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Driven by Eternity: Making Your Life Count Today & Forever Hardcover – April 10, 2006

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Bestselling Christian author Bevere (Under Cover; The Fear of the Lord) turns his heart and pen to eternity. So many people, he says, live without heaven on their minds, yet eternity is planted in their hearts. His goal is to open readers' eyes to what awaits them: whether the end result will be horrible suffering or great joy, all will face God's judgment. Bevere uses the allegorical story of King Jalyn, his kingdom of Affabel, and the capital city of Endel and its inhabitants to help readers understand how life choices affect their eternal future. At first blush the allegory seems contrived, but Bevere adds depth to characters such as Double Life, Deceived and Charity. He is certain to offend some conservative evangelicals with his talk of visions and dreams, and his opinion that Christians can sometimes lose their salvation. Readers can't argue, however, with his knowledge of the Bible. Bevere urges Christians to get to work for God and asks tough questions about why some are not doing so. He doesn't sugarcoat his belief that heaven is imminent and that many people, Christian and not, are wasting their lives on useless pursuits and priorities. This book will linger long in the consciences and hearts of readers. (Apr. 10)
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About the Author

John Bevere is passionate to see individuals deepen their intimacy with God and capture an eternal perspective. An international bestselling author with award-winning teaching materials, as well as a speaker at conferences and churches, John cohosts The Messenger TV program airing in 216 nations. John has a doctorate in ministry. He and his wife, Lisa, also a bestselling author, founded Messenger International in 1990, which currently has offices in Colorado, Australia, and the United Kingdom. They live in Colorado Springs with their four sons.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; First Edition edition (April 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446578665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446578660
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me start off by saying I'm inspired by and appreciate John Bevere's ministry. I've found nearly all of his books to be both challenging and well written. It is good and sadly all too rare these days to find a "charismatic" who is well grounded and not too "flaky" in his faith. So by my having a few issues with this particular book I am in no way trying to be negative with John's overall teaching.

( And by the way I have actually bought and read this book. :))

At heart, the issue I struggle in Driven By Eternity is the confusion between judgment and rewards for service (faithfulness) and Judgment and rewards for salvation. I realize that the lines between the two are easily blurred. We do stare into a clouded mirror in trying to understand what heaven and the judgment seat of Jesus is really like . But I do feel as an evangelical, there has to be a clear doctrine that we are "Saved" by faith alone, we will never be "good/faithful/dedicated" enough. Even as a "Christian" we lay down our deeds at the cross and rejoice because Christ paid the price. But I sensed for weeks after reading this book a feeling of condemnation and despair, because the way it is written believers get thrown into the dark tower (hell) for what they had or hadn't done in their lives. Only the ones who were next to perfect get to go to heaven. And this, though well intentioned is not correct.

The book has two parts, the first is dealing the story of Affable where the rewards and punishment of heaven are written in a parables type fashion. The second or latter half deals with the living a lifestyle based on a believers final destination. Having an Eternal value system and perspective if you like.
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Driven by Eternity is most impacting, riveting book I have ever read. I wept, I cried and could not sleep for days because of the truths and realities in this book. I now hold in my heart the power to change my forever! I will never, ever be the same. If you have any interest at all in your eternal future, you MUST get this book. It will rock your world.
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I loved "Drawing Near" and it truly changed me; however when John makes the point that any number divided by infinity is zero I was profoundly impacted, and the fact that we will be judged not according to what we did but according to what we were called to do has given me an eternal perspective that I am confident will help me to make the second half of my life more focused and effective.

Thank you John for your boldness and obedience.
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This is a great book. It is rich in many biblical concepts, yet it lacks in others. Mainly that of grace. The author seems to miss the concept that faith in the cleansing blood of Christ ALONE provides us salvation, not faith in Christ + following all of the laws perfectly until death. While following all of the laws is very important (and the lack of will have consequences), The whole reason Christ came is because I cannot keep all of the laws. Christ himself spoke of the erring ways of the Pharisees and Saducees of being so focused on not breaking any laws, while not walking in grace from, and love towards God.

What this book forced me to do is use scripture IN ITS CONTEXT to support what I believe. Such as 1 John 5:13 "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may KNOW that you have eternal life. This verse in its contexts gives me authority to say that I KNOW (not hope) that I have ETERNAL life (not life until I choose my selfish ways over God's law, which occurs every time I sin). Also John 6:37 in which Christ says "All that the father gives to me will come to me, and he who comes to me I WILL BY NO MEANS CAST OUT." This verse, in context, says that ALL who come to Jesus for salvation will not be cast out. It does not say that a perfect life, heart, record, attitude, biblical understanding, driving record, tithing record, etc. is necessary for salvation.

One of the verses taken out of context by this author is Rev 3:5 which speaks to specific people (not everyone ever created) in the church of Sardis, telling them they God WILL NOT take their name out of the book of life. The author reads into this verse and gets the idea that a person's name can be taken out of the book of life.
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John Bevere is truly gifted from God. I am a semi new Christian recognizing that wa are living in the days of Jesus return and therefore need to make every second count for eternity. I have not yet fully stepped out as a Christian yet but asked God to work on me quick realizing that I may not have years to become a mature Christian before I am called to rise up stronger than the present and ever growing evil in this world. I have purchased more copies to give as gifts because his message of preparing for eternity can not be ignored and even if those who receive this book think they would rather have money, they hopefully will realize that eternity is more important than present comfort and concern for wordily things........now more than ever people need to hear this before world war three erupts and 1/3of all people are dead, a peace treaty for Isreal confirmed by the anti Christ, one world government, the great tribulation and return of the blessed Christ our savior.......
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