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Heaven Is a Place on Earth [Kindle Edition]

Michael E. Wittmer
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Book Description

I don’t want to go to heaven. Not that I’m lobbying for the other place . . .
—Michael Wittmer

This planet is more than just a stopover on your way to heaven. It is your final destination. God wants you to enjoy your earthly existence, and to think otherwise is to miss the life he intends for you.

Exploring the book of Genesis, Heaven Is a Place on Earth gently but firmly strips away common misconceptions of Christianity and broadens your worldview to reveal the tremendous dignity and value of everyday life. Taking you from creation, to the fall, to redemption, and to glimpses from the book of Revelation, Michael Wittmer opens your eyes to a faith that encompasses all of life—baseball games, stock reports, church activities, prayer, lovemaking, work, hobbies . . . everything that lies within the sphere of human activity. To be fully Christian is to be fully human, says Wittmer, alive and responsive to the kingdom of God in all that you are and all that you do.

Discover the freedom and impact God created you for. It starts with a truly Christian worldview. And its fruit is the undiluted gospel, powerful not only to save souls, but to restore them to a life that is truly worth living.

Includes discussion/reflection questions after each chapter.


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I don’t want to go to heaven. Not that I’m lobbying for the other place . . . —Michael Wittmer

This planet is more than just a stopover on your way to heaven. It is your final destination. God wants you to enjoy your earthly existence, and to think otherwise is to miss the life he intends for you.

Exploring the book of Genesis, Heaven Is a Place on Earth gently but firmly strips away common misconceptions of Christianity and broadens your worldview to reveal the tremendous dignity and value of everyday life. Taking you from creation, to the fall, to redemption, and to glimpses from the book of Revelation, Michael Wittmer opens your eyes to a faith that encompasses all of life—baseball games, stock reports, church activities, prayer, lovemaking, work, hobbies . . . everything that lies within the sphere of human activity. To be fully Christian is to be fully human, says Wittmer, alive and responsive to the kingdom of God in all that you are and all that you do.

Discover the freedom and impact God created you for. It starts with a truly Christian worldview. And its fruit is the undiluted gospel, powerful not only to save souls, but to restore them to a life that is truly worth living.

Includes discussion/reflection questions after each chapter.

About the Author

Michael Wittmer is professor of systematic and historical theology Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and author of Heaven Is a Place on Earth. SPANISH BIO: Michael E. Wittmer, doctorado en Filosofia por el Seminario Teologico Calvino, es profesor de teologia sistematica e historica y director del departamento de teologia en el Seminario Teologico de Grand Rapids, donde ha ensenado desde 1996.

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  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 30, 2009)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SES69U
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Needed Book May 11, 2004
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Dr. Wittmer's book was a wonderful read. Not only was he witty (I found myself chuckling and reading out loud to my wife), but he delves into some deep philosophical and theological waters without confusing the reader. Dr. Wittmer understands these complex issues so well he is able to bring these down to a very understandable level for the average person. I have taught Worldview classes to both college and high school students and have struggled to find a text that introduces these complex topics in a creative and clear way. In Heaven is a Place on Earth, I have now found the best text I have seen for introducing people to the relevant topics of Christian Worldview.
Dr. Wittmer discusses why humans exist, where we are going to end up, and how we get there following the Creation, Fall, Redemption model of Scripture. He steers the reader away from the current gnostic cult in our contemporary culture which implies that anything physical is bad (and so we must baptize articles with Christian symbols) and that a Christian's goal is to leave this earth (see Revelation 21). Instead, he remains faithful to the biblical texts and demonstrates how God truly is Immanuel (God with us).
All in all, I believe this book is a necessity for anyone wanting to form a balanced and informed Christian Worldview.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. Wittmer does modern Christians a great service in Heaven is a Place on Earth. Too long our view of how we should engage in the world has been skewed by non-biblical concepts and paradigms. His balanced approach to living in the world (and enjoying it!) is a welcome relief from years of confusion caused by well-meaning but misguided pastors and authors. His wit and voice make this book a joy to read and the notes, discussion questions, and case studies in the back make it a perfect text for small groups, Sunday school, and personal enrichment.
Many thanks to Dr. Wittmer who encourages all of us to enjoy life, creation, and other people in the way that God intends for them to be enjoyed. (I always suspected that God might want us to be happy.) A liberating and positive text that deserved heavier cover stock from the publisher. Highly recommended!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a theology of creation March 7, 2009
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Michael Wittmer's book on Heaven is a book about the meaning in life as opposed to the meaning of life. Well, it ends up combining the two but starts out developing the first and then integrates the second.

Wittmer seeks to help shape a proper Christian worldview about the world on which we live, otherwise known as Earth. Whereas the significant majority of Christian books discuss the meaning of life, Wittmer seeks to take it beyond all that and talk about what it means to be human and why we live on Earth. Those Christian books that discuss the meaning of life all address key aspects of the Christian life such as reading the Bible, spending time in prayer, sharing your faith with others and going to church (to name a few). These are all good things and are important but it seems it may be that God intends more for us in this life than just the practice of the spiritual disciplines. He writes in he preface:

"Instead, I want to examine what these "meaning of life" books typically overlook. They are right to tell us that we were created for worship, ministry evangelism, fellowship, and discipleship, but they are wrong to stop there. Look at that list again. While it more or less covers our responsibilities as Christians, it says little about what it means to be human. Does our purpose for life consist entirely in these spiritual activities, or is there also some value in showing up for work, waxing our car, playing with our children, or taking a trip to the beach - just a few of the many things we do, not because we are Christian, but primairly because we are human?

It is these distinctly human activities that this book seeks to address.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New perspective September 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book really challenged my thoughts about heaven. I had always thought about heaven as the natural place Christians go to when we die. But the author argues that Heaven is a result of the fall. Fascinating. He writes: "Contrary to popular opinion, the Christian hope is not that someday all believers get to die and go to heaven. Indeed, the only reason anyone ever goes to heaven is sin. If Adam and Eve had never sinned, they would have continued to live on this planet, enjoying the beauty of creation as they walked in close fellowship with their Creator." I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to broaden their thoughts about heaven.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A much needed balanced perspective September 5, 2010
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An excellent treatment of the creation, fall, redemption story and a much needed corrective to common theological extremes. On the one hand the remnants of Gnostic influence leas to the idea that the ultimate goal of the Christian is to escape this world to heaven and on the other hand the Gospel is reduced to simply a social gospel in the here and now. These extremes lead to either an escapist attitude and neglect of the creation and human society or an unhealthy focus on them.

Mike Wittmer does a great job of balancing the tension between the "already" and "not yet" of the Kingdom, while also explaining how the life to come gives deep significance to our life now. God's original intentions for His creation and humanity haven't changed. He never intended for creation to be static, for human culture to never advance and develop. The Fall has hampered and tainted that , but it will ALL be redeemed someday, not replaced.

The book reflects many of the concepts popularized by Abraham Kuyper. Wittmer exhorts Christians to "celebrate creation, hone our humanity, and extend the grace of redemption to every corner of our existence." The spiritual disciplines are important, but God is interested in EVERY area of our life, "Does our purpose for life consist entirely in these spiritual activities, or is there also some value in showing up for work, waxing our car, playing with our children, or taking a trip to the beach - just a few of the many things we do, not because we are Christian, but primarily because we are human? " (p. 12)

I particularly found his discussions of the theological concept of vocation and the role of the Sabbath well done and I loved how he put the concept that creation "began in a garden and ends in a city"...human culture has a significant role to play in eternity! Well worth reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very important topic!
This book wasn't quite what I expected - perhaps I had unreasonably high hopes after reading N.T. Wright's "Surprised by Hope" and getting a recommendation of this book... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Troy M. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soul food
This book gets to the heart of how we miss our calling on earth while awaiting our time in Heaven.

Great food for thought!
Published 10 months ago by Patricia Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful
I loved seeing the scriptures about "Heaven" in a new light. This is a book to help you think through things that matter and the way God works. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Susan Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, thought provoking
This book will make you rethink what you assume about heaven. Very good at bringing it down to earth and real, not a fantasy. Read more
Published 21 months ago by H. Phillips
1.0 out of 5 stars Knows more than God
I felt uncomfortable reading Wittmer's works, and that is my problem, not his. I think I can understand how his words are so captivating and his ideas can be ever so convincing to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by David Aharb
5.0 out of 5 stars Review at The High Calling
I regularly review books for an online community called The High Calling. I really enjoyed this book. You can find my complete review over here:

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Published on July 15, 2012 by Laura J. Boggess
5.0 out of 5 stars Why destroy what He called very good
This a must read for anyone who has a developed a worldview, or even wonders what a worldview is. It makes you look hard at creation.... Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by J. J. SEHLKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Worldview Reformation
In a culture which produces thousands of books on the subject of worldview this one stands alone. This book should be taught in churches all around America.
Published on July 2, 2004 by Eric
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