- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 52734th edition (October 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414309767
- ISBN-13: 978-1414309767
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 125 customer reviews
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50 Days of Heaven: Reflections That Bring Eternity to Light Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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Get ready to embark on a wonderful journey.
If you've always thought of Heaven as a realm of clouds, disembodied spirits, and eternal harp strumming, you're in for a wonderful surprise.
God has put eternity in our hearts. Now Randy Alcorn brings eternity to light in 50 inspiring and thought-provoking meditations that will forever change the way you think about the spectacular new universe that awaits us: new heavens and a New Earth, where Jesus will be the cosmic center and joy will be the air we breathe-a universe free from pain and suffering, filled with unending beauty and adventure.
After reading and reflecting on these soul-stirring meditations, the next time you hear someone say, "We can't begin to imagine what Heaven will be like," you'll be able to tell them, "I can."
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This is a condensed version of his much larger book, Heaven, and is organized into 50 daily readings. Each day's reading covers 2-3 short pages, includes a devotional/applicational question, and ends with an exceptional prayer for the day.
Alcorn's purpose in his larger book is to basically produce a two-fold paradigm shift:
(1) To convince his readers that the popular conception of heaven is merely transitional and the ultimate heaven is the eternal heaven on earth in the New Creation.
(2) To cause his readers to begin to imagine what heaven may be like by considering the present creation liberated from the curse of sin and made that much better by being recreated with resurrection power.
Amazon reviews of his book, Heaven, seem to fall into one of four categories:
(1) People who have made the paradigm shift and whose eyes have been opened to how much more the Bible teaches about heaven than they previously realized. [The vast majority].
(2) People who do not want anyone messing with their present views/opinions/assumptions about heaven. [Be prepared for this book to unsettle many people and cause very emotional questions and discussions]
(3) People who are of the persuasion that to discuss anything other than God on his throne and the Lamb who was slain is utter blasphemy. [Alcorn makes clear that heaven is about the person of Christ and the presence of God but he is also very passionate about making it clear that it is also about a real and material place, the New Creation.]
(4) People who may be in categories #2 or #3 above and criticize Alcorn for encouraging his readers to use their imagination to reflect on the glories of heaven here on earth. [Such criticism fails to notice how often Alcorn uses words like "maybe, " "possibly," and "seems," while all along using the Scriptures as the boundary for his imagination and reflections.
I have found Alcorn's teaching on the Heaven to be biblical, balanced, and bold. It will motivate you to be a "Berean" and check what he says against the Bible. It strikes a great balance between teaching what the Bibles says and what Alcorn thinks could be valid conclusions and anticipations. It is bold in challenging people to reconsider what they have thought about heaven (or how little they have thought about it) and to become more heavenly minded to be more earthly good!
One or two weaknesses are evident in his larger work that do not necessarily show up as much in this shorter devotional edition.
(1) Even though Alcorn is a premillienialist in his eschatology, at times he will confuse passages that address the Millennial Kingdom of Christ with the Eternal State in the New Creation. He could be clearer at times in this regard.
(2) He larger book tends to be redundant and repetitive at times.
This devotional edition could be used in a multiple ways:
(1) Personal devotional material to experience a biblical paradigm shift about Heaven.
(2) Church-wide devotional material for sermon series on Heaven.
(3) Small group devotional material to be sued with the study guide and DVD lessons.
(4) Family devotional material for family discipleship.
(5) Gifts to all ages of people in all kinds of circumstances from graduation to grief.
One does not have to agree with every aspect of Alcorn's teaching on Heaven to benefit from it. Read it and see if you do not experience a paradigm shift that is not just biblical but also practical. The result may very well be that you will long for Heaven on the New Earth more than you ever have, while being motivated to live for Christ on this present earth more than you ever did.