Would you like to read a book that sets your sights on heaven, fills you with hope, and soothes your grief over lost loved ones? I just finished reading Heaven Revealed by Paul Enns, and I have a copy to give away.
The full name of the book is Heaven Revealed: What Is It Like? What Will We Do? . . . And 11 Other Things You’ve Wondered About. It lives up to it’s title with thirteen chapters, each about a different aspect of heaven. Here is a sampling:
- Where is heaven?
- What kind of body will we have?
- What will life be like in heaven?
- What will heaven and the new earth look like?
- What will we do in heaven?
- What will our relationship with others be like?
- What will our relationship with God be like?
Dr. Enns’ motivation in writing this book is clear from the very first pages. After his wife Helen passed away, he found himself captivated with thoughts of heaven and being reunited with her. It seems that the questions he addresses in each chapter are ones that he himself wondered.
He answers the questions with a barrage of scripture from both Old and New Testaments. He doesn’t usually quote the scripture; instead he gives a parenthetical reference so that the reader can reference the Bible.
I like how each chapter includes a snapshot listing of the answers to each question. I could get an overview of how he was going to address each element of heaven and then zero in on the points that most intrigued me.
At first I was seriously concerned that the main point of his book was just that we will be reunited with believing loved ones in heaven. His grief over the loss of Helen is repeated over and over in the initial chapters. It almost seemed that he was more happy to see Helen that to see Jesus! But as I continued reading, I saw more focus on God’s glory and less on his own personal loss.
I admit that I have not suffered the death of someone very close to me, so the prospect of heavenly reunions doesn’t speak to my heart as much as it does to the author and to many of you who have. I do look forward to seeing God face to face and consider this the highest reward of heaven. To focus unduly on our loved ones over our Creator and Redeemer would be wrong. But I assure you that taking this book as a whole, it is a very balanced approach to the joys of heaven.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a fast read that encouraged me to continue persevering in the hope of heaven. It is good to take our eyes off the sorrow and distractions of earthly living and refocus on our heavenly home. There is a rich reward ahead of me! What a wonderful motivation for living life to the fullest.
If you would like to enter the giveaway for a free copy of Heaven Revealed, simply leave me a comment telling me what aspect of heaven fills you with the greatest sense of hope or anticipation. (I am willing to mail this book anywhere in the world, so my international readers, please feel free to enter. I know how it feels to be left out of most giveaways.) I will choose a winner on Friday night (April 1, 2011).
Disclaimer: C. Grant and Company gave me two free copies of Heaven Revealed (one to keep and one to give away) in exchange for my honest review. And this is an honest review.