An Encapsulated View of the Best from Christian Publishers Order this book NOW! Volume 3 . Issue 13 COUNCIL OF REFERENCE Heaven Dr. Richard Averbeck Rev. D. Stuart Briscoe A Quick Focus Dr. Paul Cedar The Book's Purpose Provide a comprehensive biblical Mr. Dave Coleman study on Heaven Dr. & Mrs. Larry Crabb Increase believers’ longing Mr. Roger Cross for Heaven and prompt them Rev. Samuel Farina to live godly lives on Earth Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel Show how living on a renewed Rev. & Mrs. Lud Golz Earth represents the location Dr. Howard G. Hendricks where every believer will spend Mr. Olan Hendrix eternity Dr. David Jeremiah Answer common questions Rev. Knute Larson about Heaven Dr. John C. Maxwell The Book’s Message Dr. Bruce McNicol Where do I go when I die? What will Heaven be like? For centuries believers have Mr. Dean Merrill pondered these questions in their quest to Mrs. Elisa Morgan understand the afterlife. Unfortunately, most assume that the Bible lacks clarity on these Dr. Ray Ortlund issues; therefore, they resolve that conclusions Dr. Luis Palau must be relegated to one’s imagination. Dr. Gilbert A. Peterson However, the Bible actually goes into much further depth than most realize. Al- Rev. Wes Roberts though we will never answer every question Rev. & Mrs. Jamie to our satisfaction, allowing the Bible to speak By Randy Alcorn Rassmussen for itself will reveal an eternity that engages Tyndale House Publishers our imagination, increases our yearning for ISBN 0842379428 Mr. Jim Warren Heaven, and prompts us to live godly lives Dr. Rick Warren between now and then. VIII Publishers Eight Main Points David & Catherine Two Possible Destinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Restoring the Old Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Martin Enjoying the Intermediate Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Celebrating the Presence of God . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Editors Understanding the Reach of Redemption . . . .3 Questions and Answers about Heaven . . . . . 6 Michael & Cheryl Chiapperino Longing for the Final Resurrection . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Miscellaneous Questions and Conclusion 7 2 2 2 Possible Destinations Every civilization has adhered to some form of belief in the afterlife. “Perhaps you’re afraid God has placed within every human being an inherent of becoming ‘so heavenly sense of the eternal. minded you’re of no earthly good.’...On the Clearing Up Misconceptions contrary, many of us If the Bible’s teachings about what happens after death are correct, are so earthly minded we then more than 250,000 people every day go to Heaven or Hell. The are of no heavenly mortality rate still remains at 100 percent. Yet only a small percentage or earthly good.” of people have a clear understanding of what Heaven and Hell will be like. Hell~Our Default Destination Harps, white robes, and never-ending church services represent Jesus taught that the gate to many believers’ perception of Heaven. On the other hand, many without Heaven was narrow. Americans Christ think that Hell is going to be one big party. must not grasp that truth because for every person who believes he’s Even major theologians barely skim the surface when it comes to going to hell, 120 believe they are their treatment of Heaven. John Calvin never tackled Revelation in his going to Heaven. commentaries. Reinhold Niebuhr said nothing about Heaven in The Nature and Destiny of Man. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ 900-page theology The default destination for uses less than two pages to write about the New Earth and the eternal every human being is Hell. And state. unless something happens to take care of the sin problem, one will Barna’s research shows that the vast majority of Americans believe never make it into Heaven. in the reality of Heaven and Hell; but they are forming their beliefs from movies, television, and conversations with friends~not from the Bible. Hell is a place of utter misery, a place of punishment for sins, and These misconceptions represent the work of Satan. He creates lies a place where there is no hope for about Heaven, especially since he was forcibly removed and can no relief. Many argue that a loving longer claim residence there. He doesn’t need to convince believers that God would never allow anyone to Heaven is not real. He just needs to convince them that the place is spend eternity in Hell. “But if boring. “Satan cannot stop Christ’s redemptive work, but he can we understood God’s nature and keep us from seeing the breadth and depth of redemption that ex- ours, we would be shocked not tends to the earth and beyond.” that some people could go to Hell...but that any would be Using Our Imagination permitted into Heaven.” To deny God has provided glimpses of Heaven in the Bible. We don’t have the existence of Hell is to minimize so much information that we can claim full knowledge. What we must the significance of Christ’s vicarious do is remove from our minds any preconceived ideas and allow our bib- death on the cross. lically inspired imaginations to fuel our comprehension of the afterlife. Instead of looking up into the clouds, we should look around us and Heaven or Hell~those are imagine what everything would be like without sin and corruption. the only two possible destinations where we will spend eternity. Un- Certainly, Heaven contains many surprises which we will never be less we give our lives to Christ, we able to comprehend in this life. However, we must not neglect studying are headed for Hell. There is only what God has revealed to us in the Scriptures. The Bible says, “Set your one way to Heaven, and that road hearts on things above” (Colossians 3:1), suggesting a diligent investi- must go through Jesus Christ. gation, an ongoing process. It also talks about God’s people “longing for a better country” (Hebrews 11:16). CBS 3 enjoying the intermediate heaven What will it be like to live in the that has its roots in Christopla- identity in Heaven and on Earth. Intermediate Heaven? Is it a physi- tonism. Plato’s view that the spirit The people are the same~just relo- cal place? Is it temporary or perma- is good and material things are evil cated. Those in heaven know what nent? has had devastating effects that con- is happening on Earth, can audibly tinue to plague Christian thought speak, and possess a deep concern The Nature of the today. for justice. Intermediate Heaven The belief that the Intermediate Those in Heaven will remember “Intermediate Heaven” refers Heaven lies in the physical realm their lives on Earth. With improved to the place where Christians go has considerable biblical support. minds, they will probably be able when they die. It is a temporary Genesis teaches that Adam was first to remember more about their lives place, not to be confused with the a body and then God breathed a on Earth. “Undoubtedly we will Eternal Heaven, also known as the spirit into the body. At no moment remember God’s works of grace New Earth. The Intermediate in time has a human existed without in our lives that comforted, as- Heaven is where we will reside prior a body. It seems quite possible that sured, sustained, and empowered to our bodily resurrection. God might grant us some type of us to live for him.” Once we die, we will live with physical form that will allow us to function as human beings while we People in Heaven, at least to the Lord and with one another some extent, can see what is hap- forever. But we will not be in the await the bodily resurrection. Con- sider Enoch and Elijah, both taken pening on Earth. Hebrews 12:1 Intermediate Heaven forever. refers to the cloud of witnesses in Instead, we will look forward to to heaven without leaving their bodies, and Moses’s and Elijah’s Heaven cheering believers on. Luke Christ’s return to earth, our bodily 15:10 suggests that believers in resurrection, and our new home physical form in the Transfiguration. Heaven will know when someone in the Eternal Heaven. decides to follow Christ because Life in the Intermediate Heaven God created Heaven. Therefore, Revelation 6:9-11 provides a they rejoice in the presence of an- it had a past prior to the Incarna- wealth of insight regarding life in gels. The biblical evidence also sug- tion. It has a present, which is the the Intermediate Heaven. From gests that those in Heaven pray for Intermediate Heaven. And it has these verses we learn that there is those still on Earth (Revelation a future, which is the Eternal Hea- a direct continuity between our 5:8; 6:10). CBS ven. Each can be accurately referred to as Heaven; but they are not synonymous. The Intermediate Heaven is lo- understanding the reach of redemption cated in the angelic realm and is separate from Earth. The future Why is it that many books on Heaven do not even address the subject Heaven will be located on Earth. of the New Earth? After all, even though the Bible does not fully describe God’s long-term plan is to come the New Earth, it does go into much greater detail than most believers down and live with us in the realm assume. of a renewed Earth. Where Is Our Eternal Home? A Physical Place? As we live between the times of Eden and the New Earth, we must Without question the New Earth never forget that our present state is not our eternal state. Jesus said in will be a physical location. Is the John 14 that He was going to prepare a place for us. That place as same true for the Intermediate identified in Revelation 21 is the New Earth. “That’s where the New Heaven? Can human beings exist Jerusalem will reside when it comes down out of Heaven. Only then outside of space and time? If they will we be truly home.” can, it represents only a temporary The biblical teachings on Heaven are like a jigsaw puzzle. Putting all status which will be permanently the pieces together creates a beautiful picture. Familiar surroundings like changed at the time of our bodily rivers, trees, and mountains will be part of the New Earth. Of course, the resurrection. curse of sin will no longer be present. We will live there in our resurrected bodies. We will serve Christ. We will rest. It will be a place where animals However, we must not assume and children play. that life in the Intermediate Heaven is merely spiritual. These assump- continued on page 4 tions stem from an unbiblical belief UNDERSTANDING THE REACH OF REDEMPTION 4 continued from page 3 The Far Reaches of Redemption Jesus’ redemption reaches not Who will reign on the Earth? only men and women, but the Earth This question represents the central as well. The climax of history does storyline of the Bible. Satan wields “The church is to not occur with the return of Christ much power. He succeeded with or the millennial reign, but with the his temptation of Adam and Eve in be in the bridge- establishment of His kingdom on the Garden. He tried to tempt the building business, the New Earth. His plan is to bring second Adam, Jesus, but did not Earth and Heaven into the same succeed. When Christ died on the according to the realm where He will restore and cross, He dealt Satan a deadly blow. design of Jesus renew Earth to its original condition. Satan is already defeated, but the Christ. Over this full scope of Christ’s victory won’t To think that God will complete- be fully realized until He returns. bridge the church ly destroy the Earth represents a must travel and weak theology. He has a wonderful When Adam sinned, God brought plan. He never relinquished the title a curse upon the whole earth. One prove its reality day the Curse will be fully reversed. deed; but one day He will reclaim to a disbelieving it. Yes, the Earth as we know it will The lifting of the Curse came with world.” come to an end, but not to a final a terrible price, the blood of God’s one. The whole Earth will be re- Son on the cross. His victory guar- deemed, including people, animals, antees that the Curse will be utterly One must not spiritualize what destroyed in every realm of our the Bible teaches about Heaven. trees~everything! experience. It is a real place. And that place is right here on Earth, the restored The Curse Is Lifted God promised a Redeemer im- CBS Earth, that is~Earth as it was before sin brought judgment upon the mediately after the Fall (Genesis world. Imagine what it would be 3:15). He never reverted to a Plan like to live on an Earth without sin, B or changed His mind. sickness, and crime. longing for the final resurrection The resurrection of Jesus Christ One who decides to follow Christ The Resurrection and Creation represents the cornerstone belief for experiences a transformation. That Most hold a view of the resur- the Christian faith. Unless Jesus same person will experience another rection that is too narrow. Don’t came back to life and is still alive, change at death and another at the think that Christ’s redemption is Christianity ceases to exist. final resurrection. Through all the just for humans. The gospel story changes, the person maintains his is good news, not just for believers Redemptive Continuity identity. This belief is called redemp- but for all of creation, including Although Christians give whole- tive continuity. From this life to the plants, planets, and animals. sale acceptance to the resurrection, next there is continuity. The same most tend to spiritualize the doc- principle applies to all of creation. trine by denying or overlooking a God will not be starting over. In- physical existence in a physical place. stead, He will restore all things to Two-thirds of Americans who be- their original design. “Christ’s redemptive lieve in the resurrection do not be- lieve they will have bodies after the With His resurrection Jesus em- work extends resurrection. bodied this principle of redemptive resurrection to the far continuity. His body had been trans- reaches of the universe. The Bible teaches that our bodies formed, but He still possessed the serve an integral role in God’s plan. same body, one that was recognized This is a stunning They are not merely shells designed by His followers. Our resurrected affirmation of God’s to house our spirits. “Any views bodies will be the same ones that greatness. It should of the afterlife that settle for less God created for us. We will live in than a bodily resurrection...are physical bodies that have been trans- move our hearts to explicitly unchristian.” formed and restored (Philippians wonder and praise.” 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2). continued on page 5 5 LONGING FOR THE FINAL RESURRECTION We often refer to Heaven as continued from page 4 Changing Our Vocabulary our future home. Home represents We need to change our vocab- familiarity. Home is a place with The Bible teaches that the whole family, a place where we belong, creation groans, awaiting our final ulary so that it accurately communi- cates biblical truth. How many a place that God is preparing that resurrection (Romans 8:22). Why will far exceed our imagination. Our does it groan? Because humanity times at a funeral service have we heard the words, “We will never greatest of experiences on Earth are is inseparably linked to the Earth. merely foretastes of what our home When mankind fell in the Garden see him/her again on Earth”? Such statements are erroneous if we ac- in Heaven will be like. of Eden, all creation experienced the judgment of God. The Earth cept what the Bible teaches. For awaits our final resurrection so it believers, we will see each other also can be restored to its original again on this Earth. We will hug design. one another again on this earth. CBS “The things we love are not restoring the old earth merely the best In Hebrews 11 the great heroes of the faith were reported to be this life has longing for a better country. They were not referring to the Intermediate Heaven but to the time and place where God would rule on Earth and to offer~they remove all death, suffering, and heartache. are previews When and Where? Regardless of the many interpretations of the Millennium, most agree of the greater at that some point the old Earth will end. The thrust of this book is to stress that the old Earth’s ending marks the beginning of the New Earth. life to come.” One of the dominant Old Testament prophetic themes (especially Isaiah) includes the messianic reign of God’s kingdom. Where is the kingdom located? One key text, Isaiah 65, reveals the location as the New Earth. CBS The prophetic language of Isaiah is nearly identical to that in Revelation 21. If Isaiah’s prophecies about the Incarnation are to be taken literally, then why should not his prophecies regarding the establishment of God’s celebrating the kingdom on the New Earth? God has future plans for the Earth. presence of God Destroyed or Renewed? To long for Heaven is to long Will God destroy the Earth and start from scratch, or will he transform for God. Being with God for eter- it into a new one? Some verses seem to imply that the Earth will be nity is the ultimate blessing of destroyed completely (Luke 21:33; 2 Peter 3:10). On the other hand, Heaven. Every other pleasure we the Bible also provides evidence that the Earth will remain forever. experience will pale in comparison. Certainly the Earth will not remain as it is now forever. How do we solve this dilemma? The Ultimate Joy On this Earth we can enter the God will destroy the Earth, but not in the sense of an absolute, final presence of God at any moment of destruction. Rather, the destruction will be temporary until He reverses any day through prayer. On the the destruction through the resurrection and restoration. God’s judgment New Earth we will be able to live through the Flood was universal but not permanent. Neither will His in His presence in our resurrected judgment through fire be eternal. bodies. Can there be any greater joy than this? Familiar or Unfamiliar? Will we recognize places on the New Earth? One of the most com- mon misunderstandings about Heaven is that our surroundings will be unfamiliar. But biblical evidence teaches the opposite. Many of our as- sumptions can’t be justified with God’s Word. We have reduced Heaven “To see God will be to a place that older people want to go to as a preferable option to suf- our greatest joy, the joy fering and disability. “But the Bible portrays life in God’s presence, by which all others in our resurrected bodies in a resurrected universe, as so exciting will be measured.” and compelling that even the youngest and healthiest of us should daydream about it.” continued on page 6 6 CELEBRATING THE PRESENCE OF GOD continued from page 5 Will There Be Space and Time? Eden existed in space and time. The greatest attraction in Eden Worshiping God The New Earth will also exist in was the presence of God. The worst If you’ve ever had a moment space and time. We will be delivered part of the Curse was that God re- when you have experienced the from all evil; but space and time are moved His presence. When we die, very presence of God, you can not evil. We will still be finite beings our experience will be wonderful testify that the experience was in the sense that we cannot be in two as we enjoy living in the presence anything but boring. In the New places at one time. When we meet of God. But it is not certain that Earth we will forever explore the with others, it will be at a specific we will fully see the face of God beauty and mysteries of God. “In place at a specific time. then. The time we eagerly await is Heaven, we’ll be at home with the day when God will establish the the God we love and who loves One of the great hymns of the New Earth because on that day we us whole-heartedly. Lovers don’t faith says, “Time shall be no more.” will actually see God’s face. There bore each other.” We naturally assume that this phrase can be no greater joy than this. is biblically based. But it is not. John Most people don’t understand Newton had a more biblical response Living with God how thrilling worship will be. They when he wrote, “When we’ve been On the day that God restores have stereotypically connected wor- there ten thousand years.” The Bible the Earth to its original design, ship with church services, which is filled with references which pro- Heaven and Earth will marry. No are to them boring. God’s Church vide evidences of time in Heaven. longer will humanity reside in one (the people of God) will be in Heav- We will live in chronological se- place and God and His angels in en; but there will be no temple quence where one step always fol- another. Believers will be able to and no biblical evidence which in- lows the previous. But we will no visit with God anytime they wish. dicates there will be church services. longer live under the pressure of time. God won’t send a delegate. He Himself will live with us (Revela- Worship extends far beyond singing and prayer. We won’t be Will There Be Sun, Moon, and Oceans? tion 21:3). Not that we would ever Some have cited biblical evidence want to, but no matter how far we on our knees all day praising Jesus. But He will be continuously first to indicate that there will be no sun travel on the New Earth, we will or moon in the New Earth (see Rev- never go far enough to leave His in our thinking. And that is worship. elation 21:23; 22:5). No verse in- presence. dicates the absence of the sun or In reality, worship cannot be We’ve all imagined what it would ho-hum. As each day passes in the moon. Instead, the verses suggest be like to walk alongside Jesus as New Earth, we will discover that that these celestial bodies will not the disciples did. On the New Earth, God becomes more and more fas- be needed because the glory of God we will have that opportunity. We cinating. The more we get to know will outshine them. can talk with Him, laugh with Him, Him, the more we will want to When the Bible indicates there discuss a book with Him, and even know Him. We will never be able will be no more night (Revelation play ball with Him. Certainly, being to get enough of God. 22:5), it is speaking figuratively of with Christ will be the ultimate the crime, evil, prostitution, and prize of Heaven. CBS other acts of evil that often occur during the cover of darkness. We must remember that God created questions and answers about heaven the nighttime and that it existed before the Fall. What Will the New Jerusalem Be Like? The same principle can be applied In Revelation 21-22, the place where God and His people will live when dealing with the verse which eternally is called a city fifteen times. The fact that the city is described indicates that in the New Earth there using many physical descriptions suggests a physical, geographical location. will be no sea (Revelation 21:1). Revelation 21:15-16 reveals the actual dimensions to be the equivalent To the people in Bible times, the of 1,400 miles in length, width, and height. The notion that these figures sea brought tremendous fear. The might have some symbolic importance does not negate the possibility waters separated nations and drowned that these represent the literal dimensions of the New Jerusalem. loved ones. Everything in the New Earth is upgraded. Why would God We should not worry about Heaven being crowded because the take away from us the joy of walking ground level of the city will be approximately 2 million square miles. on sandy beaches and enjoying the Of course, we do not know exactly how the living quarters will be estab- sound of waves crashing to the shore? lished. But combining our imagination with the biblical measurements, Could it be that we will be able to the height would allow the city to have more than 600,000 stories. Bil- dive without tanks and stay under lions and billions of believers could reside there. water for hours? Could it be that This city will be completely different from today’s city. Imagine all we will be able to play with water the benefits of culture, the arts, and natural wonders, but none of the creatures? Why not? disadvantages of crime, pollution, sirens, and homelessness. continued on page 7 7 7 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HEAVEN continued from page 6 The Bible does not speak with ory lapse of things that happened absolute clarity about the appear- or people we knew on Earth. One Will We Lose Our Identity? ance of our age in Heaven. In Isaiah of the greatest joys of living in Heav- Jesus called people in Heaven, we read of little children playing en for eternity is re-establishing such as Lazarus, Abraham, Moses, with the animals. Could it be that relationships with loved ones. In and Elijah, by their names. Names when children die, they will begin 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, Paul, represent identity. Who we are on their days in the New Earth at they dealing with end times, speaks of earth, we will be in Heaven (except same age? If that is the case, then the comfort that believers will have without the bad parts). believing parents would be able to when they are reunited with their still raise their children, the joy loved ones. So, yes, we will recog- they missed while on earth. nize one another. Will We Recognize Others? CBS “Death is a relocation Nothing from the Bible sug- of the same person from gests that there will be a total mem- one place to another. The place changes, but the person remains the same.” miscellaneous questions and answers We do not become angels when Miscellaneous Questions we die. We will have emotions, but Will there be marriage and family in Heaven? Jesus taught that the they will not be distorted. We will institution of marriage would end. But He never suggested that the deep have desires, but they will not be relationships of family, including parent-child, would ever cease. The Bible unholy. teaches there will be continuity between this life and the next. Certainly, this teaching includes relationships among family. We will pick up where Jesus didn’t become someone we left off. else when He died. He was the same person after the resurrection as He Will there be sex in Heaven? Sex is a beautiful gift from God that was before. God says our names existed before the Fall. However, since the institution of marriage will are written in the Book of Life. not exist, then this is one example where the doctrine of continuity does And He will call us by our names. not hold. Could it be that God will fulfill this human desire in some higher We will be ourselves in Heaven. form? What about our loved ones in Hell? Won’t that fact spoil the joys of What Will Redeemed Heaven? The Bible gives no indication that believers in Heaven will be Bodies Look Like? ignorant of Hell. But we will certainly see things from a much better per- Our bodies will be restored to spective. God will be our source of joy, and nothing will be able to interfere the natural beauty of Eden. They with that joy. will not need any cosmetic touch- up. If we are tall on Earth, then we will probably be tall in Heaven. No one will look identical to an- other. Without the curse, our bodies “Of this we may be absolutely certain: will be perfectly suited for eternity. They will no longer face the ills of Hell will have no power over Heaven; heart disease, arthritis, or cancer. none of Hell’s misery will ever veto We won’t have to try to look beau- any of Heaven’s joy.” tiful because we will be beautiful. Will there be national and ethnic identities? Yes. God will preserve We will not lose our gender in our designed uniqueness. Revelation 5:9-10 teaches that God has redeemed Heaven. Jesus remained a male af- people from every tribe, language, people, and nation, and that these re- ter the resurrection. Human bodies deemed ones will reign in the New Earth. However, racism and social in- are not genderless. Adam and Eve justice will be completely erased from our existence. did not wear clothes until after the Fall. But in the intermediate Heav- Will there be animals in Heaven? As Isaiah 11 teaches, how can a en, people are described as wear- child lead the calf and the lion if there are no animals in Heaven? How ing clothes. So, evidently, in the can the leopard lie down with the goat? Animals and mankind will enjoy New Earth we will wear clothes the redeemed Earth. Not only will there be animals in Heaven, but biblical but not because of temptation evidence informs us that they will actually engage in giving praise to the or shame. Almighty God (Revelation 5:13). continued on page 8 8 MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS AND CONCLUSION continued from page 7 Will our pets be restored in The fact that our true home is Heaven? Actually, this is not a stu- in Heaven should motivate us to pid question as some would suggest. make sure we invest our days on Why do people of all ages find such Earth in deeds of service that have joy and companionship in their eternal value. We should make pets? It is because we possess a every effort to lead as many people God-given affection for animals. to Christ as possible. We should Although we cannot say definitive- recognize that every choice we ly, is it beyond God’s power to re- make each day has a direct influ- Volume 3, Number 13 store a pet to the New Earth? Of ence on the world to come. We Publisher course not. Perhaps God will create should seek to live a Christ-cen- David & Catherine Martin some new animals. Perhaps He will tered, righteous life. We should do Editors bring some animals back to life. all we can to feed the hungry, mini- Michael & Cheryl Chiapperino Or perhaps He will do a combina- ster to the sick, and provide hope tion of these two possibilities. We to the hopeless. Published on the World Wide Web at must remember that Christ’s re- ChristianBookSummaries.com. demption covers not just humans The mission of Christian Book but all of God’s creation. Summaries is to enhance the ministry of thinking Christians by providing Conclusion “As a Christian, the day thorough and readable summaries How should we live now in I die will be the best day of noteworthy books from light of Heaven? We should antici- Christian publishers. pate Heaven as our home. Home I’ve ever lived. But it won’t is a place of refuge. Our work and be the best I ever will live. The opinions expressed are those of the original writers vacations may take us to many ex- Resurrection day will be far and are not necessarily those citing places. But there is still no better. And the first day of Christian Book Summaries place like home. Home is where or its Council of Reference. we relax, where we entertain guests, on the New Earth~ and where we work on projects. that will be one big step Heaven by Randy Alcorn, copyright “Our true home in Heaven will for mankind, one giant leap 2004 by Eternal Perspective Minis- have all the good things about for God’s glory.” tries. Summarized by permission of our earthly homes, multiplied the publisher, Tyndale House Publish- many times, but none of the bad.” ers, Inc., 351 Executive Drive, Carol CBS Stream, Illinois. 516 pages. $24.99. ISBN 0842379428. This book is avail- able at most Christian bookstores, at any online publisher (such as Christianbook.com, Amazon.com, or Parable.com) or by calling Tyndale House Publishers at 1-800-323-9400. The author: Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. Alcorn is the author of 20 books. He and his wife, Nanci, live in Gresh- am, Oregon. They have two mar- ried daughters. Summarized by: Ken Kelly. A grad- uate of Southwestern Baptist Theo- logical Seminary, Dr. Kelly has served as senior pastor of Chapin Baptist Church in Chapin, South Carolina since 1986.