Heaven

Heaven

by Randy Alcorn

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ISBN-13: 9780842379427
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 23,630
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Rick Warren

This is the best book on Heaven I’ve ever read.

Stu Weber

Other than the Bible itself, this may well be the single most life-changing book you’ll ever read.

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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
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.
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.
loubigfish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one for the soul. This book was a eye-opener. I read this on a cruise and I was so impress at Randy Alcorn vivid imagination on how he would interpret the bible and it's meanings of Heaven and beyond. A must read
Neeva_Candida on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, this is certainly an interesting look at our eternal resting place. It is a far cry from any picture of Heaven that I have ever heard about before. However, there are plenty of scriptural references. So you can decide for yourself if this just might be an accurate portrayal.
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book on the enthusiastic recommendation of a friend, and now I have become one of those people enthusiastically recommending it to my own friends. Between us, the first friend and I make a pretty good tag-team! If you know us, your chances of reading this book have just shot up. It's not too much to say that this book has completely changed the way I view the life to come, and my attitude toward this life as well. Alcorn starts by confronting many of the myths that we've unconsciously swallowed about what Heaven will be like (note that I am capitalizing the word following his example, treating Heaven as a real place). We have a vague idea that Heaven will be so spiritual that we will just float around as disembodied souls in a kind of saline solution of hyper-holiness. It almost sounds like the Matrix ¿ but I think if we really scrutinize our beliefs, we'll find this isn't an inaccurate description. We've been influenced by what Alcorn terms "Christoplatonism," the heretical idea that the material world is inherently sinful and that the spiritual world is the only thing that matters. We have a guilty feeling about Heaven because this picture of it sounds so incredibly boring. We try to comfort ourselves by saying there is no way we can appreciate what Heaven will be like, with our puny minds and sinful flesh in the way. I remember being told as a young believer that though Heaven's nonstop singing and worship sounded boring, it wouldn't be, because all I could understand was the weariness of my currently sinful flesh. This answer satisfied me somewhat, but I still couldn't quite make myself look forward to a Heaven like that. But worship is not just standing and singing in church. Romans 12:1 says that offering our bodies to God as a living sacrifice is our spiritual act of worship. And worship is not just singing, but a lifestyle. I worship God in my treatment of other people, in every detail of everyday life. This verse also underscores one of Alcorn's main points in this book: the physical world, and our physical bodies, are not evil. Our physical bodies can actually be used to worship God! All creation is currently suffering under the Curse, but it will not always be this way. God's big plan is not to harvest our souls from this world and then trash the planet. Oh no ¿ He is going to redeem it. He is going to make all things new, yes, but not alien, not completely different. It's the New Heavens and the New Earth, not a new place altogether. Alcorn gives a Scriptural breakdown of what happens to Christians who die before the Second Coming, the sequence of events at the time of judgment, and the believer's sure destination of the wedding-feast with the Lamb. He also speculates quite a bit on what life in Heaven will be like. Will we forget who we were on Earth? Alcorn says that's silly; why would we? In Revelation chapter 6, the saints pray for vengeance on those who killed them; how could they do that unless they remembered their martyrdom? Alcorn also points out that those saints were told to wait, which implies that there is time in Heaven. John even gives specific amounts of time in Revelation, like when he says there was silence in Heaven for about one half-hour (Revelation 8:1)! How have we missed that all these years? Will we know everything instantly in Heaven? Is that what it means to be perfect? Alcorn argues that no, we will not instantly know everything, and perfection does not mean complete omniscience. There will be learning in Heaven. The saints in Revelation chapter 6 are asking a question ("how long, O Lord?") because they do not know the answer. Learning is not inherently sinful, nor does it imply that the learner is imperfect. We will continue to develop and explore new things throughout eternity. Will Heaven contain human works of art? Alcorn argues yes. There is verse in Revelation that says the glory of the nations will be brought into the New Jerusalem. Human
KevinDeisher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is by far the most exhaustive study done on the topic of Heaven. I anxiously awaited this book for years and was even more impressed with the finished product than I imagined. It has strengthened me and my resolve to be a better follower of Christ. It is an exciting read and a must read for every Christian and everyone who just wants to know what happens next.
wingedpotato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An eye-opening look at what the Scriptures have to say about heaven. It is a little long-winded, but SO worthwhile.