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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge offers readers a breathtaking look into Gods promise for a new heaven and a new earth.
This revolutionary book about our future is based on the simple idea that, according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home--the New Earth is. As Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew, the next chapter of our story begins with "the renewal of all things," by which he means the earth we love in all its beauty, our own selves, and the things that make for a rich life: music, art, food, laughter and all that we hold dear. Everything shall be renewed "when the world is made new."
More than anything else, how you envision your future shapes your current experience. If you knew that God was going to restore your life and everything you love any day; if you believed a great and glorious goodness was coming to you--not in a vague heaven but right here on this earth--you would have a hope to see you through anything, an anchor for your soul, "an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God" (Hebrews 6:19).
Most Christians (most people for that matter) fail to look forward to their future because their view of heaven is vague, religious, and frankly boring. Hope begins when we understand that for the believer nothing is lost. Heaven is not a life in the clouds; it is not endless harp-strumming or worship-singing. Rather, the life we long for, the paradise Adam and Eve knew, is precisely the life that is coming to us. And that life is coming soon.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Left with questionsNovember 24, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3What we feel about the future impacts how we feel now. Eldredge wants readers to have hope, "the confident expectation of goodness coming to us." (9) Jesus promised the renewal of all things in Matt. 19:28. Restoration of all things is coming, not annihilation.
After building a case for our need for hope, Eldredge unpacks what the renewal of all things means to us. "The renewal of all things simply means that the earth you love - all your special places and treasured memories - is restored and renewed and given back to you. Forever." (35) He awakens our imagination to what earth would be like, restored to its full glory. The animal kingdom will be restored. We will be too, our bodies, our characters, all will be healed and restored. There will be a settling of accounts. Apologies will be made and received. (121) Wrongs will be avenged. (148)
This all sounds wonderful but I was left with a few questions. Edlredge reminds us that some will not be a part of this renewal. (191) He failed to address how believers will feel when close friends or family members are not part of the renewal. "Nothing is lost, not for the friends of God," Eldredge declares. (187) Will that be the case for a parent when an unsaved child is not part of the renewal?
Eldredge encourages readers to know that "everything will be restored to you and then some..." (200) He is an outdoors person and wrote of bow hunting moose in the wilds of the Yukon - a "dream come true." (202) For believers who love hunting and fishing, will that be restored and then some in the renewal?
Eldredge recently discovered this truth of the future renewal. For Christians who are unaware of this aspect of the future, this book is a good introduction to the topic. To astute Bible readers familiar with Revelation 21 and similar passages, there may not be much new in this book. You will be able to read portions of many novels quoted at length, however.
I received a complimentary galley of this book through Icon Media. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Betts5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful!November 21, 2017BettsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was amazing. It puts a whole new light on eternity. I am very eager to experience this new world! It will be awesome.
Alan Gilman4 Stars Out Of 5Finally - an attempt to restore a true vision of the future!November 2, 2017Alan GilmanQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4So happy to see someone of Eldredges notoriety grappling with an authentic biblical vision for the "age to come." In his trademark passionate and personal way, he blows the cover off misguided Christian thinking about the afterlife. Eldredge disses any notion of an apparent boring eternity that sees God's people floating in the ether as disembodied spirits. Instead he explores the splendor of our much-to-be-anticipated renewed physicality and what true restoration in the new heavens and the new earth might be like. At times his well-intended speculations take the reader into the realm of speculative fantasies. But this should distract us from engaging this much needed discussion regarding a truly biblically informed understanding of our future hope.
Emanuel Yoder5 Stars Out Of 5Highly Recommend this bookOctober 19, 2017Emanuel YoderQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We sure could use some hope. This is a wonderful book, so well written by John Eldridge. Would highly recommend it to everyone.
Jamison Brown5 Stars Out Of 5A hopeful vision of what the new earth could beSeptember 20, 2017Jamison BrownQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0First, let me open by saying this will be a longer review. If you want a sound bite review, the shorter version would be that this book offers an intelligent, thoughtful, keen view on the work that Jesus did and is continuing to do. It will challenge your preconceptions in a good way as well as how those have shaped the way you see the world and how you engage in it. It also offers tremendous hope; a thing I think this world needs some more of. I highly recommend this to anyone in the church.
To continue to my longer review, let me start by saying I am a fan of the writings of John Eldredge. I have read most of his books and have attended the Wild at Heart Bootcamp. I will attempt to be earnest and honest in my assessment of All Things New, but be aware that I may be in his target demographic. [Amendment - John is just a man. Not everything he says may be 100% accurate and may not resonate with everyone - I use the approach of discerning this by asking Jesus what is meant for me and what isn't - a method I would implore any reader to take]
This book had me take a hard look at what I have believed about Jesus work at my core. I have fallen into the trap of a distorted view of what Jesus really came to do at times. When Eldredge points out how the ills of the world and society have crept in and distorted the message, that resonates. I believed for most of my life that heaven was a separate, ethereal worship service in the sky like many of his readers. And frankly, that wasnt necessarily a place I wanted to spend eternity if I am honest.
The picture of the renewing and restoration of all things was not new to me, per se, but it hadnt been taught to me in this way. The hope that all wrongs will be righted, all potential will be realized, and the beauty of Gods creation will be as He intended it was for the most part some vague idea. Eldredge puts it into natural world context. The mountains you love will be perfect, the cities will be perfect, the flora and fauna as they once wereperfect. Gone are the worries, anxieties, and doubts of what others think of you, of how you fit in. We all work together in harmony, not against one another. The creativity will be pure, the adventure will be free of risk, fun and joy as they were meant to be. We will do and be what we were always meant to. This is truly a remarkable thought and breath-taking.
For those worried about this picture of a new earth, Eldredge wastes no time in going to the source: what does scripture actually say and what did Jesus himself say? He also weaves in thoughts from several scholars including many renowned biblical and theological ones (Wright, Lewis, Chesterton, Pascale, MacDonald, Willard just to name a few). There is also a great deal of scientific data to back up the picture scripture paints about how the earth has fallen and needs restoration.
All in all, I found myself weeping at times from either joy or sadness. I also found myself smiling at the thought of everything that is dear to me being restored. The idea of sitting around a campfire in the new earth and telling stories and laughing into the night with no limits, holding my dearest friends and family close, and feeling as though this will never end brought sheer joy to me. I have a renewed sense of hope. This is all building towards Jesus coming to make all things new. There is a divine reason that is not vague and fully unknown he will make us and this place what it was always meant to be.