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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414310412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414310411
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God's Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His 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. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has an MA degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.

A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books, including Courageous, Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books in print exceed seven million and have been translated into over fifty languages. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM's issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence.

Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.

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And the illustrations, by Doron Ben-Ami, are amazing!
Kristina Seleshanko
The book mentions that Jesus is greater than famous baseball players and that one day we will all live on a New Earth, but we must "wait until then."
Glenna S. Edwards, author
This sweet book explores the promises of Heaven, finding positive meaning in our trials and what happens when we die.
Denise M. DiFalco

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on February 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wait Until Then by Randy Alcorn is a beautiful story about a wheelchair-bound young boy and his grandfather who is dying of cancer. They share a great love for baseball.

Nathan wants more than anything to be able to run and walk like other kids so he can really play baseball. His grandfather knows this and tries to show him that there are other things far more important.

They have many good talks as they fish, play catch, and just spend time together. As Grandpa explains why we have suffering and bad things, he also talks about a time when all will be made new and Nathan will be able to run and jump just like other boys on the New Earth. Grandpa also tells Nathan and his brother and sister about Heaven and how Jesus is building a special place there for each person.

Alcorn designed this book to be used to open dialogue with children about Heaven--what it is like and how to get there. The plan of salvation is presented within the story. Every page is a full-color illustration of the story. It is recommended for the ages of six through ten and will be a great book to be handed down from generation to generation. - Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Seleshanko on June 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Randy Alcorn's Wait Until Then is both touching and wise. Any parent who wants to explain what happens to us when we die, how to deal with the death of a loved one, and how to cope with serious disappointment will want to read this book with their child.

The book introduces us to Nathan, a boy of about 9 or 10, and his grandfather. We learn that Nathan loves baseball, and that his grandfather once played in the major leagues. Nathan and Gramps share lots of good times playing catch, talking about baseball, and fishing, but Nathan has a great disappointment in his life. He's in a wheelchair. Too, Gramps is slowing down. He uses a walker, and he has cancer.

Yet when Nathan asks Gramps if he misses baseball, Gramps replies he'd rather play catch with Nathan than play next to some of the great major league players. "I'm grateful for my baseball years," Gramps says. "But they weren't as important as other things - like marrying your grandma and having children, including your mother."

Gramps tries to help Nathan cope with his negative feelings about being in a wheelchair. When Nathan bemoans the fact that he can't play ball, Gramps reminds him: "One day you will [run the bases]...God promises that one day we'll live on a New Earth. He'll fix everything. Nothing will be bad there. And we'll have better bodies than the greatest Olympic athletes." Gramps also tells Nathan that God had a special reason for putting Nathan in a wheelchair, whether or not they can see what it is just now. He also explains what Nathan needs to do to accept God's gift of salvation.

Then Gramps goes to the hospital. When Nathan visits, Gramps reminds him: "I want you to love Jesus and pray to him every day. It's fine to enjoy baseball.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Skeets Norquist on February 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read Wait Until Then to my 8 year old son last night. He followed the story and liked it a lot. I thought it was great and the illustrations are just incredible--some of them look like photographs!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. N. Baldridge on April 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Do you remember being a kid and loving the smell of the freshly printed pages of a new book?! I do! I know - I'm a 'book-a-holic'! Seriously though, this book is one of those wonderful books that has the ability to take you back to being a child. It has that nostalgic smell to the pages...but it is beautifully written and put together - the most important part. The theme message (regarding loss of a dear one) is well written for kids and even adults. I recently lost my dear Dad and this book has been wonderful for my four children. I had to read it to myself a few times to get through the tears so I could read it to them without being so choked up. The pictures draw you in, it is incredibly graphic. This book is a treasure to my family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Bartsch on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Randy Alcorn's book Wait Until Then is a beautiful story for children, particularly boys. Through the short and simple story of a grandpa dying of cancer while mentoring his wheelchair-bound grandson Nathan, Alcorn models a Christian view of suffering, death, and eternity. This would be a good book to read with a child who is experiencing the sickness or death of a good friend or beloved relative.

This is a hard book to criticize (the illustrations alone are so beautiful you almost want to put them on the wall) but I do have a few concerns.

Dr. Alcorn uses baseball as a common interest that both Gramps and Nathan share. Nathan wonders whether they will play baseball in heaven. Gramps says, "Well, there's a lot that I don't know. But I do know God is our Father and fathers love to see their children play. Since we'll have new bodies on the New Earth, we know we'll be able to play baseball... and since they'll be better bodies, I'm pretty sure our best baseball is still ahead of us."

I have two concerns here. One is that baseball like many sports has become something of an idol in our culture. Visit a major league game sometime and you'll see what I mean. Neighbor boys playing ball in the empty corner lot is one thing (do any American boys still do that? or do they all play ball on their Xbox now?), but the billions of dollars and hours spent in watching other people toss the ball around is another thing.

Dr. Alcorn anticipates concern this by having Gramps tell Nathan, "It's fine to enjoy baseball. But remember, everything we love should cause us to love Jesus more, not less.
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