A first at the Zone: I’ll be hosting an author for a “blog tour” of his new book! Here’s the skinny:
UPDATE: This is a much better book than I anticipated it being…that sounds bad…let me rephrase: this is a really, really good book. I’m better than halfway through it, and it has really been helpful in clarifying for me some things that, candidly, I’d not really thought through all that well. For me, for a long time, Heaven has been a wonderful place of mystery, a place that I trust God will be far better than I can imagine, but not something–perhaps oddly, given that I’m a pastor–I’d spent a whole lot of time reading up on/thinking through. Perhaps the sudden death, six months ago this week, of one of my closest friends has made this book incredibly timely, but I’ve found myself tearing up on more than one occasion as I think about what my friend Rusty has experienced for these months. This is a book well worth reading, and if you haven’t posted a question yet, by all means, take a good stab at it, because this book is worth the read!!!
Dan Schaeffer, author of A Better Country: Preparing for Heaven, will be visiting my blog on August 20, 2008. Please help me out by posting any questions or comments you may have on heaven. Let’s have an interesting blogosphere conversation—ask the questions about heaven that you’ve always wanted to ask! I have two free copies of this new release from Discovery House Publishers to give to you readers, and here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to (impartially, as best I can!) judge the two best questions on the subject of heaven. As long as you live in the continental U.S. (or if you live in England or somewhere–this means you, Graham–and can help me out with postage; yes, cheapskate me is springing for the postage on this book giveaway! Imagine that!), I’ll ship the book to the two best question-askers! So reply to this post with your questions about heaven. I’ve begun reading the book, and I’ll just say this: he’s asking/answering the right questions! Here’s fellow E Free pastor Dan Schaeffer on video:
And a bit more about the book itself:
What picture comes to mind when you think about heaven? Most of us have heard that heaven is a wonderful place and everyone wants to go there, but we don’t know much else about it. Maybe you’ve decided, like author Dan Schaeffer once did, that there is little that can be known about heaven in this life, so there really isn’t much point speculating. He observes:
“I think if the truth were known, many Christians are at best ambivalent, or at worst afraid, of heaven—or at least of the vision they have in their minds . . . We’re far more attached to earth than we think. This may partly explain why it can be so hard to get Christians to think beyond this earthly life to greater spiritual realities.”
And yet, Schaeffer reminds us, there is a restless yearning in our hearts that moments of pleasure cannot long quench and sorrow only intensifies. And that desire has been planted by God Himself—a universal “longing for a better country—a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:16).
In these pages you will discover the thing you’ve always wanted; the world you’ve longed for; the life you were meant to live; the goal you were meant to pursue—in a word, heaven. Based on biblical evidence, Schaeffer’s insights about our heavenly desire, the heavenly location, the heavenly life, and heavenly preparation, show us that God wants that “better country” to be the passion and purpose of our present life. As we understand what heaven will truly be like, our priorities will shift and we will no longer live for this life alone.
Dan Schaeffer pastors Shoreline Community Church in Santa Barbara, California. He is an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest and A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul. His books include In Search of the Real Spirit of Christmas, When Faith and Decisions Collide, and Defining Moments.