As the years pass and we watch more and more of our family, friends and mentors pass away, it is only natural to ask questions about heaven. However, our understanding of heaven is often limited to a few half-forgotten Sunday school lessons and the insubstantial images provided by popular movies and T.V. Fortunately, in Heaven Randy Alcorn provides us with a thoroughly researched and biblically definitive description of heaven. As Alcorn addresses our most serious questions about heaven, including the nature of judgment, and answers a few of our less serious questions as well, including the accessibility of cafe mochas the sweet by and by, we will develop a deeper understanding of our eternal destination and will find the courage to strive for heaven while we're living on earth.
The last decade saw a growing number of "life after life"-themed books
entering the marketplace, each trying to provide a glimpse into the next
world. This one is destined to hold a unique place among those titles. Drawing
on sound biblical and historical fact, noted Christian writer and speaker
Alcorn tries to correct some of the popular myths generated by the mass media.
Part 1 is certainly the more substantive section, for here the author
skillfully establishes complex theological foundations in accessible language
with wonderfully illustrative stories. Part 2 may be more interesting as it
addresses such popular questions as what the resurrected Earth will be like,
what our bodies will look like, what will happen to our pets, and what will
occupy our time in heaven. However, the book is most effective when read
consecutively, for the theological background in Part 1 is essential to
understanding Alcorn's conclusions in Part 2. Although Alcorn is writing for
popular consumption, the detailed notes and select bibliography will satisfy
more scholarly interests. Recommended for larger public
libraries.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville Copyright
2004 Reed Business Information.
According to Alcorn (The Treasure Principle; Deadline; Safely Home), the
subject of heaven rates as one of the least accurately discussed subjects in
the whole of Christendom. Even seminarians fail to give appropriate time and
attention to heaven as described throughout the Bible because other themes
take pre-eminence both chronologically and preferentially. Alcorn is likewise
astounded that the majority of Christians who do take time to consider heaven
often possess faulty, nonbiblical assumptions, one of the most common being
the misconception of heaven as a place of unending church services. The
author, who is also the founder of the nonprofit organization Eternal
Perspective Ministries (EPM), has spent years studying what the Bible says
about heaven, and in this compelling and comprehensive resource, he offers
every conceivable question about heaven, or the "New Earth," as a Christian
believer's ultimate destination. Alcorn answers the expected queries on
heavenly life as well as quirkier ones: will Christians drink coffee in
heaven? Will there be homeownership, and what about sex? Will our pets be in
heaven? Evangelical scholars and laypersons alike will appreciate Alcorn's
expansive-though perhaps long-winded-musings on this neglected subject, a real
boon in a time when many people are eager to understand what happens after
death. (Oct.) Forecast: Tyndale is committing $80,000 to promote this title,
which will certainly be a CBA bestseller and perhaps a crossover hit.
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