Bringing Heaven Down to Earth: Connecting this Life with the Next
by Nathan L. K. Bierma
199 pp; paper
Heaven continues to be a neglected element of the Christian life. We profess it to be eternally important and then live as if it doesn't exist. By taking a new look at the biblical picture of heaven, Nathan Bierma shows readers how heaven can be a relevant, meaningful, inspiring engine of Christian faith and kingdom service. With this new outlook on our eternal destiny, we can live with godly purpose in our vocation, citizenship, recreation, and worship.
Nathan Bierma is communications and research coordinator for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and contributing writer to the Chicago Tribune.
Christians often dwell on a speculative future existence; we need more realism and seriousness regarding the earthiness of our created condition. Bierma probes the implications of Revelation-inspired visions of a new creation. ---The Banner
"Those of us who have read Nathan Bierma's shorter pieces in newspapers and blogs recognize him to be a rising star in an emerging generation of evangelical commentators on the issues of cultural life. In this, his first book-length, study he also reveals a first-rate theological mind, as he shows the relevance of the Bible's vision of a future transformed creation to the present-day challenges of cultural discipleship." — Richard J. Mouw
"Our vision of heaven shapes not only how we deal with death, but how we live, work, and worship. And so often our view of heaven falls short of the rich vision the Bible offers. Here is a book that corrects our nearsightedness and helps us 'set our minds on things above.' Best of all, it is written with the kind of winsome and engaging language that matches the zesty and fulsome vision of heaven it describes." — John D. Witvliet, director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship