Is heaven a literal place?
What does it look like?
What will we do all day?
Will there be angels there?
We all have questions about what heaven will be like. Fortunately, Scripture is filled with helpful information about our future home—we just have to know where to look.
Dr. David Jeremiah has spent a lifetime studying what the Bible has to say about heaven, and now in Answers to Your Questions about Heaven, he has done just that—provided answers to your most pressing questions about heaven, angels, and eternity in a straightforward, easy-to-understand, biblically based book. A perfect gift for friends and family and a handy resource to keep on your own shelf, this handsome little book will ignite your imagination and whet your appetite for all the amazing experiences that await!
- Heaven, Angels, Demons, Millenium
David Jeremiah is well-known speaker, pastor, and broadcaster. He is a pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church and founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries. Although he is a familiar on-air voice, he did not narrate his book, Answers to Your Questions about Heaven. The book was narrated by Bob Souer.
This is a book of firsts for me - the first book by David Jeremiah and the first book I've heard read by Bob Souer. The narration was well done. The format is questions and answers. The questions read with good pauses before the answers were presented. Souer's voice was an easy listen. Every once in a while, it felt like a computer narration, but not for long sections. Souer has a very straightforward approach to reading an audiobook. I would listen to him again.
The content of Answers to Your Questions about Heaven was okay. Jeremiah talks about heaven, angels, demons, and the millennium. The most thoughtful section of the book was when he answered questions about angels. To briefly sum up, our impressions of angels are vastly different from how they are described in the Bible. I would agree. For the most part, the millennium section stood out because it was a very different take on the end times and heaven. I know people have questions about heaven and I appreciate Jeremiah sharing Bible verses with the readers.
I was intrigued by the questions shared in the Answers to Your Questions about Heaven, but I would not need to read it again. This book made me go back to the Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Faith builds hope and trust and removes worry. So I don't need to worry about heaven. God has kept his promises for ages past, I know he will keep his promise of heaven to me.
I received this audiobook for free from christianaudio for this review.
- Thought provoking
I found this audio book very interesting and thought provoking. He asked and answered some questions I that I have never thought of (like, "Will we recognize one another in Heaven?") and I really liked how with all of the questions he asked and answered he kept to the Bible for answers. I also found it interesting how he talked about angels and what we do and do not know about them. I guess I don't really stop that much to think about the roles angels play in God's plan, but then, we do not know a ton about them (as David Jeremiah also admits).
I did find it weird that when he talked about the new Jerusalem he mentioned that it will hover between heaven and earth during the millennium, but I do not remember the Bible saying anything about that. At the end of the audio book there is scripture references to the Bible verses he quoted in his book but none that I can recall had anything to do with a floating city.
Other than that I cannot think of anything else weird that stood out. I would recommend this audio book.
I would like to thank christianaudio.com ( http://christianaudio.com/ )for the book I have just reviewed. My review did not have to be favorable.
- Only partially helpful
As a leader who works with teenagers, I am familiar with tough questions about God and the Bible. Students are always looking for answers, questioning everything. All this spiritual curiosity is a great thing. However, there are two temptations I have to work really hard to avoid: 1) giving pat answers from the Bible as if it were a quick reference of answers to spiritual questions, and 2) preemptively giving answers to questions that no one is really asking.
Unfortunately, in Answers to Your Questions about Heaven, David Jeremiah falls into both of these traps on multiple occasions. I estimate that only about fifty percent of this book is really useful for those who are seeking answers on this subject.
Jeremiah holds a premillennialist view of the end times, which is completely fine. Except that he follows the same prescribed path of cherry-picking verses to paint a “complete” picture of heaven that many premillennialists follow to paint a comprehensive picture of the end times. In the process, he ignores the narrative, symbolic, and poetic context of many verses, and treats prophetic writings like a series of sound bites from a fortune teller instead of unique genre of biblical literature.
He also makes the bold, and not-really-accurate claim that premillennialism is the oldest end-times view. The historical reality is much more complex than that, and here the simplistic nature of this answer book becomes really apparent.
The book is organized like a FAQ page, with questions stated and brief answers given. In his effort to be comprehensive yet fast-paced, Jeremiah veers into over-simplification and proof-texting. He also raises and attempts to answer questions that few people wonder about beyond those who really “nerd out” on eschatology. For example, who cares about heaven’s “light source?”
There are some bright spots in this book. The section on angels and demons is good and many will find it useful. Also, the sections entitled “Won’t Heaven Be Boring?” and “What about the Children?” are really helpful as well.
I can’t say I can recommend this book on its own merits. Maybe I could recommend it as one piece of a larger study on heaven, but on its own it could potentially do more harm than good. The narration of the audiobook version by Bob Souer is only so-so. He sounds like a text-to-speech program sometimes and paired with the trite nature of the answers this book often provides, it all comes across as lifeless and robotic.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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