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Heaven Is a Place on Earth by [Wittmer, Michael E.]
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  • File Size: 933 KB
  • 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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By Jeffrey A. Swanson on May 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Dr. Wittmer's book was a wonderful read. Not only was he witty (I found myself chuckling and reading out loud to my wife), but he delves into some deep philosophical and theological waters without confusing the reader. Dr. Wittmer understands these complex issues so well he is able to bring these down to a very understandable level for the average person. I have taught Worldview classes to both college and high school students and have struggled to find a text that introduces these complex topics in a creative and clear way. In Heaven is a Place on Earth, I have now found the best text I have seen for introducing people to the relevant topics of Christian Worldview.
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.
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Dr. Wittmer does modern Christians a great service in Heaven is a Place on Earth. Too long our view of how we should engage in the world has been skewed by non-biblical concepts and paradigms. His balanced approach to living in the world (and enjoying it!) is a welcome relief from years of confusion caused by well-meaning but misguided pastors and authors. His wit and voice make this book a joy to read and the notes, discussion questions, and case studies in the back make it a perfect text for small groups, Sunday school, and personal enrichment.
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!
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Michael Wittmer's book on Heaven is a book about the meaning in life as opposed to the meaning of life. Well, it ends up combining the two but starts out developing the first and then integrates the second.

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.
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Although the title "catches" you to read about heaven, Dr. Wittmer's whole approach about life is much broader and deeper for the believer. Excellent for personal study but also for group study. There are discussion questions at the end of the book to help with this.
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One summer my wife and I took a trip to France with my mother-in-law, who has since passed away. One of my wife’s most poignant memories is looking up with her mother at a little cottage on the side of a mountain while her mother remarked that she imagined heaven would be something like that. My mother-in-law would be delighted to have the opportunity to enjoy that mountain and that cottage for all of eternity. According to Dr. Michael Wittmer’s book, Heaven is a Place on Earth: Why Everything You Do Matters to God, she may be able to do just that. Since God specifically designed this planet as a home for people, and as a way to reveal himself to them, and as a laboratory within which we could construct elements of his coming kingdom, I am inclined to agree.

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.
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