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Friday, December 26, 2014

HEAVEN By Randy Alcorn

Publisher:  Tyndale Publishers
Release Date:  2004
Pages:  560
Genre:  Religion/Theology
Reviewed By WC

About the Book:  Alcorn answers questions about heaven by sharing from his extensive research on the topic--all from a biblical perspective. Heaven will help readers strive for eternity while they're living on earth.

WC's Review:  We all would guarantee joyous eternity if only we accept the salvation testament in order to enjoy life in the Garden of Eden as God originally intended. Randy Alcorn truly believes this is where Heaven will be.

Alcorn goes to great length justifying his convictions. He cites scripture references to back up his pronouncements. The only reason this book did not receive five stars is that some of his citations remain nebulous. But, he explains, you must be prepared to interpret the Bible literally.

Jonathan Edwards and CS Lewis, among other proclaimed biblical thinkers, are frequently cited.

The true believer will readily approve, but non-believers will struggle. Non-believers remain non-believing when God shows up performing miracles, and will continue to do so until the culmination of the end times.

This is not a book intended to win souls but one that excites the imagination of those who know that we will live in eternity with our Heavenly Father.


About the Author:  Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world.

"My ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity," Alcorn says. "I do that by trying to analyze, teach and apply the implications of Christian truth."

Before starting EPM in 1990, Alcorn co-pastored for thirteen years Good Shepherd Community Church outside Gresham, Oregon. He has ministered in many countries, including China, and is a popular teacher and conference speaker. Randy has taught on the part-time faculties of Western Seminary and Multnomah University, both in Portland, Oregon.

Randy is a best-selling author of over 40 books including Heaven, The Treasure Principle and the 2002 Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home. He has written numerous articles for magazines such as Discipleship Journal, Moody, Leadership, New Man, and The Christian Reader. He produces the quarterly issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives, and has been a guest on more than 650 radio and television programs including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, The Bible Answer Man, Revive Our Hearts, Truths that Transform and Faith Under Fire.

Alcorn resides in Gresham, Oregon with his wife, Nanci, and their Dalmatian, Moses. The Alcorns have two married daughters, Karina and Angela.

Randy and Nanci are the proud grandparents of four grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research and reading.

Taken from the Eternal Perspective Ministries website, http://www.epm.org