Saturday, June 14, 2014

Book Review: Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger

Heaven is a popular topic in the media right now.  There are a crazy number of books, TV shows and movies that say they are about Heaven.  And as a book reviewer, I get many books by Christian authors that purport to enlighten us on what Heaven is really all about.  Being someone who ministers to the elderly, I enjoy reading about Heaven because it is information I can directly convey to those I minister to.  But I would be lying if I didn't say I had mixed feelings any time I see a book about Heaven pop up in the mail.  So much of the information being put out right now about Heaven is junk...not biblical or not even Christian.  Even authors who describe themselves as evangelical fundamentalists are putting out books that I would consider offensive in light of scripture.

I'm happy to say that this book, Between Heaven and Earth:  Finding Hope, Courage, and Passion Through a Fresh Vision of Heaven by Steve Berger, is not one of those books.  This book really shines above other books on the subject that are out right now.  Between Berger's intellectually honest reading of scripture and his use of simple logic, he lays out a refreshing view of what to expect of Heaven without having to revert to traditional non-sense or culturally biased depictions.  He even manages to give a clear and thorough summation of biblical ideas without suffocating the reader with meaningless quips about post-millenialists, pre-millenialists, or any other eschatological gobbledy-gook.

What I really appreciated most was that the author not only gave descriptions of Heaven, but lead the reader in how to participate in the "harvest" and how important both scripture and the Holy Spirit is.  It is a trend I'm beginning to see, and hopefully it snowballs into a full fledged revival, where Christians are becoming reluctant to be conservative or charismatic; they just want to be biblical.  This book is definitely on the leading edge of this topic inside of that movement.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to every Christian, especially if you have special interest in the topic of Heaven.  Very few books are written this well on this topic.  This author really did a nice job!

I was provided this book free of charge from the publisher in return for my honest review.

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