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4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  7,694 Ratings  ·  573 Reviews
What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject.
ebook, 575 pages
Published October 15th 2004 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Josh Crews
Aug 18, 2007 Josh Crews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: christians with ambition for perfect marriage, travel, friends, adventure
This is my #1 book. After justification/finished-atonement-at-the cross, this is the most wonderful, joyful topic to know, discover and just ponder. The saints will reign with Christ on this very Earth, made perfect at the resurrection. Every Christian brother/sister I will always see again and am never saying goodbye for the last time. The biblical doctrine of Heaven (the New Earth) is very under-taught, under-preached, and under-grasped by modern western Christianity but is a treasure chest fu ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For many Christians this book represents an "outside-of-the-box" approach to thinking about and envisioning Heaven. The common theme is "What if?" and "Why not?" when it comes to the realities of our future Home. The author lays the groundwork for his claims with specific scriptures on the topic that have been undertaught and/or passed off as figurative. This is a refreshing look at Heaven that has given me a renewed anticipation of my ultimate reward!
Natalie Weber
Oct 29, 2009 Natalie Weber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
This is unquestionably the best book (other than the Bible, of course!) that I’ve ever read! At a whopping 500+ pages, it may appear daunting, but it is broken down into short, easy-to-manage chapters. I could almost feel myself being blessed each morning as I read from it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I read it again someday (once everyone else in my family finishes reading it, since I’ve told them all that they absolutely must!). Mr. Alcorn shatters the preconceived conception that most peop ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Doug rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Have to say this book was largely a 476-page exercise in begging-the-question. Alcorn begins by assuming that the New Jerusalem of Revelation and the New Heavens/New Earth of Isaiah describe the final state of heaven and then deduces virtually everything about heaven from those axioms. If he’s wrong about those passages, then the book could only be about twenty pages long.

The problem is that Isaiah’s description of the New Earth still includes death: “No more shall an infant from there live but
May 07, 2009 Ron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay, but it should have been much better. The subject deserves better, and Alcorn is capable of better.

For openers, he crowded two or three hundred pages of essentials into almost six hundred. He hid his serious arguments in idle speculation and self-quotations (yes, he cites his own fictional works). Believers in the literal inerrancy of the Bible may even have trouble which some of his convoluted logic, but most of it is so buttressed with footnotes (see above) and Biblical citations
Leslie Christopher
I didn't finish this about 3/4 of the way through it and it became so repetitive and so much conjecture that I just didn't see the point. I will say that the first several hundred pages are devoted to the actual theology of Heaven and Alcorn does a great job of documenting his claims Biblically, and I enjoyed this part very much. I also want to give him credit for not being dogmatic about his eschatological view, and for (repeatedly) stating that his vision of what the New Creation w ...more
Apr 28, 2008 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
This book completely changed my view of heaven. It made me realize some things that I had believed but never really realized what I believed. This is packed full of scripture references - so it isn't just his opinion.

This has helped me look forward to heaven as well as see how my life here on earth right now ties in with my life that I will live in heaven....I realized that I used to think that you lived here, then you died and then everyone started out on the same playing field again (so to spe
Dan Mills
Jul 06, 2011 Dan Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I loved this book. This definitely goes into my favorites category. This book took away some of the fear of dying. I believe the author is right on the mark, theologically, and expounds with logic in area's that are not in black and white in God's Word. Below are a couple of my favorite quotes:

"As long as God keeps you here on Earth, it’s exactly where he wants you. He’s preparing you for another world. He knows precisely what he’s doing. Through your suffering, difficulty, and depression, he’s
Aug 02, 2007 Stephie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Great biblical insight about what heaven and the new earth will be like - and how incredible (and not boring) both will be.

Reminds the reader that God is accomplishing everything for His name's sake - for His own glory it shall all be accomplished. And the already accomplished work of Christ - his life, death, and resurrection - are not only the means by which individuals are saved from their sins against God, but also the means by which the whole earth (all of creation) shall be redeemed.

This b
Maria Elmvang
Randy Alcorn brings forth a lot of ideas I'd never thought of before (like an intermediate Heaven where believers go between the time they die and the bodily resurrection to the New Earth - it makes lots of sense and there is Biblical grounds for it, I'd just never heard that theory before) and while there are a few where I think he draws broader conclusions than the Scripture allows, on most of his theories I completely agree. I highly recommend it to any Christian. If you don't really look for ...more
Feb 27, 2009 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most people
Recommended to Stacey by: MOPS Steering
Shelves: non-fiction, faith
I am pretty excited about reading this book, because at times I can be rather apathetic about heaven. I know my vision can Fall flat on it's face in light of what is coming. In the preface he talks about Florence Chadwick swimming from Catalina Island to the shore of mainland CA-- she stopped 1/2 a mile from the shore. The next day she said, All I could see was the fog....I think if I could have seen the shore I would have made it." Alcorn's vision is to show us the shore.

This book, has chang
Debi Walter
Dec 22, 2007 Debi Walter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All believers in Christ, and those who are searching for answers
This book has helped me grow in my love for eternity. There have been times when thinking of life after death has frightened me, not knowing what to expect. Randy has researched the Scriptures extensively, and his perspective is like a fresh breeze blowing in a stagnant room. I didn't realize how much I had embraced a false view of Heaven until now. Everything that I love about life here on Earth is just a shadow of the world to come! When I arrive in Heaven it will be familiar to me because tha ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If American Evangelicals suffer from any areas of spiritual poverty, they're the areas of the Holy Spirit and the theology of heaven. If you find that your ideas of the eternal state are vague and insubstantial, I strongly suggest this book as a good place to start. I like the clear biblical basis for Alcorn's major points, and I like that when he's speculating, he says so. Best of all, even his speculations are not mere speculations: they're rooted in overarching principles observable in Script ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Felipe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O melhor livro sobre céu.

Este livro de Randy Alcorn é o melhor disponível sobre o céu. Em alguns momentos ele parece vacilar, sugerindo uma interpretação muito literal de Apocalipse. Mas a tese central do livro é excelente. Esta Terra será transformada e restaurada. Aqui os eleitos habitarão eternamente com o seu Deus, desfrutando de café, vinho e comunhão.
Douglas Wilson
Jan 12, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Over all, much better than I expected.
Aug 20, 2007 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: christian friends
I learned that I have a very limited view of what Heaven can be like. I think that I have grown spiritually because of this book and have become excited learning about Heaven.
Yes, I will see my pets there and lions and horses and all other kinds of animals. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my.
Sep 02, 2009 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A life-altering, paradigm-shattering book.

Unfortunately, as a church we have done a poor job casting a captivating view of Heaven to our children. This bled into adulthood for me. When I began reading this book, my perception of Heaven was painfully boring. The problem was, I had never been shown just how much the Scriptures have to say about the place. Instead of viewing the Earth we live on as a shadow of what is to come, I pictured heaven as being other-wordly and ethereal.

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May 04, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: must-read
Randy is a great writer of both fiction and non-fiction. This book is the definitive book on Heaven. He also has the "Heaven for Kids," in paperback version, which I am currently reading to our family weekly, on our Sunday evening family time.

What I like about Randy is that he makes Heaven real and a place you long to go, not the fictitious "eternal church service" that some people portray it as. He is also very clear when he is quoting directly from scripture or when he is speculating based upo
Lynette Norton
I'm thankful Randy had the insight to write such a book as this. Since the death of my daughter I have wanted to know more about Heaven and why not, she lives there now. When people lose a loved one they have so many unanswered questions and Randy does a great job addressing most every one I can think of about their new address(Heaven). Trouble is their new residence is in a place where we can't just get on an airplane and go for a visit, but Randy uses scripture to paint us a beautiful picture ...more
Aug 13, 2007 Adrianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with questions about Heaven
Loved the book - a bit wordy at times in terms of being repetitive, he likes to make the same point sometimes more than once so that we definitely get it. I definitely enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone that may have questinos about Heaven. Although some of the stuff is speculative, Alcorn atleast advises of such. He provides great scripture to back many of his opinions although I would suggest to him with sticking to one version of the Bible, preferrably the King James Version. All in ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although repetitive in places, the author presented ideas, supported by scripture, that caused me to to step back and reevaluate what I had previously thought about heaven. This book appears to be very well researched and in my view, the author depicts a credible and compelling view of heaven. I highly recommend this book, including the appendices, for anyone that is curious or not sure what to believe about heaven.
Sep 01, 2007 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: individuals desiring a Biblically grounded theology of heaven
Shelves: theology
Alcorn makes the distinction between the "intermediate" heaven (now - temporary) and the "new heaven & new earth" (final state). He develops a case for a Physical Heaven (final state), as well as other aspects of heaven (learning, rest, new bodies, ruling, culture) - all grounded in Biblical Scripture.
Brian The Furnace Man
You mean we won’t be spending eternity as disembodied spirits floating around on clouds playing harps. I was so looking forward to that!

According to the author if we can imagine it then it is a possibility. Not the disembodied spirit part. The author does a very good job bringing out the biblical evidence that this is not true. However, he speculates that we will possibly be able to travel the new universe to visit other planets. So if this is a possibility than why not be able to float on a cl
Amber O'Bryant
Becoming Heaven-Focused

This book was a breath of fresh air for a believer who feels presently stuck in an evil world and lacks the desire for an ethereal "otherness," convinced that he or she was created for something more. Alcorn presents the argument that our culture's view of Heaven, a cloud-lined, white-washed, harp-filled existence, leads believers to desire this world above the one we were created for. As Christians, we should be filled with hope and desire for Heaven, not dread or avoidan
Jul 04, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a really fun read. Just know that Alcorn operates off of what he calls the "principle of continuity," meaning that the New Earth is going to be almost exactly like the Garden of Eden. I don't have a problem with that line of thinking, but I'm also not ready to say it's explicitly in the Bible, like Alcorn does - but it certainly seems to be implicitly there.

There are a couple times where he states his own speculations as if they're fact. Like when he says at the bottom of p. 254 tha
Jamie Paul
Mar 25, 2008 Jamie Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a biblical definition of Heaven.
Recommended to Jamie by: my barber, Larry Miller, after reading my novel: Where The Bird
A very enlightening book on the Scriptures presentation of Heaven. Too, the book gives insight to the works of C.S. Lewis, which now has me wanting to pursue his work for my personal reading. As a writer who has published one spiritual novel -- Where The Birds Go When It Rains -- with many more planned, I am grateful for Randy Alcorn's clarification of the Intermediate Heaven vs The New Earth. My limited Christian knowledge did not have me educated about the differences, according to the Scriptu ...more
Zach Landes
Jun 25, 2012 Zach Landes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I often go back to. Because it is a book that changed a significant portion of my theological mindset. Before reading this book, I have to admit my view on what heaven will be like was deeply inaccurate. And I am happy to report that the reality of heaven is much more exciting! Randy Alcorn does an amazing job of using the text of The Bible to piece together a great picture of what heaven will be like, and it blows away most erroneous depictions of heaven thanks largely in part to ...more
May 27, 2016 C-shaw is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A hardback borrowed from my Mum. Fascinating! Here is the best reason to read it, quoting from the book: "Satan need not convince us that Heaven doesn't exist. He need only convince us that Heaven is a place of boring, unearthly existence. If we believe that lie, we'll be robbed of our joy and anticipation, we'll set our minds on this life and not the next, and we won't be motivated to share our faith. Why should we share the 'good news' that people can spend eternity in a boring, ghostly place ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Aimeebrown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Randy Alcorn has applied Scriptures to help answer questions that we all have about Heaven. Now that I've read this book, I understand that Heaven won't be a place where we lounge around on clouds playing harps (I don't think that's really what I thought, but I just didn't have enough info about it)! It will be so much more wonderful and fulfilling than that! I have given this book to a couple of people so that it can help them understand WHY they should want (and why I want them) to go there!
Apr 26, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Christian and any pagan on their way to perdition
Shelves: favorites
Very encouraging.

For anyone who thinks heaven will be boring, floating in the clouds playing a harp, etc.

EXCITING, Randy takes what the bible says about heaven and expounds. If one thing is true then that would mean...he paints the picture.

I should read this book once a year. We forget who we are and our destiny!!!!! (read Destined for the Throne, for more on that)
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“The most tragic strain in human existence lies in the fact that the pleasure which we find in the things of this life, however good that pleasure may be in itself, is always taken away from us. The things for which men strive hardly ever turn out to be as satisfying as they expected, and in the rare cases in which they do, sooner or later they are snatched away.... For the Christians, all those partial, broken and fleeting perfections which he glimpses in the world around him, which wither in his grasp and he snatches away from him even while the wither, are found again, perfect, complete and lasting in the absolute beauty of God.” 11 likes
“In the truest sense, Christian pilgrims have the best of both worlds. We have joy whenever this world reminds us of the next, and we take solace whenever it does not. C. S. Lewis” 7 likes
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