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Heaven Is a Place on Earth: Why Everything You Do Matters to God

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I don't want to go to heaven. Not that I'm lobbying for the other place. ~Michael Wittmer

This planet is more than just a stopover on your way to heaven. It is your final destination. God wants you to enjoy your earthly existence, and to think otherwise is to miss the life he intends for you. Exploring the book of Genesis, Heaven Is a Place on Earth gently but firmly strips
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Paperback, 269 pages
Published May 2nd 2004 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published May 1st 2004)
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Heather
Since a friend (who is friends with the author of this book) recommended it to me, I thought I’d give it a shot. I only read about ¼ of the book--got a little tired of the author making broad statements, then acknowledging they were too general, as well as using stereotypical examples of gender roles. He also brought in some highly political issues and basically told readers that we should agree with his viewpoints, subsequently brushing off the fact that the issues can actually be much more com ...more
Jimmy
Jan 06, 2010 Jimmy marked it as to-read
Graham Cooke once quoted his daughter's response to his question about how her relationship with God was lately. To paraphrase, she said that sometimes it feels like her relationship with God is dynamic and it's like she's taking an elevator to the very top floor and meeting with God on a higher spiritual plane. She went on to say that other times she feels like she has to take the stairs and when she can only muster enough strength to get up a couple of steps, God meets her there, as well.

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Christopher M.
I liked it. This is a topic that needed to be turned into a book by someone with his head on straight. The issue of redeeming creation and culture is one which too often is monopolized by folks who don't really believe much of anything as far as historical, conservative theology goes. I'm not sure he satisfactorily addressed potential criticisms in his final chapter, especially a concern I still have, that this will be seen as a gospel for middle-class, suburban America. Overall, though, he does ...more
Rebekah
From the description, I was under the impression this book was about Christian living and exploring the relationship of heaven and earth now and after the final resurrection. While there were certainly a few chapters devoted to those topics, the book is mostly just a very broad, accessible, theology text. It reads as a much more enjoyable Theology 101 textbook than most doctrinal theology books I've read. However, if I had known that's what it was I would have probably passed. I've read plenty o ...more
Tom
"I don't want to go to heaven. Not that I'm lobbying for the other place..." With a opening line such as that, I knew I was in for a good, challenging book. I was not disappointed. What are we ultimately created for? Heaven? or Earth? Where do we spend eternity? Heaven? Or a recreated heaven that comes down and "sets up shop" on a recreated, renewed, restored Earth?

Jeff
The biblical story is formative of a redemptive (world)view of all of God's world. This book is a well-written presentation of all of that. Pleased to see that a professor of systematic theology (the author) could keep the "big picture" in mind. Ha! Highly recommended for those weaned on the "Repent! Avoid Hell! Trust Jesus! message.
John
Excellent read covering the basic categories of Creation, Fall, Redemption & Restoration. Accessible.
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