Heaven

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What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth. Tyndale House Publishers

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Overview

What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth. Tyndale House Publishers

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Publishers Weekly
According to Alcorn (The Treasure Principle; Deadline; Safely Home), the subject of heaven rates as one of the least accurately discussed subjects in the whole of Christendom. Even seminarians fail to give appropriate time and attention to heaven as described throughout the Bible because other themes take pre-eminence both chronologically and preferentially. Alcorn is likewise astounded that the majority of Christians who do take time to consider heaven often possess faulty, nonbiblical assumptions, one of the most common being the misconception of heaven as a place of unending church services. The author, who is also the founder of the nonprofit organization Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), has spent years studying what the Bible says about heaven, and in this compelling and comprehensive resource, he offers every conceivable question about heaven, or the "New Earth," as a Christian believer's ultimate destination. Alcorn answers the expected queries on heavenly life as well as quirkier ones: will Christians drink coffee in heaven? Will there be homeownership, and what about sex? Will our pets be in heaven? Evangelical scholars and laypersons alike will appreciate Alcorn's expansive-though perhaps long-winded-musings on this neglected subject, a real boon in a time when many people are eager to understand what happens after death. (Oct.) Forecast: Tyndale is committing $80,000 to promote this title, which will certainly be a CBA bestseller and perhaps a crossover hit. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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The last decade saw a growing number of "life after life"-themed books entering the marketplace, each trying to provide a glimpse into the next world. This one is destined to hold a unique place among those titles. Drawing on sound biblical and historical fact, noted Christian writer and speaker Alcorn tries to correct some of the popular myths generated by the mass media. Part 1 is certainly the more substantive section, for here the author skillfully establishes complex theological foundations in accessible language with wonderfully illustrative stories. Part 2 may be more interesting as it addresses such popular questions as what the resurrected Earth will be like, what our bodies will look like, what will happen to our pets, and what will occupy our time in heaven. However, the book is most effective when read consecutively, for the theological background in Part 1 is essential to understanding Alcorn's conclusions in Part 2. Although Alcorn is writing for popular consumption, the detailed notes and select bibliography will satisfy more scholarly interests. Recommended for larger public libraries.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842379427
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 26,260
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2006

    This book opened my eyes!

    I grew up in a minister's family and heard references to Heaven on a regular basis, but it was always talked about as a place we couldn't understand. I was one of those Christians who was always a little worried that Heaven, aside from being present with my Lord, wouldn't be all that much fun. This book completely changed the way I think about Heaven and the New Earth! Now I search the Bible for the clues that lead us to the truth about the incredible experiences God has designed for us to explore. Contrary to the popular, but incorrect assumptions about Heaven, Randy Alcorn points out the Scriptures that God has given to us to help us look forward to going to the Place God has prepared for us. Randy also makes it very clear that there is a very real place prepared for those who reject Christ's gift of Salvation, who believe that 'being good' is enough to get to Heaven, or that everyone ends up in the same place when they die. I pray that everyone who reads this book will accept the wonderful gift that has been offered to us and will look forward to spending an eternity in God's presence and the Place He has prepared.

    38 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2006

    Awesome!! This book will change your perspective on life and death.

    My brother was just tragically killed in a car accident. My grief was so great and I asked God to please lead me to something that would tell me what my brother was doing in Heaven. He led me to Randy Alcorn's book. I've been a christian all my life and I was never taught about Heaven. We hear mostly about the last days and present christian living but little about our life to come. After reading this book I look at the future and smile....we truly have the hope of glory. This is a MUST Read for everyone next to the Bible.

    24 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Heaven (the place) is better than you think it will be!

    Believe it or not, the Christian Heaven has received a bad rap. (Randy capitalizes the word because it's a real place.) Too many people believe Heaven will be boring. We'll strum harps and lounge about on clouds with nothing to do. Others think we'll float bodiless in a formless, timeless void, stripped of all our personality. Heaven is pictured as such an alien country that it repels, not attracts. After all the struggles in this life, this is all we have to look forward to? I had misgivings about a book titled _Heaven._ In my studies, the kingdom of Heaven will take place on earth. The Millennial Reign of Christ takes place on earth. The saints will rule on earth. The Lamb's throne will be on earth. Even the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem, comes down from Heaven. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. Randy shows how Heaven will be only a temporary abode, that this world, with all its familiarity, will indeed be our future home (did not God look at His creation and say it was 'very good'?). Randy addresses many popular questions about Heaven with answers that were more satisfactorily answered here than I've seen elsewhere. Where Scripture does not plainly state an answer, Randy still manages to tease out clues from the Word and common experiences to convince us that whatever the final answer is, Heaven will be extremely satisfying. Will our pets be in Heaven? How about dinosaurs? (Why not dinosaurs?) Will we still eat and sleep? Will we enjoy arts, entertainment, and sports? Will we be married? What will happen with the relationships we've developed? These questions and more are covered extensively in the second half of the book. Noteworthy to me, because of my studies on living with the end in view, is Randy's observation that stepping from this life into the next is like stepping though a door. We will retain our personalities and abilities gained in this life. If we died faithful, we will enter faithful. If we buried our talent here, it will be absent there. Finally, Randy traces our muddled, metaphysical concepts of Heaven back to several Church Fathers who thought the physical body was evil. From them we learned to allegorize the many physical descriptions of Heaven. This corruption of the plain biblical text robbed us of genuinely looking forward to the next life. If Heaven is near the bottom of your list of places you'd like to see, you should get this book. If Heaven has always summoned a sense of unease or confusion, this book is for you. This book may well be the single most life-changing book you'll ever read.

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Heaven is a real place!!!

    This book took me 6 months to read because I wanted to take my time and check out the scriptures and contemplate on what I read. It answered some questions I've had and raised a few others. Alcorn himself says that he is not the final word, but I was encouraged to think for myself and then trust God to give me wisdom and faith for the forever future!

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2005

    A wonderful description based on Scripture.

    This is an exciting decription of Heaven as prepared for believers by God. With the Scripture references to back everything up, the author paints a picture very different from what the average person imagines. Highly recommended!!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    wonderful

    wonderful book. will make you think and give you great peace.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    Very Highly Recommended - A must read!

    Have you ever wondered what Heaven will be like? Have you wondered about walking with Jesus, worshiping God, and visiting with earthly loved ones? You need to get this book! This book is scripturally based, inspiring, hope-filling and jaw dropping. This book will make you look forward to your future home, and realize what The Lord has in store for his children. You wouldn't take a trip without planning would you? So you need to check out what your eternal home is going to be like! This explains what we will eat, what our bodies will be like, what our relationships will be like, and how we will work and play throughout eternity. Remember - eternity is a very long time and you definitely need to know not only where you are going, but what will happen when you get there. Alcorn is an awesome Christian author, check out his fictional books as well!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

    Exciting!

    Heaven was referred to me by a friend who was grieving the loss of her husband and receiving grief counseling from the Pastor and Care Ministry of our church. The Pastor suggested she read Heaven; and she started talking about it with such enthusiasm that I wanted to know more. I don't read much, so I bought the CD. 15 minutes into it, I was hooked. The author uses Biblical reference to help answer a lot of questions we have about Heaven; and he vividly describes "the New Earth" that Christians look forward to.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Life-Changing Read

    Anyone who wants to know what Heaven will be like should not walk but run to the nearest book store (or internet site) and purchase this book. Alcorn's thought-provoking and informative book is scriptually-based and a blessing. It has changed (and opened) my perspective of the New Earth that awaits all who have placed their lives in the Savior's Hands. I can't wait!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Heaven

    I found this book very informative, but also easy to read and understand. This book I think is helpful to someone with lots of questions about Heaven, and can still also answers questions for someone who knows much about the subject, it's that thorough.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    A very educational and inspiring book! I did not know all this was in the Bible about Heaven. Everyone who reads this book will be filled with Joy and will come to know about what we will be like and what we will doing and its wonderful!

    I found that "Heaven" was about the greatest book I have ever read. Its filled with information about Heaven I never knew existed. I wish everyone will get a chance to read it. And it is for EVERYONE :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Thank You Mr. Alcorn!

    I never knew that the Bible had so much to say about Heaven. This book will really help you to live with an eternal perspective. It is like a travel guide for Heaven. This book will also be a great comfort to those who have lost a brother or sister in Christ. It helps you understand where they are. It is exciting to think of the actual place that they are dwelling and will dwell.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    Heavenly

    This wonderful book dispels any myths about heaven by constantly referring to scripture to back up his definition. I was amazed at how many things about heaven weren't biblical and how many things were.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2005

    Inspiring Book

    It was hard to put this book down. His research adds validity to this book. Highly recommend anyone with questions about Heaven to read for a great insight.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    Read it!

    This book will give you perspective on eternity. So many of us have been led to believe that heaven is beyond our imagination, and it is not. Randy has wonderfully compiled what God reveals to us in the bible regarding eternity. Randy's insight and observations make this an enjoyable and inspiring read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

    Highly recommended

    The book opens one thoughts and ideas of our future home of heaven and what it will be like there and all that it encompasses.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Using with Older population

    One day, while in a resale shop, a book fell off the shelf right in front of me. It was Randy Alcorn's book on Heaven for KIDS. I bought it,and brought it to work the next day to share with my Bible Study class.
    ( This class is for Residents who live in a Retirement home. (age 80-90's). This was the first time we had actually 'asked/discussed' questions about Heaven. One Resident had read R. Alcorns book on Heaven, and we decided to all purchase a copy for ourselves.
    We are now on Chapter 8.
    The book is absolutely wonderful...although quite hard to understand at times. One person is uncomfortable discussing Heaven. Several are a bit lost with his 'heavy' content. Several are really enjoying the book and determined to finish it. I find it very deep at times as well, but have learned alot. All of our minds are now thinking differently about our purpose on this Earth and are stretching to become better in our everyday lives. NONE of us thought so much about those on Earth being ignorant of Heaven, but those in Heaven are NOT ignorant of life on Earth.

    So much to learn. God Bless !! Peace

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This book had to have been written with the bible by his side.

    Everything in this book is backed up by scriptural truths. If you want to read a book about Heaven do not waste your time on other books. This is the one to read. They also have a study guide that is available and a DVD,
    I believe to use for small study groups of this book.
    I was very sceptical at first, I browsed through the chapter titles and
    thought, there is no where in the bible that will answer these questions. As you read the book you find that Randy Alcorn has completed intense research to respond to all of the questions biblically.
    I will probably buy several copies of this book to share with friends.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Heaven by Randy Alcorn

    For anyone who is interested in knowing what God has to say, in His Word, the Bible, about heaven, this is the book to read. Everything is scripurally verified and presented in a way that totally clarifies many of the misconcestions that this world has created about heaven. A great book that could be used as a study guide as well as a book that enhances what the Bible already has told us about heaven.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    Changed my thinking about Heaven

    This book gives a new prospective on Heaven. Yet it is a view many Christians have held over the centuries. It reminds us of things we have forgotten. It shows us thinks we thought we knew in a new light. It looks at Biblical truth and adds a scanctified imagination. If only a portion of his ideas are right, heaven surpasses our wildest imaginations! Read this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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