The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible's Truth About Life to Come
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Contemporary claims of heavenly visits are fascinating and inspiring---but are they trustworthy? Turning away from experiential accounts, McKnight combs Scripture to present an authoritative orthodox, detailed picture of what God has revealed about eternity. Discover God's six promises about the afterlife, the validity of near-death experiences, answers to 10 frequently asked questions, and more. 212 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1601426283
ISBN-13: 9781601426284

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Heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise!
For far too long, we’ve talked about heaven as if it were a dream or someplace that only exists in fairy tales. We want to believe it’s real, but with such an expanse of contradictory information, it’s difficult to know what to believe. 
To add even more confusion, we are left to sift through the tales of individuals who say they have crossed over and returned. With so many competing narratives and accounts based on what many think are beyond-death experiences, wouldn’t it be nice to have a straightforward examination of what the Bible says about heaven?
Best-selling author and New Testament scholar Scot McKnight thought so too.
He has penned more than fifty books, including The Jesus Creed, and has had a fascination with heaven since he was a child. As a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, McKnight is no stranger to academic engagement and scholarly discourse. However, as an ordained deacon, McKnight is well accustomed to the concerns of the everyday thinker. The Heaven Promise represents the perfect blend of thoughtful research coupled with an easily digestible presentation.
"My hope," McKnight shares, "is that people will be hopeful about heaven."

The Heaven Promise offers an infusion of hope alongside a healthy anticipation of eternity.

After all, heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise.

Heaven. Eternity. The Afterlife.
When you mention any of these concepts, people of all ages and from all walks of life are certain to have opinions. How can we know for sure what heaven will be like?

According to New Testament scholar and popular author Scot McKnight, all we need to do is to turn to Scripture to answer our questions.

McKnight helps you examine God’s Word in order to discover what awaits you on the other side of the grave.

Using the Bible, McKnight answers the most-frequently-asked questions regarding heaven, including:

1. What about Near-Death Experiences?
2. What about Rewards in Heaven?
3. Who Will Be in Heaven?
4. Is God Fair?
5. Will There Be Families in Heaven?
6. What About Children Who Die?
7. What About Cremation?
8. What About Purgatory?
9. Will There Be Pets in Heaven?
10. Why Believe in Heaven?

Heaven isn’t the construction of a fairy tale or some mythical narrative. It’s very real; it’s very good; and it’s very much the fulfillment of God’s promise to you.

Author Bio

Author of more than fifty books including The Jesus Creed, Dr. Scot McKnight currently serves as a Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. A much-sought-after public thinker and speaker, he blogs regularly at Patheos under the banner of "Jesus Creed." He and his wife, Kris, enjoy life in the suburbs of Chicago.

Editorial Reviews

"I’m genuinely excited by The Heaven Promise. With so many fascinated by the conversation of heaven and even near-death experiences, McKnight calls us to see heaven through the lens of Scripture and the redemption story of God in Christ. It’s both theologically robust and very accessible. This book speaks to pastors and leaders in the church as well as to parishioners in the pews. What a gift!"
—Rev. Eugene Cho, senior pastor, Quest Church, and author of Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?

"This book—grounded in solid research and biblical interpretation—actually stirs up a longing for heaven. It’s a busting up of stereotypes and misconceptions. Thank you, Scot McKnight, for painting a picture of a place I would actually love to be for eternity!"
—Nancy Beach, leadership coach with Slingshot Group, and author of Gifted to Lead: The Art of Leading as a Woman in the Church

"What a terrific book! Scot lays out the great questions about heaven—What will it be like? Who’s going there?—and seeks to address them with biblically grounded wisdom."
—John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and author of All the Places to Go

"I serve in a community where hopelessness and resilience coexist and the constant reality of death looms daily. Hope and clarity about heaven’s promise are truly needed to empower the church, especially among those most affected by these realities. Scot McKnight helps the church to realize God’s truth about the life to come. This brings hope for us in the now."
—Pastor Phil Jackson, MDiv, associate pastor of Lawndale Christian Community Church; lead pastor of The House, Christ-Centered Hip-Hop Worship Service; and founder and chief visionary officer of the Firehouse Community Art Center

"Fanciful visions and imaginative opinions of heaven are all around us. Thankfully Scot McKnight moves us beyond the realm of wishes to the great promise of heaven given us by God. With wit, care, and fine biblical insight, this book offers a clear understanding of the hope we have for life with God in a heavenly kingdom far better than we can imagine. The Heaven Promise is a gift to the church."
—Vincent Bacote, PhD, director, Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College

"Scot McKnight’s timely words help us understand the importance of God’s Heaven Promise at a time when the world—and the church—is reeling from one tragedy after another. His biblical approach firmly grounds the imagination, reminding us that God is All in All. I agree with Scot that everything hinges on the resurrection of Jesus, and that means not only the heaven to come, but also the way heaven people live now. We cannot know everything about heaven now, but what we can understand makes us want to say with the apostle John, ’Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!’"
—Dr. Kent Brantly, Ebola survivor and co-author of Called

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  1. Snyder's Soapbox
    Fruitland, Idaho
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    "The Heaven Promise" by Scot McKnight does not rise above.
    November 6, 2016
    Snyder's Soapbox
    Fruitland, Idaho
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    There are plenty of books out on Heaven currently. This is one among them. Scot Mcknight is a talented writer. His book is interesting to read. I can agree with much of what he said, if I give him the benefit of the doubt in some areas.

    The difficulty I have with Christian books is that I look for books that will add value to the Christian's library. In the world of Christian books, I read works of scholarly endeavor, and works for the laymen. In those two groups I apply the same standard, "Does this book rise above the current crop and add value to my library?" Both categories are flooded, and in my opinion encumbered by copious amounts of average to damaging works. Every once in awhile I run into a book that does add value to my library. I heartily recommend those books. In the laymen's category, I loved, "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. I also loved, "The Holiness of God" by R. C. Sproul. In the scholastic category, I relished, "Evangelical Influences" by J. I. Packer. Books like those don't come around often.

    To answer the question formulating in your mind, "Nope, this isn't one of them." Like I said above, "Scot Mcknight is a talented writer." Unfortunately, this book just sets in the middle of the field. This book was not aimed at scholars. It was aimed at the average Christian. It kept things pretty simple. It is obvious that Scott leans a little to the left theologically. He seems like, "emergent lite." He obviously thinks Calvinists are wrong. (Read page 174) He quotes John Henry Newman and Richard Foster. One is a Roman Catholic, and the other is an emergent Church mystic. He makes speculations based on only four options expressed by Jerry Walls, about how God ensures that everyone, even the dead get to hear the gospel. He does this without ever really presenting the gospel. The four presupposed options are severely lacking. This is done on pages 160, 161.

    In Chapter 23 he claims purgatory is a doctrine that has divided the Church. To that I can only shake my head in astonishment. Unless, in his horrible ecumenism he thinks the Roman Catholic Church is part of the catholic faith, he is including them as Christian. It also seems that he is teaching that we do things for an eternal reward primarily. He fails to teach that we should be doing things primarily for the glory of God. We know that there are rewards for us in Heaven, but that should not be our primary motivation for doing things that are pleasing to God. He also seems to place an undue amount of importance on the environment. I don't know if he understands that God is going to destroy the world with fire. He tends to speculate where scripture is silent.

    So if you are looking for a book on Heaven, that will add value to your library, purchase, "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn instead. "The Heaven Promise" by Scot McKnight is just mediocre. It has some problems. It gets some stuff right, but ultimately it is just o.k.
  2. PossessHisPromises
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 1, 2016
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A new year brings a new way to talk about an old subject, heaven. Men, women, and children have shared their stories and imaginations about what heaven is like. Many have claimed that they have been to heaven and back. The Bible gives us much information about heaven. Yet, we still wonder what heaven will be like. Some wonder if heaven really exists.

    Scot McKnight has taken a fresh approach to heaven and uses the Bible as his authority. He writes that Heaven is Gods promise. I had never thought of Heaven as a promise, but, rather, a fact.

    Herein lies the difference, McKnight writes that the first heaven (lowercase) is the undisclosed, hidden reality of the presence of God and the final Heaven (uppercase) is the disclosed, visible reality of the presence of God on earth. (p. 45) In other words, when a Christian dies, McKnight writes that the Christian goes to the first heaven, which can be compared to moving into a dormitory, and when the Christian moves to the final Heaven (the new Heaven), its like moving home.

    Im thinking about that. If God created the heavens and the earth, if God is perfect, if God is holy, then His dwelling place is perfect and holy magnificent beyond our imaginations. Indeed, God will create a new heaven and new earth, and it will be splendid and different. Jesus promised His disciples that He was going to prepare a dwelling place for them and He would return to get them.

    Im struggling with the idea that God presently dwells in a lesser heaven than He will in the future. Presently, I think that it is just as splendid, just different.

    Although we have little information about the Holy Spirit in heaven, I would have liked to have read about an additional promise about heaven: The Holy Spirit will be the Holy Spirit.

    Clearly, since the Holy Spirit is a member of the triune God, he will be present for all eternity, no doubt taking an active role in the creation and among Gods people. However, the Bible doesnt specifically answer the question of exactly what His role will be. (Randy Alcorn)

    McKnight answers questions that are commonly asked about heaven, questions like the validity of near-death experiences, pets in heaven, and children who die.

    And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Revelation 21:1

    The new Heaven is McKnights Heaven Promise, and the resurrection of Jesus is the heart of the Heaven Promise. (p. 15) Jesus is the focus for Christians, isnt He? His work, His sacrifice, His death, His resurrection, His coming again.

    There is a way to die that I call standing in the empty tomb upon the promise of the resurrection and looking forward into the great beyond with hope. (p. 52)

    This sentence was precious to me. In 2014, I watched my Mama stand in the empty tomb, focused and peacefully waiting to step from the tomb into the Light. In that empty tomb, she waited in great expectation, sometimes smiling.

    McKnight explores six promises about heaven:

    God will be God

    Jesus will be Jesus

    Heaven will be the Utopia of Pleasures

    Heaven will be Eternal Life

    Heaven will be an Eternal Global Fellowship

    Heaven will be an Eternal Beloved Community

    Traditional expectations are challenged in "The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bibles Truth About Life to Come," and McKnight identifies Christians as Heaven people. He asks how Heaven people should live in todays world.

    This book caused me to rethink some of my ideas about heaven.Thank you, Mr. McKnight.

    I received "The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bibles Truth About Life to Come" from Blogging for Books for this review.
  3. Karen N Craig
    Penn Hills, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Questions Answered
    October 30, 2015
    Karen N Craig
    Penn Hills, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I selected this book because I run into so many people who have questions about heaven. I was hoping that this book would answer their questions Biblically and for the most part it did.

    If someone needs their questions answered, I believe this is a good book to get them started. It should inspire them to seek the Bible to see what God has to say about the subject of heaven. But I believe ultimately, we just have to trust God to know that yes, there is a heaven, you can only go there through salvation in Jesus Christ and yes, there are some questions or concerns we will not know the answer to until we get there. i.e. pets in heaven

    I would recommend this book as a good starting point to discussions on heaven in your study/life groups.

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group. for
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