Life after death, the Second coming of Christ and the character of the Kingdom of God are topics with which many Christians struggle. They’re influenced by sermons, art, hope, and desires. What New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge tries to do is to let the Bible speak about these matters. Jesus Christ taught a lot about the Kingdom of God and in e.g. Isaiah and John’s Revelation prophecies and visions give a glimpse of God making all things new, restoring heaven and earth to their true destination. In All Things New: Heaven, Earth, and the Restoration of Everything You Love emphasis is put on the consequences for us humans, the animals and the logical continuation of the life you live on the current planet for the rest of eternity. The here and not yet of the Kingdom. Sex trafficking, slavery as examples that will be turned into justice and liberation.
Edlredge leans heavily on the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis and the Lord of the Ring trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. The renewal of all things is all-encompassing, breathtaking and inspiring, way more interesting than a kind of Nirvana, harp playing and singing up in the clouds, or an eternal rest in peace. What if heaven is not our home, but a renewed earth our destination station? The author did his best to explain it all. Let’s look forward to the Kingdom come.
About the author
John Eldredge is author and president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated), and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in eastern Oregon (which he loved). John met his wife Stasi in high school (in drama class). But their romance did not begin until they each came to faith in Christ, after high school. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute.
John earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons (Samuel, Blaine, and Luke), their golden retriever (Oban), and two horses (Whistle and Kokolo). While all of this is factually true, it somehow misses describing an actual person. He loves the outdoors passionately, and all beauty, Shakespeare, bow hunting, a good cigar, anything having to do with adventure, poetry, March Madness, working in the shop, fly fishing, classic rock, the Tetons, fish tacos, George MacDonald, green tea, buffalo steaks, dark chocolate, wild and open places, horses running, and too much more to name. He also uses the expression “far out” way too much.
I received a complimentary copy from publisher Thomas Nelson through Booklookbloggers in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.