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Heaven Misplaced

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Though most Christians refrain from predicting exactly when our world will end, many believe that when earth's finale does arrive, it will be a catastrophe. Details vary, but the general assumption is the same: things will get much, much worse before they get better. But is this really what the Bible teaches? Leaving aside the theological terms that often confuse and muddl ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Canon Press (first published November 30th 2008)
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Jan 19, 2009 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Great Book. One of Wilson's best. It proclaims the Lordship of Jesus in a comprehensive way. The Bible is full of the proclamation that Jesus is Lord and it proclaims that he is Lord of all -- right now. Christians need to read this book. No, really. Christians need to read this book!

If you haven't read it yet, get it. If you have any friends who haven't read it yet, buy it for them and give it to them for their un-birthday (which is today).
Gwen Burrow
Jun 14, 2009 Gwen Burrow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
A winsome and pithy response to those Christians yelling: “Stop the world! I’m getting off!”
Thomas Kidd
Jun 06, 2015 Thomas Kidd rated it it was amazing
Very good book - especially as a summary to give to someone who couldn't possibly understand how a post-millennialist could actually read and believe the Bible.
Brandon Davis
Dec 27, 2008 Brandon Davis rated it it was amazing
Amazing and hopeful. I pray that more of these books flood the stores.
Oct 07, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This is a chills-up-the-spine-real-life-really-is-better-than-fiction kind of book.
Oct 12, 2009 Abrahamus rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, eschatology
This is really a fine book and a great wide-angle snapshot of the postmillenial view of last things. As such, it provides a wonderful articulation of the position's strongest points (which I personally find overwhelming and persuasive, though I maintain a pretty loose grip on my postmillenialism). Just don't pick this one up expecting to have all of the exegetical loose ends that exist on the subject of eschatology tied up for you—it doesn't even come close in that regard, nor does it even attem ...more
Aug 17, 2009 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
I had read / skimmed the book before, but we just finished using it for our Christian education class. The book consists of a series of essays. Wilson does a great job of eroding away the false thinking behind much of today's "conventional wisdom" with regard to eschatology. The book is well written and respectfully deals with the broad evangelical views of heaven, the great commission, the new heavens and new earth, and end-times thought in general. The reader should come away with a better und ...more
Steven Wedgeworth
May 20, 2015 Steven Wedgeworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good little survey of eschatology with some forays into atonement theory.
Sep 07, 2014 Brett rated it really liked it
It's tough to recapture the wonder of reading your first book espousing an optimistic eschatology. Don't start here for a systematic apology of postmillenialism. However, I think this could be considered a good gateway read for enticing the Church to take a closer look at what the Bible really has to say about the future of the world.
Gregory Soderberg
Aug 20, 2009 Gregory Soderberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Good overview of eschatological issues, with an emphasis on the Story of the Bible, rather than simply focusing on the Book of Revelation and trying to figure out what "666" means.
Steve Hemmeke
Oct 30, 2010 Steve Hemmeke rated it really liked it
Very good. Each chapter exegetes a Scripture passage and interprets according to post-millennial thought, accessible to the layman.
Apr 24, 2013 Gary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theo-science
Lyrical and Biblical. It captures beautifully the full hope of the Christian and the full glory of Christ's kingdom come.

Loved it.
Feb 22, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I'll be rereading this. Very good. Too much to take in at once; very rich, very encouraging. Comprehensive.
Josh Simons
Jan 20, 2014 Josh Simons rated it it was ok
I tried to give the suspension of disbelief Douglas Wilson asked for, but even in the midst of that I struggled through this book. I'm admittedly coming in as a panmillenialist, but looking for firm up my position on the Millenium. I felt throughout most of the book I was unable to track where Wilson was at and where he was going. He would reference Scripture and make statements that it "clearly" says his point, yet most of those times I felt he pulled his point out of somewhere than the text, I ...more
M.G. Bianco
Mar 27, 2009 M.G. Bianco rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any Christian interested in eschatology.
Shelves: theology
This has got to be one of the best books I've ever read on the topic of eschatology.
Sep 06, 2009 Trish rated it it was amazing
Excellent; read along with Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
Apr 17, 2013 Shawn rated it really liked it
Thin book, big topics without all the "buzz words".
Jason Garwood
Mar 20, 2016 Jason Garwood rated it it was amazing
So, so good.

2nd time through in 2 years.
Jan 04, 2013 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and incredibly thought-provoking!!
May 19, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Eloquent and persuasive.
Dec 19, 2015 Suzannah rated it really liked it
Re-read December 20, 2015.

Does it seem weird to have a favourite doctrine? At risk of sounding more a hobbyist than a sincere inquirer after truth, my favourite of all the theological positions I hold is the optimistic view of the end times known technically as postmillenialism. As Douglas Wilson defines the view in this short introduction to the position, "Postmillenialism is the view that Christ will return at the end of the millenium. The millenium is generally understood as a golden age of g
May 25, 2009 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2009
Aug 26, 2012 Caleb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my third book of Mr. Wilson's. One thing I especially like about his writing is that he keeps things very tight, with bite-size chapters that pack a punch. I almost gave up on modern theology books because so many of them I've read are just the opposite of Wilson's style. There have been some that after finishing the last page I wonder what I've just read. But Wilson knows how to connect. This is really a whole separate art in writing. Many have something to say, so they write about it; ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
"One hopes." I came at this book as a somewhat convinced amillennial preterist with some postmillennial leanings. I came away from this book pretty much the same way. N.T. Wright paved much of this road long before I read Wilson (who got a lot of his material from Wright). I did walk away with some additional valuable insights and more respect for postmillennialism as a viable eschatological perspective (especially since Wilson shares the preterist understanding of biblical prophecy). I like how ...more
Aaron Carlberg
Sep 17, 2015 Aaron Carlberg rated it it was amazing
Wilson is a great writer, I say that because he makes me laugh. If you were ever wondering about the kingdom of God NOW, hope of the continuing presence of God, and the Gospel being known to the world, this is a great book to read. It is not filled with pessimism of the end of the world, but hope that starts now and continues on into a great future.
Matthew Huff
Jun 30, 2014 Matthew Huff rated it it was amazing
One of the most compelling discussions of the kingdom of Christ on Earth. This book discusses a view of "historical optimism" that is beautifully grounded in the Word of God. Wilson shows how the gospel will continue to pervade the whole world, moving all nations to claim Jesus as Lord, until He comes at last.
Apr 29, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it
This short book was incredibly clear and helpful. I had to keep it tucked inside my bible as I spent so much time going back and forth between the two. Wilson gives a basic overview of a post-millenial, preterist reading of scripture and history which to me seems to fall most naturally from the biblical texts. Being new to these views, I found it fascinating.
Sep 30, 2010 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Wilson makes a compelling case for postmillenialism in this book. He begins by comparing the traditional premillenial interpretation to the US's departure from Vietnam. He writes, "In this view, the world is God's Vietnam, and the return of Christ consists of the few lucky ones helicoptered off a roof during the fall of Saigon." This is not the kind of God we serve, nor is it the type of 'end of the world' scenario that the Bible presents. I'm not yet fully convinced of the postmillenial positio ...more
Aug 17, 2011 James rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Taylor Nakamoto
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The vision put forth in this little gem of a book is one of the most encouraging and motivating positions on the dominion of Christ and the future of our world. Wilson does a great job at consolidating the Biblical story and putting it in terms that are easily accessible to any Bible reader.

The only issue that I would take up with Wilson concerning this book is the lack of emphasis he places on the church's character role in the carrying out of this vision. It seemed to me that the emphasis misp
Aug 01, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
This was great. Chapters 12 and 13 were particularly helpful, taking a preterist postmillennial view of the end times. Read first in October of 2009 and again in July of 2016.
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