Book Review – Heaven (Theology in Community) (16/2)

Often, I had students ask me what heaven is like. Frankly, I find that question quite hard to answer. It seems that although heaven is where we are going, there really isn’t much that we know about it. So it was quite surprisingly to see a substantial book written on it.

Heaven (Theology in Community)This was the first book I’ve read in this series, and I’m quite like what the authors and the editors have done. As the series suggests, this is essentially a biblical theology series, taking one topic and reviewing what various parts of the bible says about them.

First there’s a quick overview on the book. Next comes the teaching on heaven. The chapters move from old testament to new testaments, zooming in to the Gospels, Paul’s letter and the general epistles, and John writings individually. The book deals mostly with passages in view and highlights to the readers what we can learn about heaven from them.

Next, comes five special chapters on heaven. I especially like the chapters by Gerald Bray and Ajith Fernando. Gerald Bray brings the reader through the history of heaven, how our understanding of it has change, widen and deepen. In addition, Bray shows how the reformers understanding of heaven differed from the roman catholic. As such, I found this chapter especially enlightening. The chapter by Ajith Fernando was a little different, he talks how the hope of heaven presents us with the strength to endure through persecution. What is more, Fernando writes having had first-hand experience of being persecuted. Fernando shows the readers why it is worth it to be consider to be able to suffer for the sake of Christ.

I would think this book would be most helpful for those interested in the topic, and wants to see how each part of the bible contributes to our overall view of heaven. Pastors, or even lay leaders should be able to benefit much by reading this book.

Rating: 4 / 5

If you are interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), Kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review