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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.
John Eldredge is a bestselling author, a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in Gods love, and learn to live in Gods kingdom. John and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5There is hopeJanuary 10, 2018gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4ALL THINGS NEW
Heaven, Earth, and the Restoration of Everything You Love
By John Eldredge
What hope do we have? John Eldredge will show that we do have Hope . A hope in our future. God has promised us that all things will be made new. This promise is given to us in the Bible in the book of Revelations. What John does with this book is to show you, by using stories from his own life and from others that there is hope. Some of the things that he shares is about his best friend death and how that affected him. He shows that no matter what the situation is, there is Hope. He uses scripture, quotes from other authors and even movies he has seen. This is all done to show that hope is there, and a time will come when all of these tragedies and struggles that we are suffering will be gone, and everything will be new. He shares that with the saving grace of Christ the we can all see this new beginning in the new earth that God has promised.
The writing is Biblical sound and will show the hope that waits for us when we decide to follow Christ. It is easy reading and informative.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. Revelations 21:1 NLT
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. 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
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.