Heaven, How I Got Here
The Story of the Thief on the Cross
What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is the imaginative story of that thief, told by Colin Smith as if in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours.
“A brilliant idea beautifully executed, that combines pastoral wisdom and narrative skill to help us get inside the heart and mind of the thief on the cross, crucified next to the Christ on Calvary.” — Justin Taylor, Executive vice president, Crossway Books and blogger at Between Two Worlds, Wheaton, Illinois
“I’ve never read anything like this! This compelling first-person account from a heavenly perspective helped me understand and appreciate what Jesus endured on the cross and why he did it.” — Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition and author of Blind Spots
“Here is a gripping account of God’s amazing grace that comes alive as recounted from this unusual and really helpful perspective.” — Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
“How I wish that every skeptic and every believer would read this book!” — Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois
About the Author
Colin S. Smith is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. His preaching ministry is shared through the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible. He is also author of Momentum: Pursuing God’s Blessing Through the Beatitudes.
“Here is a short book to read and give away to a non-Christian friend or acquaintance. Written in the first person, it tells the story of Good Friday from the perspective of the crucified criminal who ask the Lord Jesus to remember him. With a biblically informed imagination, Colin Smith recounts the way this guilty crucified criminal went from condemned cell, via the agony of crucifixion, to the joy of heaven with the Lord Jesus. He imagines the criminal looking back on that last day from the perspective of the eternal security of heaven. He speaks as an eyewitness of the sufferings of Jesus; one who heard His words spoken from the cross.
What unfolds is a story of amazing grace. Here was a man with nothing to commend him; with no time to turn over a new leaf; with no record of a new start. He simply turned to the Lord Jesus and asked for mercy. What a demonstration of the truth that whoever comes to Jesus will never be driven away!
This is a book to buy, read and give away. I know of one believer who on reading this book ordered ten and quickly found opportunities to give them away to others, including to his barber. Here in Enfield we have bought a pile and are urging folk to read it before Easter with a view to then passing it on to a friend. Go for it!”
— Jonathan Prime, Pastor, Enfield Evangelical Free Church, London
“Colin S. Smith brings the thief on the cross to life in the 96- page novella Heaven, How I Got Here. He writes imaginatively from the thief’s perspective while dealing respectfully with the biblical account. For instance, he doesn’t invent words to put in Jesus mind or mouth. Instead, as we follow the thief through his last day on earth- from eating his breakfast, to carrying his cross, to finally breathing his last- Smith shares poignant reflections on law, justice, faith, and forgiveness. Through it all, he continually brings our attention back to Christ’s work on the cross and His offer of salvation to all who believe. Christians looking for a book to savor on the beach, share with graduates, or challenge unbelieving friends will want to take note.”
— Marvin Olasky, World Magazine