5 Books to Help You Love Heaven (Countdown pick #2)

Renee Ann Smith —  February 17, 2013 — 10 Comments

“There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.” C. S. Lewis

“Nothing is more often misdiagnosed than our homesickness for Heaven.” Randy Alcorn

blog post 222Pick #2 in my 5 Books to Help You Love Heaven countdown is Randy Alcorn’s Heaven. In his book, Randy points out that instead of shying away from the topic of Heaven, we are to pursue it—because God tells us to. See His command in Colossians 3:1, “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.”

Randy Alcorn writes that the Greek words ‘set your hearts on’ denote man’s general philosophical search or quest” and shares a few other places the word or phrase is used:

  • Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
  • Matthew 18:12: “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?”
  • Luke 15:8: “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?”
  • Matthew 13:45&46: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

So as Christ seeks the lost, as a shepherd searches for a wayward sheep, as a poverty-stricken widow searches for her last coin, and as the discerning merchant searches for the one pearl of great price—with the same hope and passion and longing—we are to seek Heaven.

Randy Alcorn describes this as, “diligent active single-minded investigation.” And with his book Heaven, he provides a wonderful, well-researched and inspiring resource to aid in our quest.

Here are some Randy Alcorn quotes that stuck with me:

“You are made for a person and a place. Jesus is the person. Heaven is the place.”

“The God who rules the world with grace and truth will not be satisfied until every sin, every sorrow, every thorn is reckoned with.”

“Death is an abnormal condition because it tears apart what God created and joined together. God intended for our bodies to last as long as our souls.”

“For Christians this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.”

“The things we love are not merely the best this life has to offer—they are previews of the greater life to come.”

“Not only will we see His face and live, but we will likely wonder if we ever lived before we saw His face!”

Though the topic is broad, this book is easy to use, since it’s organized into three sections: Pt. I Theology of Heaven, Pt. II Questions & Answers about Heaven, & Pt. III Living in Light of Heaven. My well-worn copy has passed through many hands. Follow this link to purchase a copy of Heaven to share with the ones you love.

Randy Alcorn is an author & founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries. You can connect with Randy here at his website or on Facebook and Twitter

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What about you, friends?

  • Do you think much of your Heavenly home?
  • Are you curious to know how our lives will be there?
  • Is there someone special you look forward to reuniting with one day?
  • What’s your favorite verse about Heaven?
  • What non-fiction book or novel changed your perspective on spiritual journey in a big way?
Please know that, though I may not respond right away, I eventually visit the blogs of all who leave comments. And whenever I see your names here, I always, always pray for you! Blessings!
Read bout my number 3 pick, One Minute After You Die, here.
Read about my number 4 pick, The Screwtape Letters, here.
Read about my number 5 pick, Safely Home, here.

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

10 responses to 5 Books to Help You Love Heaven (Countdown pick #2)

  1. I love this book! And yes, I think about Heaven often. I’m sure that in my finite imagination, I still can’t begin to comprehend the glory and majesty that it IS!

  2. Hello, I just wanted to say I loved this book! When it came out I bought one for myself and one for a dear friend. Your posts are really informative and interesting. I hope to start reading more of them and sharing your link with others. It looks like you work hard at sharing your post on so many link-ups. But I believe you could stand alone with your strong foundation in scripture and writing ability.
    Blessings new friend! Roxy

  3. Anticipate ready your blog every time I open it. “Heaven”…have seen it, but haven’t read it. Have a long plane ride ahead, maybe this is one I need to pick up from the bookstore! 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation. UNITED, Jen

  4. I love quotes and these are simply beautiful. Wonderful article and recommendation as well. Thank you!

  5. I’ve read Alcorn’s book, and it’s one I return to as I consider my eternal home. Thanks for writing in community with us at #TellHisStory.

  6. Hi Renee
    This sounds like a very interesting book! Thanks for this share.
    Much love
    Mia

  7. I haven’t read this book, however after having read your recommendation think it might be a good one to find. I’m always looking for good books that encourage me on my life’s journey with Christ.

  8. More and more I look forward to heaven. I always enjoy your book reviews that you share over at WholeHearted Home. I have been enjoying one of the books that I bought after reading one of your reviews.

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