I don’t know enough about the “Heaven Is For Real kind of books” to be as negative about them as you are, but neither do I know enough about them to be positive either. I’ve always been far more interested in the Bible…as you clearly seem to be as well.
On that point, at 4:20 you conclude this clip by saying:
“Let’s minimize the thoughts of man and magnify – trust – let’s bank our lives and our understanding of the future on the truth of God. At the same time, let’s lay aside our traditions and submit to God’s word. So none of us wants to believe things about heaven, hell, and the end of the world just because we grew up hearing certain things taught. There’s too much at stake in our lives and others’ lives for that.”
Assuming you are sincere, David, I invite you to read The Biblical Case for Everyone Is Going to Heaven and Whatever Became of Jesus Christ? The Biblical Case for the Second Coming as Accomplished Fact. Both books prefer the truth of God’s word on these subjects to the traditions of men that we Evangelicals have been taught.