Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
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Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church  -     By: N.T. Wright

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

HarperOne / 2012 / Paperback

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* Where do we go when we die? Wright says that it's not heaven! In this provocative book, he explores "life after life after death," providing a magisterial defense of literal bodily resurrection---and how belief in this central tenet of the church affects working for God's kingdom in the here and now. 352 pages, softcover from HarperOne.

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Title: Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
By: N.T. Wright
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0062089978
ISBN-13: 9780062089977
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In this groundbreaking book—available in paperback for the first time—renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright argues that Christians have not distorted the Bible’s message about heaven and what happens after we die.

For years, Christians have been asking, "If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?" It turns out that many believers have been giving the wrong answer. It is not heaven.

Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian’s future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright asserts that Christianity’s most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection, and provides a magisterial defense for a literal resurrection of Jesus. Wright then explores our expectation of "new heavens and a new earth," revealing what happens to the dead until then and what will happen with the "second coming" of Jesus. For many, including many Christians, it will come as a great surprise to learn that heaven comes to earth instead of us going to heaven.

Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation—and if this has already begun in Jesus’s resurrection—the church cannot stop at "saving souls" but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God’s kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.

Editorial Reviews

“In calling Christians to an epistemology of love and a re-emphasis of the Easter season, Wright knocked it out of the park.”

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