Recommended Reading: Home
Today my friend and talented writer Kathy Strauch shares with us her review of Home, a book about our eternal home. Heaven is a popular topic, but I think Elyse offers a refreshingly Scriptural explanation coupled with the questions and assumptions regular people tend to have about paradise.
Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings by Elyse Fitzpatrick
“…heaven will be heaven simply because we will see him! Nothing will get in the way of our vision of him, he won’t let that happen.” —Elyse Fitzpatrick
Home is a book I already expect to revisit. This book was filled with hope and pointed me to the promise of the Home that awaits me. In Home, author Elyse Fitzpatrick walks through what Scripture reveals regarding heaven and the new earth, as well as comparing it to our presuppositions. I appreciated this component of the book as it had me contemplating what the new earth would look like, the people I would meet, the conversations we would have, and most importantly my Savior who I long to see and embrace, who has embraced me and will forever embrace me in the home he has prepared. Jesus is what makes heaven and the new earth our home. This book made me even more eager for the day when my faith will become sight.
“The resurrection proves that all who believe in him are justified, which means not only that our record of sin has been washed away but also that all the good works he did, all the obedience he displayed, is now credited to our account.” —Elyse Fitzpatrick
This is a book primarily on Heaven and the New Earth, but woven throughout the book, through every chapter, is a persistent pointing to the Gospel. The author continually points the reader towards the reason for the hope that they have. Christ is revealed as the center of everything, and as the author beautifully states in the book, “Jesus is our homeland.”
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Each chapter delved into a different aspect of heaven and the new earth. My favorite chapters were chapters four and five. The new earth is seen in these two chapters as both a garden home and a city—the new Jerusalem. Our home will be physical, we will walk on a new earth with our resurrected bodies. Elyse Fitzpatrick explores the colorful imagery in Revelation of the garden we will walk through, and the heavenly city in which we have become citizens and members. There will be no more goodbye’s, no more tears, and no more pain in our eternal home.
Every description of the new Heaven and the new Earth is brought full circle and I am pointed to the cause of our hope. I am thankful for this book and found it encouraging. It is heavily rooted in Scripture. The reader is consistently brought back to the promises of Christ and His redemptive work.
At the close of each chapter is a set of about five to six questions. These questions are suggested for group discussions. I did not read this book within a group setting, but I personally found the questions helpful for contemplation and application of each chapter.
“We are thirsty, in need of him. We need to spend an eternity letting him satisfy our thirst.” —Elyse Fitzpatrick
This is a book I would absolutely recommend reading. It will give you a glimpse into our Savior’s love and will leave you looking forward to the home He promises awaits us when He calls us home to Himself.