"As someone who grew up in the church and studying the Bible, yet without a full understanding of our eternal home--the New Heaven and the New Earth--this book not only expanded my understanding, it fed my longing. This is a book I will recommend again and again to those who long to understand what awaits believers beyond this life." Nancy Guthrie
, author of Hearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow
- "When Elyse Fitzpatrick writes a book, you want to read it because you know it came from her passionate, purposeful, yet practical walk with the Lord. When she writes about heaven, you want to go there because she described it in such a clear, compelling way. Home will fan the flame of your desire for the life that is to come - in heaven with Jesus Christ for all eternity."Dr. James MacDonald Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel and author of Vertical Church JamesMacDonald.org
"In Home Elyse Fitzpatrick has tackled a daunting assignment: 'I'm trying to describe and even make you long for something neither one of us has ever experienced.' The challenge is to give us a glimpse, a taste, an aroma of the unmitigated and endless delights of the New Earth that are Christians' destiny, secured for us by Jesus' death and resurrection. Instead of indulging in flights of sentimental fancy, Elyse has harnessed her imagination to the clues revealed in God's Word. The result is a preview of the Home (for which we are all homesick) that is both robustly biblical and irresistibly attractive. Both those who suffer the pain of alienation and those who are too comfortably "at home" in this sin-sick world need to let this book lift our sights toward the return of the King and his consummated kingdom." Dennis E. Johnson Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
"If ever we try to mark the character of God by the circumstances of our broken world, we will measure wrongly. The world does not disclose the fullness of his heart; the Cross does. Why then do we have to travel through this brokenness to find our way to a better home? The answer Elyse Fitzpatrick explores with empathy and accuracy is that the hard things wean us from love of what is passing so that we long for the promises of the eternal - and prioritize every experience and relationship accordingly. In this way, we learn that God's heart is not only revealed at the Cross, but also in the warmth of the home to which we are welcomed forever."
Bryan Chapell Author and Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
- "Western Christians have had very few good books on the subject of heaven--at least books written in our lifetimes...Elyse Fitzpatrick has now authored one for all Christians--and a genuinely good one! Readers should not skip Dr. Paul Tripp's preface. Dr. Tripp introduces one theme of Fitzpatrick that I found most fascinating: "an insatiable hunger for home," a deep longing, a homesickness in each of us. For me, the first aspect of Fitzpatrick's book that I found utterly fascinating was this theme of "longing," of "homesickness." Fitzpatrick's book is suffused with the text(s) of Holy Scripture--on virtually every page! She obviously intends to build a roundly and soundly Scriptural view of heaven as Christians' true home. What she is not interested in doing is presenting to her readers her own speculations. Good! I commend this book to any and all Christians. You won't have read, I think, anything like it before? And Fitzpatrick argues her case from Scripture text!" Dr. Rod Rosenbladt former Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine and the former co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program "The White Horse Inn"
"A new book from my friend Elyse is always an occasion for rejoicing, and Home is no exception. With characteristic insight, vulnerability and humor, she paints a hope-drenched portrait of kingdom come that is as fresh as it is alluring, yet clearly grounded in compassion for a world that's never seemed more sunk down in conflict, hurt, and confusion. All that's missing is Paul Simon in your ears, singing Homeward Bound. Beautiful." David Zahl, Director of Mockingbird Ministries
"Home, no goodbyes, livelier life, face-to-face--is there anything better than being led by God's word to meditate on heaven? Through Elyse's book, the Spirit and Word will open your eyes and take you into "thin places," your present troubles will feel a little less weighty, you will be more motivated to live a heavenly life and even contribute to the Lord's sooner return."
Ed Welch, CCEF Counselor, Conference Speaker and Author
- "Home. The word resonates with me. It's a word that brings longing and hope for some, pain and suffering for others. Elyse walks us through the realities on earth around this word and how the gospel gives us hope for a better home. This is a comforting book." Wendy Alsup, author of Practical Theology for Women and The Gospel-Centered Woman
"Reading this book was a doxological experience for me. Elyse articulates the longings of my heart and challenges me to live for the glory of the Savior who will one day welcome me Home. I will keep this book close so I can read it again, and again." Susan Hunt, author, and Former Director of Women's Ministries for the PCA
"When pain overwhelms or passing pleasures distract all Christians need reminding that this shattered world is not our destiny. But when pain and pleasure disorient we need a map and guide to show us the way to where Christ is. Elyse Fitzpatrick is that guide, and she is acquainted with God's map in the Bible. I hope you will join her as she encourages you in the pages of this book to follow Christ to the magnificent place he has created for you. Whether this world has distracted you with tragedy or with triumph you need this book to reorient you towards Home." Heath Lambert, Executive Director of ACBC and Author of "A Theology of Biblical Counseling"
- "Home is not simply a book, but a devotional experience. Between these pages you will discover a piercing clarity and rich vocabulary for that haunting sense of exile that shadows so many of us each day. It's the daily ping from a distant homeland; a God-installed reminder that we are absent from the world to which we are best fitted. The new heavens and new earth await us - we are not home yet! If you know that longing, read this book. In fact, if you want to yearn with greater hope, buy it right now! And then watch God convert your present longings into eager anticipation for what awaits you." Dave Harvey, Executive Director of Sojourn Network, Pastor at Four Oaks Church, founder of AmICalled.com, and author of When Sinners Say I Do and a forthcoming Zondervan release, Letting Go - Rugged Love for Wayward Souls.
"Read this book and your heart will fill with hope! It's not just about the heaven we go to after we die; It's about the Day of the Lord when Christ will return and remake the heavens and the earth - and us and our bodies - and finally bring us home. Pondering your future in light of God's Word will do you a world of good."
Charles Morris, Speaker & President for the national daily radio program Haven Today
"My friend, Elyse, has done it again. She's stirred up longings Jesus alone can meet, and has made the gospel beautiful as she so uniquely does. This time, the focus is heaven--the place where Jesus currently lives, and the future he has wondrously won for us. Finally we have an accessible-to-all book which seeks to explain the now and not yet of heaven. To be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord in paradise--good news, indeed. But the future of heaven will have us living with Jesus right here, in our never-gonna-wear out resurrection bodies, in the all-things-new Garden City of the new earth. Sound confusing? Read "Home" and it will be liberating! Tom Wright has described Biblical hope as, "remembering God's future into our present." "Home" gives us a better understanding of our future inheritance, that we might live and love to God's glory, until the Day Jesus returns to finish making all things new." Scotty Smith
Teacher in Residence West End Community Church, Nashville TN
- "I've tasted enough of the fake stuff to know that I only want to feast on real hope. Elyse has done a fabulous job in this book to whet our appetites for Home-- our real Home. She sorts out the misunderstandings surrounding heaven, and lays out a buffet of biblical truth for our homesick hearts. The gospel rings out loud and clear through Elyse's words, and makes my heart soar. Because of Jesus Christ, we have so much to look forward to, and that is the understatement of the ages." Gloria Furman, author of Missional Motherhood and Alive in Him
"Heaven constitutes the core of Christian hope, and yet very few churches dedicate any time to teaching their people about this important doctrine. In Home, Elyse Fitzpatrick offers a needed resource. Home provides rich instruction through a comprehensive biblical theology of heaven while never losing the pastoral practicality that will comfort and edify the hearts of believers. In a world of instant gratification and bucket list idolatry, Elyse points believers to the true object of their deepest longings: seeing Christ face-to-face in glory. I enthusiastically recommend Home for all Christians to grow in their knowledge and expectation of heaven." Cameron Cole, Director of Children, Youth, and Family (Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham, AL) Founding Chairman, Rooted: Advancing Grace-Driven Ministry, Editor, Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide
Life without tears, without shame, without injustice, without boredom. Imagine life without all those "why's?" and doubts and fears. Got that?
Now imagine loving and loving and loving and never running out of time or energy, desire or concern. Imagine laughter and feasting and angels dancing. Imagine all wrongs righted, all shadows dispelled, all weakness made whole.
Now don't imagine it on a cloud with a see-through body. Imagine it in your resurrected body on this resurrected earth. Christian, that's where you're headed.
This isn't your Home...and that discomfort you feel when you want things to be better...different...is actually homesickness. Nothing here will cure it. But a day is coming when all those longings will be completely satisfied and then you'll smile.