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What is Heaven really going to be like? What will we look like? What will we do? Won't Heaven get boring after a while?

We all have questions about what Heaven will be like, and after 25 years of extensive research, Dr. Randy Alcorn has the answers.

In the most comprehensive and definitive book on Heaven to date, Randy invites you to picture Heaven the way Scr
Hardcover, 533 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Tyndale Momentum (first published January 1st 2004)
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Roni This is one of the best books I have ever read and I've read many, many goodreads. The beginning of the book "locks" you in for the long haul. I had…moreThis is one of the best books I have ever read and I've read many, many goodreads. The beginning of the book "locks" you in for the long haul. I had trouble putting it down. Matter of fact, I told quite a few people about it at my church and there was a long waiting list to check the book out of the church library. Many decided to purchase the book so they would not have to wait for it. It will give you a whole new outlook about Heaven and you will scour the Bible to find the answers. From the first page, it filled me with a new excitement of what awaits me when my Lord & Savior returns for me. Awesome book!(less)

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Josh Crews
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
I love this book! Even more now that my husband has been diagnosed with a dreaded cancer, incurable but treatable.

I've had this book for a few years but always skimmed a chapter or two until now. Randy Alcorn writes so wonderfully about Heaven and what it will be like for the believer.

A true inspiration for those of us who belong to Christ.

Mar 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
May 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the Sunday morning Bible classes at our church did a study based on this book. I didn't agree with everything in it, but I enjoyed it overall. One of the main takeaways was the idea of continuity from this life to the next: we won't be disembodied spirits, creation is still good and meant to be cultivated, etc. Some other thoughts here.
Dan Mills
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 depre
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 agai
I've cried buckets of tears while reading this book. It gives me such a longing for what God has prepared for those who love Him. Sometimes I wonder what I will do when I meet Jesus for the first time. Will I dance for joy, fall down and worship Him, or give Him a huge hug? I do know I will be delighted and thrilled!

I can't wait to see the home that He has prepared for me. I can imagine that one of the first things I will be doing will be dancing with the pure joy of living. One idea
Aug 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 red
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
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 Scripture. ...more
Douglas Wilson
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Over all, much better than I expected.
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: most people
Recommended to Stacey by: MOPS Steering
Shelves: faith, non-fiction
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.

Debi Walter
Dec 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2016 is currently reading it
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
Brian Pate
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This book, like heaven, lasts forever. Excellent content, but I rated it only 3 stars because this book needed to be half the length. Alcorn has a penchant for verbosity--nothing that couldn't be fixed by a ruthless editor. Nevertheless, his perspective on the New Earth is important and exciting. Charles Spurgeon said, "Christian, meditate much on heaven" (p. 334), and Alcorn spends nearly 500 pages doing just that, helping us meditate on the glories of heaven.
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.

Lynette Norton
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
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 drea
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alcorn's book was so provocative to me that it inspired a series of five posts on my blog ( Below are those posts:

1. Heaven is Physical
When I trusted Christ as a young boy, I remember thinking that the one downside of being a Christian was the boring afterlife that now awaited me. “I hope Jesus doesn’t return before I go to high school… before I get married… before I have kids,” I thought. There is a classic Gary Larson carto
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 o
Zach Landes
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 speculati
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world.

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“The best of life on Earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of Hell. For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.” 14 likes
“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.” 14 likes
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