get more). I have finished reading the first five chapters and am amazed at how well you put The Urantia Book in perspective with our religious history. It presents our entire spiritual continuity with The Urantia Book as the latest revelation, clarifying and adding to what has been presented previously. It appears to answer many concerns which have been raised, including reincarnation, virgin birth, imminence and omnipotence, etc.
Congratulations! You have produced a work of art, an eye opener; a picture of humility and sincerity, spoken from the heart, intelligently written. Who would have thought of explaining God's design for life’s journey, here and hereafter, in such an easy and understanding way? You have a gift, keep up the good work.
Sheila Keene-Lund reached her 12 year goal this month with publication of Heaven Is Not the Last Stop. This is a wonderful book in which she attempts to reconcile many religious differences with epochal revelation found in The Urantia Book. I invite you to her website for an introduction to the book – purposes and content.
Persons interested in gaining new clarity of human history and religious development and also wanting increased understanding of our world, will find this new Keene-Lund book a valuable treasure for new visions of real and lasting peace possibilities. She writes, “The most expedient way to achieve this [peace] is to reconcile our understanding of origin, history, and destiny with epochal revelation.” Note the word destiny. She expertly leads us to revelatory clarity of destiny whereas the major religions have profoundly relied on traditions that include myths and partial truths for finality of authority. She reminds us of our human limitations and shows us with new vision how epochal gifting can aid human progress. Progress is not a human idea, but a profound factor of God’s plan. Surely, Jesus had this in mind.
I recommend the book.
I received your book as a Christmas gift today. Having been a reader of The Urantia Book for several decades, after one minute of scanning the pages of Heaven Is Not the Last Stop, I knew that this book had such quality that it needed to be shared! Upon receipt of my order, my next two books will immediately be on their way to their final destination... and two more people will experience Christmas again.
Such is the pleasure of discovering this new vision. Its gentle transit upon the wings of butterflies will soon take it to all points of the compass.
I have begun to read your book and I can't put it down. It is really helping me to have a better understanding of The Urantia Book.
From Workshop Attendees
Most of my adult life, I have been searching for “something”. When I found The Urantia Book, that search turned into an obsession -- focused on “what” it was that I needed to “get out of the book.” The more I read, the more I KNEW that The Urantia Book held the answer(s) I had been seeking my entire life. But the book was so big, so in depth, so powerful… where EXACTLY WAS the answer(s) to the questions of my longing soul? That is where Sheila comes in! In May 2008, I attended Sheila’s lecture and mini-workshop and through her organized program of instruction, I was able to self-discover the pieces of the puzzle that I have been trying to assemble my entire life. Since that time, my life has changed immensely. I now have a job that I love where I am easily able to support sick and dying people with large financial resources through government agencies! Also, I was led to way in which I could be of Highest Service in spearheading a large Urantia Book outreach program, supporting the delivery of 1,000 Urantia Books to deployed military units around the world. If attending Sheila’s mini-workshop could do that much for me, imagine what reading her new book and participating in a full workshop with her can do for you?
I got very inspired by Sheila’s workshop and felt encouraged to look at my life and my future “mission” as a high school teacher in another light. Young people are often very stressed about doing the “right” thing, having the “right” look and being successful, even though they haven’t had time to figure out who they really are. I think Sheila’s wise and loving words about our true purpose in life would help many people in their quest for inner harmony and happiness.
“I found attending Sheila’s workshop, Cultivating Universal Intelligence, a practical method in developing a life plan for my spiritual journey to know God’s will for me. A process that is so simple, yet so powerful when implemented to its fullest extent.”
As for another personal initiative, last year I met a woman by the name of Sheila Keene-Lund, a reader of The Urantia Book for many years and also a member of UAI. She was an accredited teacher of Transcendental Meditation for more than twenty years and has demonstrated her incredible capacity to teach by writing a book that reconciles the teachings of The Urantia Book with worldwide spiritual beliefs and personal development techniques. Sheila has been facilitating workshops at different Urantia conferences and has produced a very significant work that explores how one can progress spiritually by discovering the significance of the Will of God and how it applies in our life. The difference of this book with other secondary works is that it offers a program, a very simple and effective framework that fosters spiritual growth while engaging the readers in spiritual exercises. This program could be effective in study groups or retreats as a way to improve our understanding of The Urantia Book while giving us meaningful tools to achieve spiritual growth.
So far I have attended two workshops that introduce the readers to the program featured in this book and both times I have been very impressed by the quality of its content and its practicality. It is solely based on the teachings of The Urantia Book and will be available soon in bookstores. The title of this book is Heaven Is Not the Last Stop – Exploring a New Revelation, and you can visit the web site that bears the main name.
President, Urantia Association International
(Excerpt from the July ’08 issue of UAI Journal)
The things I really liked about Sheila's workshop are things she said like, "Challenge yourself to grow in areas of your personality, or your angels will do it for you!" She put a sense of humor on spiritual growth and made it fun for me to choose 1 or 2 things to work on the next 6 months. She said, "If you can't think of anything, just ask a friend or family member." So I choose one of my own, to improve my public speaking, and one of a friend, to "grow up." As life would have it, there have been many opportunities for both.
If Sheila would ever like my help at a workshop, I would love to help. I love her work and am very excited about it. I'd love to take another workshop from her and spend a whole day or two or three together.
Sheila's presentations and workshops wisely integrate a broad and insightful perspective on The Urantia Book's relationship to cultural developments with practical tools for personal spiritual growth. Her sincerity and passion for the subject mix an infectious enthusiasm with an easy going, comfortable relationship to a process inquiry. Sheila's approach provides rich meanings and enduring values to the never ending quest for enhanced modes of personal living and loving service.
Sheila Keene-Lund has an engagingly passionate approach to the work she shares in her workshop. She is exceptionally clear with deep insight into a process that mindfully refocuses on truth and values important to our lives that are in part neglected, or yet to be awakened.
Author of: Folding Circle Teterahedra – Truth in the Geometry of Wholemovement www.wholemovement.com