Things Unseen: Living with Eternity in Your Heart

Things Unseen: Living with Eternity in Your Heart

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by Mark Buchanan
     
 

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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

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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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A popular adage dictates that those who are heavenly minded are of no earthly good. Buchanan, a pastor and freelance writer, begs to differ. He convincingly demonstrates that unless Christians cling to the hope of the hereafter with a grip so fierce and purposeful that everything else dims in comparison, they will become so earthly minded that they are of no heavenly good. Buchanan (Your God Is Too Safe) writes with persuasive elegance as he implores fellow Christians to "fixate" on the promise of heaven. This stance will do more than get believers through the humdrum monotony of life; it will energize and excite them to face inevitable tragedies with more than mere resignation. Says Buchanan, "We fix on it [heaven], and it fixes us." A heavenly compulsion, he writes, will alter one's own vantage point and also transform the world in which Christians find themselves. Buchanan details how God uses the trivial, the boring and the tame to transform Christians from the inside out. As they quietly go about their daily business, faithful to the vocation to which they're called, believers are slowly changed. Buchanan exposes a pastor's heart as he painstakingly explores difficult topics through the lens of heaven. Generous, heartrending anecdotes expose Buchanan's own disappointments and the trials of loved ones, but always within the hopeful and eternal context of heaven. Written to exhort, encourage and bolster his fellow Christians' faith, Buchanan's book hits the mark with finely turned phrases that make reading this a joy. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588601353
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/04/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
825,920
File size:
2 MB

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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Things Unseen: Living with Eternity in Your Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
***** 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.