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This review is from: The Shock of Your Life (Paperback)
The only tiny quible that I would have with this book is when the angels start speaking sentences that are the exact wording that we have in the bible, it sounds faintly clumsy, but I guess we could not have much better than that in a real book! Of course, what you would expect in real life would be a better approximation to the meaning of the original texts, but this is of no real importance in a raher exceptional book.
From a doctrinal point of view it's splendid, and a great read.
And... reading this made me aware of two things; one, a very real joyous expectation (that I had forgotten somewhat) of how wonderful heaven really will be like. In all the toil and labour down here, I often forget all of that, but being a Christian (as opposed to a far right fraud), you really want to meet Christ himself; and this book gives you some idea (as does C.S. Lewis's works) of how wonderful that will be.
Secondly, I did - suddenly - see what might have lain behind the utter frustration and rage that a lot of people, deeply embedded in an ambition oriented life - might have with Christians. Their goal is outside the world and not within in, and this book reminded me very much of the words once spoken ny a certain Roman Emperor to that effect (I think that it was Julian).
You can hear echoes of this kind of endless complaint now; and sometimes the complexion of the late 20th century heresies, such as the word of faith movement, or the prosperity "gospel" seem entirely based around this very point.
The author has made a very clear view of an unusual (but authentic) kind of reality. I can only hope that people get hold of this book and afterwards, firstly, read the bible for themselves to check this stuff out (they won't be disappointed) and two, have hope and faith in all of their great inheritance in Christ.
And again, they won't be disappointed.