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Do you sometimes feel adrift? Do you long for a place of understanding and belonging? Don't ignore this desire---it's a signpost telling us we were made for another world. Exploring heaven and the afterlife, Fitzpatrick demonstrates that it isn't some featureless space, but a perfected Earth where we'll spend eternity in God's home! Includes discussion questions. 240 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764218026
ISBN-13: 9780764218026

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Heaven Is the Home You've Been Waiting For

In this world of fear, trials, and loneliness we often feel adrift--like we're still searching for a place where we can truly make ourselves at home. There's a longing for something more, something that makes us feel like we belong, something that resonates perfectly with who we were made to be. This longing is no small thing to be brushed off and forgotten--it's a guidepost letting us know we were made for another world. Earth is not our home. But it's close.

What we long for is the new earth, the place God has been preparing for our eternity with him. In Home, Elyse Fitzpatrick explores heaven and the afterlife, demonstrating that our final destination is not some dull, featureless space in the clouds, but rather a perfected earth. It's a real, physical place that we'll explore with real bodies. A place of beauty and wonder and free of all death and decay.

No need to chase a bucket list. On the new earth there will be no end of glorious sites and amazing activities, and we'll never run out of time to do them all. Includes questions for group discussion.

Author Bio

Elyse Fitzpatrick is a frequent speaker at churches, retreats, and large conferences such as The Gospel Coalition and True Woman. She holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an MA in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 22 books on daily living and the Christian life, and lives with her husband in San Diego, California. Learn more at www.elysefitzpatrick.com.

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  1. acerda
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Different Sort of Book on Heaven
    January 18, 2017
    acerda
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A quick internet search will reveal that there is no shortage of books on Heaven. As it turns out, Paradise is a popular topic and many authors have taken a stab at describing what lies beyond this world and what the human experience will be once we arrive. However, only two authors have ever described it in such a way that has made me feel homesick-- George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis. N.T. Wright has come close at times. Now I can add a third name to this list: Elyse Fitzpatrick.

    Home is a book with was written for that sole purpose; to make the children of God long for their eternal home. Fitzpatrick accomplishes this from the opening pages and builds upon this desire chapter upon chapter. This culminates in a beautifully written chapter called The Forever Hello- perhaps one of the most profound statements on heaven that I have read outside of scripture. This is a book that you will want to put on your "bucket list" (eh... inside joke.. or more of a failed attempt at wit... either way you will need to read the book to understand). In all seriousness though, you will want to read this book and you will want to read it soon. Pour over it . . .devour it. . .allow it to lead you to the glorious and soul-satisfying treasure we have in the gospel. Then immerse yourself in that gospel for it truly is good news.

    Home is written in such a way that it can be used in small groups or read individually.Fitzpatrick included discussion questions which I found to be thought provoking for the most part. There were a couple of times that I finished reading a chapter and after reading the discussion questions was compelled to go back and re-read the chapter with the questions in mind. This is a testimony to the multi-faceted blessing we have in our eternal home; and I for one can't wait for that sweet reunion.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an online review. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Starlight Writer
    Minnesota
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Encouraging and Comforting Book about Heaven
    September 26, 2016
    Starlight Writer
    Minnesota
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
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    Reading Elyse Fitzpatricks newest book, Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings, has helped me set my heart and mind heavenward. The book overflows with Scriptures and Bible-based commentaries about heaven and the New Earth.

    Fitzpatrick also clarifies some of the confusing and non-Biblical ideas many have about heaven, and shecarefully explains the homesickness Christians feel living here on earth while our true citizenship is in heaven.

    Home in the place to come will truly be Home for us because it is where the Lord is. We miss him. We feel so homesick because we are away from the Lord right now, she writes.

    In addition to offering wonderful glimpses of what heaven and the New Earth will be like, Fitzpatrick offers very fascinating thoughts on how the church on earthis like stepping into another realm.

    The church on earth is the doorstep of the church in heaven it is the shining portal through which we catch glimmers of golden light it is through the church that we are reminded that He provides all our needs, pardons all our sins, and protects all of us all our days, she writes.

    She adds that, The church, when its functioning as it should be, should almost enable us to experience the world to come; it should make the division between here and there nearly transparent the church should be a place where we get glimpses, whiffs, whispers of it [heaven] from time to time.

    Encouragement and comfort abound throughout this book, especially for those who are suffering.

    Life in the New Earth is only good news to those for whom this old earth no longer promises satisfaction, she writes. The Word of the Lord to all who trust in Him is that everlasting joy is coming, and nothing can stop it!

    Amen to that!

    Please note: In exchange for this honest review, I received a free copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers.
  3. The Modest Maiden
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautifully Written
    September 14, 2016
    The Modest Maiden
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
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    Home was a beautiful book by Elyse Fitzpatrick. It was well written, and a great encouragement. It spoke to areas I have been struggling in, with such a depth, that I often felt like crying. I found while reading that the struggles I face are nothing new they are a result of my own sin nature and the fallen world we live in, yes but the encouragement came with the realization that others face them as well.

    There were several times I would read a well written passage out loud to my sister that was particularly encouraging to me, speaking about issues that have seemed really *big* in my life recently. The way the words are strung together are beautiful, and her words are so descriptive. This was not an Heaven Tourism book..it was a book about a Biblical look at what our eternal home with our Heavenly Father will be like.

    I liked the fact that the author used commentary from some familiar authors John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon, to name a few.

    While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, being a postmillenialist I did disagree with Mrs. Fitzpatricks beliefs in the end times. But it was a minor thing as my pastor said, I am not going to shun someone or break fellowship because we hold different eschatological views. And as this book was about our Heavenly Home not about how or when that will occur there were very few passages dealing with eschatology.

    I would give this book 4.5 stars, and I would read it again and pass it along to friends as I tend to do when a book is too good to keep to myself =}

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. I did not have to agree with or enjoy this book. All opinions stated are my own*
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Stirs our longing for our final home
    August 31, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
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    This book is different from any other I've read on our eternal home. Rather than giving descriptions of what it will be like, Fitzpatrick desires that we have a deeper understanding of and a deeper desire for our eternal home.

    She asks us to recognize our homesickness. She shares her own disrupting experiences of life being turned on end, causing her to focus on heaven. She clarifies misunderstandings about heaven. She explores the resurrection of Jesus and what that tells us. She relates the characteristics of the Garden of Eden to our final home (such as animals). She imagines what the New Jerusalem will mean to us. She reminds us that the sight of His face will wipe out our bucket list. She also writes about the possible role of the congregated church in being a thin place.

    I really like Fitzpatrick's emphasis on what heaven will mean to us. That makes us long for it more than mere descriptions would. I also like her writing about what we can do now to prepare for our future home. Nothing we do here is in vain, she writes. We can even hasten His day by living godly lives (2 Peter 3:11-14). And I like that she reminds us that our future home is ours by grace alone.

    There were a few surprising ideas in this book. Fitzpatrick relates a hiking experience and then thinks of hiking the New Earth, never getting tired or sick. That the New Earth would have mountains and canyons is not something I've thought about. Another thought provoking idea was about worship. We find no command to Adam and Eve to worship. Fitzpatrick concludes that before sin, everything Adam and Eve did was worship. She proposes that all we do on the New Earth will be worship, such as hiking.

    Fitzpatrick says she has written this book to make us thirst for heaven like never before and prepare us for living our life here, always keeping our life there in view. She has certainly convinced me of how deeply satisfying our future home will be.

    If, with every passing day, you long for heaven more and more, this book will stir up that desire in you. Perhaps you don't long very much for heaven. Perhaps you have been trying to numb your desire to live somewhere other than in this sinful world. I highly recommend this book as it will reveal to you the believer's deeply satisfying future home.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. jess
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Feeling homesick
    August 2, 2016
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    This book will make your heart explode with joy over what is waiting for us. It stretches your mind without being difficult to read. I've never looked forward more to being Home in all my life.
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Author: Elyse Fitzpatrick
Located in: San Diego, CA
Submitted: August 02, 2016

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a married grandmother of 6 and the author of 22 books on Christian living and the gospel. I've got a Master's degree in Biblical Counseling and love ministering the good news to Christians who think they already know it.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I've gone through a very difficult season in my life with intense stripping of all that I once valued here so I decided I'd better try to discover what the world to come will be like.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Comfort and encouragement when life here isn't what they hope it will be.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  My imagination has been fired up with thoughts of the new earth and what our lives there will be like.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  C S Lewis, N T Wright and Randy Alcorn were particularly helpful to me in the writing of "Home."

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Imagine life. Life without tears, without shame, without injustice, without boredom. Imagine life without all those "why's?" and doubts and fears. Got that? Now imagine loving and loving and loving and never running out of time or energy, desire or concern. Imagine laughter and feasting and angels dancing. Imagine all wrongs righted, all shadows dispelled, all weakness made whole. Now don't imagine it on a cloud with a see-through body. Imagine it in your resurrected body on this resurrected earth. Christian, that's where you're headed. This isn't your Home...and that discomfort you feel when you want things to be better...different...is actually homesickness. Nothing here will cure it. But a day is coming when all those longings will be completely satisfied and then you'll smile.

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