(Book review) All Things New


Reviewed by: Shelley Sample, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana

 


Introduction

Title: All Things New

Author: John Eldredge

Publisher: Nelson Books

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Paperback

Length: 230 pages

OVERVIEW

Within the introduction of All Things New, John Eldredge immediately stresses to his readers that his book is not a generic motivation book that will tell folks to “hold a positive thought” and all things will work out for the best.  No, instead, he explains that he will be focusing on the “three great forces” of human existence, of which the greatest is hope—hope in God, hope in the good that is coming for all believers, and hope in the work of the Holy Spirit. Without this special hope, Eldredge believes it is impossible for a child of God to thrive. He also stresses the need for faith and worship.

Eldredge reminds his readers that God promises a new heaven and a new earth. He states that the life we Christians long for–the paradise Adam and Eve originally knew–is precisely the life that is coming to us. Many believers in today’s culture fail to look forward to their future because their view of heaven is not vibrant or accurate. They have lost interest in faith because they believe a future in heaven is nothing more than endless harp strumming and worship singing. Because of this unexciting perspective of eternity, many Christians have an unenthusiastic approach to current life, including service, worship, witnessing, tithing, and fellowship.  Eldredge wants to ignite a flame of joy and anticipation in Christians, helping them to realize that they have every reason to be upbeat about life today (as a redeemed being) and every good hope for a future with a risen Lord.  There is no downside to a life of service and devotion to the Savior.

 

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Readers looking for hope that a glorious future is coming.

Christian Impact

The book can inspire Christians to refocus their view on a future with the returning Messiah.



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