This book was definitely different than what I expected, but in a good way. When a loved one very close to you dies, you find yourself wanting to know even more about Heaven: What is it like? What are they doing? After all it isnt just a someday place anymore because a very important part of you is there now. Pastor Steve Berger experienced these feelings and thoughts, after his teenage son suddenly dies in a tragic accident.
He not only does a beautiful job explaining by means of scripture what Heaven will be like, but what it will not be. I really liked the charts he had with each point and verses where the information is found. He also explains how we need to live our lives right in connection and anticipation of our future home.
As Christians earth is not our real home and all we have here is temporary. Therefore we should not put all our eggs in one basket so to speak by only focusing this earthly existence.
The joys and rewards in Heaven are what we look forward to but Pastor Berger clearly shows God has a purpose and work for us to do until we are called Home. We need to share Christ and offer others the opportunity and gift we have in spending eternity with God. The old saying comes to mind: Dont be so heavenly minded that you arent any earthly good!
You will not only learn the many challenges and struggles you will face in doing your work here but also the solutions based on the Bible. The author reassures you that you are not left to your own devices to soldier on, but reminds us the Lord left us a great helper in the Holy Spirit. He explains our relationship with Him and the power we are given through Him.
Yes, we miss our loved ones that are gone, but the promise of seeing them again and being busy for the Lord here can bring great fulfillment and joy while we wait!
This was such a well-written and informative book. I found it extremely inspiring and motivating! As always I really liked the large number of scripture references the author supplied. That makes all the difference to me! This would be a great Bible study for an individual, class, or group. It deserves to be read and studied more than once.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Steve Berger in his new book, "Between Heaven And Earth" published by Bethany House Publishers gives us a Finding Hope, Courage, and Passion Through a Fresh Vision of Heaven.
From the Back Cover: Be Transformed by a Glimpse of Paradise
Â· What will heaven be like? What will we do? Who will we see?
Â· How can I become more excited about heaven as my true home?
Â· Is it possible that knowing more about heaven will result in greater joy and purpose in my daily life?
It's not easy separating fact from fiction when it comes to heaven, nor is it always easy to see how the afterlife can affect our lives today. After a car accident caused his nineteen-year-old son to unexpectedly enter heaven, Pastor Steve Berger chose to reject despair and commit himself to carefully studying his son's new, eternal home. He had no idea how much there was to learn, and his life hasn't been the same since. This biblical and deeply personal study of heaven will give you hope for the future.
But more than that, it will show you what it means to live today in light of the reality of heaven. If your view of heaven isn't life-changing, it needs to be adjusted. Let Pastor Berger's exploration of eternity fill you with overflowing hope, courage, and purpose.
Here is a question for you: does talking about Heaven help to get you into Heaven? The only way to get to Heaven is to accept Jesus as Lord & Savior and then you get to go. So why talk about Heaven? First off it motivates you. It gives you a destination. You know at some point you will be going to Heaven. That is exciting. When people get ready for a trip they plan what they are going to pack and put their home in order so they do not have a mess to return to. That is what Pastor Berger is trying to get us to see in his book. Having Heaven as our destination motivates us with excitement and moves us to get here in order by cleaning up our mess and then getting others to come with us. It helps to be reminded of what our new home will look like and what Jesus has prepared for us. I think everyone should read this book and then give it as a gift to others to motivate them as well.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Sometimes it is hard to remember that as followers of Jesus, earth is not our home and we wonder what heaven will be like. Steve Berger answers many of those questions about our heavenly home in his new book, "Between Heaven and Earth".
Pastor Berger's teenage son was killed in a one-car accident. That incident made the author question what heaven was really all about and what his son was experiencing there.
This book reminds us that heaven is a glorious place... perfect... filled with joy. There is no sadness, want, or even boredom there. But the book also warns that heaven isn't inevitable for everyone, and that each of us must believe and accept Jesus as our Savior. We can't get there because we are a "good" person and have done a bunch of good stuff during our lives. (Bunny trail: I heard Chuck Swindoll once say that if you believe that you earn heaven by your deeds, when will you know that you've done enough?)
I appreciated that Pastor Berger even wrote a little about pets in heaven. He has a perspective different from what I was taught and I hope he's right.
I for one am looking forward to finding out for myself.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
I enjoyed this book and it is definately a keeper.
March 17, 2014
East Jordan, MI
I received Between Heaven and Earth from Bethany House for free, in return for my opinion on this book.
Between Heaven and Earth is written by Steve Berger and Published by Bethany House.
My overall thoughts, I actually really enjoyed reading this book and proved to be very insightful and beautifully written. What I really loved about this book is the it is written around personal stories.
It is not written as your typical self-help christian books. I honestly loved how this book is portrayed to christian readers. The book mainly is a study and a reference of people in the bible. This is not written on opinions, but actually around the bible as the main focal points. The author is simply using real life examples and situations to inspire people. I have read books that are more geared towards self-help by popular authors, and to be honest I don't like those kinds of books. This book is NOT one of these, its acutally not even focused on you, but by people surrounded around you and how you can make a difference.
This book is heavily based on scriptures and bibical people, but I find the author is very accurate in this book on what the bible teaches and it lines up perfectly. What I was most surprized by, the fact that every chapter was challenging to the reader. From start to finish, each chapter flowed to the next flawlessly and was executed very well.
The only downside to this book, would be the small margine of audience. This book is definately meant for christians because you cannot win people to christ, unless you are following him first. In my honest oppionion, this book would not be of interest to someone who is not interested in christanity to begin with. In my honest oppinion, I think this book would not appeal to just anyone in general.
This book also had quite a surprize for me after just reading the back cover. I was expecting the book to be more about his son and his family life after the tragic accident. It started out that way, but turned into a new direction and a new purpose later in the book.
Between Heaven and Earth was written with so much depth and passion that I would recommend this book. I would also recommend this book as a personal study guide for those who are seeking more out of their christian walk of faith. I think this book would be a pefect fit for an Adult Sunday School Class or Teenage Youth Group Class. What I really like about this book, its not just another book to keep on your bookshelf. This is a kind of book that you can keep around and use as you study the bible and scriptures.
I enjoyed reading this book and it is definately a keeper.
"Between Heaven and Earth" by Steve Berger is one of those books that is chalked full of truth and inspiration IF you are at that place in life. I suppose I'm not. I didn't find it that inspiring to be honest. But I truly believe in the right hands this little book has the ability to change a person. Why? Because it tells the truth. The world is passing and only a mind stuck on Christ and the next world will meet success - real success. Mr. Berger tells of the tragedy of losing his 19 yr old son in a car accident and how it propelled him to re-look into what's important.
This book has a lot of quotes from other people which is a sign of great research but I found myself skimming a lot which doesn't speak well for the author's ability to hold my attention. I hate to say that because I think someone out there NEEDS to read this book. Would I recommend it? I suppose - if you need a refresher on what Christianity has that no other religion has and the hope that awaits us on the other side.
At the end of the day, you might be better off reading one of the many books the author quoted than reading this book. Unless, I suppose, you want the condensed version of all those other books. In that case, this one's for you.
BTW, I got this book free in exchange for an honest review.