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All things new : heaven, earth, and the restoration of everything you love / John Eldredge.
ISBN:
9780718037994

9780718098933
Publication Information:
Nashville,Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
Physical Description:
xii, 224 pages ; 23 cm
Contents:
A breathtaking promise -- Is there a hope that really overcomes all this? -- The renewal of all things -- Let us be honest -- The new earth -- Our restoration -- When every story is told rightly -- The overthrow of evil -- What do we actually do? -- The marriage of heaven and earth -- Grab hold with both hands.
Abstract:
This revolutionary book about our future is based on the simple idea that, according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home--the New Earth is. As Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew, the next chapter of our story begins with "the renewal of all things," by which he means the earth we love in all its beauty, our own selves, and the things that make for a rich life: music, art, food, laughter and all that we hold dear. Everything shall be renewed "when the world is made new." More than anything else, how you envision your future shapes your current experience. If you knew that God was going to restore your life and everything you love any day; if you believed a great and glorious goodness was coming to you--not in a vague heaven but right here on this earth--you would have a hope to see you through anything, an anchor for your soul, "an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God" (Hebrews 6:19). Most Christians (most people for that matter) fail to look forward to their future because their view of heaven is vague, religious, and frankly boring. Hope begins when we understand that for the believer nothing is lost. Heaven is not a life in the clouds; it is not endless harp-strumming or worship-singing. Rather, the life we long for, the paradise Adam and Eve knew, is precisely the life that is coming to us. And that life is coming soon.-- provided by publisher.
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New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge offers readers a breathtaking look into God's promise for a new heaven and a new earth.

This revolutionary book about our future is based on the simple idea that, according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home--the New Earth is. As Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew, the next chapter of our story begins with "the renewal of all things," by which he means the earth we love in all its beauty, our own selves, and the things that make for a rich life: music, art, food, laughter and all that we hold dear. Everything shall be renewed "when the world is made new."

More than anything else, how you envision your future shapes your current experience. If you knew that God was going to restore your life and everything you love any day; if you believed a great and glorious goodness was coming to you--not in a vague heaven but right here on this earth--you would have a hope to see you through anything, an anchor for your soul, "an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God" (Hebrews 6:19).

Most Christians (most people for that matter) fail to look forward to their future because their view of heaven is vague, religious, and frankly boring. Hope begins when we understand that for the believer nothing is lost. Heaven is not a life in the clouds; it is not endless harp-strumming or worship-singing. Rather, the life we long for, the paradise Adam and Eve knew, is precisely the life that is coming to us. And that life is coming soon.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Eldredge, president of Ransomed Heart ministries, passionately addresses what he calls the world's "great crisis of hope." Citing political and economic instability, rising suicide rates, and increasing use of antidepressants as the crisis, he asks his Christian readership to stop longing for an ideal afterlife and instead find paradise here on Earth by thinking differently about the end goals of Christianity. Turning the book of Revelation on its head, Eldredge believes in a "Great Restoration" on Earth that will represent the second coming of God. "Death is utterly swept away at the Great Restoration.... You will be completely renewed-body, soul, and spirit," he writes. He opens by recalling one emotionally draining year when his best friend died, one of his daughters-in-law miscarried her first pregnancy, and another daughter-in-law's brother committed suicide. In an effort to work out his grief, Eldredge headed for the mountains to (literally) shout at God. He came back with the knowledge, he writes, that true transcendence (in the form of the Great Restoration) will happen on Earth. Punctuated with quotes from writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Eldredge's homey, imaginative book will inspire readers looking renew their faith. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Introduction: A Breathtaking Promisep. ix
Chapter 1 Is There a Hope That Really Overcomes All This?p. 1
Chapter 2 The Renewal of All Thingsp. 19
Chapter 3 Let Us Be Honestp. 41
Chapter 4 The New Earthp. 61
Chapter 5 Our Restorationp. 83
Chapter 6 When Every Story Is Told Rightlyp. 105
Chapter 7 The Overthrow of Evilp. 129
Chapter 8 What Do We Actually Do?p. 151
Chapter 9 The Marriage of Heaven and Earthp. 173
Chapter 10 Grab Hold with Both Handsp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 213
About the Authorp. 215
Notesp. 217

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