A Review of Randy Alcorn's New Book
"Alcorn Hits Another One Out Of The Ballpark"
A book review by Dan Blankenship
HEAVEN is another great novel by Randy Alcorn. This book tackles so many hard questions concerning the present and future home of Christians that I found it hard to stop reading and highlighting what I read. Alcorn uses logic to paint an intriguing and exciting picture of our real home, the one we are originally designed for.
As Randy addresses in the beginning of the novel, we believers know little about our future home. The actual physical characteristics of Heaven and the inhabitants are not usually addressed from the pulpit, especially to the degree at which they are discussed in this book.
The following excerpt explains our dilemma quite well:
[ Imagine you're part of a NASA team preparing for a five-year mission to Mars. After a period of extensive training, the launch date finally arrives. As the rocket lifts off, one of your fellow astronauts says to you, "What do you know about Mars?"
Imagine shrugging your shoulders and saying, "Nothing. We never talked about it. I guess we'll find out when we get there." It's unthinkable, isn't it? ]
Yet isn't that where most of us Bible-believing people find ourselves? At a loss to explain the home we so long for. This book is an excellent attempt at using scriptural truths to teach us about Heaven.
[ I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. (Leviticus 26:11-12) ]
Do we take such verses to mean God will literally be "walking"? I believe Randy makes a great logical case for much of what he proposes in Heaven. He is an excellent researcher, writer, and of course (the most important detail), follower of the Messiah. I have read most of Randy's books, a lot of his articles, and I find him to be a man who relies on the Bible for the basis of everything he does. He also seeks out the sincere and Gospel following works of others to enhance his work.
If you have questions about Heaven, and I can't imagine you don't, this book is a great place to start. Heaven is a book that challenges the reader to look deeper into what the Word teaches about our everlasting home:
Will there be marriage, families, and friendships in Heaven? Will we recognize each other in Heaven? Will we have our own homes in Heaven? Will we sleep in Heaven?
Yes, it is difficult to know with 100% accuracy the answer to some of these questions, but scripture does actually point out some very important clues to help us tackle these questions. Heaven is a well-researched, well-written novel that challenges us to learn more about the incredible home God has designed for us.
As an author myself, I highly recommend this book. In fact, I highly recommend any book written by Randy Alcorn. He is today's C.S. Lewis.
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Thanks for the great review of "Heaven." I really enjoyed it and have recommended it to may people--it's such a comfort and scripturally supported.
I did not find this guy on the web. Do you have a website that you can direct me to and what section of a Christian bookstore would you find him? I don't have private messenger yet, respond to Sweetjoystone@yahoo.com