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There are so many questions in life... but few are as universal as: "What is the afterlife like?" For those who have put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ here on earth--Heaven awaits. Addressing questions as basic as What will we do there? and What is it like?, theologian Dr. Paul Enns dives deep into the Scriptures while reflecting on the very personal nature of what is to come. Heaven Revealed is concurrently a helpful, easy-to-read guidebook for Christians as well as an encouragement for those of us who ...
There are so many questions in life... but few are as universal as: "What is the afterlife like?" For those who have put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ here on earth--Heaven awaits. Addressing questions as basic as What will we do there? and What is it like?, theologian Dr. Paul Enns dives deep into the Scriptures while reflecting on the very personal nature of what is to come. Heaven Revealed is concurrently a helpful, easy-to-read guidebook for Christians as well as an encouragement for those of us who are left here on earth after our loved ones who are Christians pass away. Follow along as Dr. Enns succinctly leads you through what the Bible has to say about Heaven.
In grief, we all need hope--hope for our loved ones who are now gone, and hope for ourselves as eternity looms closer. Heaven should be something to look forward to, not something to be confused about.
Chapter One - Introduction
Chapter Two - What is the Meaning of Heaven?
Chapter Three - What is the Transition to Heaven?
Chapter Four - Where is Heaven?
Chapter Five - What is the Kingdom Christ Promised?
Chapter Six - What Kind of a Body will we Have?
Chapter Seven - What is the Relationship of the Millennium to Heaven?
Chapter Eight - What is the New Heaven and the New Earth?
Chapter Nine - When Will the Earth be Renovated?
Chapter Ten - What will Heaven and the New Earth Look Like?
Chapter Eleven - What will Life Be Like in Heaven?
Chapter Twelve - What is the Continuity of this Life with Heaven?
Chapter Thirteen - What will We Do in Heaven?
Chapter Fourteen - What will our Relationship with God be Like?
Chapter Fifteen - What will our Relationship with others be like?
Chapter Sixteen - How then Should we live?
Posted August 30, 2011
The title of Paul Enns book, Heaven Revealed makes a pretty bold claim. Especially bold are the promises to inform the reader about specific aspects of Heaven such as "What it is Like?" and "What Will We Do?" as well as "11 other things you've wondered about" according to the subheading. As far as marketing, this book will draw in many curious reader- religious and secular, alike. Perhaps many people may feel it is best not to speculate or speak with authority with such specific details when talking about Heaven. Nevertheless, many readers, filled with curiosity- most of which probably have only limited experience or a superficial grasp of the actual text of the bible, will find it hard to resist a book with such claims.
The author, Paul Enns was motivated to write this book after the death of his wife of 45 years. On page 10 he recounts some details of the last time he saw his wife, and his premonition of knowing the moment she died. This anecdote, as well as the other anecdotes about near death experiences or supernaturally derived information where the dying individual gets a glimpse of heaven on his/ her deathbed seem to reduce the credibility of this book. It is as if private visions and sixth senses are equated with the divine revelations of the biblical prophets. Page 44 tells an account of a death bed experience of the well known Christian speaker and author, Dwight Moody. While it is inspirational, its authenticity as being divine and biblical is questionable, nonetheless. As Paul himself suggested in his letters, it is wise to be skeptical of private visions, and he himself never endorsed or encouraged any believer to believe any private vision or revelation. They are of minimal value. In a book about heaven, for the purpose of credibility and fidelity to bible, I believe any extraneous visions, dreams, experiences etc that are not divinely inspired/ biblical should have been left out of this book.
Page 13 starts out by offering false comfort to the bereaved by stating that everyone has someone in heaven. Such as statement is misleading. Biblically, this assertion can not be true and if one is using the authority of the bible to describe heaven that private revelations, anecdotes and other non biblical statements must be left out! In fact, the author does acknowledge later on in the book on several occasions, that Heaven is reserved for the believer. Understandably, given the circumstances which promted him to write this book, the author focuses on human relationships and reuniting with spouses, family and loved ones in heaven. Nevertheless, Jesus taught in heaven there are no marriages, and that we will be like the angels in this respect. Another issue is that not everyone has family or spouses with whom they will be reunited with. The unsaved do not go to heaven, and regrettably, not all believers have a Christian net-work of friends, much less a Christian spouse. Nevertheless, we will no longer require relationships in any form to be happy since God is really all we need. On the other hand, the author did do his biblical research, correctly dispelling false claims of other false religions such as the ideas of purgatory and soul sleep. I receieved this book freee from Moddy Publishers as part of their blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. My opinions are my own.
Posted June 1, 2011
Paul Enns, after losing his beloved wife of 45 years, found himself thinking more and more about Heaven. I have experienced this myself after losing my precious loved ones who have trusted Christ as their Savior. The way the book was written touched me at a very personal level. It brought back memories and thoughts of my loved ones as I reflected on what they would be experiencing in Heaven.
Heaven Revealed answered a lot of questions I have asked myself and a few I hadn't thought about. This is one of the most comprehensive books on this subject I have read.
I appreciated how easy to read it was. There wasn't a lot of theological jargon to wade through. Anyone could read it and without difficulty grasp the material.
Some books I have found are filled with the author's opinions or ideas, but this book is saturated with Scripture. Everything he says is documented with Bible references. It became a Bible study as I looked up the scriptures he shared. I think it will be a great lesson for a group or church class.
I really liked the illustrations he used and personal experiences about his marriage and wife. Another thing I was impressed with is that almost every chapter had a box with a bare bones outline of the facts covered. This made it nice when I wanted to look back and have a quick review.
The book inspired hope and comfort in me. I know that someday I will be there and how wonderful to truly know what my Lord has shown me about my future destination in His Word.
In exchange for my honest review, I received a copy of the book from Moody Publishers.
Posted March 26, 2011
I met Dr. Paul Enns many years ago while his oldest son and I were attending Dallas Theological Seminary. Since that day almost 25 years ago, I've not failed to grow and be encouraged by everything that Dr. Enns has written. His newest volume called Heaven Revealed is no exception.
Prompted by the sudden death of his wife of forty five years, Enns addresses thirteen questions about heaven while providing sound biblical and theological answers.
What is the meaning of heaven?
What is the transition to heaven?
Where is heaven?
What is the kingdom Christ promised?
What kind of body will we have?
What is the relationship of the millennium to heaven?
What and when are the new heaven and the new earth?
What will heaven and the new earth look like?
What will life be like in heaven?
What is the continuity between this life and life in heaven?
What will we do in heaven?
What will our relationships with others be like?
What will our relationship with God be like?
While holding to a dispensational interpretation of Scripture, Enns interacts with a number of familiar texts regarding heaven while offering some new deductions as to what heaven will be like. I believe Enns' exegesis was particularly engaging in the chapters detailing the continuity between this life and life in heaven, the relationship of the millennium to heaven, and the details of the new heaven and new earth.
My only criticism of the book is that Enns seems to be redundant in several of the chapters. While not a lengthy book by any means (200 pages), Enns could have easily reduced the thirteen chapters to ten and shaved fifty pages from the book's length.
I highly recommend Heaven Revealed to any serious student of the Scriptures as well as to anyone who has ever wondered, "What will heaven be like?"
Posted March 25, 2011
Pastor Enns gives several meanings of how heaven is used in the Bible. His subject is important which makes the book worth reading in spite of some problems. He quotes scriptures but uses the same verses several times for different points. That may not be fully accurate.
Enns tells how we transition to heaven. We are reminded that followers of Jesus never need fear what we perceive as death, the gateway to that everlasting kingdom. This author expresses the deep joy we'll know in heaven.
The writer discusses where heaven is and offers an idea based on assumptions about some scriptures. His chapter on the relationship of the millennium to heaven is open to debate.
He also asks what will life there be like? Ten of his eleven points are accurate, but will we really be locked into eternal youth? Even babies who die and are in heaven? The Bible says nothing about this.
Enns asks what will we do in heaven? Five of his thirteen points are surely true, based on scriptures, but the remaining sound like pleasant conjecture. I was disappointed that he doesn't discuss Jesus' words that in heaven we will neither marry nor be given in marriage but be like the angels.
Enns writing becomes redundant in several places, but sometimes repetition helps us focus on and remember points.
Wise comments by my fellow writer, Beverly Hopkins
I finished Heaven Revealed and I agree with you that Enns is redundant with several topics, especially how we will be able to recognize those that have gone on before us. However, I did enjoy the book. He went into detail on scriptures describing certain aspects of heaven, and of course, his interpretation gives way to conjecture and opinion. That is the beauty of it, because even with the elaborate descriptions he gives, we still cannot fathom the magnificence of heaven, nor the sheer ecstasy to be forever in God's presence, serving and worshiping Him.
It is a book that I want to read again and look up all the scriptures for myself, and do an in-depth study on heaven.
Posted May 2, 2011
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Posted April 18, 2011
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