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- Print Length: 272 pages
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- Publisher: Zondervan (August 30, 2009)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000SES69U
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Wittmer surveys the familiar themes of creation, fall and redemption, with a view toward increasing our appreciation of the physical creation. He insists that the world God designed and created and described as “very good” was in fact so very good that when it was corrupted God decided to redeem not just the souls of the people, who were the pinnacle of his creation, but the whole of it. He suggests that people are so perfectly suited to the environment God had provided for them that it is the best location for the ones God redeemed to inhabit for all of eternity.
On page 12, Wittmer reveals his intent to persuade us that God wants us to enjoy our earthly existence, and that we ought to redirect every aspect of this existence to his honor and glory.Read more ›
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A great wake up call to examine your worldview and understanding of heaven and eternity. Far from mundane floating clouds with harp playing followers of Christ perched atop,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. Hanson
A good treatise on the Ontolgical argument for the existence of God saved mankind's final destiny.Published 15 months ago by anthony fronzaglia
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 morePublished on August 6, 2014 by Troy M. Miller
This book gets to the heart of how we miss our calling on earth while awaiting our time in Heaven.
Great food for thought!
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 morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Susan Elliott
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 morePublished on March 16, 2013 by H. Phillips
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 morePublished on March 2, 2013 by David Aharb
This book really challenged my thoughts about heaven. I had always thought about heaven as the natural place Christians go to when we die. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Natalie Griffin
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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