All Things New: Heaven, Earth, and the Restoration of Everything You Love by John EldredgeThis is a bad book. The premise - that after the second coming of Christ, the Earth is renewed and THAT is where most of us will ultimately end up when we typically think of Heaven - is worthwhile. Its worth consideration and meditation. HOWEVER - This book should have been a 500 word essay; instead it reads like I wrote a best seller 17 years ago and now I need to put the kids through college so I took a 500 word essay and somehow made it a 200 page book.
A ridiculous amount of this book is literally text from J.R.R. Tolkiens the Lord of the Rings or the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe series. Why? Because Eldredge likes it, I guess, and its easier than writing his own book?
A strange amount of this book reads like a revenge fantasy. At one point he tells the reader that he and a group of men worked very hard on a movie that was a retelling of the Gospel ... but with motorcycles. It boggles my mind that he expected that to be universally loved, and he dwells on the idea that in heaven, everyone who disliked his movie will APOLOGIZE TO HIM BECAUSE HE HAD GOOD INTENTIONS. Because not liking everyones art is a mortal sin, I guess.
So often throughout this book he takes an idea that has Biblical basis - take, for example, the idea that our afterlives, should we become part of the Kingdom of God, will be spent advancing the Kingdom - and then makes it ridiculous by trying to stretch it out into 20 pages so he could make it a fucking book. At one point he seriously contemplates who will make furniture in heaven. At another point he seriously contemplates what Jesus named his horse, and whether or not he wore a saddle - as if these things were important to our understanding of the Kingdom of God.
He also doesnt address questions that are, in my opinion, incredibly obvious. He addresses the fact that not everyone goes to Heaven as a great, wonderful thing; he also repeatedly makes the point that we will be reunited with everyone we love in Heaven. These two things may be compatible for him, but they certainly arent for me, and for most Christians.
He makes a point of invalidating some branches of Christianity that dont acknowledge the personal existence of evil - but then he never defines what the personal existence of evil even is. Again, this seems terribly obvious to me - all of us know non-Christians who we think of as good and kind people; and all of us know Christians who sin terribly and consistently, seemingly without repentance. For him to write as if people were wholly good or wholly evil is reductive and frankly, stupid.
Dont fall for it. Do not suggest this for your next Christian book study. There are too many far more worthy titles.
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Book Review – “All Things New” by John Eldredge
In All Things News John Eldredge dives deep into the theology of the end times which points to hope and renewal. In the early days of the Army, the Booths and other leading Army figures would often write or speak on end times, the return of Christ and matters of heaven, hell, judgement and eternity. The book centres on two key words: hope and palingenesia. The first word we know well and yet Eldredge asks us to reconsider it anyway. In what do we place our hope? Where is the ultimate hope of a Christian to be found?
For a few years now, I have been very interested in understanding what will happen in the end according to Christian theology. I am not talking primarily of various eschatological views, but of our eternal future in the end. Several authors, such as N. A new Earth with no weaknesses or sin, to be sure, but Earth all the same. He tackles what Earth will be like, the fact that evil will be overthrown, and what we will do forever once everything is restored. And he does so in a very readable way.
Most Christians miss the ultimate hope for their future because their views of heaven are vague, religious Hope begins when we understand that for the believer, nothing is lost. In this stunning video series, John Eldredge shows how according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home — the New Earth is. Previous Episode Next Episode. Small Group.
Does the Bible say that heaven is our eternal home? He saw it coming; it took his breath away. I think we have radically underestimated the power of hope. If you honestly believed that all your dreams were going to come true any day, it would change the way you live. John Eldredge: Paul says in Romans 8 that all creation—meaning this earth— groans for the day of its redemption.
This revolutionary book about our future is based on the simple idea that, according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home—the New Earth is. More than anything else, how you envision your future shapes your current experience. Most Christians most people for that matter fail to look forward to their future because their view of heaven is vague, religious, and frankly boring. Heaven is not a life in the clouds; it is not endless harp-strumming or worship-singing. Rather, the life we long for, the paradise Adam and Eve knew, is precisely the life that is coming to us.