In this world of fear, trials, and loneliness it's easy to feel adrift, like you're homesick for somewhere you've never been. This longing is no small thing to be brushed off and forgotten--it's a guidepost letting you know that you were made for a different place. This earth, as we know it, is not your home. But it's close. In fact, at times you can almost see your home from here.
What you long for is the New Earth--the place God has been preparing for your eternity with him. With heartfelt stories, personal reflection, and deep scriptural insight, Elyse Fitzpatrick explores heaven and the New Earth--showing that our assumptions about heaven and the realities of the New Earth are not one and the same. Your final destination is not a dull, featureless room in the clouds, but rather a perfected earth. It's an actual place full of beauty and wonder that we'll explore with real, perfect bodies. There's no need to chase a bucket list--on the New Earth there will be no end of glorious sites and amazing activities, and we'll never run out of time.
Elyse Fitzpatrick (www.elysefitzpatrick.com) is a nationally sought after speaker and author, speaking at such events as The Gospel Coalition and Nancy Leigh DeMoss's Revive Conference. Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse is a member of Valley Center Community Church, a reformed congregation in the community of Valley Center. VCCC is a member of FIRE, the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals.
She holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 22 books on daily living and the Christian life.
Elyse and Jessica's first book together, Give Them Grace, has sold 55,000 copies, releasing in May of 2011. Elyse has been married for over thirty years and has three adult children and grandchildren.
This is one of the best books on heaven that I've read! It takes a look at heaven from a different perspective - emphasizing why we feel a homesickness for our true home.
I know I have feelings of longings for my true home. Once we know the Lord, our longing to be with Him becomes a very real thing. This book answers all those feelings I've always had and also answers a lot of questions about heaven I've wondered about.
I love how Biblical this book is and how she reaches deep into Scripture to give us a beautiful picture of heaven. I also love how she shares stories from her own life and gives us a feeling that she's a friend sharing coffee and discussing how hard this life is but how great heaven will be.
I just couldn't put this book down. I highlighted and re-read things that really touched my heart and that I had never known or realized before about our heavenly home.
I really think this is a book that everyone should read. It will give you a different perspective about how wonderful heaven is going to be, why we feel the homesickness that we do, and give us a true hope for our future with the Lord. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House
Blessings - Julie