I think sometimes we are so busy trying to make our homes on earth happy that we forget that we weren’t made to be on the earth eternally. Instead of focusing on the here and now, we should focus on the there and then. But, how much do we know about Heaven and the New Earth? Do we have the right perspective on what our eternal home will be like? That is the subject of Elyse Fitzpatrick’s new book Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings.
In this book, Fitzpatrick takes on the topic of eternity and we can view it. She examines the Biblical foundation of heaven. She talks about the New Earth that will be created after the Millennium. Sometimes she speculates with details. Other times, she refuses to speculate on what aspects of Heaven and the New Earth will be like.
There are many things about this book to love, and much of the book is grounded in scripture. Sometimes interpretations of specific scriptures in relation to prophecy differ depending on our own faith background and way of interpreting the Bible, and I feel like Fitzpatrick does and excellent job dealing with her interpretations of scripture. There are many places where I agree, and a few places where I disagree, but I still feel like this is an excellent book, and a worthy read.
I also found that I really agreed with the main thrust of the book. We have a longing and a hole in our hearts that we can’t fill and that longing is one for eternity. We long for the earth to be made whole (or recreated). Those moments of sadness and discontent that we have here in this life are meant to be there. We have them because of the eternity and longing for it that God has placed in our hearts. Just coming to that realization is worth the time taken to read this book.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.