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Heaven Revealed: What Is It Like? What Will We Do?... And 11 Other Things You've Wondered About Paperback – March 1, 2011
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With these things in mind, I was delighted to see that Dr. Paul Enns (minister through Biblical Training & Leadership Development, Idlewood Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida, and serves as professor and director of the Tampa Extension, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) had developed a new book on the subject.
After suddenly losing his wife Helen after 45 years of marriage, Enns went looking for answers about the afterlife. His search began and ended within the pages of Scripture and theological exploration.
Enns confronted the same questions that many of us have about the afterlife, and specifically about the prospect of heaven. He addressed these questions in this book.
Where is heaven? What kind of body will we have? What will the new heaven and earth look like? What will life be like in heaven? What will we do in heaven? What will our relationships with others be like?
The book spells out his answers to these questions in a way that is highly readable and clear. For instance, in chapter 12, he explains that, in continuity with our earthly life, we will retain our distinctive identities in heaven, and will be known as we are now. The idea then lends itself to a further conclusion that we will also be reunited with loved ones who have gone before us. These ideas and many others like them make the book very interesting and thought-provoking.
Though at times it seemed like he was over-extending himself in certain areas, making `claims into certainties' based on one or two passages from Scripture, and in turn making general statements into sweeping actualities for everyone, I still appreciated his sincere attempt to grapple with the issues in a fair and reasonable way.
I recommend this book to everyone looking for answers about the prospect of the afterlife in general, and the hope of heaven in particular. You may at times disagree with certain ideas, but the book overall will help to instill hope and peace about life after death and generate a longing to one day spend an eternity in a place where death and decay will be no more.