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  • #16
    Originally posted by Leialoha View Post
    I recommend it as well. Great book.

    If you desire to have your gut kicked out of passive Christianity try reading his fiction book, Safely Home. I gave my copy away, but think I'll buy another one to read it again.
    I haven't heard of that one, I'll have to check it out. Title sounds great.

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    • #17
      I actually think the book (Heaven) getting more interesting. I'm at the part where he is talking about New Jerusalem, and giving details based on biblical accounts of its descriptions. It sounds wonderful!

      Leialoha, I haven't read Safely Home yet, but I really enjoyed Alcorn's book Edge of Eternity. I got that one from my local library, and reading at a somewhat leisurely pace, I had the thing finished in just a few days. I've heard the book described as a modern-day version of The Pilgrim's Progress.

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      • #18
        Edge of Eternity was one of my very favorite books.

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        • #19
          I just finished reading "Heaven". I thought the book was very good. I liked it that Alcorn doesn't limit what God can do.

          Anything that is found in scripture, Alcorn follows, and Alcorn uses some imagination at times to explain the possibilities of heaven. Where some bible passages didn't make sense to me before, Alcorn does a good job of explaining.

          After reading this book, I am much more excited about heaven than I was before! In fact, I can hardly wait!

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          • #20
            It's truly a great book.

            Randy Alcorn has a great website for further resources on Heaven, and other topics that effect the Christian life. It's call Eternal Perspective Ministries. Check out the link below.

            www.epm.org

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            • #21
              This book was life changing for me. I initially came to the Lord when I was younger because the alternative (hell) scared me to death and I KNEW I was headed there but I'll admit that a vague, spiritual existence where my primary occupation would be attending an eternal worship service really didn't arouse any excitement or anticipation in my spirit either.

              When I read this book I found that I was not by any means unique in this. Mr. Alcorn tells about a conversation he had with a Church pastor in his first chapter:

              "A pastor once confessed to me, "Whenever I think about Heaven, it makes me depressed. I'd rather just cease to exist when I die."

              Why?" I asked.

              "I can't stand the thought of that endless tedium. To float around in the clouds with nothing to do but strum a harp...it's all so terribly boring. Heaven doesn't sound much better than hell. I'd rather be annihilated than spend eternity in a place like that!" (P. 6)


              Now I never thought that there would be actual harps involved but I did have similar sentiments to the Pastor at many levels. And could this apparently common misconception have something to do with the efforts of a certain rebel who was forcibly evicted after a failed coup from his position of honor in Heaven? Mr. Alcorn posits:

              “Satan need not convince us that Heaven doesn’t exist. He need only convince us that Heaven is a place of boring, unearthly existence. If we believe that lie we’ll be robbed of our joy and anticipation, we’ll set our minds on THIS life and not the next, and we won’t be motivated to share our faith. Why SHOULD we share the “good news” that people can spend eternity in a boring ghostly place that even WE’RE not looking forward to?” (p. 11)

              When I read this it really made sense to me in a profound way. After all, the preconceived notion I had always had of the ultimate destination for God’s forgiven & redeemed children certainly stands in marked contrast to:

              "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him". (I Corinthians 2:9)

              This book lays out, using scripture (and admittedly some conjecture), what it will mean to dwell on the New, resurrected Earth, and to have Jesus himself live amongst us.

              Sorry for the book report my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, but I HIGHLY recommend this book. It has been a true blessing in my life in helping me to keep an eternal outlook and not get so wrapped up in the day to day minutiae or be tempted to covet/feel sorry for myself because I might not be able to do and see all the things I would love to see on this Earth right now. There is such a better one, such a magnificent adventure coming when the Father calls each of us home and it’s truly a place I’m excited about in a way that I’ve never been before!


              Greg

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              • #22
                I put it on hold at the library today.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by NewWine06

                  Sorry for the book report my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, but I HIGHLY recommend this book. It has been a true blessing in my life in helping me to keep an eternal outlook and not get so wrapped up in the day to day minutiae or be tempted to covet/feel sorry for myself because I might not be able to do and see all the things I would love to see on this Earth right now. There is such a better one, such a magnificent adventure coming when the Father calls each of us home and it’s truly a place I’m excited about in a way that I’ve never been before!


                  Greg
                  I do that too and I tell my kids the same thing, I know we can't do this and that here but we will in heaven.

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                  • #24
                    Great book! I second what others have said in this thread. It made me actually long for the next life, now that I understand more of the glimpses given of how we were truly made for that life.

                    I got it, though, for the chapter on "Pets in Heaven". Only the Lord, me and my former cat know the blessing he was to me. I now know, among all the other lavish blessings the Lord has for us, for me it will include my beloved furball.
                    "...earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." Jude 1:3b


                    Jesus + something = nothing

                    Jesus + nothing = Everything

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by iSong6:3 View Post
                      Great book! I second what others have said in this thread. It made me actually long for the next life, now that I understand more of the glimpses given of how we were truly made for that life.

                      I got it, though, for the chapter on "Pets in Heaven". Only the Lord, me and my former cat know the blessing he was to me. I now know, among all the other lavish blessings the Lord has for us, for me it will include my beloved furball.
                      iSong6:3,

                      I totally think I know where you’re coming from. When I was in a very bad place in my life the Lord blessed me with a “community” Tortie Cat that came for a visit and stayed. She would actually run out into the apartment parking lot and greet me at night when I came home from work and follow me back to my place. That cat showed me what it was like to be loved!

                      I know that God primarily talks to us through other people, but I think sometimes if it suits his purpose he may choose to “speak” to us or show us his love through animals.

                      I really was very put at ease by the chapter devoted to animals and pets in Heaven and on the resurrected earth!

                      Greg

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                      • #26
                        Greg - Aww, what a wonderful blessing that Tortie cat is/was! Animals were God's idea in the first place and I can't wait to see His plans for them and us into eternity. I'm looking forward to seeing *your* furry little messenger of the Lord, as well as mine!
                        "...earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." Jude 1:3b


                        Jesus + something = nothing

                        Jesus + nothing = Everything

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                        • #27
                          I've read the book a couple of times and found it to be of great comfort. In fact, I went out and purchased several more copies to give to family and friends. If they are believers, then I am hoping they found comfort and if they aren't believers, then I hope it made them want to search for the way to be there also.
                          This world is not my home. I'm just passing through. If heaven's not my home, O Lord, what would I do? The angels beckon me from heaven's open door, and I can't feel at home in this world anymore."
                          Complete justice for us will come only "when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels" (v. 7).

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                          • #28
                            He's a pastor at my church here in Oregon. I recently went to a Randy Alcorn question and answer session and he is very doctrinaly sound. I would definitely recommend Heaven even though I haven't read it cover to cover yet

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                            • #29
                              In Light Of Eternity (Perspectives On Heaven) by Alcorn, is a much easier read.
                              There both great books. Very comforting. Heaven goes into more detail, a little more difficult read, IMO. He does repeat himself often. In Light Of Eternity, is a great one to start with. I have read them both.

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                              • #30
                                http://www.christianbook.com/Christi...&Go.y=15&Go=Go

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