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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  See more details below


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.
Library Journal
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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Heaven 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Marney More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
ckjk1996 More than 1 year ago
wonderful book. will make you think and give you great peace.
quiltingrebecca3 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
traumadoc More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
rcrawf27 More than 1 year ago
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.
jeanie2010 More than 1 year ago
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
JanieAslan More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Jennell More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very biblically based. Easy to read and understand.
Justin_Reader More than 1 year ago
I had heard a lot about this book, and was hoping it would teach me more about what the Bible says about heaven. Randy Alcorn began the book by stating some of the things many believe about heaven and hell. Then, he explains that heaven and hell are real, physical places, and that they are our eternal destinations, and that the default for all of us, until we come to faith in Christ, is hell. Which is all scripturally based. Then, he begins to introduce other ideas. Revelation 21:1-3 says that there is a new heaven, and a new earth, and the new Jerusalem comes down out of heaven. Alcorn, however, states that heaven is actually where God is, and that the new earth will be the new heaven (p. 45 of the hardcover). While John calls this the new heaven and new earth (again, Rev. 21:1-3), Alcorn states that it is actually the old earth, restored. While John called it a new earth, it's not really a new earth at all. 'So will the earth we know come to an end? Yes. To a final end? No.' (p. 90-91 hardcover). This is also in contrast to 2 Peter 3:10, But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. The elements will be destroyed, but somehow, they will be then renewed. While I don't argue with God's ability to do this, it isn't a biblical idea. Just an imaginative one. On p. 103 of the hardcover, he states, As God and man will be forever united in Jesus, so Heaven and Earth will for-ever be united in the new physical universe where we will live as resurrected beings. To affirm anything less is to understate the redemptive work of Christ.’ So if you don't believe that the new heaven and the new earth are one, you are understating the redemptive work of Christ! It would be challenging to prove that from scripture. This type of thinking is the foundation for the book. It really isn't a biblical perspective on heaven. In fact, most of it relates not to heaven, but to his vision of the new earth, which is in his mind, is also the new heaven. Initially, I had hoped to write up my problems with the book, but by page 130 of the book, I had 11 pages of notes. If the book was biblically based, that shouldn't happen. If you buy this book, look up the verses referenced, and others. Look at the verses, separate from the book. Ask God if they really mean what Randy believes they mean. Study of the Bible should help us better understand God and truth, it shouldn't lead to mere conjecture. And this book is based significantly on conjecture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His research is outstanding on what heaven is like.  Every Christian will benefit from this book. 
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Whether you like this book depends on your spiritual perspective. It is a long book but easy reading.