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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth: Connecting This Life to the Next Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Christians often dwell on a speculative future existence; we need more realism and seriousness regarding the earthiness of our created condition. Bierma probes the implications of Revelation-inspired visions of a new creation.
"Those of us who have read Nathan Bierma's shorter pieces in newspapers and blogs recognize him to be a rising star in an emerging generation of evangelical commentators on the issues of cultural life. In this, his first book-length, study he also reveals a first-rate theological mind, as he shows the relevance of the Bible's vision of a future transformed creation to the present-day challenges of cultural discipleship." Richard J. Mouw
"Our vision of heaven shapes not only how we deal with death, but how we live, work, and worship. And so often our view of heaven falls short of the rich vision the Bible offers. Here is a book that corrects our nearsightedness and helps us 'set our minds on things above.' Best of all, it is written with the kind of winsome and engaging language that matches the zesty and fulsome vision of heaven it describes." John D. Witvliet, director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
"Not many writers in their twenties take up the subject of heaven. Isn't life too full and busy for such concerns? That Nathan Bierma has done so--with a depth of insight and a spiritual maturity rarely encountered in writers twice his age--suggests that the book you hold is exceptional." John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture
"An engaging, provocative, and practical book on our responsibility to be agents of renewal in the world even while avoiding worldliness. This is a must read for evangelicals and beyond since such faithful living is meant to be part of all Christians' witness in God's world. We can't create heaven on earth, but we can by grace be signposts to heaven while dwelling on earth." --Quentin Schultze, author, Communicating for Life and Habits of the High-Tech Heart
About the Author
Nathan Bierma is communications and research coordinator for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and contributing writer to the Chicago Tribune. His website is nbierma.com .
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I almost gave up on this book. I'm glad I didn't. Though I had trouble getting through the first 50 pages, after that, it really kept my attention.
Bierma's main point is that we're not just here on earth to wait for heaven, and heaven, when we "get there" will be a lot like earth. We're not going to sit around on clouds, playing harps. We're going to live on earth, enjoying life and community the way God intended.
I have thought this for a while, and was happy to find someone who has done some thinking and writing in this area.
But Bierma doesn't stop there. He argues convincingly that since our eternal life will be like this present life (only without all the negatives), we should live in this present life the way we will live in the eternal life, and that this is the message of the Kingdom and the Gospel. I wholeheartedly agree.
My favorite parts of the book (as with any book) is where he provides insight into tricky or controversial passages of Scripture. He spends a lot of time unpacking Isaiah 60, and also helped my understanding of 1 John 2:15 and Mark 13. I'm sure his insights will find their way into my future commentary writing.