Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Home by Elyse Fitzpatrick
How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings
This is a book about what heaven will be like, at least to the best of the author's understanding. She works to clear up the image that all we will be doing is floating around on clouds playing harps. She brings out that Heaven will be here on earth, but in a new earth, a perfect earth. I don't fully understand how it is all going to work out and I don't know if I fully agree with her, but I do agree with the fact that it will be beautiful, that we won't be playing harps all day, though I would like to learn to play one, I think.
One of the big thrusts of the book is that we are made for more. So many people, Christians included, are spending their life looking for something to satisfy. They are chasing the dream house, the fancy car, the Caribbean Cruise, the next rung up on the career ladder, etc. etc. in hopes of satisfying the longing in their heart. What they don't realize is that this world is sinful, this world falls short and until Jesus returns and brings perfection, nothing will satisfy. We are made for more. We are made for better and our "hearts will be restless until they find their rest in Thee (God)" I believe this was Augustine who said this.
She talks about the "bucket list" and how that's become such a hype these days and it's a great example of how people are trying to find satisfaction in the here and now. She says social media "has sprung up around our drive to share about how much we're enjoying life." We want people to believe we are having fun and living life to the fullest when in reality we are longing for more. "We've lost sight of our true Home, and are trying to find satisfaction and justification where it will never be found." So very true.
I want to live life to the fullest, to make the most of every opportunity that comes my way, to worship God in the process of all of this, but I want to always keep in mind that this is not my Home. My Home is waiting for me and I want to be ready when it's time to go Home. For me, Home takes on a bigger meaning too when you have loved ones waiting for you there.
She would also discuss Paradise as the waiting place for those who have died before Jesus has returned. I don't know where I go with all of those things. I think she would say they are with Jesus there, at least that's how I would understand it.
This book was given me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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