Most people are curious about Heaven and what eternity will be like, especially after someone they love has gone on. The author does a wonderful job of addressing 50 questions that are usually asked about Heaven. Some of them I hadnt even thought of.
I liked the way the table of contents had the questions listed so I could go directly to the ones that interested me most right away. It will also make it easier if you want to use the book as a reference. He not only covers what Heaven is, but misconceptions about it too. I was impressed and how well he discussed most of the subjects in just a few pages. Not only was there a lot of scriptural references to back up what he was sharing, but there were even more verses at the end each one for further study and reading. I enjoyed the interesting illustrations, some of them personal ones, that he used throughout the books.
There were only two things that I did not like about the book. One was the many Bible translations he used, 14 to be exact. For me it made answers disjointed and harder to read. I easily remedied that by using my own Bible and looking up each verse, and that definitely wasnt a bad thing at all! Secondly I felt a few of his answers were more his speculation than Bible truth. In those incidents, the Bible references did not match up with his explanation. All in all, this book was a pleasure to read and made a wonderful Bible Study. I think it would be great to use in teaching a Sunday school class.
I received this book free from Bethany Publishers, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
This is a book that attempts to answer questions about Heaven. Fifty topics are covered that range from whether or not there will be animals in Heaven, to what we will be doing in Heaven, to the question of near death experiences.
Each query is explored by the author giving his perspective supported by scriptural references. The author also gives interesting examples of the subject from his own life, or from the world. For instance, he addresses how angels are viewed in the popular Christmas movie, Its a Wonderful Life, and the Biblical viewpointand if there is a difference. At the end of each section, more Bible references are given if the reader wants to do further research on a topic.
This book is easy to read, and it is written in an uncomplicated style. The reader can pick out a subject of interest, and find it effortlessly, making it unnecessary to read the entire book to get an answer.
The author is a Bible professor at Moody Bible Institute, and received advanced degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and Grace Theological Seminary.
The references provided for each question, make it easy to check out if the Bible really agrees with what Dr. Hart writes on a given subject. You may or may not concur with the authors take on a topic, but his thoughts will provide a jumping off place for further investigation. If you have some questions about Heaven, I would suggest you start with the Bible first. This 5-star book, would be a good additional reference.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
I was drawn to this book by the title. We are all curious about heaven. What it will be like, who will be there, what we will do there, how we get there, what it will look like, etc. The questions are endless. What we sometimes do not realize is that the Bible is filled with many answers to our questions. This book takes those passages and deciphers them into easy to understand explanations.
This book is very easy to read, and very thorough. The author references more than one translation of the Bible, and even gives additional references at the end of each chapter that you can study more in depth on your own if you so choose.
This is a book that you can read cover to cover, or just simply find the question you want answered in the table of contents and read the answer. Of course while this book does not answer all the questions you may have about the Bible it does have fifty which is quite a bit. It also goes to show that the answer to all of our questions are in the Bible waiting for us to find them and decipher them. In the meantime this book is a great starting point for any curious person to gain some answers.
There are a few personal assumptions in this book from the author but for the most part this book stays on track with Scripture. We are all going to make our own assumptions from time to time anyway, and it is always refreshing to hear another person's opinion here and there.
This book is wonderful for many curious individuals which is also a must for a great book. It can apply to Christians, those curious about Christianity, etc.
I loved that I was able to study topics I hadn't even given thought to. Some of the fifty questions I was already curious about while some I hadn't even thought about, and was relieved to see.
The author does not lecture or try to persuade you in anything in this book but rather sticks to what is gained from the Bible. I felt that this is a very well researched, very wonderfully written book good for anyone to read. I recommend it to everyone, and especially the fellow Christians out there such as myself always hungry for more information.
::About the Author::
Dr. John Hart (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; ThD, Grace Theological Seminary) is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute, and he is the author of Demonology and the Mission Field. Dr. Hart lives in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
"50 Things You Need To Know About Heaven" doesn't leave out the gospel in painting the picture of what Heaven will be like, look like, and what we will do there. This book utilizes scripture in a way to not only give you comfort and knowledge about Heaven, but to deepen your faith and walk with God. Its a quick and easy read, but will not leave you unchanged. It would make a great gift to seekers, new Christians, and mature Christians alike. This book was given to me by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated here are entirely my own.
I think this book will be very confusing to many. I believe you do a good job of supporting your points about Heaven in an even, interesting and unhurried way.
But what I find missing, is that personal connection to your journey.
Most people curious about Heaven, have some personal root, like a carrot, leading them on the journey of wanting to know more about Heaven. I feel you deliberately did not reveal your carrot, or anyone else's carrot. Because your book was like a very readable research paper, I thought about your data, and there are places where I felt the information was not as solidly formed as in your other fifty points about Heaven. Your writing style was consistent. I am referring to the intended interpretation of the data used to support a particular point(s). If this is the only book someone reads about Heaven, will they want to be there-will this book motivate them to want what Heaven is above all else?
That's the disquiet I feel. I think it was courageous of you to attempt to write about Heaven in the manner that you chose. But I felt important and significant large pieces were not clearly rejoiced over in this book.