Things Unseen: Living with Eternity in Your Heartby Mark Buchanan
Blending pastoral warmth, philosophical depth, storytelling skill, and literary craft, Mark Buchanan encourages Christians to make heaven, literally, our "fixation" -- filling our vision, gripping our heart, and anchoring our hope. Only then, says Buchanan, can we become truly fearless on this earth, free from the fear of losing our life, property, status, title, or… See more details below
Blending pastoral warmth, philosophical depth, storytelling skill, and literary craft, Mark Buchanan encourages Christians to make heaven, literally, our "fixation" -- filling our vision, gripping our heart, and anchoring our hope. Only then, says Buchanan, can we become truly fearless on this earth, free from the fear of losing our life, property, status, title, or comfort; free from the threat of tyrants, the power of armies, and the day of trouble. Buchanan reawakens the instinctive yearning for things above, showing that only the heavenly minded are of much earthly good. Clear, stylish typeset, with user-friendly links to referenced Scripture.
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Meet the Author
Mark Buchanan is a pastor and freelance writer/editor who lives with his wife, Cheryl, and three children on the west coast of Canada. Educated at the University of British Columbia and Regent University, he has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today and Books and Culture.
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I have never read a book about God, heaven and the bridge to this world that compares with 'Things Unseen'. It is to be devoured, savored and read again and again. I've passed it on to others who say much the same thing. Whether you are a believer or skeptic, I recommend you run out and get a copy. You won't regret doing so. Arlene Hodges Buffalo, NY
I admit to being hooked by a 2 page sample and feeling compelled to read on, bought the book. This was more than one man's foolish attempt to answer life's challenges or mere opinion of the hereafter. It was biblically based and humbly written giving it a foundation to inspire the reader to view life's challenges in a new light. Bodies created for a life in Eden, souls created for eternal life in Heaven, yet we find ourselves in this fallen world that promises what it cannot deliver. If you can't identify at an emotional depth worthy of tears, you can at least appreciate the author's written style. It's fresh, without lulls, uses true stories with a point, and embraces your attention from beginning to end.
***** This life is only temporary. There is a world beyond it, a better one, called Heaven, which we all long for deep in our spirits. That is the main message of this book.
No matter what faith you adhere to, there is the constant longing for more life, but also the longing to go beyond this one, for something more. We seek miracles and other things in endless quests to discover a piece of that in the here and now. Even as we dread death, we long for it, for passage beyond this life into eternity. With that in mind, we should reguard all that is here as temporary, therefore, both more and less important. It is more important because the things that are good are only momentary and can disappear with no warning, yet less important because they are so. Therefore, the painful, irratating, bad things are to be taken as just a brief trial that is refining us for the Kingdom of God.
Citing both the Bible and popular media, the author clarifies these and other points in an insightful, easy to understand book that will appeal to a broad range of readers. It is comfortiong, yet thought provoking and should make the essential library shelf of both Christians and philosophers of any faith. *****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.